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KSI

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 1st November

Academy 3

KSI - VIP Ticket

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 1st November

Academy 3

Annihilator

+ Mason

Wednesday 2nd November

Academy 3

Legendary Canadian thrash/heavy metal masters Annihilator will release their brand new (and 15th!) studio album, “Suicide Society”, on September 18th, 2015 via UDR Music, worldwide.

As usual, guitar wizard Jeff Waters handles all songwriting duties, plays all guitar & bass, engineers, produces, mixes and masters “Suicide Society”… and Waters is also back commanding lead vocal duties, as he did on the critically acclaimed “King of the Kill” (1994), “Refresh the Demon” (1996), “Remains” (1997) and other Annihilator albums over the years.

Waters on his return  to vocal duties: “Dave (Padden/vocalist from 03-14) & I have, essentially, been Annihilator since 2003 but he resigned last December, citing having had enough of touring, being away from home and other commitments. I thank him for his 11 years with Annihilator. That said, Annihilator and I are known for never giving up and, occasionally, coming up with something even better than its former offering(s): this is undeniably the case with “Suicide Society!”

With “Suicide Society”, Annihilator goes headfirst into some of the most technically perfect, crisp, and crushingly taut, riffage Waters has ever produced. Although Waters’ vocals keep traces of stylings from his “King of the Kill” album, they now evoke a surprising blend of legends such as Staley, Osbourne, Hetfield and Mustaine. This, in a twisted way, mirrors Waters’ signature blend of riffing, drums grooves and bass; all drawing from multiple sources and genres.

Waters has built a worldwide reputation as being a premier guitarist and songwriter; the conciseness and arrangement of “Creepin’ Again” is both an air-guitarist’s dream and a sharp reminder of this. The gloriously-brutal thrash of “My Revenge” calls up a vintage of ’85 with the technical chops of 2015. The neo-classic title track defiantly expresses anger at the state of world affairs, while offering up hope in closing. With the multi-layered power of the anthem “Snap”, Waters illustrates the diversity of Annihilator’s sound, without sacrificing one decibel of attack.

“Metal fans will likely sport evil, satisfied grins on their faces, when they hear this record” chuckles Waters, “but in the words of Joe Perry: “Let the Music Do the Talking”! 

The Japanese House

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 2nd November

Club Academy

The Japanese House is the captivating moniker of 21-year-old Amber Bain. Over the past 12 months she has emerged as one of the UK’s most promising artists, following the release of her two acclaimed EPs (Pools To Bathe In and Clean), which showcased her ability to create brooding, melancholic electronica that pushes the parameters of alt-pop.

 

After spending the majority of 2016 on the road supporting The 1975 on their worldwide tour, the new dates will be The Japanese House’s first headline shows since her sold out February tour.  With new music to follow, tickets will be on sale at 9am on Wednesday 20th July and will provide fans with another chance to see this fascinating new artist ahead of what will be no doubt be a breakthrough 2017.

James Blake

+ Mark Pritchard

Thursday 3rd November

Academy

James Blake has announced a handful of UK dates in October-November, including a London show at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on 1st November (full dates below). The much-awaited headline shows will give fans the opportunity to see the award-winning artist, producer, songwriter, and vocalist performing new tracks from his critically acclaimed third album The Colour In Anything (Polydor Records).

 

The weekend saw James Blake headline the main stage at Field Day Festival to an enthralled audience and critical praise. “A sublime and stellar showing from the hometown boy”, said the NME, while The Guardian observed, “introspective electronic soul swells to suit the occasion”.

 

James Blake’s touch can be felt throughout the modern music landscape. He lent his inimitable voice and production to “Forward” on Beyoncé’s chart-dominating #1 blockbuster Lemonade, in addition to co-writing the opener “Pray You Catch Me.” He won a Mercury Prize for 2013’s Overgrown, garnered a “Best New Artist” nomination at the 2014 Grammy Awards, and received a nod for “British Male Solo Artist” at the 2014 BRIT Awards. He has graced stages ranging from Glastonbury to Sydney Opera House and Japan's Fuji Rock and countless other festivals as well as performing sold out headline tours.

 

Critical praise for The Colour In Anything:

"Pop's most influential sound" - The Guardian ****

"Best New Music" - Pitchfork

"...The Colour In Anything features Blake's richest and most emotionally resonant workyet" - NME ****

"Quietly bursting with emotion" - The Independent ****

"...an album of exquisite musical invention" - The Telegraph

"THE COLOUR IN ANYTHING SHOWS AN ARTIST AT HIS MOST UNFASHIONABLY SINCERE, AND HIS BEST" - FADER

"... AN ALBUM THAT FEELS TOO STUPIDLY, OVERWHELMINGLY BEAUTIFUL TO BE REAL" - STEREOGUM

METRO ****

DIY ****

 

Five, S Club, Sash!, Big Brovaz, Booty Luv

+ Special Guests

Thursday 3rd November

Academy 2

Lil Debbie

Thursday 3rd November

Academy 3

The Wailers performing Legend in its entirety

Performing The Album Legend In Its Entirety, + Special Guests

Friday 4th November

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. 

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin

+ Drivin n Cryin + 68-75

Friday 4th 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

TransferGo - Manchester Hip Hop Festival

Saturday 5th November

Academy 2

Blues Pills

+ Special Guests

Saturday 5th November

Club Academy

Multi-national newcomer sensation BLUES PILLS have announced tour dates throughout UK and Ireland for this November!

Front woman Elin Larsson commented 'UK get ready to be dazzled! Looking forward coming back to see you all - we missed you. Put on your best pair of dancing shoes and join the Blues Pills party!'

The soulful rockers will release their highly anticipated second album 'Lady In Gold' this summer, produced once again by Swedish producer Don Alsterberg. 

