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Alma

+ Special Guests

Monday 1st April

Academy 2

Alma’s extraordinary soulful voice and sharply observed lyrics hit somewhere between Sia and Amy Winehouse. Perhaps understandable the world wants to know where and the how the 22-year-old Finnish powerhouse (currently working with Justin Tranter, MNEK, Rudimental, Charlie XCX, Sub Focus, 2 Inch Punch and more) began her career in music. “I don’t think I ever really started,” Alma recalls. “It’s just when I was little, I understood that singing made me feel things. It made me feel safe, it made me feel good, it made me feel better. It’s how I’ve survived everything, cliché́́́ as that sounds.”

Alma needn’t worry about clichés: with her long, electric-neon hair, baggy goth attire and magnetic punk attitude she iseverything but the stereotypical pop princess. “She looks like a cybergoth reimagining of a young Adele and sounds likeBeth Ditto had she been raised on tropical house,” The Observer wrote recently - they hit the nail on the head.

Growing up between Helsinki in the winter and Lapland in the summer, Alma sang constantly. “If I was happy, if I was sad, if I was walking alone in the dark and a bit scared,” she says. “It made me feel like I had a shelter around me.”Singing was her secret security blanket —until one summer when her family were driving north for the season. She told her parents that she wanted to sing for them, and they imagined they were in for a rendition of something by the SpiceGirls or Destiny’s Child. If they were surprised by her daughter’s choice of the Jackson 5, that’s nothing compared towhat came next.

“They started crying and mum had to stop the car,” Alma recalls with a grin. “She was like, ‘How haven’t I known about this...?’ She made me sing it again and again on the trip.” Back at home, Alma’s parents suggested that she take singing lessons and join the school choir, both of which she tried and dropped. “Studying and being told what to do, even when it came to music has always been very hard for me,” she says. “If I do something, it needs to be for myself, it needs to be completely free.”

From then music was always a totally independent pursuit for Alma. When she and her twin sister Anna (now her backing vocalist) were 12, the family got their first computer, and she devoted herself to YouTube, discovering TheJackson 5 and Amy Winehouse amongst others who would become her inspiration later in her career. “I wasn’t doingvery well in school, I was uncomfortable in my own skin, people were unkind but then I found music and lost myself init.” she says.

Her newfound obsession crossed genres: punk, reggae, soul, pop and techno (The Prodigy, if she wanted to let offsteam). “No one else around me knew much about music, it was just mine. When my friends were playing video games,or going out I could easily listen to four or five hours of music straight. Not even dancing, just listening.” (On the rareoccasion she removed her headphones, she binge-watched Skins. “Oh my god, I loved it.”)

Having struggled through school Alma didn’t believe that she could write songs as well as sing them, but age 15 she picked up a pen and started giving it a go. Seven years later she’s still writing her own material as well as tracks for other artists she loves.

Writing sustained her through a period of crisis when she was 16 and spent six months sitting home alone while herfriends and sister went off to college. Alma didn’t get in. “I was so shy and insecure about everything at that time,” she says, radiating confidence today. “All my friends had moved on. It was especially hard seeing Anna go. Me and my sisterwere always together until then. I was like, ‘This is shit. I can’t be home when I’m 16 years old’—it’s not good for my mental health.”

She threw herself into writing, singing and performing every day. “I understood early on that to have success in this business you need to work hard and stand out above the rest.” She adopts an innocent voice. “If you’re like, ‘I just want to sing!’ then you are gonna fail! You have to have something to say.”

It was then she was invited to a rap writing camp on Suomenlinna, a beautiful island fortress just off the coast of Helsinki,(“because hardly anyone else had shown up!”) She wasn’t sure if she should go, but a friend encouraged her to “just come and say hi.” It was her first time in a studio and it felt like home. “When I got there and started sharing my material everyone was like ‘Where did that come from,’ and suddenly it felt like rap camp turned into Alma camp.”

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Germany’s Sony/ATV Music Publishing heard the demos and immediately signed her. But “Finns are naturally pessimistic,” Alma explains, so she didn’t let herself get too hopeful. She also wasn’t sure if she was going to be a songwriter or a performer. “But in time, I started to understand that people were really digging my voice and my words together.” She signed with Universal, but still didn’t believe she could break outside of Northern Europe until “my managers and I showedmy songs to the Universal UK team and to Republic (now her US label) in New York, and they were like, ‘Fuck yeah!’” Alma’s debut EP,

2016’s Dye My Hair, makes it pretty obvious why, with three euphoric, intricate productions (and one acoustic version)bolstered by her phenomenal voice.

