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A Tribute To Manchester Vol:2 - The Second Coming

+ The Clone Roses + Noasis + The Smiths LTD, + Happy Mondaze + DJ Clint Boon

Friday 9th December

Academy

The Ultimate Manchester Xmas Party! Friday 9th December “A Tribute to Manchester Vol:2” featuring some of the finest tributes around. Headlined by The Clone Roses who are widely regarded as the Number 1 tribute to The Stone Roses, with Mani describing them as “the second best Stone Roses in the world.” Noasis will be playing the Classic Oasis songs we all know and love. Established Manchester based Smiths tribute “The Smiths Ltd” will also feature on the bill along with the brilliant “Happy Mondaze” Hosted by none other than Inspiral Carpets/Radio X and general Manchester legend “Clint Boon” this is sure to be the biggest Madchester party around for 2016. Tickets sold out in 2015 and already selling fast so grab yours now from www.manchesteracademy.net

Big Bambora

+ Mohawk Radio + Jonny Oates Band + guests

Friday 9th December

Club Academy

Shura

Friday 9th December

Academy 2

Now Wave & The Warehouse Project Present

+  SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 2  

Friday 9th December 2016

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £12.50 advance STBF

The Moods

+ Naughty Corner + Miasma + special guests

Friday 9th December

Academy 3

Evil Blizzard 'The Blizzmass Ball'

+ Bad Guys + Glass Mountain

Saturday 10th December

Academy 3

A SINGING DRUMMER AND 4 BASSISTS.... THE END!!!

Pearl Jam UK

Saturday 10th December

Club Academy

Pearl Jam UK:
The World's Greatest Pearl Jam Tribute.
Pearl Jam UK are a Liverpool based tributeto Pearl Jam consisting of five friends who all share agenuine love and respect for one of the greatest and  most influential American rock bands of all time.  Driven by an attention to detail that is second to none, the band spend hours on end listening to recordings by Pearl Jam, discovering the most minute of details contained within the music, watching hour­ after hour of live footage to ensure that the Pearl Jam experience is recreated with 100% accuracy – and no compromise. The band also perfectly recreates that distinctive 90’s era “grunge” look that became synonymous with Pearl Jam, with
 corduroy jackets, flannel shirts,shorts and doc martens aplenty. A combination of the most accurate performance of Pearl Jam’s music being played today (maybe even more accurate than the band themselves?) alongside genuine era clothing, all being performed with that typical Pearl Jam passion that made them stand out from their peers, thus culminates in a tribute band that almost becomes more than a tribute… In short, Pearl Jam UK makes you feel like you are watching Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam UK have firmly established themselves as the definitive tribute, having completed a “sold out” UK Tour and headlining major festivals along the way playing to thousands of dedicated fans. Performing songs from the entire Pearl Jam catalogue, and some of the covers they play (from artists such as Neil Young and The Who) – fans both old and new will find the songs they
 know and love in Pearl Jam UK's set.

Joey Devries

+ Special Guests

Sunday 11th December

Academy 3

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 3

Sunday 11th December 2016

Doors 7pm | Curfew 10.30pm

Tickets £6.50 advance STBF

 

Join Joey Devries in this intimate show as he embarks on his own solo tour after touring the country with Little Mix. Come and hear songs from his long-awaited EP ‘Real Me’ along with some of Joeys friends and special guests.

Paul Young plus Special Guests Hue & Cry

Plus special guests: Hue & Cry

Sunday 11th December

Academy 2

Paul Young
Plus special guests: Hue & Cry

Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 11th December 2016
Doors 7.00pm

All Ages - Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18

Ticket Price - £25.00

ScHoolboy Q

Sunday 11th December

Academy

Following the release of his highly anticipated and critically acclaimed second studio album ‘Blank Face LP’, Grammy-nominated, Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist ScHoolboy Q and Goldenvoice UK have announced tickets are on sale for the Blank Face LP UK Tour.

 

The Los Angeles rapper will take to Manchester, London, Glasgow and Birmingham this December, a prime opportunity for fans to hear ScHoolboy Q perform new tracks up close and personal. ‘Blank Face LP’ has spun Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop hits including “THat Part (feat. Kanye West)”. The album also features cameos from Miguel, Anderson .Paak, E-40, SZA, Jadakiss, Vince Staples and more easily becoming one of Hip-Hop’s most important releases this year.