3 Doors Down

+ Pop Evil + The Fallen State

Saturday 5th November

Academy

Nashville, TN --- 3 Doors Down has announced a headlining European tour in support of the band's recently released Us And The Night album out now on Spinefarm Records. The 13 confirmed dates will bring the group in to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, and The United Kingdom. The run kicks off on October 19 at Berlin's Columbiahalle, and wraps at UK's Hammerstein Apollo on November 6. Pop Evil will be direct support on all dates. For the first time in Europe the band will offer a VIP Sound Check Party which includes access to the band’s afternoon rehearsal, M&G, Photo opportunity, exclusive laminate, signed poster and more. Details are available at www.3doorsdown.com

Singer Brad Arnold shares, "Chris and I had a great time setting up the record in the UK, Paris and Germany this past March and have been looking forward to getting back to Europe for some time now. Our European fans have always welcomed us with open arms and been big supporters of our music. We can’t wait to be back rocking and playing songs from our newest album “Us And The Night” for them!"

Grammy Award®-nominated, multiplatinum band 3 Doors Down released their sixth full-length album, Us And The Night on March 11 globally. The lead single "In The Dark" has risen on the charts across the world and is a bona fide smash at rock radio. The group recorded at Rivergate Studios in Nashville, TN with producer Matt Wallace [Maroon 5, Train, Faith No More] over the course of 2015. The first video from the new album features Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte and was directed by Magnus Jonsson and Martin Landgreve of Gaucho Film: http://bit.ly/MVInTheDark

For Ticketing and VIP information visit www.3DoorsDown.com/events

CONFIRMED APPEARANCES INCLUDE:

10/19 Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle
10/20 Hamburg, Germany Mehr Theatre
10/22 Cologne, Germany Palladium
10/24 Munich, Germany Zenith
10/25 Stuttgart, Germany Schleyerhalle
10/26 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
10/28 Winterthur, Switzerland Eulachalle
10/29 Offenbach, Germany Stadthalle
10/31 Tillburg, Netherlands 013
11/02 Bristol, UK 02 Academy
11/03 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy
11/05 Manchester, UK Academy
11/06 London, UK Hammersmith Apollo

ABOUT 3 DOORS DOWN:
Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. The quintet’s many accolades include selling 16 million albums globally, receiving three Grammy nominations, and winning two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting—including “Songwriter of the Year.” Their debut The Better Life, became certified six-times RIAA platinum in 2000 and was fueled by the success of juggernaut hit “Kryptonite.” This was followed by 2002’s sophomore album, Away from the Sun which went triple-platinum and saw similar success with “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You.” 2005’s platinum Seventeen Days and 2008’s 3 Doors Down each earned #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, while Time of My Life landed at #3 in 2011. In 2003, the group founded the charity The Better Life Foundation. Ignited by the single “In The Dark,” 3 Doors Down unleashed their sixth full-length album, Us and the Night, in March of 2016.

Soca Explosion

Cup Clash 2016

Saturday 5th November

Club Academy

Theatre of Hate

+ Special Guests

Sunday 6th November

Club Academy

In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, “Legion”/”Original Sin”, topped the independent chart in 1980, and “Westworld”, their debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. The single taken from the album, “Do You Believe In The Westworld?” has become an anthem.

 

Supporting the likes of The Clash & Ian Dury lead to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK & Northern Europe.

Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows.

The band will be releasing a new album "Kinshi" on October 14th.

 

Kirk, Stan and John will be joined by current Spear Of Destiny band member Adrian Portas (New Model Army), Danny Farrent(Buzzcocks) and Chris Bell(Hugh Cornwall).

Impericon Never Say Die! Tour 2016

Whitechapel + Thy Art Is Murder + Carnifex + Obey The Brave, + Fallujah + Make Them Suffer + Polar

Monday 7th November

Club Academy

The 69 Eyes

Monday 7th November

Academy 3

”I rushed to buy the brand new Cramps album in the early 90’s at my favorite record shop. When I asked to listen to it, the guy behind the counter looked at me and said: ”C’mon Jyrki, it’s THE CRAMPS, you don’t really need to listen to it beforehand!” This kind of logic should work with the new THE 69 EYES album as well. It’s THE 69 EYES, goddammit!”

 

Producer Johnny Lee Michaels teamed-up with THE 69 EYES in the final months before the Millennium and together they developed the band’s 'Goth’n’Roll' signature sound on the albums »Blessed Be« (2000) and »Paris Kills« (2002). After over a decade the band has finally got it’s 6th vampire back and is now releasing their 11th album called »Universal Monsters« on Nuclear Blast Records. Once again produced by Johnny Lee Michaels who is also on keyboards, backing vocals and, most importantly, involved in the arrangements. This is 100% pure 'Goth’n’Roll' in 2016!

 

»Universal Monsters« has already been said to sound like an album that could have come out right after »Paris Kills«. Yet it’s as mysterious and surprising as THE 69 EYES have always been. Epic songs like 'Blackbird Pie' combining celtic melodies with Ennio Morricone-ish string arrangements, Native American flute and singing together in the way music was once done and the west was won… or strange French-new wave rock with the chorus of 'Miss Pastis'… or a Jim Morrison-esque mystic postcard from 'Jerusalem'…”Nobody makes music like we do, man! This is our life, this is what we believe in,” says vocalist Jyrki 69.

 

The first single and video 'Jet Fighter Plane' represents the band more current and nearly political stance – though they claim to have just written a Cold War-era sounding retro song.

 

“We sounds as fresh as ever, the music goes itself and takes us into undiscovered paths and soundscapes. How the album grew into what it has become just surprised us and you can really hear the creativity blooming there. And still it sounds nobody else but THE 69 EYES, “ tries the vocalist Jyrki 69 describe the mystic recording process.

 

And like always, the best backing vocalists can be found from the closest bars in Helsinki! This time the local latest hard rock heroes, SANTA CRUZ were recruited for the backing vocal sessions.

