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The Sex Pistols Experience

+ Special Guests

Saturday 1st April

Academy 3

The Sex Pistols Experience are The Worlds No1 professional tribute to the most outrageous & controversial band of all time.! With a Worldwide reputation built from over 1,000+ performances. Having done extensive tours of the U.S.A (almost 100 U.S.A shows), toured throughout Europe, & Brazil South America, taking in cities from New York to Los Angeles, El Paso to Seattle, Sao Paulo, Rio, & Maringa, Berlin, Barcelona & Bradford(!) & everywhere in-between. So convincing is the live show that the BBC, Sky TV, Channel4, Fox TV have all hired this band for re-enactments in film & T.V documentaries as the Sex Pistols/Sid & Nancy.

'The Sex Pistols Experience' are the only band to of have also had the thumbs-up of approval from the original Sex pistols band. Whilst on tour in America they were invited as 'special guests' on 'Jonesy's Jukebox' - the acclaimed radio show of Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. Spending the afternoon being interviewed & playing a few Pistols favourites live on air together to million's of listeners throughout Los Angeles & across the Worldwide web!

They appeared with Glen Matlock at the Worlds only Pistols convention day in Liverpool Cavern Club in 2006. Then Granddaddy of Punk, & infamous leader 'Johnny (Rotten) Lydon' himself gave the seal of approval in 2008 at the Sex Pistols Hammersmith after show party in London when front men 'Johnny Rotter' & 'Johnny Rotten' finally came face to face with mutual respect shown all around... "Well good luck with it" - Lydon said as they parted. Sid Vicious’ guitarist ‘Steve Dior’ performed live with them on stage at the legendary 100 Club, & the band tour regularly with ‘Ed Tenpole Tudor’ star of the Sex Pistols movie ‘The Great’Rockn’Roll Swindle’.

 

Their show has perfected the look and sound down to every last detail as they sweat out every ounce of energy to make sure each concert is as dynamic, explosive, & exciting as the real deal. They have captured perfectly all the spirit & energy of the Sex Pistols at their blistering peak 1977 period, blended with the ability of the seasoned musicians of their later reformation tours.

A rare chance to hear all the classics live from one of the most influential albums of all time - 'Never Mind the Bollocks'. Ripping through gigs with rousing renditions of 'Pretty Vacant', 'God Save The Queen', 'Anarchy in the U.K', & 'Holidays in the Sun'. But also taking influence from 'The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle', & Sid's Vicious solo album 'Sid Sings'. No stone is left unturned with a few surprises, B sides & rarities thrown in the mix.

 

If you're a Sex Pistols fan, this then this is the only worthwhile alternative. See this band live and you’ll walk away wondering whether you were seeing & hearing things, Sid Vicious is still alive, Johnny Rotten is at his best, the spirit of '77 lives on, & the Swindle continues, you've just seen the The Sex pistols Experience.!

Lizzie and the Banshees are the UK's premier tribute to Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Performing all over the UK & Europe since forming in 2012 and the band have been touring ever since. The visual interpretation with their hit after hit Siouxsie and the Banshees show, succeeds perfectly in capturing the sound, look and feel of the Banshees.
Expect Spellbound, Christine, Dear Prudence, Hong Kong Garden, Happy House, Cities in Dust and many more....

You Me At Six

+ Special Guests

Sunday 2nd April

Academy

SJM Concerts Present
YOU ME AT SIX
+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy
Sunday 2nd April 2017
Doors 6.30pm | Curfew 10.30pm

