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Lukas Graham

+ Special Guests

Thursday 2nd March

Academy

LUKAS GRAHAM CONFIRMS HEADLINE WORLD TOUR BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2017

TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 17

NEW SINGLE “MAMA SAID” LAUNCHES AT RADIO THIS MONTH


June 7, 2016 - Lukas Graham, whose hit single “7 Years” just went multi platinum all over the world, will embark on an expansive headlining tour early next year. The tour kicks off in February 2017 in the UK, where the band have just finished a small run of sold out shows, and crisscrosses the globe through mid-April, making stops in Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and more along the way. The upcoming tour will see the Danish foursome graduate to theatres four to five times larger than the clubs they recently performed in during their sold-out Spring US headline tour.

Led by vocalist and songwriter Lukas Graham Forchhammer, Lukas Graham has solidified their status as the breakout act of 2016. Their hit single "7 Years," which they recently performed at the Billboard Music Awards, reached #1 in 33 countries and topped the US radio charts at both Top 40 and Hot AC radio and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, with over 425M Spotify streams and counting. Now, the band is gearing up for the launch of their second single, “Mama Said.,” which will head to radio later this month.

Watch the official “Mama Said” video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdAkYCyCZv8

Lukas Graham's self-titled debut album has received overwhelming critical acclaim since its April 1 release, debuting at #1 in Canada & Australia, #2 in the UK and New Zealand and #3 on the Billboard 200 in the US and propelling the band further into the global spotlight with what the New York Times describes as "neatly turned songs that merge the lilt of pop-soul with the quick cadences of hip-hop." Hailing from Christiania, an autonomous, artistic community in the center of Copenhagen, Lukas developed his natural talent for honest and gritty songwriting. Classically trained with the Copenhagen Boys' Choir, with a musical scope widened by his Irish folk roots and passion for hip-hop, Lukas possesses a distinct, poetic ability to capture the full range of emotions in his music.

 

Watch the official “Mama Said” video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdAkYCyCZv8

  

Lukas Graham's self-titled debut album has received overwhelming critical acclaim since its April 1 release, debuting at #1 in Canada & Australia, #2 in the UK and New Zealand and #3 on the Billboard 200 in the US and propelling the band further into the global spotlight with what the New York Times describes as "neatly turned songs that merge the lilt of pop-soul with the quick cadences of hip-hop." Hailing from Christiania, an autonomous, artistic community in the center of Copenhagen, Lukas developed his natural talent for honest and gritty songwriting. Classically trained with the Copenhagen Boys' Choir, with a musical scope widened by his Irish folk roots and passion for hip-hop, Lukas possesses a distinct, poetic ability to capture the full range of emotions in his music. 

The AC/DC Experience

+ Special Guests

Thursday 2nd March

Academy 3

Limehouse Lizzy

+ Special Guests

Saturday 4th March

Club Academy

Limehouse Lizzy have been officially named one of the hardest working acts in the UK, alongside some of the country's biggest & most popular performers. They were accredited for their live shows by the Performing Rights Society, and recieved their award from PRS Chairman and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter (Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Tom Jones) Guy Fletcher OBE.


Renowned for an action-packed pyrothechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute in their set to the late Gary Moore (ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist and world renowned solo artist) who sadly passed away a few years ago.

 

Attention to detail, playful audience interaction and that all important X-factor that leaves you with the feeling of witnessing the real thing have led to their performance being described as “beyond tribute”, by both audience and critics alike.

 

Following the enormous success of their ˜Live & Dangerous” & ˜Dedication” tours, the band embarked upon their “Into the Limelight” tour to tie in with their appearance on an episode of BBC2’s ‘Arena’ documentary series of the same name.

 

The tour travelled as far as a headline slot at a rock festival in Greece, and the Virgin Atlantic Music festival in Barbados. The band appeared alongside diverse world music acts, and played a Thin Lizzy set representing the celtic rock genre.

 

In 2013 the band's European tour continues to explore and celebrate the artistic and musical legacy of the hard-living, hard-rocking, yet at times surprisingly tender and romantic artist that was Philip Lynott. This year they will be appearing in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Holland and Belgium.


Expect more of the Celtic influenced tracks like ”Whisky in the Jar” and “Black Rose”, amongst the usual razzamatazz and classic tracks “The Boys are Back in Town”, “Sarah” and many others we’ve come to expect from one of the most highly rated acts on the circuit.