 

There is no doubt that ScHoolboy Q fronts the new generation of MCs; Entertainment Weekly cited ‘Blank Face LP’ as “one of 2016’s most engaging projects” whilst Pitchfork says “Blank Face LP is a collection of catchy, urgent gangster rap songs that show the South Central native at his charismatic best, gallows humor and tough talk failing to obscure a humane core”. 

NARCOS Live - an evening with DEA's Javier Pena & Steve Murphy

An Evening with DEA's Javier Pena & Steve Murphy

Friday 16th December

Academy

One Inch Badge Presents
CAPTURING PABLO
WITH JAVIER PENA & STEVE MURPHY

Manchester Academy 
Friday 16th December 2016
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm | Curfew 9.30pm

Tickets: £32.50 (Block A, unreserved seating) advance STBF (Rows A-J)
£27.50 (Block B, unreserved seating) advance STBF (remainder of room)

Step into the world of DEA agents ‘Javier Pena’ & ‘Steve Murphy’ who were instrumental in the take down of one of the most prolific and gruesome drugs lords of all time, ‘The King of Cocaine’ – Pablo Escobar.

Their Story inspired the hit Netflix TV series ‘NARCOS’.
Wednesday 9th November 9am GMT; The actions of Pena and Murphy were the inspiration for the hugely popular Netflix crime series “Narcos”, which tells the story of Colombia’s infamous drug cartels and Pablo Escobar’s fight to maintain his position as the most powerful player.

Agents Pena and Murphy will speak about the rise and fall of the Medellin Cartel and the role the Agents played in bringing down its notorious leader, the ‘King of Cocaine’. The evening’s discussion will shed light on their input into the hit Netflix series, where they will reveal information which does not feature in the show, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

+ Samuel S. Parkes + Pete Roberts - Twisted Wheel Club, + Free After show party until 1am with DJ Pete Roberts

Friday 16th December

Club Academy

Manchester Academy present

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Plus support

Manchester Club Academy
Friday 16th December 2016
Doors 7.30pm

All Ages - Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18

Mostly Autumn

Friday 16th December

Academy 3

Counted amongst the top 100 best prog bands of all time and winners of Best Live Concert and Best Female Vocalist 2014 (Olivia Sparnenn-Josh) in the Classic Rock Society awards, Mostly Autumn’s musical palette is diverse, they draw on influences from the golden age of rock, but have developed their own unique sound that both captures the essence of that era and yet looks forward into the future. 

Delighted to be invited to support Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow on the only UK concert in 2016, they have earned themselves a name for their outstanding live shows and have been described as ‘the best band you have never heard’.

They have built a loyal and cult following since their first album sixteen years ago and in that time such luminaries as Steve Hackett, the late Richard Wright, the late Jon Lord and the BBC's own Bob Harris are amongst their many fans. 

Mostly Autumn has also toured as an invited support act to Blackmore's Night, Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull, as well as being special guests at Bryan Adam's Murrayfield Stadium gig a few years ago. That alone should give some indication as to the caliber of the band.

Chameleons Vox - Home Is Where The Heart is...2016

Plus Special Guests Dub Sex, Official After Party, Union Bar w/ DJ Andy Woods until late

Saturday 17th December

Academy 2

Chameleons Vox - Home Is Where The Heart is...2016

Plus Special Guests Dub Sex, Official After Party, Union Bar w/ DJ Andy Woods until late

Saturday 17th December

Academy 2

The Coral

+ Sundowners + Rory Wynne

Saturday 17th December

Academy

Aynsley Lister

+ Leonard Hammersley

Saturday 17th December

Academy 3

"Superb" - THE TIMES

“His guitar playing is a fire hazard” – MOJO

When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result

is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows, one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.

In hindsight, it's clear Aynsley was born to be a musician. As a child he was hypnotised by his dad's old guitar and at the age of eight was finally gifted his very own. The moment he held that first six-string the outcome was inevitable; he was going to be a guitarist. Blessed with the coolest dad in town, regularly spinning Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac and a whole host of bewitching blues for his spellbound son, Aynsley taught himself to play with relentless dedication and a precociously attuned ear, spending hours copying his favourite records note for note. Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff weren't just his heroes; they became his teachers.