Tickets £28.50 advance STBF

Tory Lanez

I Told You Tour with special guest Veecee

Tuesday 4th April

Academy

Live Nation Presents
Tory Lanez
I Told You Tour with special guest Veecee

Doors 7pm - Curfew 11pm

Tickets: £17.50 plus booking fee

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult at all times

This show has upgraded from the O2 Ritz - original tickets remain valid

Attila

+ Special Guests

Thursday 6th April

Academy 2

Kilimanjaro Live Presents
Attila
+ Special Guests

Doors 7.30pm - 11pm

Tickets: £12.00 plus booking fee

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Real Friends

+ Special Guests

Thursday 6th April

Club Academy

Emo punk-pop group Real Friends were formed in 2010 in Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb on the South Side of Chicago, by bassist/lyricist Kyle Fasel and guitarist Dave Knox. Heavily inspired by bands such as Brand New and the Starting Line, the group's introspective, cathartic songs featured lyrics that often addressed physical and mental health issues, as well as the troubles of moving on. Also featuring vocalist Dan Lambton and drummer Aaron Schuck, Real Friends recorded debut EP This Is Honesty, which they self-released in 2011. Drummer Brian Blake replaced Schuck shortly afterwards, and Eric Haines joined as the band's second guitarist. Three more self-released EPs arrived in 2012, and in 2013 the band's EP Put Yourself Back Together was simultaneously released by Synergy Records, Banquet Records, and Glamour Kills. Fearless Records signed the band toward the end of 2013, and debut album Maybe This Place Is the Same and We're Just Changing arrived in 2014. The album was an immediate success, charting at number 24 in the Billboard 200 album chart, and the group performed as part of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. Fearless Records released a limited one-sided Real Friends EP, More Acoustic Songs, on Record Store Day in April of 2015.

Hellyeah

+ Special Guests

Friday 7th April

Club Academy

Space

'Give Me Your Future' Tour, + Alex James & The Sound

Saturday 8th April

Academy 3

Space release the much anticipated new studio album  “Give me your Future” in May 2016 and embark on a new tour of the same name in April - June across the UK and Ireland.

The new album is being recorded and produced by Grammy and Brit award winning producer Steve Levine who has worked with The Clash, Culture Cub, Beach Boys, Deniece Williams and Gary Moore to name a few.

2015 was a good year for the band with Female of the Species making the top of the album charts with the “TFI Album” – (Number 1 in June 2015) Followed by the release of the “Strange World” single and the sold out 30 date UK tour of the same name..

Tommy said he was very proud of the Strange World single and the video shot by Mark McNulty, “it is a return to the true origins of the band, the tour has been mental with the whole audiences joining us on stage for the final encore of Female, just amazing nights with the fans, very special for me, for me its all about playing new music to new and old fans and playing them the hits”

The bands last album release was 'Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab'- their first new album for nine years. Tommy's influence for the new songs stemmed from his infamous fascination with science and horror films, and he likens the album to a 'Fifties B-Movie' for the ears.
Proud to note how Space have always stood out from the 'normal,' Tommy concedes that their last album has the usual signature Space quirkiness, with some extra ingredients added to the mix - he describes the songs as a mish-mash of SKA, Punk and the classic Space sound. "When we tour, we love playing the old stuff, but I always knew I wanted to record some new material. We know the fans like to hear the old classics from our multi-million selling albums 'Spiders' and 'Tin Planet', but we wanted to give them something extra."

"The title track on the album is my favorite song from the record and is the story of how a fifty-foot kebab from a side street takeaway shop wreaks its revenge on the ailing high street. It's a message about survival in a tongue-in-cheek way. The first single from the album is a track called 'Fortune Teller' - keeping up with the mystic vibe!"

Space have sold over 2 million albums world wide with titles including “Spiders, “Tin Planet” “Suburban Rock and Roll” and “Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab” and also released 10 top 40 singles and host of other single releases to-date with titles including “Neighborhood” “Female of the Species”, “Me and You Vs. The World” “Avenging Angels” “Dark Clouds”, and “Begin Again” The band continue to write gritty edgy pop songs that captive the imagination of the listener, The band release the Album “Give me your future” in May 2016 followed by the Box Set to include the 5 released Albums plus the un-released  “Love you More Than Football”  in 2017.

SEE YOU ALL AGAIN IN 2016

The Smiths Ltd

+ Special Guests

Saturday 8th April

Academy 3

The Smiths Ltd were formed in February 2009 by Smiths obsessed Alex Gaskell (guitar), Andy Crook (bass) and Keith Partington (drums).

