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Jake Quickenden - VIP

+ Bailey McConnell

Saturday 1st October

Academy 3

Endorphinmachine - Prince Tribute

Celebrating The Music Of Prince

Saturday 1st October

Club Academy

We recently lost Prince, one of the most prolific and controversial musical icons of all time, it seems there's nothing this man couldn’t do, and because there was only one PRINCE, there's only one Prince tribute band, ENDORPHINMACHINE.

The eight piece Endorphinmachine is made up of some amazing musicians who all have one thing in common - they are huge fans of the music. This love is clear to see, and of course hear when the band perform. Fast becoming known as 'the tightest live band out there, they play with a passion that is undeniable, you won't believe your ears once the music starts.  Jaw breaking high notes, screams and high heels, wailing guitar solos, linn drums, loops, funky funky bass, live horns, and that famous 'purple' sense of humour. Only Endorphinmachine have the audacity, and the musicianship to do justice to the music of the purple genius, it all comes together in an incredible onstage explosion of hits, from the floor shaking 1999, through the era defining soundtrack from the movie Purple Rain, right through the hits of the 90s, and beyond. One thing is for sure, you better bring your comfortable shoes, because you WILL be dancing. Celebrate the music of Prince with Endorphinmachine.

From The Jam

Saturday 1st October

Academy 2

From the Jam features Bruce Foxton from the original Jam line up. He also spent 15 years playing bass with Stiff Little Fingers. Bruce is joined by Russell Hastings, lead vocal and guitar, and Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) on drums.

Jake Quickenden

+ Bailey McConnell

Saturday 1st October

Academy 3

Against The Current

+ As It Is + Beach Weather

Sunday 2nd October

Academy 2

Fu Manchu

+ Support

Sunday 2nd October

Club Academy

Thomas Lang

Sunday 2nd October

Academy 3

The Hunna

+ Blaenavon + The Night Cafe

Monday 3rd October

Academy 2

Establishing themselves as one of hottest emerging artists on the planet, The Hunna have revealed news of their debut album, ‘100’, due for release this summer (26.08.2016) via High Time Records / 300 Entertainment. The Hertfordshire four-piece have also announced plans for an album tour, their biggest UK tour to date, including a massive London headline show at the Kentish Town Forum.


Since bursting out the blocks in October 2015, with their debut single Bonfire/She’s Casual, The Hunna’s rise has been phenomenal. With a collection of guitar-driven anthems, The Hunna quickly made a name for themselves by selling out 3X nights at London’s Boston Music Rooms in March, having previously never headlined a show. This was quickly followed by a sold out EU/UK Spring tour.

 

Latest singles ‘We Could Be’ and ‘You & Me’ have picked up support from all angles, making waves in not just the UK iTunes / Spotify Viral charts, but globally as well. As a result, The Hunna have seen continued support from BBCR1, earning a spot on the daytime R1 playlist as well as being named ‘Band of the Week’.

 

Due to demand, The Hunna added a second UK tour for this May/June and will look forward to sold out shows across the nation, including a massive night at Camden’s Electric Ballroom. The Hunna will also visit North America this summer and have a sold out night at New York’s Mercury Lounge awaiting them.

 

At the end of the summer, The Hunna will play the Festival Republic Stage at Reading & Leeds, the same weekend the band’s debut album will be released.

 

The pre-order of ‘100’ goes live Friday 20th May, along with the album tour pre-sale tickets. General sale for the album tour are live Monday 23rd May.

Ugly Kid Joe

+ Special Guests

Monday 3rd October

Academy 3

Californian Rockers Return after 15 Years 

Yeah yeah yeah, Ugly Kid Joe has 'previous'...

They have a multi-platinum history.
They had two top 10 singles.
They were all over MTV.
They were all over the international print media.
They were all over radios from Tallahassee to Talinn.
So yeah, Ugly Kid Joe has happy, shiny 'previous' alright, and scores of snot-faced skate-surfer-dudes of the early '90s will forever crack a brew in their man caves and remember some good times...

…and in an era where the garage has been replaced by a laptop and software studios, Ugly Kid Joe are about to kick back onto the international stage and give a whole new legion of hungry miscreant reprobates something to live for.

Stairway To Hell, a 6-song EP which heralds Ugly Kid Joe's return to the world of music after a long time away, contains songs spanning the full repertoire of influences which made Ugly Kid Joe one of the prime soundtracks for young snowboarders, surfers, keggers and characters worldwide. Whether it's “Devil’s Paradise”, with it's hypnotic riffery and hook line, grooving and grinding it's hips seductively, the melodic power-fueled darkness of "No One Survives" or the irrepressibly memorable chug-n-chorus of "I'm Alright" it's clear that Ugly Kid Joe have everything they started with plus fatter chops and a (frankly) superior curve on songwriting.

And realize one VERY important thing about UKJ; they mean every goddam note, every goddam riff and every goddam moment they deliver. Like AC/DC, like Judas Priest, like Alice In Chains, what you see is what you get; it ain't any different in any other way other than the ability to perform-the-fuck out of their material…

The epicenter of it all is Whitfield Crane, those crazy clean beautifully manic mischievous eyes hinting and glinting and dancing with gleeful joy at the mere thought of performing, of letting his inner demon out to wear angel wings and fly around the universe. If that's a mouthful to read, then know that Crane is an eyeful to absorb, a wonderfully cathartic wrecking ball of rock'n'roll energy as it used to be served, on the rocks with no need for tonic. A genuine international itinerant, Crane is the ultimate citizen of the world, and if the bastard had a large enough house, he'd have you ALL over for tea, a jam session and to swap stories of lives both lived and being lived.

Fellow 'Joes and long-time co-conspirators, guitarist Klaus Eichstadt and Dave Fortman (yes, the same Fortman who produced the EP as well as albums by Evanescence, Slipknot and Mudvayne among others), are of like-musical mind and quieter social assembly, allowing them to be the co-architects of UKJ and furthermore, to deliver the riffs necessary. Drummer Shannon Larkin continues where he left off the last time, propelling the band to a thicker, darker side of melody with some heavy, relentless percussion, and Cordell Crockett underpins it all with a rich, warm envelope of fat rock'n'roll bass guitar.

UKJ's stratospheric rise came about soon after their formation in 1989,when childhood friends Crane and Eichstadt decided to peruse the musical path in Santa Barbara, CA. After signing to Mercury Records, The band released the E.P. "As Ugly As They Wanna Be" in October of 1991, which went on to sell over 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone becoming the highest selling debut E.P. of all time. In 1992 UKJ released America's Least Wanted which became a double-platinum phenomenon, saw the band tour worldwide supporting legends such as Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen, and thus perform in arenas and stadiums worldwide such as Wembley. It also spawned the top ten singles "Everything About You" and cover "Cat's In The Cradle" which all cemented UKJ as a flagship rock band who both engaged and entertained without any baggage; theirs was all about having a good, heavy-edged, time. Millions, it seemed, agreed. Two more albums were to come out, 1995's Menace To Sobriety and 1996's Motel California, before UKJ decided to take a hiatus whilst Crane was on a journey through India (he also partakes of the successful Another Animal project alongside Godsmack's Tony Rombola, Robbie Merrill, Larkin and Lee Richards of Dropbox). 

At the time they called it a break-up, but looking back it was obviously just young men deciding to go on a hiatus, because when they finally decided that the coffee break was over and it was time to get back to goddam rock'n'roll, Crane, Eichstadt, Fortman, Crockett and Larkin picked up where they'd left off a decade-plus before as though only a couple of weeks had elapsed.

There are naysayers and bullshitters everywhere who might doubt, and want to doubt, that Ugly Kid Joe are both back AND for creative-real.
Ignore them and make up your own mind.
Pick up Stairway To Hell and gorge on the aural pudding for proof.
You'll see (and hear) for yourselves that they're alright, they're OK, and that in 2012, Ugly Kid Joe wouldn't have it any other way than it's been and than it is...

