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Wednesday 25th April

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The Hara

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Wednesday 25th April

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The Hara - Josh Taylor (lead vocals), Jack Kennedy (drums) and Zack Breen (guitar) - having toured their first headline tour last year & being special guests on X-Factor's Ben Haenow's tour, the boys are back with their new headline tour and brand-new EP. Hailing from the North West, the band are regularly featured on BBC Music Introduces in Lancashire. Their debut single - Only Young - is taken from their forthcoming EP which will be showcased alongside other fan favourites on the new tour!

Josh Rouse

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Thursday 26th April

Academy 3

Josh Rouse has confirmed dates for the EU/UK headlining tour in April 2018. On the ten-city run, Rouse will be performing with a full band.

 

Josh Rouse has also released his new Yep Roc single, Love in the Modern Age. Rouse says, ‘The song is somewhat of a mantra, an ode to not giving up. Long live love and the lyrics of Leonard Cohen.’

 

Rouse has long since solidified his status as a songwriter of the highest calibre over his eleven studio releases. Q called his acclaimed critical breakout album 1972 ‘the most intimate record of the year,’ Entertainment Weekly dubbed the follow-up album Nashville ‘persistently gorgeous’ and PopMatters called 2013’s The Happiness Waltz ‘a big contender for Rouse’s best work’. In 2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for Do You Really Want To Be In Love, from the film La Gran Familia Española.

 

‘A talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst’ – Uncut

 

Tour support comes from Field Division. Field Division is Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton. The American duo conjure up a cinematic blend of classic songwriting, inspired by the 1960s and 1970s folk rock pioneers, and transcendent modern dream pop. After releasing their debut EP, Reverie State in 2014, Field Division spent two years living on the road whilst recording their first full-length LP. The band is newly signed to Bella Union (home to Father John Misty, John Grant, Beach House, Flaming Lips, Explosions In The Sky, etc) who will release their debut album in 2018 (co-produced with Mckenzie Smith of Midlake/BNQT).

Theory

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Thursday 26th April

Academy 2

For more than a decade, Theory Of A Deadman has been among the most distinctive and popular bands in hard rock, combining frank, earnest lyricism and extraordinary melodies with massive power and electrifying dynamics. With singer/songwriter Tyler Connolly at the helm, the Vancouver-based band has earned a fervent fan following as well as a long line of multi-format hits, among them the No. 1 hit “No Surprise”.

 

Like any hard rock outfit worth its weight in salt, Theory Of A Deadman has spent much of its existence on the road. In addition to innumerable headline dates, and festival appearances the band has shared stages with Alter Bridge, Stone Sour, Mötley Crüe and many other like-minded acts.

Rejjie Snow

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Friday 27th April

Academy 2

The Zangwills

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Friday 27th April

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The Zangwills are a young, North West based band. They formed in May 2017, Jake Vickers, Ed Dowling and Sam Davies met at sixth form college in Northwich, Cheshire and the line-up was completed by drummer Adam Spence from Chester.

 

Each of them bring very different influences to the band and this, along with Jake’s unique voice, is reflected in their distinctive sound which is instantly recognisable as The Zangwills.  Described as being, ‘Like nothing else out there, an immensely valuable quality when so many bands disappear into a slurry of sameness’ – by Getintothis.

 

They are a charismatic band who are generating a lot of interest as their unusual, youthful vibe and energy sets them apart. The four-piece are fast gaining a reputation for their strong live sets, steadily increasing the capacity of host venues around their North West base. They have a growing army of enthusiastic followers who seem to be prepared to travel in significant numbers to watch them play live and can somehow already sing along to the lyrics even before the tracks are released.

 

The band’s debut single ‘New Heights’ was released in December 2017 gaining over 25k streams in the first month on Spotify alone, with great feedback from press and industry connections and most importantly - audiences. Their follow up single - The Horrors Of Sobriety - is due for release on Friday, 30th March 2018.

 

‘The Zangwills took the stage by storm – Oli Mitchell – Gigsandtours

‘The Zangwills are showing all the early indications that bigger things await them’ – Getintothis

‘You are immediately drawn in from the start of the set’ - Northern Alive

 

Twelve24

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Friday 27th April

Academy 3

TWELVE24, hailing from different continents, this band are as global as their sound. A fusion of feel-good Pop, EDM and Rap, Twelve24's music transcends borders, sounding as fresh anywhere on the planet as it does in their home town of Manchester, UK.

TWELVE24 are a band who know what they're about, both in their music and their message. Three full-length albums in, they have honed a sound distinctly theirs, described as a fusion of popular artists such as Macklemore, Calvin Harris and Justin Bieber.

As a result, TWELVE24 have answered invitations to play all over the world: their own headline a coming home gig at the Manchester Academy 27 April 2018. After multiple tours in USA, Norway, Germany, Ethiopia, South Africa and France; multiple festivals and concerts in The Netherlands, Spain, Lithuania, Denmark, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and in Finland. 

 

Get tickets for the last chance to see them live in such an Intimate venue, before they break the next level.