We realised that we needed a superb front man and started an extensive 4-month search to find the perfect Morrissey. After a piece in the Manchester Evening News and a Channel M and Rock Radio interview, Johnny Turner heard our plea and came to audition. As obsessive as we were about getting the sound right and bearing an uncanny vocal and physical resemblance to Morrissey, Johnny completed The Smiths Ltd line-up in June 2009.

After 5 months of rehearsals we played our first gig in October 2009 to a rapturous audience and we haven't looked back since.

Being the ONLY Smiths tribute band from and based in Manchester, UK we have a unique selling point and an authenticity that is hard to beat. The Smiths Ltd also uses the same guitars, bass, amps and drum kit live that The Smiths used on their very last tour.

It's unlikely that The Smiths will ever play live again and certainly not with the passion and energy of that brief time they were together. The Smiths Ltd are the closest you will get to experiencing that live charge of Morrissey, Marr and Co on stage.

Jon Bellion

+ Marc E. Bassy

Tuesday 11th April

Academy 2

Kid Ink

+ Special Guests

Saturday 15th April

Academy

Impericon Festival 2017

Early Bird

Monday 17th April

Academy

Impericon.com presents

IMPERICON FESTIVAL 2017

(LINE UP TBA)

Manchester Academy 

Monday 17th April 2017

Doors 1pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £25.00 Early Bird | £TBC advance STBF 

Counterfeit

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 19th April

Academy 3

SJM Concerts Presents
COUNTERFEIT
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £12.00 advance STBF

The Kooks

+ Special Guests

Thursday 20th April

Academy

The Menzingers

+ The Flatliners

Thursday 20th April

Academy 2

The Kooks

+ Special Guests

Friday 21st April

Academy

Keywest

+ Special Guests

Friday 21st April

Academy 3

SJM Concerts Presents
KEYWEST
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
 
Manchester Academy 3
Friday 21st April 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm
 
Tickets £15.00 advance STBF

 

Keywest are an award winning multi-platinum selling act from Ireland. They began performing on the cold streets of Dublin to make ends meet and quickly built a loyal following. Now Keywest are selling out nationwide tours after multiple radio hits in Ireland. Now expanding in to the UK this is band not to be missed! Catch Keywest Live in the UK 2017 and be warned Keywest’s 2016 UK tour sold out months in advance. 

Rag N Bone Man

+ Special Guests

Saturday 22nd April

Academy

“Heartbreak’s pretty widespread, innit?” quips the prodigiously talented Rory Graham, nascent star-in-waiting Rag‘n’Bone Man, with a mischievous grin. Graham has injected an exciting new twist into the blues music he grew up with in his parental home in East Sussex bringing it bang up to date using the beats and production methods of contemporary hip hop. Equally he resurrects age-old themes of loss and romantic pain with a voice so immediate, raw and expressive that it transfixes anyone in earshot with its sheer size and elemental power.

 

In person, Graham is the dictionary definition of a gentle giant. His appearance suggests one serious dude. He’s a big man, bearded and with tattoos, but instead of Hate and Love, he has the words Soul and Funk inked across his knuckles. “I could’ve had Drum and Bass,” he jokes, in his warm, softly spoken manner, “or maybe Jungle across both hands”.

 

When Rory sings, he connects with people on a level far from everyday banter. Onstage at his sold out Village Underground show in June ’16 his voice by turns silenced the room and brought it to fever pitch. During quieter songs, as his vast, soulful growl filled the venue, there were people literally crying. His unique delivery of often very personal songs has that effect on people, rare in today’s pop, something that can’t be taught in stage academies by vocal trainers. Rory has spent fifteen years learning to flex his considerable vocal muscles alone, using his own instincts and shaping his life experiences into stories that stretch those.

 

Growing up in Uckfield, 20 miles inland from Brighton, music was always the main focus of Graham’s parental home. His father played guitar, his mum sang (both recreationally), and there would otherwise always be records playing. “My dad was super into blues, and also rock crossover stuff like JJ Cale,” he recalls. “There was also lots of reggae, like Peter Tosh, which eventually got me into the soundclash stuff, and jungle”.