Akala

10 Years of Akala Tour, plus special guest Liam Bailey

Tuesday 4th October

Academy 2

Luna

Performing 'Penthouse'

Wednesday 5th October

Academy 3

Destruction

Thursday 6th October

Club Academy

 

Schmier | vocals, bass
Mike | guitar
Vaaver | drums www.destruction.de
www.facebook.com/destruction


Four years after legendary Destruction exclaimed the »Spiritual Genocide« Schmier, Mike and Vaaver return with a bang! »Under Attack« is as nasty as possible and as catchy as necessary and will be released on May 13 2016. 33 years after establishing Destruction sound as angry as in the beginning. Just the songwriting is light-years away from the eighties; it’s much more mature and mellow. Convince yourself and bang your head to »Under Attack«.

Founded in 1982 the trio got to the top of the national thrash metal movement. Albums like »Infernal Overkill« or »Eternal Devastation« are part of the heavy metal canon, but even later works like »All Hell Breaks Loose« or »The Antichrist« are glorious moments in thrash. Destruction are part of the “Big Teutonic 4” for a good reason. And they are still touring the world with great success.

For »Under Attack« the band changed their proven mode of operation. Instead of booking a studio for a couple of weeks Schmier and his mates decided to enter different places (Gernhart Studios in Germany, VO Pulver’s Little Creek Studios in Switzerland among others) between September 2015 and January 2016 whenever possible. “We really took our time for this album”, Schmier stated. “Maybe this was the most effective writing we did in the last years! Due the fact we had more time in between the albums, there was a lot of musical output and creativity, but also less pressure. You can definitely hear the kick-ass attitude we brought from the shows into the studio. The 'on tour into the studio on tour mode' was so effective that I wanna keep this method for the future.” Schmier added: “How does the new record sound? For sure not like a band that is in its 33 years of existence.”

If you listen to songs like the anthemic title track, the fast and catchy “Generation Nevermore”, the wrecking ball “Pathogenic” or the complex “Conductor Of The Void” you will agree for sure. Schmiers voice cuts glass, Mike plays some of his best riffs and licks ever and Vaaver batters everything down. The impressing cover artwork, once again done by the Hungarian artist Gyula, completes »Under Attack«. Or to use the words of Schmier: “It’s fast, it’s catchy and it’s original.”

The Lottery Winners

Thursday 6th October

Academy 3

Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners can be found at the exact midpoint between the North West’s dual musical Meccas. Manchester and Liverpool have claimed many a legendary artist as their own, but more often than not they hailed from somewhere betwixt the two. Somewhere beneath Blake’s ‘dark satanic mills’, somewhere called Leigh, the birthplace of Georgie Fame and the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley. Its 2016 and Lancashire has done it again, spawning the best live band to emerge from the North West in a generation.

 

-Expected to be a recurrent name in the lists of bands to watch in 2017, The Lottery Winners’ brilliantly buoyant indie pop tunes will be bursting into glorious life on Valentines' Day, with the help of superstar producer Danton Supple (Coldplay/Norma Jean Martine/Morrissey) Set to be a recurrent name in the lists of bands to watch in 2017, The Lottery Winners’ brilliantly buoyant indie pop tunes are being set to record by superstar producer Danton Supple (Coldplay/Norma Jean Martine/Morrissey), and will be bursting into glorious life on Valentines' Day. The recording is being overseen by Seymour Stein, the US A&R legend responsible for the careers of Madonna, Talking Heads and the Ramones as well as local heroes Echo & The Bunnymen and The Smiths. Good company to be sharing.

 

The band were signed right after a storming ship board performance at Liverpool’s Sound City festival. Immediate reactions like that are common for The Lottery Winners. They’re not just a band you like, they’re a band you LOVE. Fans have already shown their love when, wanting to raise money to buy a van to go on tour, The Lottery Winners completely smashed a Pledge Music campaign, hitting the target within three days. Three days! A Pledge Music record. Van bought, The Lottery Winners set off down the A579 and didn't come back 'til they had won over the audiences of bands like Clean Cut Kid, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Madness, Circa Waves, Rat Boy, Pete Doherty, Blossoms, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Everything Everything, The Coral, Spring King, The View, The Charlatans, The Wonderstuff and The Wedding Present; at shows from Brighton to Arbroath. A celebratory homecoming World Tour of Lancashire sold out, even the legendary Phoenix Club from Peter Kay’s Pheonix Nights. 11,000 new Facebook friends and a van-full of empty merch boxes was an outstanding haul.

 

Then came radio. Three songs the band uploaded to BBC Introducing are getting traction across the BBC networks as well as Radio X, Amazing Radio and the reborn Virgin Radio. The blogosphere has taken the band to heart, spreading the love for the incredibly creative videos for Elizabeth, I Know and Young Love (see ‘Quotes’ page attached). Three videos made for less than it cost to tax the van have now been viewed over 200,000 times. You can’t buy personality and fans know authenticity when they find it.

 

And random things have started to happen. Footballer Vincent Kompany has asked The Lottery Winners play at the Etihad Stadium before Manchester City games whilst Manchester United play Elizabeth over the Old Trafford PA at half time. Comedian Greg Davies is using I Know as the theme tune to his C4 TV show Man Down. Keeping it close to home, über-hip Norman Walsh Footwear have sponsored the band in return for a gig in their Bolton factory and Visit Lancashire has asked the band to film a Lancashire based travelogue series, showing off the bands' warmth and wit. Tentatively titled Northern Hospitality, the clips feature the band visiting the best that Lancashire has to offer the seasoned traveller - from the heady heights of Blackpool Tower to the depths of the cheese vats at the Lancashire Cheese Company. The county is never boring, but its even better with The Lottery Winners as your guide.

 

A band biography is meant to include some history, so here goes:

 

The Lottery Winners formed the way many bands do. Thomas and Robert, best friends since Robert was elected to show Thomas around the new school he’d be attending, shared a passion for music, and could both play guitar and sing. But neither knew anyone with a bass, until a few seconds after their ‘Bassist Wanted’ poster was placed on the notice board of Heybrook Music, Leigh’s only guitar shop. The 15 year old Katie Lloyd just happened to be in there at that time on that day. The position was filled. The band was completed when Joe Singleton, drummer, received a phone call from Katie, high-school best friend, insisting that he became a Lottery Winner. After many declinations, he agreed. 

 

“I remember our very first gig, which was in a pub in Leigh, the Colliers Rest. Literally, hundreds of people turned up. It got to a point where it was uncomfortably full, and people were turned away, and had to watch through the windows. The pub completely ran out of alcohol. We were horrendously under-paid for that one.” recalls Joe. “It’s surreal for us when we leave Leigh, and play in front of audiences in other towns and cities. It’s crazy when they know who we are, and know our songs and sing along with them. I don’t think there’s a better feeling than that.”

 

With such a fertile music scene, the majority of their early shows were in Lancashire and its environs, with just occasional trips over the Pennines. As interest in the band grew, their live reputation spread fast. Festival bookers took a punt and bigger bands on the bills were so impressed they insisted the The Lottery Winners open for their own shows. “The Lottery Winners are currently the very best of UK rock and pop. They have such a great sense of themselves, unlike anything I have seen and heard in contemporary music in a long, long while. They were the obvious choice to open for us on tour. I love 'em!" Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff).