 

The cover artwork of »Universal Monsters«, as well as the first video single, were conceived by Finnish photographer and director Ville Juurikkala - known from his works for NIGHTWISH, AMORPHIS, HIM, APOCALYPTICA and MICHAEL MONROE. As the album title »Universal Monsters« refers, the band are portrayed in movie monster lightning, showing them as well classic and timeless creatures. “The covers are planned and designed as an old-school CD covers - remember when the booklets used to be as exciting as the album itself?! It will actually have five different covers being such a folder - each member of the band can be used as a cover creature of their own. Ville has really succeeded in capturing the classic movie vibe for the shots without any special make-up or photo shopping. THE 69 EYES are the universal rock ’n’ roll monsters - not so many of us left anymore,” says THE 69 EYES vocalist Jyrki. “So from real fans I wish they would get the actual CD in their hands to get the full album treatment as we have planned it to be experienced!”

THE 69 EYES started in Helsinki, Finland in 1989. Hailing as a glammy Dark Rock band their sound was described as 'Goth’n’Roll' by the turn of the century. With their platinum selling albums and radio hits in their native Finland, the band has toured all over the world for two

decades. The easiest way to find their shows is to follow their fans who stand out from the crowd easily in the way the classic cult band’s fans do. The band has also gained a nickname as 'Helsinki Vampires'.

 

© Nuclear Blast

Local Natives

Tuesday 8th November

Academy 2

DHP presents
LOCAL NATIVES

Doors 7.00pm / Curfew 11pm

Tickets: £16.00 plus booking fee

14+ (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

Please note: The ticket price includes a compulsory £1 charity donation which will go to Plus 1 (http://plus1.org)

Silversun Pickups

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 8th November

Club Academy

Lake Street Dive

+ Basia Bulat

Wednesday 9th November

Academy 2

Lake Street Dive

Side Pony

 

A “side pony,” the hairstyle that Lake Street Dive’s Nonesuch debut is named after, is the kind of one-sided Cubism-worthy ’do that requires unwavering self-confidence to pull off. The foursome is not referring to the demure, swept-to-the-side fashion Taylor Swift occasionally sports, but more the outré look of, say, Napoleon Dynamite’s friend Deb. However, a side pony, for them, is really a metaphor for their philosophy and personality as a band, one that seamlessly incorporates R&B, pop, ’60s-era rock, and soul into a unique, dance-party-ready mix. As bassist Bridget Kearney puts it, “When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band’s spirit. We’ve always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying genre-less band. That’s the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.”

 

Guitarist and trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson echoes her sentiment: “It came to mean something larger to us than the original image. The line, ‘I’m just living my life, I rock a side pony’ has a literal connotation: ‘Don’t judge me for my silly hairstyle.’ But it has also come to mean anything you’re doing for the sheer joy of it. We have always ‘rocked our side pony.’ Now we have a convenient phrase for it.”

 

The members of Lake Street Dive—named after an avenue of seedy bars in Olson’s native Minneapolismet in 2004 as students at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Powerhouse singer Rachael Price fronted the quartet and drummer Michael Calabrese filled out the rhythm section. Though they were all studying jazz, their work together took an altogether different shape, informed by their love of classic pop, particularly from the ’60s, when pop could mean the Beatles, the Supremes, Dusty Springfield, or the Beach Boys. They recognized the virtuosity—and timelessness—in the efforts of studio musicians like Muscle Shoals’ legendary Swampers and L.A.’s Wrecking Crew. Similarly, their original repertoire combined musical sophistication with an easy going groove.

 

For several years, the group was a part-time proposition, with everyone living in different cities. (Calabrese and Olson eventually returned to Boston, while Price and Kearney migrated to Brooklyn.) In 2012, Lake Street Dive became a full-time combo after a YouTube video of the quartet acoustically performing the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” on a suburban Boston street corner went viral. The arrangement was slowed-down and torchy, a little melancholic, more late-night New Orleans jazz than AM radio pop, and upwards of three million people were enchanted by it.

 

Producer T Bone Burnett, as impressed as everyone else, invited Lake Street Dive to perform on the 2013 Another Day, Another Time concert event he curated at New York City’s Town Hall to celebrate the Coen brothers’ folk revival-themed movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. Lake Street Dive made the most of its one-song slot, with its performance of the Olson-penned “You Go Down Smooth,” garnering morning-after acclaim from the New Yorker, the Daily News, and the New York Times. The band looked striking too, like a retro lounge band that could have sprung from the surreal imagination of David Lynch. That star-making moment has been preserved on the Nonesuch soundtrack to Showtime’s documentary of the concert.

 

Side Pony, recorded in the winter of 2015, has an exhilarating feel from start to finish. For listeners familiar with Lake Street Dive, it’s a natural evolution of the band’s sound. The arrangements offer a knowing nod to the past while the lyrics tackle the pitfalls of modern romance in a manner that’s often more playful than rueful. And Price’s vocals have a teasing swagger to them. Neither her heart nor her hairstyle will be messed with.

 

 

Singer Price agrees: “We’re the happy breakup band. We like to write about our lives and real things but we always like music that makes you dance and lifts you up. And those things don’t need to be separate from one another. A sad song doesn’t need to be in a minor key and slow. That’s something we try to blend and do as much as possible.” The album track “Spectacular Failure,” she notes, is sort of a “cheerful parody” of a hapless lothario. “The story and specifics aren’t true but it was inspired by a real person who we turned into this mythical, terrible character.”

 

Side Pony is produced by the eclectic Nashville-based Dave Cobb, whose credits include Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and the Secret Sisters. Cobb’s working method was to keep the recording fast and loose, as live-in-the-studio as possible, and to embrace the unorthodox.

 

This provided Lake Street Dive with a welcome challenge: an opportunity to experiment with sound and arrangements and to collaborate on songwriting in a way the band had never attempted before. For earlier discs, the band members each wrote their own material and by the time they’d all arrive in the studio, the songs would have been meticulously arranged—and then the group would simply record them.

