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Soca Explosion

Saturday 4th November

Club Academy

Doda

Friday 10th November

Academy 2

The Prince Experience

Saturday 11th November

Academy 3

In 2016, we lost Prince, one of the most prolific and controversial musical icons of all time.  It seemed that there was nothing this man couldn't do, and because there was only one PRINCE, there is only one Prince tribute band, The Prince Experience.

 

The nine piece Prince Experience comprises some amazing musicians who all have one thing in common - they are huge fans of the music. This love is clear for all to see and hear when the band take to the stage.

 

Fast becoming known as 'the tightest live band out there' The Prince Experience play with a passion that is undeniable.  Jaw breaking high notes, screams and high heels, wailing guitar solos, Linn drums, loops, funky bass, live horns and that famous 'purple' sense of humour. 

Only The Prince Experience have the audacity and the musicianship to do justice to the music of the purple genius and it all comes together in an incredible onstage explosion of hits.  From the floor shaking 1999, through the era defining Purple Rain soundtrack right through the hits of the 90s, and beyond. One thing is for sure, you'd better bring your comfortable shoes, because you WILL be dancing. Celebrate the music of Prince with The Prince Experience.

The Southmartins

Saturday 11th November

Club Academy

The Southmartins are the leading tribute to The Beautiful South and The Housemartins. Having gigged across the UK continuously since their formation in 2010 they have built up not only a loyal following (some fans travel hundreds of miles just to see them) but an unbeatable live show full of energy, soul, humour and, of course, the bulletproof back catalogue of Paul Heaton and co. Happy Hour, Song For Whoever, Rotterdam, Don't Marry Her, Caravan of Love, Perfect 10 and many more bona fide hits are included as well as a few hardcore fan favourites. With a vocal sound that really delivers, a young band of musicians and a healthy irreverence for the "rules" of being a tribute band (they don't do the "dressing up" thing and are known to take the songs off in new directions now and then whilst always aiming to entertain) their growing reputation led to them being invited to perform at Paul Heaton's very own Salford venue on the release weekend of his album with Jacqui Abbott - "What Have We Become" and they have sold the venue out 5 times since.

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin

+ Otis Gibbs

Sunday 12th November

Academy 3

25th September sees the release of the new Homemade Sin album. Their third release and already poised to outsell their two previous releases.


Recorded in Malmö, Sweden and Nashville, Tennessee, the twelve tracks tip their hats to the band’s musical influences; The Rolling Stones, Faces and The Band, whilst lyrically, Dan Baird takes the listener through rural America and the characters and stories, he meets along the way.


You may remember Dan, he was the lead singer with ’80’s roots superstars The Georgia Satellites and the composer of “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”. Every night in America, it is estimated that at least eight bands will be covering that number. Not bad for a song that celebrates its thirtieth birthday next year.
Joining Dan is fellow ex Satellite, drummer Mauro Magellan and founder member of Americana Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement winners Jason And The Scorchers, guitarist Warner E. Hodges. The lineup is completed by Micke Nilsson on bass.


The band has a reputation for being one of the best live acts currently on the circuit, appearing at the Sweden Rock festival in 2009 and Hard Rock Hell in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 they headlined the prestigious Kilkenny Festival in Ireland. They have established an annual series of concerts in London that attract fans from all around the world.


HERE’S WHAT THE PRESS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM
“Dan's new album sounds, like a good rock-album has to sound. Good songs performed by a band with the right spirit and feeling for this music”. RENE MAEDER - WOP BOP A LOO BOP RADIO
"A ter-riff-ic set of smart, ageless rock & roll tunes, imbued with Baird's lively sense of fun, all delivered with the crunching musicality and masterful dexterity a lifetime on the road will cultivate. Holy cow! Allow Get Loud! now” HOWARD THOMPSON - MUSIC DIRECTOR, WPKN 89.5FM, BRIDGEPORT
“It’s been a long time since people made albums as fun, as strong and as satisfying as this one” - BILLBOARD
“Amazing songs delivered with gap toothed, shit kicking passion. Swaggering hooklines, bittersweet lyrics, great guitars and choruses to die for. Homemade Sin in a nutshell” – CLASSIC ROCK
“Completely unpretentious and totally irresistible” - ALT COUNTRY
“Contains all the elements of the classic Georgia Satellites sound” - SPIN

Thomas Rhett

Home Team Tour 2017 + Old Dominion

Sunday 12th November

Academy

Live Nation Presents 
THOMAS RHETT
HOME TEAM TOUR 2017
With special guests Old Dominion

Manchester Academy
Sunday 12th November 2017 
Doors 7pm | Curfew 10.30pm

Tickets £22.50 advance STBF 
All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

Thomas Rhett "has established himself as one of the most consistent hitmakers in country music" (CMT) known for his "retro, soul-inspired danceable mix of arena-sized tunes and hooky melodies” (Associated Press). He continues making pinnacle waves with the fastest rising single of his career “Star Of The Show,” featured on his 18-track TANGLED UP DELUXE (The Valory Music Co.). Filled with party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs, love ballads as well as five never-before-heard tracks, the release includes his 2X PLATINUM six-week chart-topping smash “Die A Happy Man".