 

Radio has also been key to their burgeoning fame. Kate says “BBC Introducing has massively helped spread the word. BBC Introducing is a platform new artists could not live without. They give so many bands so many opportunities, and we owe them so much.” And it’s not just their music filling the airwaves, it’s their personalities too. A most refreshing side to The Lottery Winners is their humour, perhaps no surprise as Peter Kay is a neighbour. BBC Radio 6Music DJ Chris Hawkins remarked that “they’re like the bastard child of Freddie Mercury and Peter Kay”. Though in no way a ‘comedy’ band, their self deprecating and acerbic wit permeate anything they do. Their live shows are entertaining in the best sense of the word. Punchy pop songs set against a backdrop of a fun night out. No-one leaves a Lottery Winners gig without a smile on their face. In this day an age of manufactured popstars and contrived bands who are only as good as their last song (written by someone else), The Lottery Winners connect with people, with fans, with other bands and with you if you give them a chance. They are the real deal, people who love what they do and inspire love in return.

 

That brings us back to now. The Lottery Winners share a lawyer with The Arctic Monkeys, a merch company with The Vamps and an accountant with Elbow and SJM Concerts. Sennheiser and Yamaha have recently put their faith and money behind the band, kitting out their new rehearsal studio in Leigh. In amongst the studio days are a bunch of summer festival dates, and a UK headline tour is being readied for the Autumn. They’re playing with the big boys now. But its obvious to anyone who knows them that the band are more than ready for it. 

 

“Being in this band has completely changed my life. I’ve already met a lot of my heroes, and played shows that I’ve never imagined I would. When you’re having a beer with Alex Turner, you know you’re doing the right thing”, Rob states, “I don’t think any of us could comprehend not being in this band and doing what we do, it’s what we love”.

The Janoskians

+ Special Guests

Thursday 6th October

Academy 2

The Janoskians have announced their brand new #AnotherFailEuroTour which comes to the UK in October 2016.

This group of lads from Melbourne, Australia have become a YouTube sensation for their daring pranks and hilarious public escapades. With 5 million+ likes, subscribers and followers across all their social media platforms, this Aussie quartet have been making their audience laugh all over the world.

One of their most popular hits on YouTube is a game they invented called “THREE STEP DOOR KNOCKING PRANK”. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TuVO4a3_AM

Their antics have made them entertainers which are recognised across the globe. Tickets for The Janoskians are available here: http://gigst.rs/jano

VIP tickets are also available at: Janoskians.merchdirect.com

Thu Oct 6 Manchester, UK, Academy

Fri Oct 7 Glasgow, UK, Garage

Wed Oct 12 Newcastle, UK, University

Thu Oct 13 London, UK, 02 Forum Kentish Town

Fri Oct 14 Birmingham, UK, Asylum

Sun Oct 16 Paris, FR, Elysse Montmare

Tue Oct 18 Madrid, SP, Taetro Barcelo

Wed Oct 19 Barcelona, SP, Salsa Bikini

 

https://www.facebook.com/Janoskians/

https://twitter.com/janoskians

https://www.instagram.com/janoskians/?hl=en

https://www.youtube.com/user/Janoskians

Frankie Ballard

+ Special Guests

Friday 7th October

Academy 3

Warner Bros Records/Warner Music Nashville’s Frankie Ballard returns to UK this autumn for another highly anticipated tour.  His recent sold out tour and upcoming shows are another sign of the rockin’ Michigan native’s growing popularity as he prepares to release his new album, El Rio, later this year in the UK.

 

"Our first trip was such a great time, we decided to come back for more,” says Ballard. “I'm anxious to see how the new album reacts overseas...it'll have its sea-legs by October!"

 

Ballard’s first foray overseas included sold-out shows at London’s Hoxton Bar and Brooklyn Bowl. The new tour is much more ambitious with 10 dates, beginning Oct. 3 in Amsterdam. He then travels to Hamburg and Munich, Germany, before hitting Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton, London and Dublin. Each has a rich pageantry of rock ‘n’ roll history, something Ballard taps into when he write and records his music.

The Sex Pissed Dolls

Friday 7th October

Club Academy

The Sex Pissed Dolls are an edgy and outrageous five piece female band. Formed in the Spring of 2014 they have erupted onto the scene and have amassed a big national following in only a few short months. With their origins in Punk and Ska, the girls are already in the middle of a UK tour and have a European tour scheduled for 2015.

The Sex Pissed Dolls put on more than just a gig, they put on a show with songs by The Clash, Blondie, The Specials, The Members, Sham69, The Skids, Stiff Little Fingers, nirvana and of course The Sex Pistols themselves.

 

The " Never Needed Bollocks Tour " is proving a must see event. These girls are very different.

It is a strictly over 18s event.

 

 

Varsity After Party

Featuring SHY FX

Friday 7th October

Academy

All Saints

+ Special Guest Hanne Leland

Saturday 8th October

Academy

Following their comeback show at London’s KOKO in April that sold out in 60 seconds, All Saints have announced the details of their first full UK headline tour in over fifteen years. The ten daterun will see the quartet perform across some of the UK’s major cities throughout October 2016.

 

With a career spanning over a decade, All Saints became one of the most symbolic British pop groups of the 1990s with 12million record sales, five number one singles, two multi-platinum albums and two Brit awards. Having received an overwhelming response from their new single ‘One Strike’, the group will release their first album in ten years ‘Red Flag’ on April 8th.

 

Making their highly anticipated return to the live music circuit the group will perform new material from their upcoming album along with all their classic hits.

 

Speaking on the new tour the band state, “We couldn’t be more excited to be heading out on the road to perform across the UK this October. Playing live is our favourite thing to do as a band and we can’t wait to perform all our hits plus some new tracks from ‘Red Flag’. It’s incredible to think our last proper tour was over 15 years ago. So we’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time. From the feedback we’ve read online it seems like A LOT of our fans have been anxiously waiting too. We can’t wait to get out there and see everyone."

All Saints - VIP

+ Special Guest Hanne Leland

Saturday 8th October

Academy

Following their comeback show at London’s KOKO in April that sold out in 60 seconds, All Saints have announced the details of their first full UK headline tour in over fifteen years. The ten daterun will see the quartet perform across some of the UK’s major cities throughout October 2016.

 

With a career spanning over a decade, All Saints became one of the most symbolic British pop groups of the 1990s with 12million record sales, five number one singles, two multi-platinum albums and two Brit awards. Having received an overwhelming response from their new single ‘One Strike’, the group will release their first album in ten years ‘Red Flag’ on April 8th.

 

Making their highly anticipated return to the live music circuit the group will perform new material from their upcoming album along with all their classic hits.

 

Speaking on the new tour the band state, “We couldn’t be more excited to be heading out on the road to perform across the UK this October. Playing live is our favourite thing to do as a band and we can’t wait to perform all our hits plus some new tracks from ‘Red Flag’. It’s incredible to think our last proper tour was over 15 years ago. So we’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time. From the feedback we’ve read online it seems like A LOT of our fans have been anxiously waiting too. We can’t wait to get out there and see everyone."

John 5 and The Creatures

+ Special Guests

Saturday 8th October

Academy 3

John 5 and The Creatures are set to visit Europe in October for a series of dates which will see them play in the UK, Holland and Germany. The shows will kick off the week before John 5 will be playing with Rob Zombie for 3 special shows. The shows follow a series of successful dates across America. John 5 says “It is great to be able to bring The Creatures to my fans in Europe. We look forward to seeing you all“.

Moose Blood

+ Special Guests

Saturday 8th October

Academy 2

The Tubes

Featuring Fee Waybill

Saturday 8th October

Club Academy

THE TUBES featuring Fee Waybill

After opening up for Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop & the New York Dolls in the early 1970's, San Francisco Rock Band The Tubes,released their eponymously titled debut album in 1975 on A & M Records. This included the hit single "White Punks on Dope" which went on to be covered by both Nina Hagen and Motley Crue and other classics such as "Mondo Bondage" & "What do you want from Life?".