Black The Ripper

Free Wize Men, Iron Bars, Stoner Ellis Meade, Sparkz + more

Friday 27th April

Academy

DMA's

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Saturday 28th April

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 DMA’S have today announced a UK Headline tour for May/April 2018, including dates at the Manchester Academy, 02 Forum Kentish Town & Barrowland, Glasgow (see full tour dates below).

DMA’S made a huge impression with their 2016 debut album ‘Hills End’, which became a Gold-selling smash at home and a word-of-mouth hit here in the UK. Now the band have raised their game with their new album ‘For Now’ which will be released on April 27th.

Produced by the band alongside Kim Moyes of The Presets‘For Now’ is a gloriously uplifting album of beautifully honed, passionately emotive rock’n’roll songs. A teaser of what to expect emerged late last year when intro track ‘Dawning’ was released. Demonstrating that the DMA’S are brimming with confidence, its crowd-pleasing hook and rich melodies made for the kind of timeless indie anthem that bands rarely seem to write any more.

That purity and command of songcraft is also on vivid display throughout their brand new single ‘In The Air’ which has just been premiered by triple j. It’s a beautiful ballad, with sweeping production, and daydream-inducing lyrics that shine a light on the band’s much-loved talent for pop writing. 

While the collection echoes the strident, hook-heavy Britpop and Madchester influences of the band’s debut on tracks such as the explosive opener ‘For Now’ and Depeche Mode-esque ‘Do I Need You Now?’, it’s also an album that demonstrates a very organic evolution. ‘The End’ (written by guitarist Johnny Took) shows Kim Moyes’ influence with its dark electronic production and synths, while the psychedelic-tinged ‘Emily Whyte’ (written by guitarist Matt Mason) erupts into an epic, blissed out album closer.

More broadly, the most transformative element of the band’s sound comes in the shape of Tommy O’Dell’s vocals - the character and attitude of his voice is now heightened by a fresh new soulful element.

“Last time round, we were still working out what kind of band we want to be, and we still are,” admits Johnny Took“We still have that jangly rock’n’roll aspect to it, but it’s also matured in other ways. It feels like a natural progression for the band.”

Laki Lan

Saturday 28th April

Academy 2

They are natural born live performers. The creative process always starts on the stage with studio work as its fulfillment. Łąki Łan is famous for their incredibly energetic concert. They have developed their unique, Slavic yet intergalactic sound, which is constantly evolving and surprising the audience.

 

One of crucial part of their art is the song lyrics written by Paprodziad that require the listener to decipher the contents among them.

Costumes and stage performance create an unforgettable spectacle that could have been seen on music festivals in Poland and abroad, including Tbilisi Open Air, Alter / Vision, Montreux Jazz Festival, Orange Festival, Open'er Festival, Jarocin Festival, Przystanek Woodstock. In November 2016 the latest album of Łąka Łan called "Syntonia" was released and it is promoted by singles "Pola Ar" and "Bombaj". The album was nominated for the Polish Fryderyk Award of 2017 in the category "Album of the Year - Alternative".

Nine Below Zero "Live At The Marquee" Tour

"Live at the Marquee" Tour

Saturday 28th April

Club Academy

The Iconic Debut Album performed with an 8 Piece Band for the first time ever!

One of the UK's finest Rhythm & Blues Bands, Nine Below Zero, formed in 1979 and named themselves after the famous Sonny Boy Williamson song. In 1980 they signed to A&M Records and released the seminal "Live at the Marquee" album. By the end of that year they had moved from selling out the Marquee to selling out the Hammersmith Odeon. In 1981 their first studio album "Don't point your finger" was released and the band play alongside The Kinks & The Who. They also make appearances on the Old Grey Whistle Test and the South Bank show. In 1982 they appeared on "The Young Ones" with the track "Eleven + Eleven" before releasing arguably their finest album "Third Degree" which features such tracks as "Wipe away your Kiss" & "You can't say yes and you can't say no". The album's iconic image was taken by none other than David Bailey.

In 1983 Dennis Greaves left to form The Truth and it is not until 1990 when Nine Below Zero got back together for a sell out 10th Anniversary Concert at the Town & Country Club. Since then the band have played alongside Chuck Berry, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Ray Davies, Bruce Willis, Jools Holland & Glenn Tilbrook.

The Smiths Ltd

Saturday 28th April

Academy 3

The Smiths Ltd were formed in 2009 and being the ONLY Smiths tribute band from and based in Manchester, they have a unique selling point and an authenticity that is hard to beat.  Committed to getting the same energy that Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce had onstage together, the band are also obsessed about getting that live sound just right. They use the same guitars, bass, amps and drum kit that The Smiths used on their very last tour to capture that quintessential sound.

With an authenticity and provenance that’s hard to beat The Smiths Ltd are the ultimate tribute. If you never saw The Smiths then this is your chance to experience the thrill of those great songs played live. If you were lucky enough to see them first time around then prepare to relive that excitement again.

Yo La Tengo

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Monday 30th April

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