QUOTES

 

'...Limehouse Lizzy Top PRS For Music's Hardest Working UK Bands List'

Billboard Magazine


"Limehouse Lizzy's Wayne Ellis, an uncanny ringer for Phil Lynott..."
The Guardian
 

“entertainment for more than a decade…fantastic live music”
Arena BBC2

“if you're sceptical about tribute acts, you won't be after seeing Limehouse Lizzy”
Radio Times

 

"Gig of the week"

The Mirror

Stornoway - The Farewell Tour

Saturday 4th March

Academy

Stornoway Announce ‘The Farewell Tour’

Oxford Band Set For Eleven Date Run

 

Oxford favourites Stornoway today announce ‘The Farewell Tour’, set to take place in February/ March 2017. After more than ten years playing together the band have decided that now is the right time to end, and see the upcoming dates as the perfect way to send off. The band will be playing eleven shows across the UK, beginning in Gateshead on February 27th and ending with a hometown gig at Oxford’s New Theatre on March 12th.

 

Stornoway have released three studio albums, a surprise mini album and two EPs. Their most recent effort, 2015’s Bonxie, saw the band combine their two great passions, music and nature, to create a record indebted to the natural world and specifically, birds. Produced by Gil Norton of Foo Fighters and Pixies fame, the record saw Stornoway take a step out of their comfort zone, creating something bold and inherently beautiful. The record was a success, entering the UK Charts inside the Top 20. The touring cycle saw the band play two, sold out shows at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre, five years after they were the first pop band to play the venue.

 

Having initially formed in 2005, Stornoway have had an undoubtedly stellar career, full of landmark moments. In November 2009 they became the first unsigned band to appear on Later… With Jools Holland, performing alongside Sting, Jay – Z and Foo Fighters. They signed their record deal with taste making indie label 4AD in Stornoway, also playing a landmark gig on their first visit to the town that gave them their name, in April 2010.

 

“We have achieved far more as a band than we ever dared to dream back as students in a drafty east Oxford garage and we are immensely proud of the music we have created together.

 

We are eternally grateful to all our wonderful fans and friends who have given us so much support throughout our career, and we look forward to celebrating the last 10 years with you on our farewell tour next spring.”

The 706's + Special Guests

Saturday 4th March

Academy 3

Tarja

+ Special Guests

Thursday 9th March

Academy 2

Kilimanjaro Live Presents
TARJA
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 2 
Thursday 9th March 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £17.50 advance STBF

 

“On The Shadow Self Tarja has got it brilliantly right … a supremely confident singer who … has found her sound” – 8/10 Metal Hammer

 

Tarja is very proud to announce two headline UK shows in 2017.

 

The UK shows will be a fantastic celebration at the end of a very successful year for Tarja. 2016 saw the release of a mini album “The Brightest Void” and her fourth studio album “The Shadow Self”, the heaviest record to date, to widespread critical acclaim. The first single (on both albums) No Bitter End, collected the essence of Tarja’s new work: massive guitar riffs, a driving beat and of course Tarja’s incredible vocals to create a powerful soundscape, that will be un-missable live.

 

The versatile singer is following up on the success of the multi-platinum and gold awarded previous records “My Winter Storm” (2007), “What Lies Beneath” (2010) and her most recent album “Colours In The Dark” (2013) which charted all over the globe including 4 Top 10 entries.

The Wailers performing Legend in its entirety

Performing The Album Legend In Its Entirety, + Special Guests

Friday 10th March

Academy

Following the success of their huge sell out UK tour last year, legendary reggae artists The Wailers return to mark their highly celebrated and anticipated Legend tour. The band will be performing the iconic album live on stage in its entirety plus all their greatest hits such as ‘Three Little Birds,’ ‘I Shot The Sheriff,’ ‘Jamming’ and many more. Set to spread the One Love vibes The Wailers will play fourteen shows across some of the UK’s major cities.

Formed in 1969 together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, The Wailers have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe performing an average of 200 dates a year.

In keeping with the band’s tradition of touring with album themes, The Wailers have been performing entire sets devoted to songs from the specific albums such as Legend, Exodus and the album Survival released in 1979.  Legend was the twelfth album released by Bob Marley and The Wailers and the second posthumous one. It is the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide and a 2014 re-release topped Billboard’s Top 5 – proving the timeless appeal of their music spans generations. In addition to the songs from this"greatest hits" album, the band will also perform selections from Exodus named by Time Magazine as the “Album of the 20th Century”.

Being mindful of what is going on in the region and in the world the band puts together the best set of songs for each set. It’s not just entertainment, the band is here to educate and inspire the people. Focusing on problems of poverty and separation The Wailers aim to provide a solutions and ultimately to promote peace and unity across all cultures. Reggae music has never stopped evolving but for millions of people from around the world it’s still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and The Wailers. It’s been their heartbeat rhythms that have inspired so much of what’s followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the “one-drop” reggae sound.

Continuing on their worldwide promotion of peace, love and equality through the power of reggae and Rastafari the group have been able to sustain their rare longevity pushing to the forefront of reggae music.