The Tubes were reknown for their theatrical live shows which at their height featured dozens of extras including Acrobats and Tap Dancers. The band released three more albums on A & M before leaving in 1982 and releasing their most successful album to date "The Completion Backwards Principle" which contained the hits "Don't want to wait anymore", "Sushi Girl" and "Talk to you later". In 1983 they followed this up with their most well known song "She's a beauty" which went Top 10 in the USA charts.

Akercocke

+ The King Is Blind + Impavidus

Sunday 9th October

Club Academy

Wild Beasts + Money + Ardyn

+ Money + Ardyn

Sunday 9th October

Academy

"On the last day of making Boy King I had a minor breakdown in knowing what part of myself I was revealing. It's a bit ugly, a bit grubby, arrogant," says Hayden Thorpe, reflecting on the recording of Wild Beasts' fifth album, their most naked and direct to date and a marked change from the optimistic aesthetics of 2014's Present Tense. If that album found Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Ben Little and Chris Talbot in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed off". Wild Beasts' ever-present knack for sensual melody via Thorpe and Fleming's duetting vocals, Little's sinuous guitar groove and Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'". Wild Beasts decided to find their way into the follow-up to Present Tense with a complete change in how they approached their craft. This moment of realisation that they needed to change how they wrote songs was, says Thorpe, hugely liberating: "The only thing you can do from that point onwards is turn your vehicle into traffic and play chicken with yourself, and do all the things you said you'd never do."

This was the pressure that Wild Beasts put themselves under when they began sessions writing from nine to five in their London studio. Thorpe says that he had a combination of the soulful pop of Justin Timberlake and industrial grit of Nine Inch Nails as touchstones as to where he wanted the record to go, an eclectic ambition that ultimately ended being pushed even further by a friendly rivalry between he and Fleming that developed during writing. "He arrived at the rehearsal room early on with a white Jackson guitar and started shredding", as Thorpe puts it, “over what I’d always intended to be a soul album.”

Far from being problematic, however, this creative friction proved key to unleashing the unique pop sensibility of Boy King - Fleming’s more visceral experimentation unlocking new dimensions in Thorpe’s own writing as the sessions went on. "I began to hear a lot more aggression in what he was bringing - a lot more forward-facing, less pensive stuff," Fleming explains. "Every time I did something ridiculous, everyone responded well, which enabled us all to push everything further and have more fun with it. Everything I thought was guilty came across really well in the rehearsal room".

After spending a whole year finessing this new found impetus in East London, the band emerged with a collection of songs ready to take to Dallas and producer John Congleton. "We wanted to find the most insensitive way of finishing it, the most crude, hack-handed," as Thorpe explains. "It had to be guttural, the absolute opposite of Present Tense - that was the only way of keeping it alive".

Both Thorpe and Fleming credit that trip to Dallas with teasing out the raw power of Boy King. In the studio, the band kept up the intensity of the office hour routine they'd employed during writing sessions and, they say, responded well to Congleton's sober discipline. "He made us get in there, get on and do it," Fleming says. "English politeness never featured."

"John just said 'come with an open heart and an open mind'," enthuses Thorpe. "Just asking that simple thing, among all the noise and the superstition of making a record, was for me quite profound. I thought ‘OK, this is a very human experience’, and it's a human record in that sense. It's a bit sloppy, it's a bit glitchy, it's a bit unkept. That for me is what's so heartening about it - we've allowed the ugliness to show."

The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk."

The flawed and unsettled nature of the male condition has obsessed and imbued Wild Beasts since their earliest days. Yet on Boy King it finds this obsession realised with a bracing honesty. Fleming and Thorpe feel this is rather timely in an age where male identity seems to be in crisis. "There's a lot of 'he protests too much' you stick your chest out and think what a big dick you've got, but really? Do you believe that?" Fleming says, admitting that, initially, they mocked those men... "but then we realised we were that, that we're part of the joke".

Thorpe describes Boy King as "a record for the Tinder generation" where everyone has a license to have a few sexual identities for reality (IRL), or online. Yet it's also a time when perhaps some of the more primitive urges that he's allowed out on the album are suppressed and find their outlet in things like... shopping. Get My Bang for instance, was inspired by the orgy of commercialism that happens every Black Friday. "It's all about the horrific lengths you have to go to to get gratification in today's society where we can't live out these Byronic characters, so we have to go shopping and fight each other over TVs to satisfy the id, that primal part - that's how people get off."

How few groups could manage to make a record so intense that, at times, sounds so sweet. Here lies Boy Kings' greatest success. '2BU' sees a Fleming vocal, drum machine and a glittering synth chorus reminiscent of David Sylvian's Japan rising together in yearning over, contrastingly, some of the darkest lyrics on the record, about being "the kind of guy who wants to watch the world burn." For all the leering, gimlet-eyed funk rock of 'Tough Guy', 'Big Cat' and 'Get My Bang' and lyrics that slide between prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. So 'Celestial Creatures' powers forward with an engine fueled as if by amphetamines, a celebration of the communal powers of the dancefloor, and marks one of the finest tracks Wild Beasts have yet written.

It all ends, as Wild Beasts albums are wont to do, with a stripped back moment of reflection that ties the rest of the record together, and provides a moment of quiet acceptance. So it is with the processed vocals of the quietly elegiac Dreamliner. “That’s the point the inner Byron realizes his own vulnerability, and becomes a boy again”, explains Thorpe. It’s a beautiful end to yet another incomparable Wild Beasts record, a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise. Or as Thorpe puts it: "I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It's about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you've got to think about death, they're one and the same.”

Parquet Courts

+ Eagulls

Monday 10th October

Academy 2

Parquet Courts are an American punk rock band based in Brooklyn, New York, that formed in late 2010. The band consists of Andrew Savage (lead vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass), and Max Savage (drums).

Royal Republic

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 11th October

Academy 3

Royal Republic is a Swedish rock band formed in Malmö, Sweden in late 2007.

The band consists of guitarist/lead singer Adam Grahn, guitarist Hannes Irengård, bass guitarist Jonas Almén and drummer Per Andreasson.

The first album, We Are The Royal was recorded at Beach House Studios in Malmö, Sweden, with producer Anders Hallbäck. The album was completed in 2009 and was mixed at ToyTown Studios in Stockholm, Sweden by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Europe, Def Leppard). The album was released in Sweden in february 2010 and was well received by critics, fans and rockradio. The first 3 singles all reached Number 1 on Bandit Rock's "Most Wanted"-list, and "Tommy-Gun" was Number 1 on MTV Rockchart. Royal Republic are currently signed with Bonnier Amigo Music Group, OnFire Records and RoadRunner Records.

GUN

+ SKAM + Sweet Crisis + Ritual King

Wednesday 12th October

Academy 3

GUN’s contemporary take on authentic rock gave them an edge over their peers during the late-80s. Formed in Glasgow by the Gizzi brothers, they came to re-invent the rock ‘n’ roll genre. In September 2010, “Taking On The World” was included in Classic Rock magazine's list of the 150 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time. Kerrang Magazine gave the album 5K, stating ‘The brilliance of Taking On The World Comes As No Surprise’ while Phil Alexander called it ‘…pop rock at its finest’ “Taking On The World” marked a milestone in the Scottish band’s history, selling more than 60K in the UK alone and the single “Better Days” charted in the UK top 40.

Glasville

Thursday 13th October

Academy 3

Glasville are a tribute band to the music of ABC's show 'Nashville', performing songs over seasons 1-4. 

 

Glasville have played sell out shows across the UK & received acclaim from cast members such as Hayden Pannetierre & Chris Carmack. This is a show not to be missed! 

UB40

Friday 14th October

Academy

UB40 are a British dub/reggae pop music band formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band is one of the most culturally diverse dub Ska bands with musicians of English, Scottish, Irish, Yemeni and Jamaican parentage. The band is named from the paper form issued by the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Security at the time of the band’s formation for claiming unemployment benefit (UB40 = Unemployment Benefit, Form 40).