Blazing a trail in a bar band from the age of 13 honed his skills and in 1998 Thomas Ruf signed Aynsley to his label, hooking him up with Stevie Ray Vaughan's producer Jim Gaines to record his self titled debut disc, kicking off a successful relationship with Ruf Records that saw him release 7 albums and 2 DVD's in ten years. Their influence, coupled with his dynamite live shows and intense touring schedule, earned high profile support slots with established artists like Walter Trout, John Mayall and Robert Cray, whilst rousing festival appearances alongside artists like the Fun Lovin' Criminals cemented his standing as an artist whose work, although rooted in blues, transcended the genre with a fiery modern sound. In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be named in Classic Rock magazine's "Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists", alongside John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa.

In 2008 Aynsley's huge crossover potential saw him sign to Manhaton Records and the following year released 'Equilibrium', an album that exposed Lister in his best ever form and stormed into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live set to produce the storming 'Tower Sessions' record, which was consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll. Aynsley is currently touring his latest album, Home, which is out now on his own label, Straight Talkin’ Records. The album has featured in recent issues of Guitarist Magazine, Classic Rock, Blues Matters and HiFi Magazines among many others and has received some of his greatest reviews yet! He has a new release due out in summer 2016 on his own label.

 

James Hunter Six

Saturday 17th December

Club Academy

Clutch

+ Valient Thorr + Lionize

Sunday 18th December

Academy

After conquering the main stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals, US groove kings CLUTCH have announced their return to the UK this December.

Confirming four headline dates including the Roundhouse in London, the band will be bringing North Carolina's southern rock group Valient Thorr as special guests. The two bands toured across the USA together back in 2011 with the legendary Motörhead, but this will be the first time they've hit the road together in the UK. Opening the shows will be long time Clutch buddies Lionize, getting the party started with their own fusion of rock and funk.

A sure fire way to brighten up your holiday season, Clutch will be bringing the festive cheer to the following:
Thu 15th Dec - LONDON Roundhouse
Fri 16th Dec - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Sat 17th Dec - CARDIFF University Great Hall
Sun 18th Dec - MANCHESTER Academy

 

The Temper Trap

+ Tempesst

Monday 19th December

Academy 2

Thick As Thieves sees the Temper Trap collaborating with outside songwriters for the first time in their history, with striking results. Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey, Sia, Bat For Lashes), Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), Pascal Gabriel (Ladyhawke, Goldfrapp) and Malay (co-writer & producer of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange) all collaborated with the band to explore new musical ground while remaining true to their inimitable signature sound.

 

Praise for Thick of Thieves:

Epic,” shimmering,” and soaring” - we’re crumbled to cliches…”VICE / Noisey
Songs filled with hope, raw energy and passion” - The Independent
A monster - highly polished, filled with huge, arm-waving choruses” - Evening Standard
Anthemic 80s style pop with a whisper of U2 about it” - Metro
Their most ambitious record yet” - The Sun
You'll find yourself belting along” Line of Best Fit

 

Watch Fall Together: https://youtu.be/oop2g5p1lIs

Order Thick As Thieves:  http://smarturl.it/ThickAsThievesAlbum

 

The Temper Trap have sold more than one million albums and their songs have been streamed more than 200 million times on Spotify and 20 million times on YouTube. They came to prominence in 2009 with their acclaimed debut Conditions, which, propelled by the global hits Sweet Disposition, Fader and Love Lost, saw them crash land into the charts in their native Australia, their adopted homeland of the UK, and worldwide. The band’s self-titled second album spawned the hits Trembling Hands and Need Your Love, and caught the attention of the likes of Coldplay, Africa Express and the Rolling Stones, all of whom asked the band to join them on tour, whilst they also graced the stages of major festivals including Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and Coachella. In between they were nominated and won a number of prestigious ARIA Awards in Australia, as well as receiving a nomination for best international group at the BRIT Awards.

The Game

1992 Block Wars Tour

Tuesday 20th December

Academy


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