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The Beths

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Thursday 1st April

Club Academy

The Beths hail from the vibrant and deeply collaborative music community of Auckland, New Zealand. Lead vocalist and guitarist Elizabeth Stokes met guitarist Jonathan Pearce and bassist Benjamin Sinclair while they were all in bands in high school. While playing underground gigs around Auckland, they befriended drummer Tristan Deck, who joined the group in 2019. Their blend of propulsive, sing-along choruses, four-part vocal arrangements, and wry, introspective lyrics has earned them fans around the world, as well as opening slots for indie rock titans like The Breeders, Pixies, Weezer, and Death Cab for Cutie. 

 

After putting out their first EP Warm Blood in 2016, The Beths signed to Carpark Records, who issued their 2018 debut album Future Me Hates Me. The record’s irresistible pop rock hooks drew acclaim from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, the A.V. Club, and a host of other publications, many of whom listed Future Me Hates Me among their favorite LPs of 2018. The album also made the shortlist for New Zealand’s 2018 Taite Music Prize, and Stokes has twice been nominated for the Silver Scroll Award, New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting honor. In 2019, The Beths were nominated for five Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, winning Best Group and Best Alternative Artist.

 

After touring the northern hemisphere for a year and a half in 2018 and 2019, The Beths regrouped to write and record their second album, Jump Rope Gazers, a sparkling collection of songs that deepens and expands the bright talent they showed on their early releases. Bonds between the band members only grew after spending so much time on the road together, and their camaraderie shows on their new work. Recorded and produced by Pearce in his Auckland studio, Jump Rope Gazers will be released by Carpark in 2020, a year that promises to bring The Beths’ delightful music to even more new listeners.

 

The Watch Plays Genesis

Thursday 1st April

Academy 3

James Holt

Friday 2nd April

Academy 3

Yellow Days

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Saturday 3rd April

Academy 2

As an artist who has always thrived on the live stage – not being able to perform any of this new music to his ever-growing live following has been a real struggle for Yellow Days (aka George van den Broek). 2020 thew us all a massive curve ball on that front but as a chink of light appears at the end of the tunnel for the live industry, George has announced a live tour for spring 2021.  Having not played a gig since an AMP night at The Jazz Café, London in October 2019, George and his band are incredibly excited to get ‘A Day in a Yellow Beat’ out on the road.

 

In a previous life, when live tours where a staple part of our existence, Yellow Days had built up an impressive following. On his last tour he sold out Brixton Electric and played two completely sold out runs across Europe and the US. Festivals were also very much part of his playing ground and included performances at Coachella, Primavera and Glastonbury amongst others

The K's

Sunday 4th April

Academy 2

Forming in Earlestown in 2017 and grew up together in the shadows of two huge North West neighbours, Manchester and Liverpool, The K’s are proving that things can in fact actually grow in the dark.

After watching a video of The Jam performing ‘In the City’ live at the Circus, vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jamie Boyle and bassist Dexter Baker were inspired to pick up guitars and see what noise they could make themselves.

The K’s were born and soon after drafted in experienced lead guitarist Ryan Breslin following discussions at an after-party they had all attended. A search for the right drummer was on to complete the vision. Almost immediately up stepped Jordan Holden, a young bespoke drum maker who’s energy and precision had heads nodding in approval right from his first rehearsal.

After taking Manchester by storm selling out Jimmys, Deaf Institue, Gorilla and then Academy 2, the band’s first UK tour also resulted in sell outs across the board, finally selling out The O2 Ritz, Manchester in just 3 weeks and then announcing a headline show at the Iconic Manchester Academy 1 for 2020.  

 

The K's

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Sunday 4th April

Academy

Forming in Earlestown in 2017 and grew up together in the shadows of two huge North West neighbours, Manchester and Liverpool, The K’s are proving that things can in fact actually grow in the dark.

After watching a video of The Jam performing ‘In the City’ live at the Circus, vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jamie Boyle and bassist Dexter Baker were inspired to pick up guitars and see what noise they could make themselves.

The K’s were born and soon after drafted in experienced lead guitarist Ryan Breslin following discussions at an after-party they had all attended. A search for the right drummer was on to complete the vision. Almost immediately up stepped Jordan Holden, a young bespoke drum maker who’s energy and precision had heads nodding in approval right from his first rehearsal.

After taking Manchester by storm selling out Jimmys, Deaf Institue, Gorilla and then Academy 2, the band’s first UK tour also resulted in sell outs across the board, finally selling out The O2 Ritz, Manchester in just 3 weeks and then announcing a headline show at the Iconic Manchester Academy 1 for 2020.  