UB40 were influenced by the many Blues Parties they attended as teenagers in the multiracial Balsall Heath area of Birmingham, their love of ska and reggae inspired such original tracks as King, Madam Medusa, Food For Thought, Signing Off and One in Ten. Their early music style was unique, with a heavy influence of analogue synthesizers, psychedelic rock guitar, saxophone and dub producer techniques which were later perfected by the late Pablo Falconer.

They have had a number of hits, most commercially and to amusement of the band, “Red Red Wine”, a cover version of a Neil Diamond song (in an arrangement similar to that of Tony Tribe’s version). Their most successful single release is the cover of the Elvis Presley ballad Can’t Help Falling in Love which was intended to be the main title to the 1992 Sharon Stone movie Sliver and was a Number One hit across Europe and in the U.S.

Angel Olsen

+ Little Wings

Friday 14th October

Club Academy

Death To The Strange, Cleargreen, The Clarks

+ Special Guests

Friday 14th October

Academy 3

Spring King

+ The Magic Gang + Get Inuit

Friday 14th October

Academy 2

Billy Talent

+ Special Guests

Saturday 15th October

Academy

Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent has cemented themselves as a generation-defining rock band. Boasting nearly one million albums sold in Canada alone and nearly 3 million albums sold around the world, the band have seen multi-platinum certifications for their albums Billy Talent I and II and III, and platinum status for the latest studio album Dead Silence.

Billy Talent is currently in the studio working on their next studio album. For more information on Billy Talent check BillyTalent.com regularly, or follow the band on Twitter @BillyTalentBand, Instagram @BillyTalentBand or on Facebook at facebook.com/BillyTalent.  

CC Smugglers

+ Support

Saturday 15th October

The Ruby Lounge

CC Smugglers announce UK tour
“Great live. Just Brilliant.”
Bob Harris // Radio2


“The best live band on the scene at the moment.”
Cerys Matthews // BBC6 Music


“Hugely engaging live performance”
Paul Sexton // The Sunday Times


“Besides the infectious joy they exude while playing, their understanding of the music is so deep as to make it sound effortless.” Alex Petropoulos // Songlines Magazine


Bedford super group CC Smugglers will embark on a 16 date UK tour following a summer packed with appearances at some of Europe’s top music festivals – including a performance alongside Lana Del Ray, Lionel Richie and Simply Red opening for Bruce Springsteen at the prestigious Werchter Festival in Belgium on 9th July.


The band started out as “guerrilla buskers”, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators. They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne – he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.


It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined 18 months ago by Joplin Parnell (keys) and Joel Barford (drums) both accomplished young jazz players “their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements” said Richie.


Listen to CC Smugglers and you’ll hear the ghosts of American folk music, swing, jazz, country, ragtime and bluegrass. Listen more closely and you’ll hear contemporary touchstones such as hip hop, metal, dubstep, house and dancehall. Nothing is off limits for this outfit
Their irresistibly exuberant new single ‘Rhythm’ is out 15h July


Watch their brilliant acoustic performance on BBC Introducing here:
http://bit.ly/1qWRWlf

Tempa T/General Levy/DJ Hype

+ More

Saturday 15th October

Academy venues

Death Grips

+ Special Guests

Sunday 16th October

Academy

Michael Franti

Monday 17th October

Academy 2

MICHAEL FRANTI // 2016 BIO


Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian who is recognized as a
pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally-conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.


“I make music because I believe it can change people's lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Franti is known for his authentic, uplifting music and has found global success with multi-platinum songs like "Say Hey (I Love You)”, the chart breaking 2010 release from his album The Sound of Sunshine.

Franti’s new single from his ninth studio album SOULROCKER, “Crazy For You”,
evokes the same feel-good, inspiring vibes. “‘Crazy For You’ is a song that calls out some of the crazy things that are happening in the world today and celebrates the people in your life that you can lean on, that keep the hope alive no matter what's happening around you. I wrote this song for my wife Sara, who is my rock and keeps me grounded no matter how crazy my life or the world gets.”


In creating his debut album on Fantasy Records, SOULROCKER, Michael Franti
introduced a new sensibility to his potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae: a gracefully arranged take on electronic music that more than fulfills his mission of making impassioned music you can dance to. Along with harnessing the Bay Areabased artist’s dynamic energy for a more powerful impact than ever before,

SOULROCKER again shows Franti’s singular ability to channel frustration into music that’s both thought-provoking and triumphantly hopeful.

“Right now is a very challenging time for people, for our nation and the planet,” says Franti, a longtime activist and past recipient of Global Exchange’s Domestic HumanRights Award. “But I really believe that music can help fight war and violence and hatred.

The world needs that more than ever now, so my intention with this album was to make music that could bring people together.”
Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti’s mission; he has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people. Franti's
humanitarian, social justice and peace

Walter Trout

+ Jared James Nichols

Tuesday 18th October

Academy 2

New York, NY --- With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter Trout’s new album, Battle Scars, chronicles his horrific battle with liver failure. But the 12-song set, which will be released worldwide by Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records on October 23 also captures the international guitar hero, on a new high — playing and singing at the peak of his abilities, infusing even his darkest numbers with creative joy that sweeps like a beacon.  "I’m thrilled about this album, about my life and about my music,” says Trout, who returned to the stage in June at the prestigious Lead Belly Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I feel that I’m reborn as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and a human being. I have a new chance at being the best musician and the best man that I can be. And I’m incredibly happy and grateful.”

 

Contrast that to early 2014, when Trout was lying in a hospital bed without the strength to move or speak, unable to recognize his own children, as he observed  his body waste away. But on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, Trout underwent liver transplant surgery and the slow process of healing began. “At first I wasn’t  strong enough to play a single note on the guitar, but as I regained my strength,  the music came back to me. Now when I pick up the guitar, it is liberating, joyful, and limitless. I feel like I’m 17 again.”

 

Initially, Trout hoped to capture his renewal and positivity in the songs, “but,” says Trout,  “they were coming out cliché and I wanted to write something deeper.” After Marie, Trout’s wife and manager,  suggested that he revisit the difficult experiences of his illness, the songs began pouring out. The first was “Omaha,” which resonates with smashing chords and vibrating low strings: a solo packed with pealing midnight howls. The lyrics tell a tale of a man haunted by death.  "I was in UCLA for a month, and later at the Nebraska Medical Center for five months in the liver ward — first waiting for the transplant, and then recovering from the surgery,” Trout recounts. “There were days when  somebody in the ward died while waiting. I’d hear families out in the hall crying and doctors trying to comfort them. And I knew there was a good chance that I’d be the next one to go. For ‘Omaha.’ I wanted to capture how that felt and sounded.”

 

The opening song “Almost Gone” is equally potent. As the fingerpicked introduction intones, Trout lays his cards on the table: “Now I get the feeling/Something’s going wrong/Can’t help but feelin’/I won’t last too long.”  The fatalism is balanced by the music — from the exquisite roar of Trout’s harmonica that follows those words to the ebullient, soaring six-string that gives the tune a tsunami of uplift. “Almost Gone” captures the strength I got from my wife, urging me to go on fighting when I was in pain, and on the verge of death,” says Trout. “I looked up into her eyes, and she gave me the power to carry on. That experience is reflected in my playing on the song.”  Another key track is “Gonna Live Again,” which gets its organic grounding from Trout’s acoustic guitar and the gentle quiver of emotion in his voice. “That’s me asking God, ‘Why me?’ When so many people died waiting, why did I survive? I’ve been given a chance to try again — a chance to be a better husband, a better father, and a better man.”