She’s brazen explaining the story behind “Dye My Hair,” laughing about the prospect of fatal devotion. “Would Bruno Mars really catch a grenade for you, y’know?!” she says. “The song is tongue in cheek, I think people get that when they see me. I’d never change the way I look for anyone, it’s not my thing.” She switches between innocence and steeliness describing Karma, “it’s about taking revenge on an ex” which she swears she’s never done. “Success is the best revenge,” she grins. “And this song.”

Alma’s unique voice as a writer (honest, educated and satirical) is best exemplified by “Knock,” a shuddering embrace of a song that offers sanctuary to a friend in need. The track sighs at the ritual of “crawling through the weekends,” thoughAlma admits that despite having no club scene, Helsinki has the best parties in the world. “Kids are just real there,” she says. “Anywhere else in the world when you go to an underground club, you can see them trying really hard to be cool. InFinland there are those people, but when you go into a club they can be anyone. People are cool even though they don’t look cool, and I love that, it’s very inclusive.”

Given Alma’s love of soul (Amy Winehouse remains her all-time favourite artist), it might seem surprising that she’sembraced such a massive pop sound—one that’s already seen her rack up over 300 million Spotify plays, and praise from Annie Mac, MØ, Elton John and more. Her answer is eminently sensible. “I’m a mixture of everything,” she says. “I lovehouse, electro, hip hop, R&B, soul and jazz but fundamentally pop music is what I know.”

Her attitude places her among a generation of young pop geniuses who are swiftly taking over the industry. With her debut album coming March this year (executive produced by Justin Tranter and Charli XCX), first single from which‘Cowboy’ was released in October 2018 Alma is moments away from world domination. “I am an ambitious person,” she admits. “But I want to live in the moment, I’m not thinking about tomorrow, about big arena concerts, or flash awards. Iwant to keep writing, performing and working with people I like and see where it takes me.”

Despite her openness to whatever the future may bring, Alma’s sense of self is steadfast. She recognises that today’s pop stars “are like gods” to their young fans. “They need to understand they’re powerful people who really can change things,” she says. One day, she’d like to work with kids who felt like she did in her teens. But in order to get there, she knows she must build up trust as an artist. “I just want to be here and be real,” she says, her blue eyes wide. “I don’t want to bullshitanyone or write empty pop bangers. I want to keep the Finnish mind-set, cos I’m just a Finnish girl, y’know?”

Arena

Wednesday 3rd April

Academy 3

Ziggy Alberts

Wednesday 3rd April

Club Academy

Keywest

+ Special Guests

Thursday 4th April

Academy 3

SJM Concerts Presents
KEYWEST
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
 
Manchester Academy 3
Friday 21st April 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm
 
Tickets £15.00 advance STBF

 

Keywest are an award winning multi-platinum selling act from Ireland. They began performing on the cold streets of Dublin to make ends meet and quickly built a loyal following. Now Keywest are selling out nationwide tours after multiple radio hits in Ireland. Now expanding in to the UK this is band not to be missed! Catch Keywest Live in the UK 2017 and be warned Keywest’s 2016 UK tour sold out months in advance. 

The Hunna

+ Special Guests

Friday 5th April

Academy

Fresh from their maiden world tour, which has included sold-out nights from Sydney to New York, The Hunna have now announced a string of residency shows in some of the UK’s most famous venues and cities, including two nights at Glasgow Barrowlands, three nights at the Manchester Academy and three more at Birmingham’s 02 Institute. The shows are due to take place in January 2019, with pre-sale starting on Friday 20th July and tickets going on general sale Monday 23rd July.

 

2018 has been a defining year for the Hertfordshire four-piece as they continue their meteoric rise. Kicking off 2018 on a high, The Hunna announced the release of their second studio album titled ‘Dare’ (out 13th July) and quickly followed it up with huge domestic shows, which included two unforgettable nights in January at the 02 Academy Brixton. Having spent the remainder of the year on a world tour, which has seen the band play their debut shows in Australia,The Hunna also returned to the UK to headline London’s All Points East Festival, drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend and confirming their potential to headline major festivals around the world. With more extensive world touring planned for the remainder of the year and their biggest headline show to date announced for the end of the year at Alexandra Palace, The Hunna’s January 2019 residency shows will be something of a homecoming tour following what will have been a remarkable year for the band. 