 

At the age of 15, he MC’d with a drum ‘n’ bass crew, using the handle Rag ‘N’ Bonez, inspired by watching re-runs of ’70s Brit sitcom, ‘Steptoe And Son’. With little else to do in their backwater hometown, the crew jumped the airwaves via their own pirate radio station, but Graham soon realised he’d have to move to Brighton if he was going to get anywhere with music.

 

After testing out his rap skills at hip hop open-mic nights there and bingeing on UK home grown Hip Hop artists like Roots Manuva, he started shuttling up to London to a night at Brixton’s Jamm venue called Slipjam B. There, he hooked up with a couple of performers, Gizmo and DJ Direct, and they formed a crew called The Rum Committee. Over the ensuing few years, they’d support old-skool hip hop luminaries Pharoahe Monch and KRS-One at Brighton’s Concorde 2, and release their own album through Bandcamp, through which Rory learnt the rudiments of recording.

 

Parallel to all this, in private, he worked at his potential as a singer. At 19, his dad had coaxed him up to the mic at a blues jam in a local pub. “Afterwards,” he recalls, “this old geezer came up to me and said, ‘Dude, your voice is insane, you should sing some more’. That feeling of actually getting a reaction had a big effect – ‘Oh, I like this is – this is good!’”

 

At the beginning, there was a rather divergent progression between his ruffian rhyming in Rum Committee, and his ‘proper’ singing, which was informed more by his dad’s old blues records. “I’d found my voice through that style of music,” he reasons, “so instantly when I started trying to write my own music, it all sounded very like Muddy Waters, because that’s the stuff I’d grown up with”. He smiles, and adds: “Blues is infectious. No-one’s ever listened to blues, and gone, ‘Nah, don’t like that’, know what I mean? Nobody’s ever listened to BB King and gone, ‘That’s shit’. They haven’t – and if you did, you’re a mug!”

 

Graham duly self-released an EP called ‘Blues Town’. “My voice didn’t sound that great, and it was pretty badly recorded,” he admits, “but it surprisingly got a lot of love”. Doors started opening: he landed acoustic gigs, including one supporting Joan Armatrading at Brighton Dome.

 

Circa 2011, he got together with UK Hip Hop label High Focus releasing a couple more EP’s where his bluesy stylings were underpinned by the label’s trademark jazzy beats. He’d do gigs solo, with just a DJ backing him, but when he started working with producer Mark Crew Rory’s song-orientated fusion of blues and hip hop really developed. At the time Crew was working on Bastille’s debut album Bad Blood, Rory had been working as a carer for Asperger’s sufferers, but could now afford to do music full-time, on the basis of just a rough demo Crew landed Graham a publishing deal with Warner Chappell.

 

At Crew’s studio bunker in Battersea, they slowly pieced together another EP, 2014’s ‘Wolves’, whose towering ambition was best flagged by the fact that it eventually contained nine tracks – an album, in all but name. Crew’s robust beats echoed Graham’s predilection for jazzy hip hop giants Gang Starr, and guests included rapper Vince Staples, Stig Of The Dump, and Kate Tempest, whom Graham had befriended pre-Mercury award. Within the hip hop-y sound format, the song was paramount, giving Rory free rein to explore song structures, usually with an explosive chorus showcasing his mighty tonsils.

 

“There’s a lot of pain in the lyrics,” he reveals, “but it’s not always necessarily mine. It’s interesting to me, what’s going on in people’s lives. One night I was getting drunk with a mate, and we were having a proper deep and meaningful conversation, and he told me that his missus had made it so he wasn’t allowed to see his daughter anymore. I was like, ‘I can’t not write a song about this. So the next day I wrote ‘No Mother’. I find myself doing that a lot – something clicks in my head, like, ‘Right, that deserves something to be said about it!’”

 

Graham’s many talents – versatile songwriter, powerhouse singer, conduit for and conveyor of myriad human emotions – led Columbia Records to sign him on the strength of ‘Wolves’. For the ensuing ‘Disfigured’ EP (2015), he and Crew went for a more stripped-back sound, inspired by the spaciousness Rory heard in Al Green’s music, clearing the way for That Voice, without interfering clutter. “I remember thinking, ‘I can just do what I want now, so if I just do something that sounds good, I’m not gonna worry about what genre it is. That’s why there’s one track on there that sounds like Bon Iver, one that’s proper hardcore blues-rock, and one that’s more a hip hop/soul kind of sound. There’s nothing on there that sounds exactly the same as anything else.”