 

Battle Scars is Trout’s 18th album released by the Netherlands-based Provogue label and his 42nd overall, counting his pre-solo-career recordings as a member of the historic groups: Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Trout fell headlong in love with the blues in 1965 when his brother brought the first album by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band into his family's New Jersey home, and Trout heard the twin-guitar magic of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, combined with Butterfield's gut-deep harmonica-and-vocal performances. In his music-loving home, Walter was raised to the sounds of records by Ray Charles, Hank Williams, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, John Coltrane, Bo Diddley and many other musical giants.  Trout’s practical schooling started in earnest when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1973 and got gigs backing Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. In 1981 he joined the remaining original members of Canned Heat. But the real turning point was his five-year tenure with British blues giant Mayall. Trout became part of the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of great guitarists along with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

Trout founded his own band in 1989 and cut his debut album Life In the Jungle, rapidly becoming a star in Europe. His first U.S. release, 1998's critically heralded Walter Trout, also made him a fixture of the American blues-rock scene.

 

Over the decades Trout has accumulated numerous honors. He is a two-time winner of the “Overseas Artist of the Year” title at the British Blues Awards, and is a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. Trout’s six-string prowess earned the number six slot in BBC Radio 1’s “Top 20 Guitarist” listener’s poll, tying with Queen’s Brian May.

 

Just prior to his illness, Provogue records was poised for a major “Year of the Trout” marketing campaign and worldwide tour celebrating his 25 years as a solo artist. The label released Trout’s then newly recorded  album, When the Blues Came Calling, and reissued his catalog on 180-gram vinyl. Additionally, Provogue published his  autobiography penned with British music journalist, Henry Yates: Rescued From Reality: The Life and Times of Walter Trout.  “Unfortunately, that tour didn’t happen,” Trout says. “Instead I had to cancel an entire year of touring. That’s what the song on Battle Scars, ‘My Ship Came In’ is about: My ship came in and I missed it! I’d waited all my life for a record label to get behind me to that extent, and then that plan fell apart.”

 

Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout’s longtime producer Eric Corne.  “I don’t take this lightly,” Trout declares. “Marie says that all of the people who donated to our fundraiser for my medical expenses” — which generated more than $240,000 – “bought stock in me and my liver. When I play for them now, I have a responsibility to give back and offer the very best that I have.”

Adriene Mishler: Yoga with Adriene

Wednesday 19th October

Academy

The Feeling

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 19th October

Club Academy

THE FEELING ANNOUNCE LAST TOUR BEFORE TAKING BREAK

BAND CONFIRM FINAL DATES UNTIL AT LEAST 2018

 

Following a decade of sold out shows, acclaimed albums and huge radio hits, The Feeling have today announced their final tour until at least 2018.

 

After recently wowing 250,000 people across Europe's arenas as the hand-picked main support act for Jeff Lynne’s ELO, the band have confirmed six October dates in Bristol, Brighton, Wolverhampton, Milton Keynes and Manchester, before a tour finale at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire.

 

The band plan to play hits from across their catalogue, from 2006’s BRIT-nominated, Ivor Novello winning Twelve Stops And Home right up to this year’s acclaimed self-titled sixth album (praised by Mojo as “another tranche of top tunes”).

 

Says frontman Dan Gillespie Sells: “We're not splitting up, but after ten incredible years of doing this non-stop, we feel like now is a good moment to take a break and spend some time concentrating on our other projects. We want to make this tour a celebration of everything we’ve achieved so far. I really can't wait.”

 

The band will also headline the legendary Avalon Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.  

Galantis

+ Special Guests

Thursday 20th October

Academy

Craig David presents TS5

Friday 21st October

Academy

Craig David, who has launched one of the most talked about comebacks this year, is back in his element.” - The Independent

 

When David brings his world renowned club night TS5 to the stage, youre going to have a ball.” - ShortList 

 

Following the huge success of his Glastonbury debut just a matter of weeks ago, Craig has today announced that he will be bringing his world famous, critically acclaimed TS5 to Brixton O2 Academy on 20th October and Manchester’s Academy on 21st October 2016. Tickets will be going on pre-sale this Friday 8th July and on general sale from Monday 11th July at 9:00am.  

 

Craig says, “I cant wait to bring this amazing year to a close with these two shows, and thank you all for the incredible love and support you have shown me.

 

Starting out as the most exclusive pre-party in Miami, hosted in his penthouse home, Tower Suite 5, TS5 has gone on to become the must-see live event of the summer with sets confirmed at the biggest festivals and clubs around the world.  Having previously sold-out London’s KOKO in a matter of seconds and taking over Glastonbury’s Sonic Stage, bringing over 25k people to the tent and receiving the biggest crowd at the Sonic Stage in Glastonbury history, this July, Craig will also launch is summer residency at the iconic Ibiza Rocks Hotel.

 

It has been the most talked about chart resurgence of the year!  Since catapulting into the charts with Big Narstie on the gold certified single ‘When The Bassline Drops’ to working with Blonde on the smash hit ‘Nothing Like This’, Craig has since released his first solo track in six years, ‘One More Time’ taken from his eagerly anticipated sixth studio album, due for release later this year.

 

Having previously sold over 15 million albums, achieving multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries around the world and 16 Top Ten hits under his belt, 2016 looking to be an incredible year for Craig. 

Watch the video for new single ‘One More Time’ here: https://youtu.be/gNDjr7MH67k

Anti Nowhere League

+ Special Guests

Friday 21st October

Academy 3

The Anti Nowhere League started up in 1980 in Royal Tunbridge Wells. They released their debut single "Streets of London" b/w "So What" in 1981. The single reached number 48 in the UK charts and would have probably got higher had it not been seized by the Police's Obscenity Squad due to the profanity laden b-side. "So What" has since become the band's anthem and has been covered by Metallica who play the track regularly to this day in concert.

This was followed up by their seminal debut album "We are...the League" in 1982 on WXYZ Records. This was followed by their "Live in Yugoslavia" album but the band has split by the end of the 1980's. Now reformed the band have subsequently released more recordings and tour around the world to this day.

Animal - Vox, Shady - Bass, Nato - Drums, Tommy-H - Guitar

Jagwar Ma

+ Special Guests

Friday 21st October

Academy 2

Some Kind of Illness

Album Release Show, + Room To Let + Palace Motion + The Vengalis

Friday 21st October

Club Academy

Some Kind Of Illness.. a three piece alternative indie band formed in Manchester, England. Combining alternative indie with an atmospheric, reverberant backbone to create a sound described as "calming and beautiful".

Sunset Sons

+ Special Guests

Saturday 22nd October

Academy

SUNSET SONS ANNOUNCE OCTOBER UK HEADLINE TOUR

"They play the music they love in a straightforward way without self-consciousness. They're going to be big." The Times 

"Sunset Sons have huge anthems up their sleeves and remind me of The Killers & Kings of Leon. Look out for them." The Sun 

“The band are now preparing for stardom.” Evening Standard 

“Prepare your stadiums for an Anglo-Australian quartet who trade in anthemic rock songs...these 13 tub-thumping anthems are infused with a funk undertow & more often, a deft, spring heeled approach to Americana. They're on their way."

****” Q Magazine

“It’s easy to see why they’re considered a hot prospect: singer Rory combines the beard, hair and fractured croon of Kings of Leon’s Caleb...with the louche keyboard skills of Brandon Flowers. Williams’s distinctive growl, however, elevates the Sunset Sons from the pack.”  

The Guardian 

 

Having played to sold out crowds across the UK in March/April in support of their debut album ‘Very Rarely Say Die’, Sunset Sons have announced an October UK Tour which includes the iconic Shepherds Bush Empire in London as well as Manchester Academy.