The Wailers are undoubtedly the world’s premier reggae and world music group who bring high energy shows to fans across the globe. 

Lower Than Atlantis

+ Special Guests

Saturday 11th March

Academy

Lower Than Atlantis are a Watford, UK based band, started in 2007 by Mike Duce and Ben. They have since released their debut CD ‘Bretton’ via Thirty Days Of Night Records. Their full length, titled ‘Far Q’ was released in March 2010. In April 2011, their 2nd full length “World Record” was released via Wolf At Your Door Records.

They recruited Declan on Bass and Eddy on Drums to complete a stronger lineup and hope to continue touring the UK, Europe and possibly the USA .

Helmet

+ Special Guests Local H

Saturday 11th March

Academy 3

The Quireboys

+ Special Guests

Saturday 11th March

Club Academy

Manchester Academy present
 
THE QUIREBOYS
Plus support
 
Manchester Club Academy
Saturday 11th March 2017
Doors 7.30pm
 
All Ages - Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18

 

The Quireboys, known in the US as the London Quireboys (even though they come from Newcastle), are a rock band that started in the late ’80s/early ’90s, with John Grey (Spike) on vocals, Guy Griffin and Guy Bailey on guitar, Chris Johnstone on piano/keyboard, Nigel Mogg on bass guitar, and Ian Wallace on drums.

In 1993, The Quireboys broke up but briefly reformed in 1995 with different members. A more permanent reformation came in 2001 when Spike, Guy and Nigel put together a new line-up. The band is still active, recording new material and playing live, and their current line up include Spike, Guy, Keith Weir and Paul Guerin.

Devin Townsend Project

+ TesseracT + Leprous

Monday 13th March

Academy

Devin Townsend Project announce UK tour in support of new album ‘Transcendence’

Following on from the recent announcement of studio album ‘Transcendence’, due for worldwide release on 9th September, Devin Townsend Project has confirmed a much anticipated UK tour which kicks off in Bristol in March 2017. The tour will also see the band visit Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Nottingham.

‘Transcendence’, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Z2’ double-album (half of which was made up of the full-length ‘Sky Blue’), sees the award-winning Townsend exploring a relatively new way of working, collaborating with the entire DTP band during the writing stages of the record. “The result of this process is a record that I truly think the intention of is special” he says of the album. “I am very proud of it and everyone involved.”

The last 2 years since the release of ‘Z2’ have seen Townsend busier and more ambitious than ever, culminating last November in the release of ‘Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall’, a brilliant document of the sold-out show at the famous London venue that saw them bring the Ziltoid story to life on stage in his most impressive production yet.

Across all his bands and projects, since being discovered in 1993, the Canadian multi instrumentalist has released 23 studio albums and 3 live albums. Townsend’s trademark production style and versatile vocal delivery are rooted in metal and his albums are written to express different aspects of his personality.

The Canadian isn’t too interested in keeping an even musical keel. “Music, in my opinion, is ideally the exhaust for whatever you’re going through in life,” Townsend explains. “Rather than the focus, it should be the outcome. As such, each record just naturally leads to the next, and if they’re done correctly they become an accurate representation, like a snapshot of a particular frame of mind”.

Townsend will be joined on stage by Dave Young (guitar), Mike St-Jean (keyboards), Ryan Van Poederooyen (Drums) and Brian Waddel (drums). 

Gojira

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 14th March

Academy

Dodie

+ Special Guests

Friday 17th March

Club Academy

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

+ Very Special Guests

Friday 17th March

Academy 2

Macy Gray

Stripped Tour

Saturday 18th March

Academy 2

Monster Truck

+ The Picturebooks

Saturday 18th March

Club Academy

Live Nation Presents

MONSTER TRUCK

+  SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Manchester Club Academy  

Saturday 18th March 2017

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

 

Tickets £12.00 advance STBF 

The Verve Experience

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Urban Hymns, + Special Guests

Saturday 18th March

Academy 3

GS Promotions Presents
The Verve Experience
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Urban Hymns
+ Special Guests

Doors 7.30pm - Curfew 11pm

Tickets: £10.00 plus booking fee

14+ Only

Little Comets

+ Eliza and The Bear

Sunday 19th March

Club Academy

SJM Concerts Present 
LITTLE COMETS 
+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Club Academy 
Sunday 19th March 2017 
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

 

Little Comets are a band from Newcastle whose musical style has been likened to Vampire Weekend, using inopportune moments and a musical alphabet as deep as the sea.

Little Comets are currently traversing a sextet of cities with nothing but shine in the apples of their eyes.

Somehow soon this combination of pockets, testing, melody and treason will stumble across your path and leave an indelible mark deeper than hue, fingerprint or membrane on your story.