 

Lead track ‘Bitter End’, a tear-jerking realisation of a relationship’s demise, was staunchly supported then playlisted on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, and made it onto Radio One’s ‘In New Music We Trust’ playlist. On the back of the EP, Graham put together a Rag‘n’Bone Man live band, featuring a drummer, bassist, guitarist, keyboard player and backing singer. They toured the UK with hand-picked guests under the banner ‘Rag ‘N’ Bone Man Presents’, selling out shows up and down the country. They made quite a splash across Europe’s festival circuit, too, including Glastonbury, Eurosonic and Loveboxx, bringing fields and tents to a standstill, winning new disciples wherever they went.

 

In summer 2016, after a decade and a half of experimenting and learning, focusing and fine-tuning, Rag‘n’Bone Man is primed to become a household name. Rory has spent the winter hatching his debut full-length, partly with Mark Crew in Battersea, but also with other fresh producers. These include Two Inch Punch, aka Ben Ash, who has worked in a co-songwriter/producer capacity for Sam Smith, Jesse Ware and Damon Albarn’s Africa Express; and Jonny Coffer, another producer-cum-tunesmith whose CV ranges from Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’ to tracks off the recent Beyoncé album.

 

As the album approaches completion, early tracks are sounding simply electrifying. As a teaser, Rory soft-released the song ‘Healed’, which was overseen by Cadenza (Lily Allen, Sean Paul), aka Oliver Rodigan, whose background as son of reggae DJ David Rodigan, chimed with Rory’s own. Its brass-assisted, slo-mo R&B-gospel vibe was concocted between London and Jamaica – a cultural collision, and a heartstring-tugging but quintessentially summery anthem.

 

During the painstaking process of assembling his all-important debut LP, Graham’s untetherable need to perform became so out of control, he took to turning up at open-mic nights, to ‘unleash the beast’ that is his tumultuous singing equipment.

 

Now, finally, the album’s lead single proper is ready for release: as an expression of mortal vulnerability, set to a stark chain-gang rhythm, it is almost impossible not to be moved, stopped dead in your tracks, by ‘Human’. Here is a song which fully encapsulates Graham’s peculiar contradictions: his strength and his gentleness, his staggering vocal mastery yet intuitive soulfulness, his wisdom beyond his tender years.

 

In a post-millennial culture where emerging talents are schooled from an increasingly young age, breeding a certain uniformity of phrasing and technique, Rag‘n’Bone Man arrives as an impulsive antidote, connecting with people on a more direct nigh on spiritual level. Still an obsessive consumer of music, Rory’s Everyman qualities reverberate in every note he sings.

 

As well as Soul and Funk, Rory has Star written all over him – an exceptionally warm and engaging guy with an astonishing natural gift. The world’s going to love getting to know him!

Rejjie Snow

+ Special Guests

Saturday 22nd April

Academy 2

SJM Concerts Presents
Rejjie Snow 
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 2 
Saturday 22nd April 2017 
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £13.50 advance STBF 

Jaws

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 25th April

Club Academy

JAWS are a indie pop band formed in Birmingham, England in 2012 after singer Connor Schofield had posted a demo (Cameron) online that received enough positive feedback to encourage him to start a band with friends from Halesowen College. They have often been identified as part of the Digbeth-based B-Town scene and hotly tipped as ones to watch.

JAWS have published two EPs so far, and have also released four singles "Toucan Surf", "Surround You", "Friend Like You" and "Gold". The B side of "Surround You"—"Stay In" featuring on the Ubisoft game Rocksmith 2014. "Gold" was featured in an episode of Hollyoaks. They have toured with The Twang, Peace, Swim Deep, Spector as well as various support slots.

In December of 2013 the band announced that they would be recording a full studio album in 2014 partially funded by the PRS and this will be launched in September.

JAWS are Connor Schofield (lead vocals, guitar), Alex Hudson (guitars), Eddy Geach (drums) and Jake Cooper (bass).