 

Sunset Sons are renowned for their atmospheric and energetic live shows and have a summer of festivals ahead of them including Isle Of Wight Festival, T In The Park, Reading & Leeds and a headline slot at Goldcoast Oceanfest. 

 

These October UK dates will give fans the opportunity to see Sunset Sons perform hits from their fantastic debut album 'Very Rarely Say Die' which was released on 1 April this year. The album was recorded between London, Nashville and their adopted hometown of Hossegor with Jacquire King (Kings of Leon) and James Lewis (Arctic Monkeys).

Tickets will be available for pre-sale on Wednesday 27th April from http://listings.ticketweb.co.uk/sunsetsons and on sale Friday 29th April 2016

 http://sunsetsons.com/ 

https://twitter.com/SunsetSons  // https://www.facebook.com/SunsetSons 

https://instagram.com/sunsetsons/ 

For further information please contact Lou at Partisan // 07860 464789 // louise@partisanpr.com

 

Kyris

+ We Signal Fire + Soldato + Harper Roots, + Queen Anne's Revenge

Saturday 22nd October

Academy 3

Maddie & Tae

+ Special Guests

Saturday 22nd October

Academy 2

MADDIE & TAE – UK tour dates announced!

 

Debut album Start Here (Dot Records) out now

New UK single “Fly”

 

“Maddie & Tae’s set at C2C 2016 was a real surprise. Their album Start Here is good but I had absolutely no idea how engaging and enjoyable they would be live. They quickly highlighted themselves as one of the best acts at this year’s festival”   Entertainment Focus

 

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye didn’t set out to be revolutionaries of the American Country mainstream but when they released “Girl In A Country Song”, about the reductive tilt of Nashville’s “Bro’ Country”, they had a sensational response which was instant, intense and made them stars. 

 

Their UK debut was at the Country to Country 2016 at The O2 London and they received a very warm reception for their feisty show.  They promised to return and an October tour of the UK has now been announced:

 

Sat Oct 22            Manchester Academy 3

Sun Oct 23           Glasgow Oran Mor

Tues Oct 25         Birmingham O2 Institute 2

Wed Oct 26        London Islington Assembly Hall

Thurs Oct 27       Bristol Bierkeller

 

Tickets go on sale Thursday 23rd June at 09:00 via www.gigsandtours.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk

After “Girl In A Country Song” was released last year, the response from critics and fans was so big that there was no denying its power. NPR’s All Things Considered praised Maddie & Tae for “turning heads in different ways with their very first single” and Rolling Stone cited them as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” David Letterman couldn’t get the plucky duo to New York fast enough for their late night debut. Even The Atlantic marveled, “Cheekily appropriating much of the sound of modern Country, the two young women directly quote well-known Bro-Country lyrics and titles…”

The girls from Sugar Land, Texas and Ada, Oklahoma hadn’t planned to cause an upset.  They just wanted to write songs about life the way two 18-year-old women (now 20 and 19) are living it. Songs include themes about bullying (“Sierra”), clueless boys (“Shut Up & Fish”), the power of friendship (“After the Storm Blows Through”), heartbreak (“Smoke”) and coming of age (“The Down Side of Growing Up”).  “Honesty’s always the best policy,” says Tae. “We’re telling our stories and hope people can relate.”

 

Their new UK single is “Fly”, a heartfelt ballad that supports someone’s right to dream and doubt – and make mistakes along the way.  In being honest, they hope they can galvanize fans in a very grounded way.  “To open up strangers, that’s the power of a song,” Maddie continues. “Music lets people pour out their hearts and be vulnerable. When we meet fans it’s like we’re already friends.  We know each other through music! It’s hard to drop your guard, but somehow music makes it safe. 

The Ultimate Manchester Reunion

Saturday 22nd October

Club Academy

The Dolan Twins - 4OU Tour

Sunday 23rd October

Academy

GRAYSON and ETHAN DOLAN are two of the most popular teenage boys in the world. With over 19 million fans between them, some of the highest engagement across social media, and a penchant for hilariously relatable skits about teen life, these 16-year-old creators with model-good looks are the hottest talent around right now.

Ethan and Grayson have created an event for fans featuring live performances, meet-and-greets, and more! A limited number of VIP after party passes are available to meet the twins one on one and make some amazing memories!

Tickets on sale Wednesday 14th Sept at 5pm

Daughter

+ Wilsen

Monday 24th October

Academy

Glass Animals

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 26th October

Academy 2

Sleaford Mods

Plus Special Guests

Thursday 27th October

Academy

Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic situations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performance around Nottingham, Williamson  moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009.

Soon after that he that he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Fearn’s first work was on the production of “Wank” – the Mods’ fifth CDr album. Soon after he started stalking the studio and stage with Williamson.

JP Cooper

Plus Special Guests

Thursday 27th October

Academy 2

Sometimes you see someone perform for the first time and you're just completely blown away...

Hailing from Middleton North Manchester, playing a blend of folk, blues, soul and gospel. JP Cooper is an intriguing prospect amongst aspiring British Singer Songwriters.

Listening to him perform, either alone or with his band, bears witness to an honesty, intensity and power evoked via the simplest of orchestration. 

His soulfully expressive unique vocal style, the kind that cuts through a room to hush a chattering crowd in seconds, is utterly bewitching. His unexpected vocal flights hardly prepare you for the intimacy and empathy to follow, couple this with a clutch of sensational songs and you would find it almost impossible to believe that he has only been writing seriously for two years and performing solo for barely one. Comparisons are yet to be made (although they inevitably will be..), but there is nothing derivative about his voice or his songwriting. 

JP has been singing with Manchester's finest gospel choir, The Manchester Sing Out Choir (nominees for the National Gospel Awards), for the last few years. An unusual training ground for an acoustic singer-songwriter you might think... but it's one that has enabled him to develop an extraordinarily soulful warmth to his vocal whilst retaining a genuine folksy feel and has informed a real leftfield approach to his song writing. 

911 - VIP

Plus Support

Friday 28th October

Academy 3

With a rich history behind them, with a list of top ten hits throughout the nineties including ‘Bodyshakin’, ‘Private Number’ and ‘A little bit more’ there’s an exciting new chapter ahead for 911.


Having formed in 1995, building a following from scratch performing in schools and small public venues, the band independently reached the top 40 with two independent releases, following this 911 won GMTV’s “search for the next big thing” and were signed to Virgin Records in 1996 after a major label bidding war.  The band were also voted second in Smash Hits Magazine’s best newcomer, behind Spice Girls in that year, selling in total over six million singles and ten million albums worldwide prior to their split in 2000.

Fastforward to 2016, and with a new single due for release later in the year on All Around The World Records (Universal), and a new album shortly to follow, with one of the new tracks achieving a rapid YouTube success racking up in excess of two million views.  There’ll be plenty more Bodyshakin’.

Obituary / Exodus

+ Prong + King Parrot

Friday 28th October

Academy 2

911

+ Support

Friday 28th October

Academy 3

With a rich history behind them, with a list of top ten hits throughout the nineties including ‘Bodyshakin’, ‘Private Number’ and ‘A little bit more’ there’s an exciting new chapter ahead for 911.


Having formed in 1995, building a following from scratch performing in schools and small public venues, the band independently reached the top 40 with two independent releases, following this 911 won GMTV’s “search for the next big thing” and were signed to Virgin Records in 1996 after a major label bidding war.  The band were also voted second in Smash Hits Magazine’s best newcomer, behind Spice Girls in that year, selling in total over six million singles and ten million albums worldwide prior to their split in 2000.

Fastforward to 2016, and with a new single due for release later in the year on All Around The World Records (Universal), and a new album shortly to follow, with one of the new tracks achieving a rapid YouTube success racking up in excess of two million views.  There’ll be plenty more Bodyshakin’.