Following a huge 2016, which saw GRAMMY nominee Thomas Rhett win big at the Billboard Music Awards (’Top Country Song’ for ‘Die A Happy Man’, perform with Nick Jonas (CMT Cross Roads) and Zara Larsson (CMT Artists Of The Year), and play London’s O2 Arena for Country 2 Country festival, he brings his 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR to The UK. After drawing capacity crowds last year, he returns as a “force to be reckoned with” (Daily Star) overseas, with special guest Old Dominion while also making his debut headlining run in the US and Canada.

"I’m already excited about getting back to see our fans in The UK again,” said Thomas Rhett. “Last year was the first time I’d headlined over there, and I’m still thinking about how great the shows were. We’re going to get to play some bigger venues this time, which is really something I’d never dreamed we’d get to do."

Tyketto

+ Support

Sunday 12th November

Club Academy

Nice to hit a career milestone when you’re celebrating your 25th Anniversary! TYKETTO are about to undertake their busiest period in many years, and will be performing pretty much all over the globe. Still supporting 2012 album, Dig In Deep, the first release by TYKETTO’s full original line up since the 1991 debut, Don’t Come Easy. Fitting that 2014 gives TYKETTO the opportunity to celebrate the old and the new at the same time.

The 2014, Forever Young! 25th Anniversary tour, Part 1 took place across the UK, and found TYKETTO playing in front of more people than they had for many years.

Part 2 will see TYKETTO complete their 25th Anniversary celebrations in style by returning to the UK and Europe, visiting cities that the band have not visited in many years!

You better DIG IN DEEP! TYKETTO are on the way!!!!!

 

Heaven 17

+ Special Guests: Blancmange

Saturday 18th November

Academy 2

Heaven 17, please remember, were not even intended to be a group. In the beginning was the British Electric Foundation, or B.E.F., for short.  Born out of the collapse of the original Human League, and the brainchild of Martyn Ware, that band’s leader, B.E.F. was less a record label, as a portfolio of future musical projects of which Heaven 17 would be just one.  Ian Craig Marsh, co-founder of the Human League, would join Ware along with Glenn Gregory as lead vocalist the man who would have been the original Human League singer had he not been unavailable.

Penthouse and Pavement is a musically schizoid slab of modern art.  Side 1 fires off in the new, funky direction, whilst Side 2, the all-synth side gives a taste of what a third Human League album with Ware and Marsh on-side might have sounded – wonderful melodies and audacious arrangements with tracks such as ‘Let’s All Make A Bomb’ and ‘Song With No Name’ the very best of British electronica.

A defining feature of Heaven 17 was their total artistic control over their music. Whereas the sound and the success of the Human League’s Dare was very much a collaboration between the band and Martin Rushent, Heaven 17 were performers, writers and designers creating not just their own music but every aspect of the music’s presentation and packaging.

It was written into our contract that we had complete control over the content of what we presented. Each stage of production was integral to the band’s ethos, from cover artwork to their own sartorial elegance in video and on photo shoots. We were influenced by Kraftwerk because what they presented was this world view of which the music was an integrated part.

Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’ so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40. There would be no such disappointment with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single. A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, Escher-like to an electric orgasm that seems never to come, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983.

For their next album, Heaven 17 pulled off that most difficult of tricks. How Men Are was a set of experimental tracks which were also pop songs. Although it spawned hits ‘Sunset Now’ and ‘This Is Mine’, the band’s popularity had peaked, and although they remained productive and always intelligent, Pleasure One (1986), and Teddy Bear, Duke, and Pyscho(1988) lacked direction.

Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’ so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40.  There would be no such disappoint with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single.  A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, Escher-like to an electric orgasm that seems never to come, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983.

By the late 2000’s, Heaven 17 were down to two of their original members, Ian Craig Marsh having left the band to take a degree course in Psychology.  Yet demand for Heaven 17 live which had run dry a decade earlier had now picked up dramatically.  A whole new generation of artists began to sight Heaven 17 as prime influences, not least La Roux who would join Heaven 17 for a storming session for Six Music in 2010.  

In October 2011, a reconstructed Music Of Quality And Distinction concert at the Roundhouse on night one (featuring original artists from the projects such as Sandie Shaw, and new talent such as Polly Scattergood) would be followed on the second by a dramatic reconstruction of their biggest commercial success, The Luxury Gap.

The Luxury Gap has never been more relevant.  Written during the height of Thatcherism by three Left-leaning young men against a backdrop of over 3 million unemployed the parallels with the Austerity Britain of today are obvious.  Today with a Millionaire cabinet, bankers’ bonuses, yet with once again three million unemployed and doom and depression everywhere, Heaven 17’s sly, post-modern critique of modern society has never sounded so resonant, nor been so necessary.