 

But Cobb encouraged them to bring only the most basic demos. The band showed up in Nashville with a lot of ideas, 28 songs, for their first session, and quickly discarded more than half. After a break from recording to go tour Australia, the process took an even more freewheeling turn as the band labored collectively to come up with the final cuts for the disc, including the title track, the infectious sing-along “Hell Yeah,” and the early ’70s-styles funk of “Can’t Stop.”

 

At one point, Cobb encouraged the band to scour the dollar bins at used record shops, and then spin their finds in the studio, dropping the needle at random in search of inspiration. “Can’t Stop,” in particular, grew out of that exercise, spurred on by the wobbly sound of a warped old soul record they’d unearthed.

 

Kearney explains, “Dave wanted us to come without any preconceived idea of how we were going to do the songs, so we made only campfire-style sketch demos—me, McDuck, and Mike strumming guitar and all of us singing the melody. We could then easily slow a song down, change the chorus to minor—we could make some pretty broad strokes in the studio, just following a much more intuitive approach to finishing a song.”  She deadpans, “We used to be stiffer, more analytical conservatory kids. Now we like to use our conservatory skills for good, not evil.”

 

Calabrese adds, “We would be working on a tune, trying stuff out, and Dave would stop us in the middle of the song and say, ‘Let’s try it this way instead.’ His process was mercurial, changing direction quickly, going from ‘we don’t have anything’ to ‘we’ve got it!’” He continues, “We weren’t always so sure. But then we’d listen to a comp and we’d agree that he’d heard something we hadn’t. That’s what good producers do: they capture lightning in a bottle.”

 

Price says, “We realized working in the studio this way that we each have our own strengths: Bridget is a really fantastic lyricist. She’s fast and she can come up with a lot of ideas. McDuck is the same way with harmony, with changes and chords. He can come up with a lot of options in a short period of time. It was great to see, through this particular recording process, how beautifully our individual strengths complement each other.”

 

—Michael Hill

Mick Flannery

Plus Support

Wednesday 9th November

Night and Day Cafe

Jimmy Eat World

+ Special Guests

Thursday 10th November

Academy

Jimmy Eat World formed in Mesa, Arizona, United States in 1993. They are associated with an array of genres including emo, alternative rock, indie rock and pop punk. Singer/guitarist Jim Adkins and drummer Zach Lind, who had been friends since kindergarten, joined forces with co-vocalist/guitarist Tom Linton and bass player Mitch Porter to try their hand at music. In its early years the band emulated the style of their punk rock influences, and they eventually recorded and released three singles and a full-length, self-titled album on local label Wooden Blue Records. The name Jimmy Eat World did not refer to lead singer Jim Adkins. Tom Linton’s younger siblings, Ed and Jimmy, fought constantly when they were younger. Jimmy, who was stronger and heavier, would usually win. On one instance, Ed, as revenge, drew a picture with crayons of Jimmy shoving the entire world into his gaping mouth with the caption, “Jimmy eat world.” The picture, and by extension the band name, may have been inspired by an episode of the cartoon show ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’, where the main characters put on a student film festival. Dizzy Devil’s film, “Dizzy Eat World”, was a 5 second piece drawn crudely in crayon where Dizzy’s gaping jaw engulfed the Earth. In 1995 the band signed to Capitol Records. Around this time bass player Mitch parted ways with the band and was replaced by Linton’s friend Rick Burch. After a brief scouting for producers, the band joined up with Drive Like Jehu drummer Mark Trombino to record their debut album Static Prevails.

Peaches

+ Special Guests

Thursday 10th November

Academy 2

Now Wave Presents

 

PEACHES

+  SPECIAL GUESTS

 

 

Manchester Academy 2  

Thursday 10th November 2016

Doors 7pm | Curfew 11pm

 

Tickets £16.00 advance STBF 

Mentallica

Europe's No 1 Tribute to Metallica

Friday 11th November

Club Academy

D'BANJ Live In Concert

+ Tekno + Special Guests

Friday 11th November

Academy

Afrobeat Artistry presents

 

D’BANJ Live In Concert

PLUS TEKNO

PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Manchester Academy

Friday 11th November 2016

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11.30pm

Tickets £19.50 advance STBF | Second Release £25 advance stbf

Kill II This

+ Damnations Hammer + I Saw The World Burn

Friday 11th November

Academy 3

Kaskade

+ Special Guests

Friday 11th November

Academy 2

Global Presents

KASKADE
+ SPECIAL GUESTS 

Manchester Academy 2 
Friday 11th November 2016 
Doors 10pm | Curfew 4am

Tickets £15.00 / £20.00 / £25.00 advance STBF

Architects

+ Special Guests

Saturday 12th November

Academy

The brilliant ARCHITECTS can today announce their UK headline tour in support of new album 'All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us', which will be released on May 27th through Epitaph. 

 

The albums first track 'A Match Made In Heaven' was premiered on the Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P Carter in March, as the shows Rockest Record (track of the week).
 
Second song “Gone With The Wind” was premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show in early April, and the band released a breathtaking new video for the song, directed by Jeb Hardwick.
 
For 'All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us', ARCHITECTS once again teamed up with Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd, previously helped realise the bands last album, 'Lost Forever, Lost Together'..
 
The new songs have received great feedback from the key music media, as well as the fans of the band. 'A Match Made In Heaven' has been nominated as 'Track Of The Year' at this year’s Kerrang! Awards, and the band are nominated for Best British Band at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods. 

ARCHITECTS will be also be playing some of the key festivals across Europe this summer, including Download Festival in UK, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park Festivals in Germany, and Hellfest in France.

 

For Those About To Rock

Livewire AC/DC vs Federal Charm, + Special Guests

Saturday 12th November

Academy 2

’Hail! Hail to the good times
‘cos rock has got the right of way
For those about to rock,
We salute you’

Live/Wire and Federal Charm join forces to deliver a night of TNT, high voltage, downright dirty deeds…

We roll tonight to the guitar bite of the familiar from Live/Wire and their blistering AC/DC show, complete with cannons, a Bon Scott, a Brian Johnson, a wall of Marshalls and a duck-walking Angus.

