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+ Biters

Saturday 16th December


Live Nation Presents

Doors 7pm - Curfew 11pm

Tickets: £27.50 plus booking fee

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult at all times


Following a long radio silence, Finnish rock giants HIM have announced a farewell tour, closing the final chapter on their 26 year career.


"After quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you." Says frontman Ville Valo


Formed in 1991 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström and bassist Mikko "Migé" Paananen, HIM truly stand out as one of the rock world’s most unique acts. Beautifully blending metal, goth and hard rock with deep, thoughtful and moving lyrics, HIM offered the world a new take on the metal genre, which became known as Love Metal (also the title of their fourth album).


Over the course of eight studio albums, HIM captured the hearts and minds of fans across the globe, drawn by their irresistible and inimitable style. Under the banner of their Heartagram logo – a potent symbol encapsulating the juxtaposition of the light and dark, the fierce and forlorn, and the evil and love found in their music - HIM filled venues and crashed charts the world over, collecting numerous awards, gracing countless magazine covers and becoming the first Finnish act to achieve Gold status in the USA.


Now, four years after the release of their last studio album ‘Tears On Tape’, HIM are saying farewell, taking in 14 countries across 35 shows for their final goodbye.


"At the end of 2017 we will be released into the wild.” Says bassist Mige. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty's service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory! See you there!" 

Chameleons Vox - Home Is Where The Heart is 2017

Performing the classic debut album 'SCRIPT OF THE BRIDGE' + Evi Vine + Official After Party in Union Bar

Saturday 16th December

Academy 2

Manchester Academy in association with Spider Touring present

Performing the classic debut album ‘SCRIPT OF THE BRIDGE’

Plus Special Guest EVI VINE

Manchester Academy 2
Saturday 16th December 2017
Doors 7.30pm
Curfew 11.00pm

Tickets - £21.00 Advance STBF 
All ages welcome, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18.

Free Entry to ticket holders to the Official Chameleons Vox After Show in Union Bar with DJ Andy Woods (Smile / Unknown Pleasures)


With demand for these hallowed indie icons showing no sign of diminishing any time soon, we are thrilled to welcome the return of…

Chameleons Vox: Home Is Where The Heart Is... 2017.

Continuing this now-legendary annual residency at Manchester Academy 2 into what will be its fourth glorious year - Chameleons Vox - are back and with a must-see new show especially for their devoted and longstanding fan base.

Taking place on Saturday 16th of December 2017, the Chameleons Vox legacy will be celebrated with a performance of the classic debut album 'Script of The Bridge’ in its entirety.

Every year, The Home Is Where The Heart Is… annual series has seen iconic frontman Mark Burgess digging deep into the band’s coveted back catalogue to unearth forgotten gems and glittering rarities to perform live year on year. This year, and nearly 35 years since that ground breaking debut release, Burgess returns promising another unique show that plans takes those fans who have stood by him all these years right back to where it all began.

Released in 1983 on seminal indie imprint Statik, ‘The Script of The Bridge’ instantly became hailed as a high water mark of the post-punk movement, before establishing itself as a cult favourite of the Manchester indie scene forever more. With its head turning string of featured singles including "Up the Down Escalator", "As High as You Can Go" and "A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days” sounding as fresh today as they ever have, not to mention the chance to reacquaint yourself with longtime fan favourites “Second Skin”, "Don't Fall" and many more - this new show at Academy 2 will be one to remember.

As in previous years, Chameleons Vox will curate a line up friends new and old to join them for the annual winter outing with this year set to feature the spine tingling siren song of Evi Vine, once of the collaborative musical project The Eden House - not to be missed!

Post punk four-piece The Chameleons formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 1981. Fronted by singer and bassist Mark Burgess, the band went on to release six studio albums and an EP, along with many Peel sessions, live records and compilations in a career spanning three decades. With a cult following hooked on their iridescent indie, Burgess has continued performing the material recorded during this time live under the moniker Chameleons Vox to an ever adoring fan base.

No Hot Ashes

+ Special Guests

Saturday 16th December

Club Academy




Manchester Club Academy


Saturday 16th December 2017 

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm


Tickets £7.00 advance STBF 


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

Special Kinda Madness

Specials and Madness Tribute

Saturday 16th December

Academy 3

GS Promotions presents



Manchester Academy 3

Saturday 16th December 2017

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £12.50 advance STBF


This is a 14+ show


Special Kinda Madness perform a truly authentic set which combines the phenomenally energetic stage presence of The Specials with the wonderful iconic tunes of the Madness ‘Nutty Boys’. Playing a set from each band and producing a show that will have the audience up and dancing from the off, Special Kinda Madness will have everyone hankering after that exciting era of 2-Tone and ska.


On 21st July 1979 at the Electric Ballroom in London, the Specials played a gig with Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Selecter. That’s a gig that all 2-Tone rude boys and rude girls would die to see, The Specials and Madness on the same bill. In truth, it will probably never happen now … but you can get the next best thing with Special Kinda Madness!


2 Bands … 2-Tone … 1 Fantastic Night!


+ Kassettika

Sunday 17th December

Academy 2


SLADE - Without doubt one of the most exciting bands to come out of Great Britain in the past 30 years. With their unique blend of perfect pop-rock'n'roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun, and no less than 23 Top-20 singles of which 6 were No-1 smash hits….plus 6 smash albums, Slade have become a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world.