 

DigDat

Tuesday 6th April

Academy 3

Peach Pit

Tuesday 6th April

Academy 2

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn

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Wednesday 7th April

Academy 2

At the end of February Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn released their latest album 'Breathing Exercises'. Recent singles have been supported by Annie Mac 'New Names', DJ Target (1Xtra), Huw Stephens (Radio 1) & Steve Lamacq (6Music). 'Breathing Exercises' has amassed over 5.5m streams (currently at over 250k streams p/w) and has already added over 10k followers/250k monthly listeners to their profile w/ editorial support via Lofi Hip-Hop, dazed, Grime Shutdown & Conscious

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

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Thursday 8th April

Academy 3

Cheap Trick

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Saturday 10th April

Academy

Kilimanjaro Live Presents

CHEAP TRICK

Manchester Academy 

Wednesday 28th June 2017 

Doors 7pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £27.50 advance STBF 

 

Cheap Trick is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Frontlined since 1974 by Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), and Tom Petersson (bass guitar), the Rockford, IL-born band is set to impact still another era with the spectacular new BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO, their 17th studio collection and first in more than five years. Co-produced by Cheap Trick and GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Fastball), songs like “Heart On The Line” and the turbulent first single, “When I Wake Up Tomorrow,” are deeply connected to the band’s own irrepressible history just as they accelerate their trademark sound and vision into the now. The glorious “Long Time No See Ya” marks another in a long line of salutations spanning “ELO Kiddies” and “Hello There” to “Goodnight” and “Say Goodbye,” while the piledriving “Do You Believe Me” showcases dueling solos from Nielsen and six-string icon Wayne Kramer – a milestone meeting of the long established Midwestern mutual appreciation society between Cheap Trick and the mighty MC5. BANG ZOOM CRAZY…HELLO prove Cheap Trick to be as energetic and idiosyncratically irresistible as ever before, a callback to their classic canon yet somehow as inventive and exciting as a bunch of crazy kids just coming out of the garage.

Jaga Jazzist

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Saturday 10th April

Club Academy

Stand Atlantic

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Sunday 11th April

Club Academy

Mae Muller

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Monday 12th April

Club Academy

Pip Millett

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Monday 12th April

Academy 3

Teenage Fanclub

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Tuesday 13th April

Academy 2

Giant Rooks

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Thursday 15th April

Academy 2

Soul II Soul - Club Classics

Friday 16th April

Academy

Lonely The Brave

+ Special Guests

Friday 16th April

Academy 3

Mystery Jets

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Friday 16th April

Academy 2

Propaganda ft. Reverend & The Makers, The Futureheads, The Holloways

ft. Reverend & The Makers, The Futureheads, The Holloways

Saturday 17th April

Academy

Dream Wife

+ Special Guests

Saturday 17th April

Academy 2

The Smiths Ltd

Saturday 17th 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 Spitfires

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Saturday 17th April

Club Academy

Stone Broken

+ Phil X & The Drills + The Fallen State

Monday 19th April

Academy 2

Jimothy Lacoste

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Tuesday 20th April

Academy 3

Bars And Melody

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Wednesday 21st April

Club Academy

Wolfheart

Wolfheart, Mors Principium Est Bloodred Hourglass, Atlas

Wednesday 21st April

Academy 3

The Fratellis

Thursday 22nd April

Academy

Bloxx

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Thursday 22nd April

Academy 3

Funeral For A Friend

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Friday 23rd April

Academy

Funeral for a Friend is a post-hardcore band from Wales. They formed in 2001 as a sextet called January Thirst. This did not last long, and in 2002 Funeral for a Friend recorded their debut EP Between Order and Model with their original 6-piece line up. After having been together for just a few months, the band changed their line up and subsequently signed a deal with Warner Brothers records for whom they recorded their second EP Four Ways To Scream Your Name.

The band’s debut full-length album Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation was released in October 2003. Various singles were lifted off this, including Bullet Theory, Juneau (Juno on previous EPs), she drove me to daytime tv and Escape Artists Never Die. After a B-side to Escape Artists Never Die was released as a single, this was called You Want Romance? the video was sequal to Bullet Theory

A DVD named Spilling Blood In 8MM was released only a year after, documenting every music video, including the two from the EPs 10:45 Amsterdam Conversations and This Year’s Most Open Heartbreak, live footage, and the first album’s promotion tour, discography, chronology and an exclusive video for Juneau acoustic

In the United States, the EP Seven Ways to Scream Your Name was released instead. It featured three of the tracks from Four Ways To Scream Your Name, three from Between Order and Model and a further unreleased track. The debut was released later.

The second album Hours was released in 2005. Streetcar, Monsters, History and Roses For The Dead have been released as singles.

Funeral For A Friend released the first single, off their 3rd album, Into Oblivion (Reunion) on May 7th 2007 and the album Tales Don’t Tell Themselves was released on May 14th 2007. The album caused much controversy with fans of their earlier albums, especially with fans of their EPs and ‘Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation’, due to a major change in their sound to a more melodic version of their earlier post-hardcore. The band then released the ninth track on Tales Don’t Tell Themselves Walk Away. Then the release of The Great Wide Open came in a form of an EP highlighting the bands earlier part of their career containing not only the single The Great Wide Open but live versions of most of their older EP songs.

FFAF released a new album in 2008 via their newly formed label Join Us, after leaving Atlantic. On the 27th August 2008, it was announced that the band had licensed their new record to Victory Records for the U.S. and Canadian releases. The album was released via the label on October 28, 2008. It was also released via Roadrunner Records in the rest of the world, apart from the UK, where it was released through the band’s own label, Join Us.