…and of soon-to-be familiar, with Planet Rock favourites, Federal Charm, bringing a new fresh edge to the ‘For Those About To Rock’ line-up.

For those who know, Live/Wire’s drop you slap-bang in the middle of an AC/DC show with hit after hit: Back in Black, A Whole Lotta Rosie, Highway To Hell… the songs go on and on and keep a-coming until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo.

… and for those who don’t, Federal Charm are full of twin-guitar twists and stop-start rhythms. Their original take and fresh direction on the classic rock curve has turned many. They draw from a deep well – from the Allman Brothers to Led Zeppelin, stopping off on the way to pay a call in at Thin Lizzy, the revamp-blues of The Black Keys and the contemporary bluster of Rival Sons. But hey! Don’t just take our word for it…

“Swaggering riffs, sleazy slide flourishes and cinder raw vocals with a confidence that is utterly winning” - Classic Rock

“Huge in sound and in talent. Nothing short of ear-candy” - Fireworks

“Federal Charm are one of the most animated, loud, raucous bands on the UK circuit today”
- Blues Matters

Live/Wire together with Federal Charm deliver the old and bring on the new for a night of great riffs; ace musicianship; phenomenal vocals. A big sound that cannot be restrained. Heads will roll and rock tonight…

'Pick up your balls and load up your cannon
For a twenty one gun salute
For those about to rock
We salute you’

Fire!

The Graham Bonnet Band

Plus support

Saturday 12th November

Club Academy

The Graham Bonnet Band, the new band formed by ex-Rainbow / Alcatrazz / MSG / Impellitteri vocalist Graham Bonnet have finalized their touring and recording line-up. The band is now comprised of:
Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Conrad Pesinato - Guitars
Beth-Ami Heavenstone - Bass
Mark Zonder – Drums
The first release from the band will be a 2 song E.P. titled "My Kingdom Come" , The title track being written by none other than Russ Ballard, who has had a long association with Graham dating back to Rainbow's "Down To Earth" (Since You've Been Gone) and Graham's own "Line-Up" solo outing from 1981 (S.O.S, Liar)
Graham says: "It's really great to have Russ contribute a song on our first release as a new band , I have a great history with him, having recorded several of his songs for bands and projects i have been involved in over the years".
Additionally track features renowned progressive rock/metal drummer Mark Zonder (Warlord/ex- Fates Warning) performing all drum duties.
The other track on offer, a full original band composition titled "The Mirror Lies", is a powerful song that will certainly please fans of Graham's celebrated career in hard rock.
The E.P. (mixed and mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio) will be released in time for the Japanese tour the band are undertaking this coming June with Michael Schenker's 'Temple of Rock'.
Bookings are coming in for Graham's new band which will see the group touring extensively over the next year in the UK, Australia, New Zealand,Europe and the USA .
Connect with Graham Bonnet and the Graham Bonnet Band Here :
www.grahambonnetband.com
www.facebook.com/grahambonnetmusic
www.facebook.com/grahambonnetofficial

Foy Vance

+ Ryan McMullan

Sunday 13th November

Academy 2

Frankie Boyle

+ Francesca Martinez, Steve Gribbin, Attila the Stockbroker,, Jack Carroll, Grace Petrie, John Moloney, Steph Pike

Monday 14th November

Academy

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity host

FRANKIE BOYLE

PLUS FRANCESCA MARTINEZ, STEVE GRIBBIN, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, JACK CARROLL, GRACE PETRIE,

JOHN MOLONEY, STEPH PIKE, Julie Hesmondhalgh + MORE TBA

Royal Southern Brotherhood

+ Support

Monday 14th November

Club Academy

They are not a band...they are an extravaganza!” – John Hiatt

Royal Southern Brotherhood are a Blues / Funk / Rock combo from the USA featuring Cyril Neville from The Meters and The Neville Brothers.

Their latest album "Don't Look Back: The Muscle Shoals Sessions" was recorded at the legendary Fame Studios.

Their debut album came out in 2012 and the band originally featured Devon Allman and Mike Zito. The latest line up is Cyril Neville, Bart Walker, Tyrone Vaughan, Chartlie Wooton & Yonrico Scott.

Do not miss your chance to see this incredible band live in the UK.

Too High To Riot Tour

Bas with special guests, Coz, Earthgang, The Hics, Ron Gilmore

Tuesday 15th November

Academy 3

Caravan Palace

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 16th November

Academy

CARAVAN PALACE

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UK HEADLINE DATES CONFIRMED AS PART OF MAJOR EUROPEAN TOUR

 

“Melding 1920s swing with electronica to hugely danceable effect”The Independent

 

“Bizarre but excellent camp melding of Daft Punk and Cab Calloway”@guardianmusic

 

“Like Sidney Bechet remixed by David Guetta” @matthewwrighter (Matthew Wright, TheArtsDesk)

 

“One of the best live bands on the globe” Rob da Bank

 

Following blistering sets at Glastonbury and a bouncing sold out show at Somerset House, Electro-swing pioneers Caravan Palace will return to the UK this November to play their biggest headline dates yet includinga showLondon’s O2 Academy Brixton.

 

The Parisian seven-piece fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz to euphoric effect. Having originally formed in 2005 the band’s eponymous debut album in 2008 set the tone of a rip-roaring party, bursting with fun and good humour. The band’s third album <I°_°I> was released in 2015 to rapturous reviews and saw them perform on the likes of Later with Jools Holland, Live at London Palladium and The Jonathan Ross Show. Plus they’ve had tracks featured on the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, so if you haven’t seen Caravan Palace you’ve definitely heard them!

