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Declan McKenna

+ Special Guests

Friday 6th April

Academy

The South

Friday 6th April

Club Academy

Aston Merrygold

+ Special Guests

Sunday 8th April

Academy 2

Little Comets

+ Special Guests

Friday 13th April

Club Academy

SJM Concerts Present 
LITTLE COMETS 
+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Club Academy 
Sunday 19th March 2017 
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

 

Little Comets are a band from Newcastle whose musical style has been likened to Vampire Weekend, using inopportune moments and a musical alphabet as deep as the sea.

Little Comets are currently traversing a sextet of cities with nothing but shine in the apples of their eyes.

Somehow soon this combination of pockets, testing, melody and treason will stumble across your path and leave an indelible mark deeper than hue, fingerprint or membrane on your story.

Planet of Zeus + Lionize

Wednesday 18th April

Academy 3

Trivium

+ Code Orange, Power Trip & Venom Prison

Friday 20th April

Academy

Balaam and The Angel

Friday 20th April

Academy 3

SALAD

+ Carefree Sud (Cud) + The Train Set

Saturday 21st April

Academy 3

Skindred

+ CKY

Sunday 22nd April

Academy

Skindred is a four-piece “ragga metal” band from Newport, Wales. Their genre is an innovative mix of metal, punk, and reggae. The band was formed in 1999 following the disbandment of vocalist Benji Webbe’s previous band, Dub War and his one-off side-project mass mental? featuring Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Metallica) released the year prior.

The band initially came together with three of the four Dub War veterans with Jeff Rose and Martin Ford returning alongside Webbe, along with new bassist Daniel Pugsley. The group released their debut LP Babylon in July 2002, with sporadic success in parts of Europe and the U.S. metal underground. However after suffering years of indifference and waning support from Earache Records with Dub War and now seeing the same lack of label support from RCA for Skindred, Rose and Ford amicably left the band in November of 2002, but would continue to offer their support.

Soon Webbe had hooked up with guitarist Mikey Dee, and drummer Dirty Arya and continued on, but it wasn’t until a year or so later and Lava Records’ involvement that the album really took off. Skindred re-released Babylon in August 2004. Lava’s version featured different cover art, and included newly recorded material in addition to the original, Howard Benson-helmed songs. Skindred then headed out on a series of tours with acts like Sevendust, Nonpoint, and Papa Roach, and never looked back.

Heather Small - The Voice of M People

The Voice of M People

Sunday 22nd April

Academy 2

Manchester Academy Presents
 
HEATHER SMALL - THE VOICE OF M PEOPLE
 
Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 22nd April 2018
 
Doors 7.00pm
Curfew 10.30pm
 
Tickets
£60 - 30 x VIP, Pre show Q&A with Heather, souvenir tour poster and lanyard. Early/priority entry
£28.50 - General Admission
 
All ages welcome, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18.
 
Heather Small, born 20th January 1965, grew up on a West London council estate. From going to Sunday school and attending the 'Good News Club', religion and faith became an important aspect of Heather's life. Growing up in 70's Britain and not wanting to be stereotyped or treated differently, Heather knew that she wanted to make something of herself.
 
As Part of M People, hits such as 'Moving On Up', 'One Night In Heaven' and 'Search For The Hero' and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, with the band winning the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.
 
Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her 'Proud' album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London's successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2, the Tsunami Relief Concert, England's victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.
 
And when Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up the work she'd been striving to achieve over her twenty-year career, she got in touch with Heather, who somehow managed to squeeze in a trip across the Atlantic to perform on the show right in the middle of her last UK tour with M People ('If Oprah calls, you go!' she laughs, adding that the first lady of chat was 'very sweet to me').
 
In 2008, Heather embarked on a journey that would see her dance her way into the public’s affection as she became a contestant in Series 6 of the BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. 2009 was another busy year for Heather as she took to the road again with her band completing two highly successful UK tours in May and November, performing at over 30 venues nationwide to sell-out crowds.
 
In the Autumn, Heather teamed up with singing sensations Anastacia and Lulu for the critically acclaimed 'Here Come The Girls' – an unforgettable night of feel-good party music and dance, touring arenas across the UK and Ireland during November and December 2010.
 
Well known for her charitable work, Heather was recently made an ambassador for the children’s charity Barnardo's and is continually involved with fundraising and helping lend her valuable support to projects around the country.
 
So what gives Heather the impetus to keep moving forward, to keep challenging herself, to keep trying new things and not resting on her laurels? 'If you got the feeling I do when I sing' she smiles, 'you'd understand'.

The Dead South

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 24th April

Club Academy

EDEN

+ Special Guests

Friday 27th April

Academy 2

Dublin-based vocalist-producer and multi-instrumentalist EDEN will release his debut album, entitled vertigo, on January 19th, 2018, on Astralwerks.  Fans can pre-order the album now at http://iameden.eu/.  The 21-year-old musician, otherwise known as Jonathon Ng, also releases the first single from the album, gold,” today via all digital partners – listen HERE.  In addition, EDEN will hit the road on his headlining vertigo world tour to supportthe release, which kicks off in the U.S. on March 1st, 2018.   Tickets go on sale Friday, November 17th at 10am local time at http://iameden.eu/. Fans who pre-order the album exclusively at http://iameden.eu/ will also be granted early-access to purchase tickets for the tour.  Please see below for all dates.

 

On his 2016 breakthrough EP i think you think too much of me, EDEN struck a rare balance of ingenuity and intuition with its guitar-heavy take on electronic pop. With vertigo, he takes an even more instinct-driven approach to his music, a process he perceives as a form of exploration. “Even when I’m writing, I don’t feel like I’m actually creating anything,” he says. “It’s more like I’m uncovering something that’s already there. Like how an archaeologist doesn’t create a fossil — they’re just finding it and uncovering it, and maybe rearranging it if it’s broken. Releasing this body of work is terrifying and exciting and overwhelming for me. A lot of it is so personal. This album is not a coming-of-age story, but it caused one.”

 

The first single “gold” comes on the heels of EDEN’s previous song, “start//end,” which has racked up more than 1.4 million plays on Spotify since its release in September. Ng shot the song’s official video in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles, New York, Belgium, and around his home in Dublin. A jack-of-all-trades who writes, plays, and produces all of his own music and plays multiple instruments onstage, Ng directed, filmed, and edited the video himself. The clip trended on YouTube and has now amassed over one million views, thanks to support from EDEN’s devoted fanbase. Watch it here.

 

The lead single from i think you think too much of me, “sex,” was praised by Lorde and was hailed by Consequence of Sound as a “vulnerable synth-tinted pop track that’s about so much more than what’s happening between the sheets.” Pigeons & Planes called second single, “drugs,” “another strong showing from this emerging talent.” The four main tracks on i think you think too much of me have racked up over 50 million streams on Spotify while the EP hit #1 on iTunes Alternative Charts, and #2 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart. From the bedroom of his childhood home, Ng initially began to cultivate a large online following and made his EP debut with End Creditsin August 2015. Despite making no effort to promote it, he soon found the EP gaining major attention — ultimately amassing more than 120 million streams.  EDEN’s first U.S. tour sold out immediately and he spent the summer performing at major U.S. music festivals including Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Firefly.  He also performed at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK and Fuji Rock in Japan.  

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

+ Special Guests

Monday 30th April

Academy 2


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