 

From the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘100’, which landed at #13 in the UK official album charts in August 2016, The Hunna have gone on to achieve a huge amount in the time that has followed. This has included selling over 80,000 tickets and 50,000 albums in the UK, accumulating over 100 million Spotify streams and headlining at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, All Points East and Kendal Calling. With the release of their second album set to take them onto even bigger and better things, the January 2019 residency tour could well be the last opportunity to see the band at a standing venue as they look set to move into arenas in the UK.

Maverick Sabre

+ Jordan Max

Friday 5th April

Club Academy

Kip Moore’s current Top 20 single “Last Shot” is the second taken from his revered third studio album SLOWHEART and follows his fourth No. One hit “More Girls Like You.” “SLOWHEART,” garnered instant praise from critics as Moore’s “most complete, cohesive declaration of his artistic sensibilities yet” (NPR,) as well landing on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, UpRoxx, Bobby Bones Show, Taste Of Country, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot, PopMatters and Whiskey Riff. SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded Moore’s sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian and his PLATINUM debut album UP ALL NIGHT that spawned three No. One hit singles, including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. For more information, visit kipmoore.net.

Zack Knight

Saturday 6th April

Academy 2

Marsicans

+ Special Guests

Saturday 6th April

Academy 3

Skinny Lister

+ Special Guests

Saturday 6th April

Club Academy

Long Beach Dub Allstars

+ Jaya The Cat

Sunday 7th April

Club Academy

Initial career (1997–2001)

Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh met in childhood (in 1979) and later started their first garage punk band, consisting of drums, bass and vocals. They later formed Sublime with Bradley Nowell. The Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDAS for short) were founded after Nowell died in 1996 of a heroin overdose (frequent contributors to Sublime including Michael "Miguel" Happoldt, Todd Forman, and "Field" Marshall Goodman are also members of the band).

Eric Wilson says, "We will never replace the greatness that Sublime did or what Bradley has done." The band was originally a 10-piece and they recorded their debut recording called Right Back, which shortly after completion in 1999 saw the departure of three members. Their second album, Wonders of the World was recorded and released in 2001. It featured "Sunny Hours" featuring will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas. "Sunny Hours" was also used as the theme song for the Friends spin-off Joey.

Breakup and aftermath (2002–2012)

In 2002, rumors that the band had broken up began to surface. Apparently the band had taken a hard-drug-free vow and some of the band's members had broken this vow, which caused Bud Gaugh to quit and join Eyes Adrift with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets. Gaugh was also playing with Kirkwood and Michael Happoldt in the band Volcano. Eric Wilson, Trey Pangborn and RAS-1 formed Long Beach Shortbus with former Slightly Stoopid and temporary Sublime drummer, Kelly Vargas (later replaced by Damion Ramirez). Marshall Goodman, Jack Maness and Opie Ortiz formed Dubcat, with members of Hepcat. Shortbus has had slightly more success than Dubcat, though the latter has yet to release an album. Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh have been reunited in Sublime with Rome, a new incarnation of Sublime which chiefly performs songs by that band and features Rome Ramirez in place of Bradley Nowell.

Reunion (2012–present)

On September 1, 2012, Long Beach Dub Allstars played their first show in 11 years at the Queen Mary Events Park next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, where they opened for The Wailers and played alongside Tribal Seeds.[2] Then on September 30, 2012, Long Beach Dub Allstars performed at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, California, where they opened for Fishbone. They played another show at the Brixton Southbay in Redondo Beach, California on January 25, 2013 with the local Redondo Beach Band Special "C". The reunion lineup consists of Marshall Goodman "Ras MG" on drums, Michael "Miguel" Happoldt on lead guitar/vocals, Opie Ortiz on vocals, Jack Maness on vocals/guitar/keys, Tim Wu on sax/flute/ vocals, and Edwin Kampwith on bass.

Although there is no set release date, be on the lookout for some new music coming from the Long Beach Dub Allstars in the future. When asked what kind of style the fans could look forward to hearing in the new material, Jack Maness stated, “We’re doing some of the things that we’re true to and we’re also expanding into some other stuff.”

According to Opie, the band has been back in the studio working on new material. “Where ever we can get a good sound” is what was said in regards to that. Without giving too much away, the Long Beach legends hinted that we can expect some guest appearances on their new releases from artists they have worked with in the past, as well as new artists that they have plans on working with in the future.