 

A true word-of-mouth sensation, the band’s live profile has risen unrelentingly.  Their decadent, potent cocktail of jazz manouche, hip-hop, jive, house and beats defies simple categorisation but, needless to say, delivers with a punch. Their genuine joy in performing live guarantees a riotous good time - they’re capable of tearing the roof off any venue or festival tent.

 

With further summer of festivals ahead, including Bestival’s mainstage, Caravan Palace will head back to the UK this November. Of the tour they said:  “The London show will be our biggest show ever and we're working on making it special for you!! We can’t wait to come back to perform”

EDEN

Wednesday 16th November

Academy 3

Lacuna Coil

+ Special Guests, + G.O.D + Forever Still

Wednesday 16th November

Academy 2

Following the release of their new album ‘Delirium’ last week, Italian band Lacuna Coil will be returning to the UK for a headline tour this November. 

Rag N Bone Man

+ River Matthews

Wednesday 16th November

Club 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!

The Damned - 40th Anniversary

+ Special Guests

Friday 18th November

Academy

Punk legends The Damned celebrate their milestone 40th anniversary this year and to celebrate the band will be heading our way on 18th November 2016 to play a special extended set of all their biggest and best songs, including their famous hits I Just Can't Be Happy Today, Smash It Up and their 1986 cover of Paul Ryan's Eloise. Very special guests TBA.

Slamboree

+ Guests

Friday 18th November

Academy 3

Slamboree

Recently described as a mash up of Basement Jaxx and The Rocky Horror Picture Show performing at The Moulin Rouge, Slamboree are a one-of-a-kind ensemble who present a show that is unique to every performance. Led by award-winning producer Mike Freear, vocal powerhouse Kathika Rabbit and theatrical visionary Lizzie West the band features an array of multi-skilled theatrical performers and musicians creating an extravagant and immersive audio visual experience. 

Slamboree combine electronic dance music with live instruments and have clocked up over half a million YouTube hits, over 30K Facebook friends and have taken the UK festival circuit by storm with their live show, paving the path for this year's forthcoming DEBUT album. 

Teenage Fanclub

+ Special Guests

Friday 18th November

Academy 2

The Skatalites

Friday 18th November

Club Academy

The Skatalites are a ska band from Jamaica. They played initially between 1963 and 1965, and recorded many of their best known songs in the period, including "Guns of Navarone." They also played on records by Prince Buster and backed many other Jamaican artists who recorded during that period. They reformed in 1983 and have played together ever since.

Chance The Rapper

+ Special Guests

Saturday 19th November

Academy

The Southmartins

A Tribute to The Beautiful South & The Housemartins, + Guests

Saturday 19th November

Academy 3

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.

Three Quarters

10 Year Reunion

Saturday 19th November

Club Academy

Lucky Chops

+ Special Guests

Sunday 20th November

Academy 2

Redefining what it means to be a brass band, Lucky Chops stormed onto the scene in 2015 with the help of millions of viewers around the globe. Together this group of six talented individuals has created a unique sound and energy which has resonated worldwide with viral success, launching a career that is now headed toward untold heights.

 

With roots going back to New York City's LaGuardia Arts High School, the band started out performing on the streets of New York and in small venues around the city. After years of exploring a variety of musical directions and styles, the band realized that they had created something so powerful that it needed to be pursued at all costs.  With a mission to capture the energy of a rock band and fuse it seamlessly with the dance-ability of an EDM DJ, the group took their act to one of the most energetic, evolving and continuously pulsating venues in the world: the New York City subway system.

 

Very quickly the band grew a legion of followers from their performances in the subway, but it was one tourist from South America who posted a cell phone video of the band in March of 2015 that changed everything. Within days of the posting, millions of people had viewed the video and the numbers began to explode. Lucky Chops soon found themselves on a European tour which included groundbreaking shows in Denmark and France, further expanding their global fan base and visibility.

 

Upon their return, Lucky Chops went right back into the subway and began performing at clubs all over NY, selling out rooms every time.  As the attention on them grew they appeared as the house band for a season on MTV’s hit talk show “Girl Code Live," opening up the band to a wider audience who quickly learned that a brass band from New York had the same musical and magnetic pull as their favorite stars.  

 

Heading into 2016 with a rabid fan base and over 40 MILLION views on all their videos in tow, Lucky Chops is setting out to show the world city by city, country by country, and video by video, the pure magic that happens each and every time they get together.

Eden's Curse

+ Special Guests C.O.P UK + Evolve

Tuesday 22nd November

Academy 3

Multinational Melodic Metal act Eden's Curse return to the UK for a full tour in support of their fifth studio album, set to be released by German heavy weight label, AFM Records, in late Autumn.

Fronted by Serbian powerhouse vocalist Nikola Mijic, German virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne and main songwriter, band founder and bassist Paul Logue, Eden's Curse are back with a bang with the follow up to 2013's critically acclaimed 'Symphony Of Sin'. Their line-up is completed by newest members, drummer John Clelland, who appeared on 2015's 'Live With The Curse' release and Finnish keyboard whizz Chrsitian 'Chrism' Pulkkinen.

Classic Rock Magazine previously hailed their "Titanic choruses" and "Soar away melodies" and now it seems that life on the road supporting the likes of Dream Theater and Stratovarius has begun to rub off, as the group unveil their most progressive, sophisticated and mature collection of melodic songs yet.

Special guests on the tour are Sheffield's C.O.P. UK, whose vast touring experience with the likes of Saxon and Helloween has begun to pay off in earnest when they signed to German giants UDR Records, home of Motörhead, Saxon, Alice Cooper & Europe, who released their latest album 'No Place For Heaven'.

Evolve will be a new name to most - for now! This quintet from Montreux, Switzerland came to prominence when they won acclaimed Rock & Metal producer Dennis Ward's (Unisonic, Krokus, Angra, Eden's Curse) 2015 song writing competition. Eden's Curse main man, Paul Logue, happened to be on the judging panel and championed the bands cause. It only seems fitting that Paul should extend an invitation to these talented Prog Metallers to come tread the UK's hallowed boards with Eden's Curse in November. They are hotly tipped to impress! 