Hayseed Dixie

+ Special Guests

Thursday 27th April

Club Academy

Barley Scotch is on lead vocals, fiddle and guitar. The Reverend Don-Wayne Reno is on banjo, Deacon Dale Reno is on mandolin and guitar and Jake ‘Bakesnake’ Byers is on acoustic bass. Hayseed Dixie are an awesome live band, who have released a plethora of albums. A live DVD entitled ‘No Sleep ‘til Liverpool’ is also available.

Songs by artists such as Kiss, Outkast, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith get the Rockgrass treatment, but the band play original songs too. - numbers such as ‘Moonshiner’s Daughter’, ‘Kirby Hill’ and ‘Blind Beggar Breakdown’ raise the roof at live shows. Hayseed Dixie songs cover the four key elements of any song worth playing; - Drinkin’, Cheatin’, Killin’ and Hell! - The band also recorded an album of rocked-up bluegrass classics, called ‘*Choose Your Own Title’ using the name The Kerosene Brothers.

Brothers Dale Reno and Don—Wayne Reno are the sons of bluegrass maestro Don Reno, who wrote many hits, including ‘Dueling Banjos’, and the band even once played at a house-warming party for AC/DC bass player Cliff Williams.

Cabbage

+ Special Guests

Friday 28th April

Academy 2

Cloudbusting - The Music of Kate Bush

Friday 28th April

Academy 3

Bednarek

Saturday 29th April

Club Academy

Bednarek are a reggae/dub band formed in Poland in 2012.  Fronted by Kamil Bednarek, (best known as the runner-up in the third series of Mam talent) Bednarek released their debut album ‘Jestem’ in November 2012 which went straight to number 1 in Poland.

 

Shalamar

Saturday 29th April

Academy

Cash (Johnny Cash Tribute)

+ Guests

Saturday 29th April

Academy 3

Introducing Cash…

As is so often the case with unique artists, it takes another one to fully appreciate them. Having lived the life and music of Johnny Cash and other country heroes who came before and since, Ben Welburn, aka CASH, has effortlessly recreated the sound, vibe and appeal of the master himself.

Growing up on a farm in the heart of Yorkshire, music has always been central to Ben’s life.  With a Grandfather who was a big band drummer, and a Father with a vast musical collection enthusiastically shared with whoever would listen, music was everywhere. However, it was the music of a certain JR Cash that managed that rare feat of stopping a young and energetic Ben in his tracks. It gave him that first “light bulb” moment, as he recalls, I had heard music before, of course. But this voice. His voice. I mean it literally brought me to a standstill. The words too. They just struck a chord with me somewhere and I really felt I understood what he was saying. I got this man, even as a child I could feel it”.

As a youngster, this was the first time Ben had felt that deep connection with music and lyrics. Although Ben didn’t know it at the time, Johnny Cash would also come to be a very important figure in his life as an adult.

Investigating the man further, Ben realised it wasn’t just Cash’s musicality that they had in common.  The way Cash stood up prolifically for the working class, and wasn’t some clean cut musical ideal, only served to heighten Ben’s appreciation of the man.

“JR has always been rough around the edges and I don’t know why but I always felt I was born with an outlaw’s approach to life. Not that I was out there robbing trains or anything, but it was more of a mentality; just something inside of me really”. 

Aided by many late nights and a plentiful supply of hard liquor, Ben would often sing Johnny Cash songs to his mates, strumming along on acoustic guitar. Being a drummer first, it took a bit of coaxing from family and friends before Ben decided to take the Cash alter-ego seriously. “I have always felt a bit weird about pretending to be anyone else other than myself, so the concept of being Johnny Cash didn’t really appeal”, says Ben.  People were continuously telling me I had to do something with all this Cash stuff, so I decided I would start taking it more seriously, but the word tribute was key. I would pay my respects to the man by getting his stuff out there again; reaching out to established and new fans, but in no way would I try to be him. That is just not doable in my eyes, so I don’t want people thinking I think I am him. Cos I don’t!”

 

While She Sleeps

+ Special Guests

Saturday 29th April

Academy 2


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