  

Heaven 17

+ Special Guests: Blancmange

Saturday 18th November

Academy 2

Heaven 17, please remember, were not even intended to be a group. In the beginning was the British Electric Foundation, or B.E.F., for short.  Born out of the collapse of the original Human League, and the brainchild of Martyn Ware, that band’s leader, B.E.F. was less a record label, as a portfolio of future musical projects of which Heaven 17 would be just one.  Ian Craig Marsh, co-founder of the Human League, would join Ware along with Glenn Gregory as lead vocalist the man who would have been the original Human League singer had he not been unavailable.

Penthouse and Pavement is a musically schizoid slab of modern art.  Side 1 fires off in the new, funky direction, whilst Side 2, the all-synth side gives a taste of what a third Human League album with Ware and Marsh on-side might have sounded – wonderful melodies and audacious arrangements with tracks such as ‘Let’s All Make A Bomb’ and ‘Song With No Name’ the very best of British electronica.

A defining feature of Heaven 17 was their total artistic control over their music. Whereas the sound and the success of the Human League’s Dare was very much a collaboration between the band and Martin Rushent, Heaven 17 were performers, writers and designers creating not just their own music but every aspect of the music’s presentation and packaging.

It was written into our contract that we had complete control over the content of what we presented. Each stage of production was integral to the band’s ethos, from cover artwork to their own sartorial elegance in video and on photo shoots. We were influenced by Kraftwerk because what they presented was this world view of which the music was an integrated part.

Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’ so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40. There would be no such disappointment with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single. A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, Escher-like to an electric orgasm that seems never to come, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983.

For their next album, Heaven 17 pulled off that most difficult of tricks. How Men Are was a set of experimental tracks which were also pop songs. Although it spawned hits ‘Sunset Now’ and ‘This Is Mine’, the band’s popularity had peaked, and although they remained productive and always intelligent, Pleasure One (1986), and Teddy Bear, Duke, and Pyscho(1988) lacked direction.

Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’ so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40.  There would be no such disappoint with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single.  A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, Escher-like to an electric orgasm that seems never to come, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983.

By the late 2000’s, Heaven 17 were down to two of their original members, Ian Craig Marsh having left the band to take a degree course in Psychology.  Yet demand for Heaven 17 live which had run dry a decade earlier had now picked up dramatically.  A whole new generation of artists began to sight Heaven 17 as prime influences, not least La Roux who would join Heaven 17 for a storming session for Six Music in 2010.  

In October 2011, a reconstructed Music Of Quality And Distinction concert at the Roundhouse on night one (featuring original artists from the projects such as Sandie Shaw, and new talent such as Polly Scattergood) would be followed on the second by a dramatic reconstruction of their biggest commercial success, The Luxury Gap.

The Luxury Gap has never been more relevant.  Written during the height of Thatcherism by three Left-leaning young men against a backdrop of over 3 million unemployed the parallels with the Austerity Britain of today are obvious.  Today with a Millionaire cabinet, bankers’ bonuses, yet with once again three million unemployed and doom and depression everywhere, Heaven 17’s sly, post-modern critique of modern society has never sounded so resonant, nor been so necessary.

  

Will Varley

Saturday 18th November

Club Academy

Hey! Manchester Presents

WILL VARLEY

Manchester Club Academy

Saturday 18th November 2017

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £14.00 advance STBF | £16.00 OTD

 

All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

Electric Six

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 22nd November

Club Academy

Guns 2 Roses

30th anniversary tour of Appetite For Destruction Playing the iconic album in full!

Friday 24th November

Academy 3

Manchester Academy and albumanniversaries.com presents...

GUNS 2 ROSES

30th anniversary tour of Appetite For Destruction in there and 'playing the iconic album in full!' 

Manchester Academy 3

Friday 24th November 2017

Doors 7.30pm

Curfew 11.00pm

 

Ages: 14+

Ticket price: £12.50

The Doors Alive

Saturday 25th November

Academy 3

Jagged Little Pill (Live On Stage)

Thursday 30th November

Club Academy

Seventh Avenue Arts present 
Jagged Little Pill Live

Manchester Club Academy
Thursday 30th November 2017 
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets 14.00 advance STBF // £16.00 OTD 
All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

Experience a night of pure nostalgia, as one of the greatest albums in music history is recreated live. Jagged Little Pill (Live On Stage) is the ultimate tribute to Alanis Morisettes unforgettable award winning LP. ’Jagged Little Pillswept across the world in 1995 selling 33 million copies, going 10x platinum in the UK staying in the charts for 145 weeks and winning 5 Grammy Awards.

Featuring a full live band and charismatic lead singer, the evening celebrates the critically acclaimed success of Jagged Little Pill, delivering songs such as Hand In My Pocket, You Learn, ‘You Oughta Knowand the powerful ‘Ironicwith uplifting energy and passion. Don’t miss your chance to see Jagged Little Pill (Live On Stage) on its UK wide tour!


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