Kaleo

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 22nd November

Academy 2

Rizzle Kicks

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 23rd November

Academy

Rizzle Kicks, one of the most popular, engaging, and singularly English, success stories of the last decade, mark their very welcome return to the music world with a brand new tune named ‘Always Late’ with an accompanying video. The track finds Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander Sule back at their hook-laden, irrepressible and incisive best.

The boys took a sabbatical after the release of Roaring 20’s with acting taking up most of their time : Jordan starred in the acclaimed E4 series ‘Glue’,  acted in ‘The Last Panthers’ for Sky Atlantic and has a lead role in the much anticipated new movie ‘AAA’. Harley was no slouch neither landing the lead role in the hard-hitting film drama “Guvnors” for which he won the National Film Awards Best Newcomer 2015 as well as starring in the ITV Drama ‘Unforgotten’. The boys also found time to work on individual musical projects - Wildwood (Jordan) and Jimi Charles Moody (Harley).

So sit back, or stand up, and relax, or jump around, to the new sound from the duo that make your head nod, your heart beat, your cockles warm and your brain buzz. 

Electric Six

Wednesday 23rd November

Academy 3

Electric Six is a six-piece Detroit-based rock band consisting of Dick Valentine (vocals), Tait Nucleus? (synthesizers), Johhny Nashinal (guitar), Da Ve (guitar), Percussion World (drums), and Smorgasboard (bass). Electric Six fuses rock and punk with the laid-back funky rhythms and falsetto vocals of disco, and a distinctly comic touch.

The band reformed by 2001 following a temporary split. They recorded ‘Danger! High Voltage’ and releaed some of their most well-known tracks 'Gay Bar' and 'Danger! High Voltage'.

Sampha

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 23rd November

Academy 2

Suicide Silence

+ Special Guests

Thursday 24th November

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

Lush

+ Brix & The Extricated

Friday 25th November

Academy

20 years after Lush’s last studio recording and live show, one of the most greatly missed British bands of the Nineties have decided that 2016 is the time to put an end to the constant requests and are to play a series of shows in the spring, visiting America, the UK and mainland Europe. The tour will be preceded with a brand new EP, so it’s a new beginning in more ways than one.

 

While there are plans further down the road to record an album, for now the new EP (as yet untitled, but it will be self-released) will feature four tracks, jointly written by the band’s co-founders Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi. Production is being shared between Jim Abbiss and Daniel Hunt of Ladytron.

 

“I’m a bit anxious,” Emma admits, “wondering if people will think the new record will be as good as the old.” But Phil King, Lush’s bassist between 1992 and 1996, has some reassuring words for her: “I know I’m biased, but I work [in picture research] for a music magazine, and I heard music all day and so much sounds non-descript or derivative. But Emma just has this way of writing unusual chord changes that manage to weave lovely melodies over the top, and it immediately sounds like Lush.”

 

Lush established themselves as a band who expertly fused melody and guitars, a sound that was christened ‘shoegaze’ well after they released their first records on 4AD in 1989, though they always had a stronger vocals and pop-centric sparkle than the typical shoegaze band.

 

Though Emma, Miki and Phil are all back on Lush duties, it’s evident to them that the fourth member of the band, drummer Chris Acland, is missing. The band officially announced their split in February 1998, but the end had come in October 1996 when, completely unexpectedly, Chris hanged himself, leaving his shocked and grieving bandmates feeling that it was impossible to carry on without him. Given such an ending, it’s a chance for Lush to create a new chapter in their lives, while still respecting what has been lost.

 

“Even now,” says Miki, “it won’t be at all easy knowing Chris won’t be there. We know you can’t recapture what you had before, but hopefully it will be brilliant in a different way. If I think of all best bits of the band, how great it is to play live, and to play your own songs, then there’s an open door you can walk through. I know I’ll regret it if I didn’t.”

 

The loss will be somewhat mitigated by the presence of Justin Welch, an old friend of Chris’ who drummed for Spitfire and then Elastica. “Justin even still has an old snare drum of Chris’,” says Emma. “But Justin can’t replace Chris, he’ll just be doing his own thing.”

 

Justin also worked with Emma on the initial demos for her post-Lush band project Sing-Sing, while Miki cut all her ties with music except for the very occasional guest vocal (both on record and stage). Phil joined The Jesus & Mary Chain and is still gigging with the band today. Having just completed the Mary Chain’s Psychocandy tour this year, the timing is perfect as he’s free to reunite with Emma and Miki, who themselves didn’t want to get back together – both being parents with full-time jobs - until it felt absolutely right.

 

For Lush fanatics, and anyone who needs reminding of the band’s recorded legacy, 4AD are releasing a limited edition box set at the end of November, with artwork by Chris Bigg, who, alongside design chief Vaughan Oliver, was responsible for all those iconic 4AD covers in the Nineties. The box is a five-disc set, comprising the early compilation Gala (1990), the three studio albums Spooky (1992) , Split (1994) and Lovelife (1996) and the B-sides collection Topolino (the Canadian version, also 1996), plus all manner of rarities (B-sides, radio sessions, remixes and demos, some previously unreleased).

 

But that was then, when Lush were part of a thrilling explosion of British guitar bands who took on the mainstream (interesting fact: they are the only 4AD band to have been on Top Of The Pops). In 2001, 4AD released a Lush Best Of, which was named after their 1996 single ‘Ciao!” which in one sense, served as a belated ‘wave goodbye’. But this is now…so say hello, Lush. Good to have you back.

Motorheadache

Friday 25th November

Academy 3

The Orb (Live)

+ Special Guests

Friday 25th November

Academy 2

Levellers

Levelling The Land 25th Anniversary, + Ferocious Dog + Gaz Brookfield

Saturday 26th November

Academy


CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF ‘LEVELLING THE LAND’

Levellers announce November & December UK Tour 2016 plus special guests Ferocious Dog

Brighton folk punk band Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second full-length, and now classic, album.