Max & Harvey

+ Special Guests

Monday 8th April

Club Academy

James TW

+ Special Guests

Monday 8th April

Academy 3

James made his North American debut in 2016 when he hit the road as sole support on Shawn Mendes’ Illuminate World Tour, the Island superstar’s sold-out 38-date tour across Europe and North America. Prior to the tour, James opened Shawn’s sold-out headlining concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in March. In 2017, James embarked on his first solo headline tour and performed “When You Love Someone” on NBC’s The Today Show, and on NBC Universal’s Ellen; watch the latter performance HERE. Building on the success of “When You Love Someone” and its follow-up single, “Say Love,” James was introduced to North American audiences as main support for Andy Grammer’s The Good Parts Tour 2018.

James’ undeniably roman¬tic lyrics offer a distinct point of view, conveying an incom¬pa¬r¬able wisdom about love, heartbreak and the world around him. Widely appealing but hardly typical, his songs demonstrate critical elements of experi¬enced songwriting that resonate with ease, with weight and a sense of staying power that is rare in today’s pop music, the missing link between Laurel Canyon and Motown.

Chrysta Bell

Thursday 11th April

Academy 3

Calibro 35 + Corduroy - Stateless 40th Anniversary Tour

STATELESS 40th Anniversary Tour + Special Guests

Friday 12th April

Club Academy

The AC/DC Experience

+ Special Guests: 12 Paces

Friday 12th April

Academy 3

The legendary sound, spirit and attitude of the mighty AC/DC is alive and kicking… and set to be unleashed across the UK in 2019. 

THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE – arguably Britain’s best AC/DC tribute band having rocked some of the biggest tribute festivals in the UK – will be kicking off their tour in April 2019 THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE brilliantly nail the power and look of the stadium rock god’s incendiary stage performance, backed by a state-of-the-art lighting and projection show.

They have electrifying musical skills to match – each dazzling guitar solo, hard-rock riff and stunning vocal will have audiences convinced they're watching the real thing. Authentically covering all eras – expect explosive versions of the classics Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Thunderstruck, Hells Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T, Whole Lotta Rosie and
many many more.

The AC/DC EXPERIENCE are: Darren Short (vocals); Andy Holt (lead guitar); Steven Wolf (bass); James Stringfellow (guitar) and Dennis Duxbury (drums). The Lancashire-based band aim to delight rock fans young and old - “As professional musicians and die-hard fans, it spurs us on to bring the true spirit of AC/DC to as many people as possible. We absolutely bring the full AC/DC package both in terms of the music and the performance, and the response from audiences across the country has been fantastic."

Blaze Bayley

Plus Support: Vice

Saturday 13th April

Club Academy

BLAZE BAYLEY is a singer/songwriter born 29th May 1963 in Birmingham,
England. Having started his professional music career in WOLFSBANE in 1984, his
career elevated to global heights when he joined IRON MAIDEN with whom he
released two albums and toured worldwide between 1994 and 1999.

After leaving Iron Maiden, Blaze embarked on a solo career, and by 2017 was rewarded with a high accolade when voted number 67 in Sweden Rock magazine’s readers’ poll of all-time greatest singers.

During 2000-2017 he has released 9 albums and has enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the hardest working artists touring worldwide. In 2015 Blaze celebrated the 15th anniversary of his first solo release ‘Silicon Messiah’ and in 2016 saw a significant worldwide resurgence of interest in his career, not least with the release of ‘Infinite Entanglement’, the first in a trilogy of releases following a sci-fi story and concept. The second part of the trilogy, ‘Endure and Survive’ followed in March 2017, and Part III is set for March 2018.



Joyce Manor

+ Special Guests

Saturday 13th April

Academy 3

Nina Nesbitt

+ Special Guests

Saturday 13th April

Academy 2

Singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt was only 16 years old when she emerged on the British music scene in 2011, thanks to a handful of beautifully conceived cover versions made available on her YouTube page. Half Swedish, half Scottish and endowed with a voice boasting technical agility and a searching passion that cut straight to the emotional core of her chosen material, through word of mouth Nesbitt quickly began to garner a passionate following for her well chosen covers.

Set It Off

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 16th April

Academy 3

Set It Off is a band from Tampa, Florida, formed in 2008. Members include: Cody Carson (vocals, guitar), Zach Dewall (guitar, vocals), Austin Kerr (bass, vocals), Maxx Danziger (drums) and Dan Clermont (synth, vocals).