On September 4, 2008, it was announced via a MySpace blog post that Gareth Davies had left the band, to be replaced by Gavin Burrough (Hondo Maclean, Ghostlines, The Future). “As some of you may know, Gareth has been living in America for the past couple of years, and recently got married. Ultimately, the strain of travelling between continents has taken it’s toll and Gareth made the decision that it would be in the best interests of himself, his family and Funeral to leave the band. We totally respect and understand his choice, wish him all the best in his future and we thank him for being part of our lives for the past 6 years.”

On June 24, 2009 it was revealed in Kerrang! magazine that the band were to release a greatest hits album, entitled Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009, on September 28, 2009. The compilation is to also contain four brand new tracks, which will be the first new material released by the band since the arrival of Burrough.

On April 26, 2010, Funeral for a Friend wrote on their forum about their lineup change, paying homage to the departure of their friend Darran Smith, but also announcing the new member. Gavin Burrough changed instrument from bass to guitar, taking over Darran’s place as guitarist, and Richard Boucher became the new bassist of Funeral for a Friend.

On May 3, 2010 the band announced that they will be releasing a special new EP to fans who “pledged” through website pledgemusic.com, the “pledge” options include the EP, a signed EP and even an acoustic performance by the band at a fan’s residence. On July 1, 2010 the band revealed that the EP will be titled “The Young and Defenseless” and also revealed the cover art. The EP was subsequently released for download on September 6, 2010 and physical release was a week later.

On 28 September 2014, Funeral for a Friend debuted the lead single from their forthcoming album Chapter and Verse, titled "You've Got a Bad Case of the Religions" on the Rock Show on BBC Radio 1. The band then announced the album's release date of January 19, 2015.

Chapter and Verse was recorded in just under two weeks, at The Ranch, Southampton. The record was produced by Lewis Johns.

Steve Ignorant - full band performance playing Crass Songs

Friday 23rd April

Club Academy

The Chats

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Saturday 24th April

Academy

The AC/DC Experience

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Saturday 24th 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."

City Of The Sun

Monday 26th April

Academy 3

Hang Massive

Tuesday 27th April

Academy 3

Apocalyptica & Epica

+ Wheel

Wednesday 28th April

Academy

Corrosion Of Conformity

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Wednesday 28th April

Club Academy

Founded by three teenagers in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion of Conformity began as an underground band and went on to transform heavy music, challenging boundaries and serving as what Decibel Magazine called “a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk” that “irrevocably reshaped crossover’s sonic possibilities.”

Thirty years and many changes later, COC’s original trio is back with a self-titled release for London-based independent Candlelight Records.

“Corrosion of Conformity isn’t a comeback album or an example of diminishing returns,” Invisible Oranges observed. “It’s a testament to immense talent and the elusive endowment of staying power.”

Georgia

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Wednesday 28th April

Academy 2

Brendan Schaub: 50 Shades of Brown

50 Shades of Brown

Thursday 29th April

Academy

Dadi Freyr

Thursday 29th April

Club Academy

Music and family are the most important things in the world to Daði Freyr. It’s what drives him forward, what inspires him, and it’s what keeps him rooted to Iceland, to the close-knit communities he has always adored.

An artist who obsesses overthe intricate craft of the pop song, Daði Freyr is a student of Eurovision. Working with the group Gagnamagnið –which translates as ‘data plan’ -‘Think About Things’ radiates with all the joy and unity the competition can provide, while also offering something deeply authentic and new.

It all started in his Berlin studio. Part of the Icelandic diaspora, he takes a part of the island with him wherever he goes. Working from a tiny space in his flat, Daði Freyr’s DIY approach is matched to colossal pop ambition, a true student of melody and lyric. ‘Think About Things’ was directly inspired by becoming a father, bythe changes in his life, and it’s brought Daði closer to those around him.

His wife, Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir, is on keys. Backing vocals come from his two sisters. Daði even borrowed a vintage microphone from his father –a noted sound engineer –to help get the perfect sound. ‘Think About Things’ is an irresistibly joyous song that not only connects Europe, it also links three generations of his own family.

‘Think About Things’ is impeccably pieced together. Each instrument is given space to express itself, with Daðimoving from the intro to the stunning chorus; from the layered breakdown to the tongue in cheek wind machine section. The song is designed to be seen by the world, all part of his intricate masterplan, coupled with the stunning live performances and the viral video.

Daðiworked withIcelandic director Guðný Rós Þórhallsdóttir and cinematographer Birta Rán Björgvinsdóttir to bring his dreams to reality. The family-based performance clip self-consciously playswithinEurovision rules –instruments cannot be plugged in onstage–while offering something jubilant, and gently triumphant.

Extremely humble, and obsessed with sound, Daði Freyr endsthe song as he begins –surrounded by his family, reaching out to Europe.

Sea Girls

Friday 30th April

Academy

Rhythm of the 90s

Friday 30th April

Club Academy

The Royston Club

Friday 30th April

Academy 3


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