Suicide Silence

+ Special Guests

Monday 20th March

Club Academy

Suicide Silence

announce UK tour this November!

 

Southern California's metal titans, SUICIDE SILENCE have just announced a UK-wide November Tour. Frontman Eddie comments that the band can't wait to come back:
England it has been too long! Hold on to your butts cause we will be headbanging our way through your town! Bring your A game cause we will be bringing ours. The last time we were around you guys brought it hard as fuck now it's time to set the bar higher! Bring the FIRE! - Eddie Hermida

Main Support for all dates comes from European metal-core torchbearers Caliban.


Suicide Silence are expected to release a new album early next year via Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Sonata Arctica

plus Striker and Thunderstone

Wednesday 22nd March

Club Academy

Tidal Concerts proudly presents

SONATA ARCTICA
plus STRIKER and Thunderstone
 
Manchester Club Academy
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Doors 6.30pm | Curfew 11pm
 
Tickets £22.50 advance STBF
 
Finnish melodic metal heroes Sonata Arctica are very pleased to announce that they will be returning to our UK shores in March 2017!
This run – part of a larger European tour - will be taking the band across ten UK cities starting at the Engine Rooms in Southampton, culminating at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, before the band head back to the European mainland for more dates.
 
They will be joined on the road by Norwegian hard rock/prog newcomers Triosphere (until March 20th), Finland-based heavy metallers Thunderstone (March 22nd onwards) and NWOBHM influenced Canadians Striker (all shows).
 
Keyboard player Henrik ‘Henkka’ Klingenberg said the following:
“It´s been far too long since we had a chance to do a proper UK tour, so of course we’re really happy to finally be able to announce 10 shows in the UK, as part of our European leg of ‘The Ninth Hour’ world tour. See you at the shows!!”

 

Circa Waves

+ Special Guests

Thursday 23rd March

Academy

 

 

Hey

Friday 24th March

Academy

Haken

+ Special Guests

Friday 24th March

Academy 3

Kilimanjaro Live Presents
HAKEN
+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 3
Friday 24th March 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £15.00 advance STBF 

 

Haken is a virtuoso progressive rock/metal band from London, comprising some of the country’s finest young musicians. Featured in the band are members of To-Mera and Linearsphere and Anchorhead.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Damage And Joy Tour

Saturday 25th March

Academy

Creeper

+ Very Special Guests

Saturday 25th March

Academy 2

CMH Live Presents
Creeper 
+ Very Special Guests
 
Academy 2
Saturday 25th March

The Ultimate Manchester Reunion

Saturday 25th March

Club Academy

Mayhem

Performing 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', + Special Guests

Thursday 30th March

Club Academy

CMH Live Presents

MAYHEM

PERFORMING ‘DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS’

+  SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Club Academy  

Thursday 30th March 2017

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £20.00 advance STBF 

 

Formed around 1985 by Necrobutcher and guitarist Euronymous (born Oystein Aarseth), Mayhem was the first black metal band from Norway to make a serious impact in their homeland, which in the early '90s developed a burgeoning underground scene rife with violent, sometimes anti-Christian activity, as evidenced by Mayhem's non-musical history. Drummer Hellhammer, who at one time worked in a mental hospital, is the only remaining member of the band's prime-period lineup. Lead vocalist Dead committed suicide in 1991 (two years after joining the band) by shooting himself in the head; Hellhammer made a necklace using some of his skull fragments, and Euronymous reportedly cooked and ate pieces of Dead's brain. Euronymous, in turn, was stabbed to death while in his underwear on August 10, 1993, by the band's bass player, Count Grishnackh (born Christian Vikernes). Grishnackh's alleged motive was jealousy over the fact that Euronymous had a more evil reputation; he inflicted 23 separate wounds, it was also rumored, so as to outdo rival band Emperor's drummer, Faust, who was convicted in the stabbing death of a homosexual acquaintance. When police arrested Grishnackh, they found over 150 kg of stolen dynamite in his house, complete with a plan to blow up a large church on a religious holiday. Grishnackh went on to pursue his electronic-influenced project Burzum while in prison; meanwhile, Euronymous' parents requested that his bass tracks be erased from Mayhem's 1994 album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, (which featured session vocalist Attila Csihar). Still, thanks to growing world-wide interest in Norwegian black metal, Mayhem product has continued to appear on the shelves into the next century. Hellhammer also put together a new Mayhem lineup, which has toured sporadically. During one such tour in 2003, a concert-goer in Norway received a fractured skull as a sheep head flew from the stage while bandmember Blasphemer was cutting the head away from the torso.

Blackberry Smoke

+ Special Guests

Friday 31st March

Academy

Royal Republic

+ Special Guests

Friday 31st March

Academy 2


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