Their platinum-selling 1991 album Levelling The Land features the hit singles One Way, 15 Years and Far From Home plus The Game, Liberty Song, Sell Out, Another Man’s Cause, Riverflow, Boatman and the incendiary Battle Of The Beanfield.

During the summer of 1991 Levelling The Land redefined the UK’s musical landscape. Levellers provided the soundtrack for a society fed up with the twin evils of Thatcherite politics, and the post-80’s, pre-grunge musical wasteland.

Emerging victorious through the ups and downs of label deals, the spats with the music press and the wear and tear of touring, the Levellers are still going strong after nearly 30 years in the game. They run their own label, have their own studio and their own festival. Love them or hate them: you help but admire them.

Hinds

+ Willie J Healy + Sweat

Saturday 26th November

Academy 2

Hinds continue to conquer 2016. Having just played a triumphant set at Glastonbury, the four-piece continue to play the very best festivals over the summer including Reading/Leeds and Bestival.  They also announce their biggest UK shows to date for November and December, including London’s 2300 capacity Forum and their first show in Ireland.   

The Doors Alive

+ Special Guests

Saturday 26th November

Academy 3



The Doors Alive are the No.1 tribute band to the legendary, Sixties, Californian rock guru's - The Doors.

 

They re-create the sound, look, presence and feel of a real 1960's Doors concert perfectly and effortlessly, transporting the crowd back in time with such classic hits as 'Light My Fire', 'When The Music's Over, Riders On The Storm, The End and many more. The singer, Willie, captures the attitude, look and voice of the late, great Jim Morrison, and the other band members have honed the other Doors members playing styles note for note.

 

To achieve that authentic Sixties sound, the band use the very same instruments that members of the Doors originally used. These include a vintage Fender Rhodes Bass keyboard, a vintage Vox Continental keyboard and a vintage Gibson S.G guitar.

Marillion

Monday 28th November

Academy

The Fratellis

Costello Music 10th Anniversary Tour

Tuesday 29th November

Academy

• Ten years on from the release of debut album Costello Music.
• Nine years on from winning the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act.
• Eight years on from Costello Music finally exiting the Top 100 after 83 weeks in
the charts.


The Fratellis celebrate Costello Music’s 10th anniversary, and will play it in full
for the first time on tour across the UK in November and December 2016.

Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

Tuesday 29th November

Academy 2

Who’s Bad’s power-packed tribute to Michael Jackson has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has sold out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 where the King of Pop was slated to end his career. Over 100 years of collective professional experience and sold-out shows at every major House of Blues, Colorado’s Bluebird Theatre, LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre as well as international pavilions such as Ningbo Grand Theatre (China), Romania’s Sala Palatalui to Teatro do Bourbon Country (Porto Alegre, Brazil) tell the story: no corner of the earth is safe from this infectious party production.

Lazuli

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 30th November

Club Academy

Lazuli, a band from the south of France, was formed in 1998. Somewhere between rock, progressive rock and world music, poetry and travel, the remarkable music of Lazuli visit new territories with a rather unusual instrumentation: marimba, French Horn, drums, percussions, guitars, vocals... But also and especially a unique instrument created by Claude Leonetti: the Léode*(see « the little story of the Léode » on www.lazulimusic.com). For Lazuli's musicians, songs are canvases on which they mix colors to paint their own world. The floating voice, playing with words, sings out ‘man’ in all of his facets. Lazuli brings atypical notes of originality to France's musical scene and carries them across it’s borders... On stage, Lazuli uplifts and bewitches...

 

Lissie

+ Teddy Thompson

Wednesday 30th November

Academy 2

LISSIE RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR WILD WEST AND ANNOUNCES UK SOLO TOUR

 

"Undoubtedly her best album yet”  ★★★★ – Q

"Another bittersweet triumph" ★★★★ – Independent on Sunday

★★★★ - The Guardian   ★★★★ - The Star

★★★★ - Mail On Sunday   ★★★★★★★ – Uncut

 

Having seen her recent, third album ‘My Wild West’ enter the UK top 20, Lissie is set to release the third single from the album, the fantastic ‘Wild West’. Accompanied by a charming new video, the single will be released on 18th July through UK label Cooking Vinyl. The single is currently enjoying heavy rotation at Radio 2, where it is currently C – listed.

 

The inspiration behind the single’s fantastic accompanying video came from director Talain Rayne, who had the idea to have his friend’s kids star in and shoot a music video. The seed now planted, Talain turned up at the family’s house one day, armed with his camera and recording equipment. The audio that you hear at the beginning of the video is their true reactions. The kids were shown how to use and record with the camera and left to their own devices for a week, with what you see in ‘Wild West’ the result of their first foray into the world of film.

 

Debuting in 2010 with the gold selling ‘Catching A Tiger’ and then following up with another Top 20 long player, 2013’s ‘Back To Forever’, Lissie spent the three years following ‘Back To Forever’ reassessing her heart’s desire. Last year she decided to make a change and left Ojai, California, moving back to her native Midwest, 2000 miles away on a farm in Iowa. With no strict schedule forced upon her Lissie was able to take her time over the record and let things happen naturally.

In writing ‘Wild West’ I had no idea at the time I was going to leave California and move back to the Midwest. I feel like the creation was predictive of the changes that were coming. The moment I decided not to make an album was when I really started to make the album.

 

2016 has already seen Lissie play a sold out European and US tour, do multiple performances at SXSW, including a special appearance for the Luck Reunion at legendary Country star Willie Nelson’s ranch, as well as numerous festival dates. She will also be heading out to tour the UK in from November through to December, full dates below. Lissie releases ‘Wild West’ the third single from her current album and its accompanying video on July 18th. Featuring a tremendously powerful chorus, ‘Wild West’ is Lissie at her catchy best. 


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