KYTV Festival 2016

Neds Atomic Dustbin + EMF

Saturday 29th October

Academy

KYTV FESTIVAL 2016

 

NEDS ATOMIC DUSTBIN

Plus Very Special Guests - Announced on Monday 29th @ 12 noon

Plus FEROCIOUS DOG

+ Support & DJs

 

Manchester Academy: Saturday 29 October 2016 – Doors open 5.00pm

 

In July 1990 Kill Your Television shot straight to #1 in the Indie singles chart and sent Ned’s Atomic Dustbin on a collision course with the pop charts.

Being their ‘cross-over’ single, Kill Your Television the song, the slogan, the t-shirt and the ‘get off your backside and do something’ sentiment still stand as the deepest footprint that the band have left on the indie rock planet and 25 years later the band (all 5 original members) are looking to cement the legacy with their annual Kill Your Television Festival.

A hugely successful inaugural KYTV Festival was held in December 2015 at the band’s spiritual hometown venue – Wolverhampton Civic Hall, scene of many of their end-of-year home-coming shows attended historically by audiences from across the globe; seekers of that magical atmosphere that the venue evokes for the fans of Ned. Now the band is taking the festival on the road to another favourite venue of theirs – Manchester Academy.

Neds are keen to establish KYTV Festival as their very own annual self-curated inimitable indie-rock celebration by boasting unusual bills with more than the occasional surprise package. This year’s show in Manchester will be no exception with the first announced support none other than Ferocious Dog, a full-on six-piece that encompass folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. In 2015 the band sold out Rock City in Nottingham in advance – an historic moment, it being the first time in the 35-year history of this auspicious venue that an unsigned band has achieved this feat.  

 

On Monday 29th February at 12 noon Neds will announce their very special guests – expect a huge coup! More great bands and DJs will be announced in due course too...

Pre – Sale – Wednesday February 24th from 9.00am: https://www.manchesteracademy.net/order/tickets/13314417

 

General Sale – Friday February 26th from 9.00am

 

Tickets £26.00 STBF Advance

Box Office 0161 832 1111 / manchesteracademy.net

 

Manchester Academy welcomes all ages under 14's to be accompanied by an adult

 

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The Undertones - 40th Anniversary Tour

+ The Membranes

Saturday 29th October

Academy 2

2016 is the 40th Anniversary of The Undertones and they are delighted to announce that they will be celebrating this anniversary with national and international live shows and some exciting releases.

The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends learning how to play basic rock and roll. Even by the standards of that decade Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere. With no live bands worth watching, they learned by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all from listening to John

Peel’s wonderful show on BBC Radio One. Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording ‘Teenage Kicks E.P.’ in 1978 on Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations label in Belfast. The

legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and like it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show.

Tony Joe White

+ Jack Broadbent

Saturday 29th October

Club Academy

UK Foo Fighters Tribute

Nothing's Set In Stone Tour, + Special Guests

Saturday 29th October

Academy 3

As seen in Classic Rock, Rolling Stone, Kerrang and NME magazines!
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome … ME!” – Dave Grohl

Not many tribute bands get invited on stage to perform with their heroes; and NEVER with one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
UK Foo Fighters frontman ‘Jay Apperley’ made history in September 2014 at Brighton’s Concorde 2 when he was personally asked on stage by none other than ‘Dave Grohl’ himself to perform ‘White Limo’ with the actual Foo Fighters!
"That was awesome!" - Dave Grohl
Fans of the UK version have known for years, of course, that rarely has a tribute been performed with such obvious love and passion for the music; and lookalike and soundalike Jay becomes rock legend ‘Dave Grohl’ both vocally and slinging a guitar.

Their hugely successful UK tour 'Sonic Motorways' - a name cleverly derived from the title of the Foo's new album, saw them sell out shows in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and many more as fans flocked in their thousands to see them.
Piling through hit after hit, the band perform set lists containing all the classics - such as ‘Everlong’ and ‘Best of You’ alongside brand new material from the Foo’s new album ‘Sonic Highways’ like ‘Something From Nothing’ and ‘In The Clear’. They absolutely nail the true vibe of a Foo’s live experience, playing all the singles with extra parts and the sing-alongs bits as well.

All performed down to the closest detail making it a truly unmissable show for any Foo Fighters fan. Be sure to catch them live in 2015 as their ‘Sonic Motorways’ tour continues.

THIS SHOW IS NOW SELLING OUT EVERY VENUE IT PLAYS…..

UK Foo Fighters
Jay Apperley (Dave Grohl)
Arron Warner (Nate Mendel)
Alex Bailey (Taylor Hawkins)
Jamie Valentine (Chris Shiflett)
Nick Wight (Rami Jaffee)

Bars & Melody

+ Lukas Rieger

Sunday 30th October

Academy 3

Bars and Melody (B.A.M) are a British singing R&B/rapping duo consisting of rapper Leondre Devries ("Bars") and singer Charlie Lenehan ("Melody"). They took part in the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2014. During their audition, they had automatically been entered into the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent after the head judge Simon Cowell pressed the "golden buzzer", a new feature introduced in the eighth series, and finished in third place.

After the show, Bars and Melody signed a record deal with Syco Music. Their debut single "Hopeful" was released on 25 July 2014. Also 5 days later, they brought out a new single "Shining Star" (30 July 2014), this was an extra to their acoustic version of "Hopeful". They refer to their fans as "Bambinos".

Capital's MONSTER MASH-UP with Vodafone

Sunday 30th October

Academy

Matt Berry & The Maypoles

+ Special Guests

Sunday 30th October

Academy 2

KAT & Roman Kostrzewski

+ Special Guests

Sunday 30th October

Club Academy

Amon Amarth

+ Special Guests Testament & Grand Magus

Monday 31st October

Academy

AMON AMARTH BRING THEIR VIKING CRUSADE TO THE UK & IRELAND THIS AUTUMN

 

After bringing dragons and fire to Download Festival's main stage this weekend, Swedish heavy metal Vikings AMON AMARTH have confirmed their return to UK & Irish shores this Autumn, in support of their brilliant new album, ‘Jomsviking’.  

 

Amon Amarth’s tenth studio album, ‘Jomsviking’ was released in March via Sony. The record immediately crashed into the UK Top 30, marking the band’s highest ever chart position here; a feat repeated around the globe.

 

Joining them as special guests, will be Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT. With brand new album ‘The Brotherhood Of The Snake’ due out through Nuclear Blast later this year, expect to hear some new songs as well as some older classics.

 

Also a part of AMON AMARTH’s crusade are fellow Swedish marauders GRAND MAGUS, showcasing their latest album ‘Sword Songs’, released to great acclaim last month.

 

Get set to hold your drinking horns aloft at the following shows:

Mon 31st Oct - MANCHESTER Academy

Tue 1st Nov - GLASGOW O2 ABC

Wed 2nd Nov - DUBLIN Vicar Street

Fri 4th Nov - LONDON Roundhouse

Sat 5th Nov - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy

 

Amon Amarth exclaim, “UK, after three years away we are returning to your lands and are bringing with us our biggest headline show ever.  Sharpen your weapons, fortify your embankments & hide your loved ones!  We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can “Raise Your Horns” together with us to glory!”

 

Testament’s Eric Peterson follows up: “With a heart of steel and rippling distant thunder, we are honoured to board the AA Viking ship and get ready to feast and plunder with them across Europe! Thor's hammering strikes shall lead the way! Skol!”

 

JB from Grand Magus declares, "Warriors of the north Atlantic! We are proud and excited to be part of this tour. Earth-shattering metal is coming your way. Amon Amarth, Testament, and Grand Magus on the same night! There will be headbanging, thrashing, and all around heaviness to fill all needs. Join us! Rejoice!"

 

Prepare to be raided. 

Apocalypse

Monday 31st October

Academy venues


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