Cody started the band after singing “Coffee Shop Soundtrack” on stage with All Time Low.

Mott The Hoople '74

+ Tax the Heat

Friday 19th April

Academy

Papa Roach

+ Special Guests Nothing More

Saturday 20th April

Academy

Papa Roach is a hard rock band from Vacaville, California, United States. Formed in 1993, it consists of Jacoby Shaddix (vocals), Jerry Horton (guitar), Tobin Esperance (bass), and Tony Palermo (drums). Tony, previously of Unwritten Law, joined the band after the departure of one of the band’s founding members, Dave Buckner.

Their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest (2000). The group's success continued with their gold album Lovehatetragedy (2002), their platinum album Getting Away with Murder (2004), The Paramour Sessions (2006), Metamorphosis (2009), Time for Annihilation (2010), and The Connection (2012). Papa Roach has sold more than 20 million album copies worldwide and are known for their songs "Last Resort", "Between Angels and Insects", "She Loves Me Not", "Getting Away with Murder", "Scars", "...To Be Loved", "Forever", and "Lifeline".

 

Papa Roach have established themselves on an international stage with every show jammed full of pounding guitars, catchy hooks and a raw energy that makes their gigs ones are not to be missed.

 

Massive Wagons

+ Special Guests

Saturday 20th April

Academy 3

Monster Truck

+ Royal Tusk

Saturday 20th April

Academy 2

As they come into the final week of their triumphant UK Arena run of the November – December European tour with Black Stone Cherry and The Cadillac Three, Monster Truck have announced they will be returning in April-May 2019 for a 26 date headline European tour. Theywill becalling through the UK, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

The Canadian juggernaut will be playing songs form their new album ‘True Rockers’, which was released on Mascot Records in September, as well as some of their classics. By the time the tour comes around it would have been 2 years since their last headline run outside the US and Canada and talking about returning for the tour singer/bassist Jon Harvey says, “I f***ing love Europe and the UK! I’m so excited to come back and play a proper headline set to our supporters! We have an incredible night of rock n roll planned. It will be a night no one will ever forget.”

Guitarist Jeremy Widerman also says, “One of our favourite things to do is touring Europe/UK and when we get a chance to headline it’s even better.  Expect a long raucous set filled with songs from every album.”

‘True Rockers’ was written during the time on the road whilst they were touring with the likes of Deep Purple, Billy Talent, Nickelback, Jane’s Addiction and more through 2016  and was produced by Dan Weller (SiKth, Young Guns, Enter Shikari) at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina in July 2017. The UK got the first taste of the new songs during their explosive set on the mainstage at Download Festival this summer on the Guns’ n Roses headline day.

True Rockers’ is the sound of a band letting lose and having fun. Frontman/Bassist Jon ‘Marv’ Harvey affirms, “We want people to listen to it and have fun, have as much fun as possible.” “Yeah, that’s what I was gonna say too,” adds Widerman. “I mean right off the beginning of the album you hear me scream at Marv. That just kicks off the entire vibe of the album. Us in a room, having fun, joking and yelling at each other.”

Fight Club: Pro

Sunday 21st April

Academy

8 of the best tag teams in the world of professional wrestling converge for one weekend to be a part of the Dream Tag Team Invitational.

MVSON: TOKYO NIGHTS

Sunday 21st April

Academy 2

Geko

+ Special Guests

Monday 22nd April

Academy 3

Geko

+ Special Guests

Monday 22nd April

Academy 2

Dropkick Murphys

+ Special Guests

Thursday 25th April

Academy

Dropkick Murphys have announced a return to the UK for a run of shows in April 2019, following an incredibly successful run of European shows and festivals throughout 2018.

 

The tour kicks off on April 21st in Birminghamand concludes on April 26that the prestigious O2 Academy Brixton, where the band performed a sold out show in January 2017. One of the biggest American Celtic punk bands in the world, expect to hear their classic songs and massive hits, such as “Shipping Up To Boston”, “The State of Massachusetts”, “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya” and “Rose Tattoo”. 

John Power

+ Support

Thursday 25th April

Academy 3

Nirvana Tribute

Friday 26th April

Academy 3

Tom Walker

+ Special Guests

Saturday 27th April

Academy

The Smiths Ltd

Saturday 27th 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.

The Specials

Sunday 28th April

Academy


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