SLADE'S chart career has spanned 3 decades and their enduring songs "Cum On Feel The Noize" and "Coz I Luv You" are still featured today in TV commercials for some of the Worlds biggest companies.


SLADE first hit the road in 1966, touring throughout Great Britain and Europe and becoming a regular concert attraction. Joining forces with the former Animals bass guitarist and Jimi Hendrix Experience manager, Chas Chandler, Slade achieved their first chart hit in May 1971 with the Bobby Marchan song "Get Down And Get With It" then, released in October of the same year "Coz I Luv You" was the bands first No-1 and a huge hit across Europe.


Throughout the seventies, Slade became one of Europe's biggest bands, touring and recording continually and making regular trips to America, Japan and other parts of the world. Slade's catalogue of hits are synonymous with the era:- "Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Mama We'er All Crazee Now", "Cum On Feel The Noize", "Gudbye T' Jane", along with the many others provided a soundtrack to the Glam Generation and are still today, heavily featured on any retrospective of the time.


At the beginning of the eighties, Slade were invited to appear at the Reading Rock Festival, a massive annual event which attracted over 100,000 people. They literally stole the show, giving some of the worlds biggest rock bands a serious run for their money whilst kindling new interest from a whole new audience. As a result, the band signed a new record deal and unleashed the anthem "We'll Bring The House Down", which reached the Top-10 in the UK in January 1981. Slade were back!


Not content to rest on their Glam laurels, Slade began forging a new path through the hugely influential British heavy rock scene. A second successful appearance at Castle Donnington in 1981, before a crowd of over 200,000 people, consolidated the bands position and paved the way for the single "Lock Up Your Daughters", and the album "Til Deaf Do Us Part".


While Slade were busy in the UK releasing the massive hit "My Oh My" to huge acclaim, LA metal band Quiet Riot were spreading the word Stateside with their version of "Cum On Feel The Noize", which proved so successful that they followed it up with "Mama We'er All Crazee Now". Throughout the rest of the eighties Slade toured and recorded due to them once again being a major force in British pop'n'rock.


The early ninties saw the bands "Radio Wall Of Sound" hit the UK Top-30 and thereby give Slade a solid 20 year chart run!


In 1993, due to the continual demand from around the world, founder Slade members Dave Hill and Don Powell decided to return to touring by playing a few select dates in Europe prior to embarking on what turned out to be a very successful two month tour of Australia.


SLADE have continued to tour the world. They are firm favourites on the lucrative German festival scene and undertake an annual UK "Merry Christmas Everybody" tour in December. They also have a huge following of fans and regularly play concert dates in Russia, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and the Czech Republic.


Led by founder members Dave Hill and Don Powell, the bands latest additions  are ex Mud bass guitarist John Berry, frequently spied in the guise of the Big Issue seller in Eastenders, and new lead vocalist Mal McNulty. Mal has had an extensive career, he featured with Rockin Horse in the ‘70s, heavy rock band Golden Night, German rock band Hazzard, and he was a founder member of London fun-pub band Paddy Goes To Holyhead. Having formed The Wandering Crutchlees with Tino Troy of Preying Mantis, Bruce Bisland of Sweet and occasional guest Andy Scott, Mal joined Sweet in which he eventually became lead vocalist.


Slade today is still one of the most exciting bands on the road, and their stage performance is a dynamic, powerful and exhilarating roller-coaster ride of pure unadulterated rock'n'roll.


+ Joe Goddard (Live)

Sunday 17th December







Manchester Academy


Sunday 17th December 2017 

Doors 7pm | Curfew 11pm


Tickets £20.00 GA advance STBF


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


Following a sold out spring and summer tour Soulwax today announce more headline shows to extend their run of dates this December. The shows will kick off at one of London’s most iconic venues: The Roundhouse; followed by performances in Manchester, Paris, Utrecht and Belgium. The band’s universally renowned live show has a specially designed stage set and seven touring members, including original band member Stefaan Van Leuven on bass guitar and synth; three drummers - Victoria Smith (Jamie T), Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura, MIXHELL) and Blake Davies (Turbowolf); and, Laima Leyton (MIXHELL) on synth and backing vocals.

Shed Seven

+ Very Special Guests Cast

Friday 22nd December


SHINNy'S Christmas No 1 Celebration SHOw

+ Special Guests

Friday 22nd December

Academy 3

SHINNy’S Christmas No 1 Celebration SHOw


Manchester Academy 3

Friday 22nd December 2017

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £8.00 advance STBF 


All ages welcome, under 14s to be accompanied by an adult


From being lead front man of the band HANKyPARK supporting the likes of New Order, Elbow & The Doves etc To his past scoring rugby tries & knocking people on the canvas as a once pro boxer also James 'SHINNy 'Davenport whilst in recovery from drugs & alcohol last year wrote a Xmas single that reached No 24 in the National Charts against all odds.  


THe SHINNy SHOw LIVe on the Facebook Channel with over 105,000 followers with their support he is now embarking on another journey to help raise charity funds for the likes of Macmillan and Once Upon a Smile and aiming for Xmas No 1 again.  So Hi Kids here we go again and I've Got this Feeling :)


Shed Seven

+ Very Special Guests Cast

Saturday 23rd December


New Years Eve One Love Ball

Sam Brown, Gordon West, Governor General, P.I.C. Crew Tiny G, Dr Funk, Megatone, Baron Turbo Charge, Bosey Smiley

Sunday 31st December

Club Academy

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