Full Listings

The Ultimate Xmas Tour

+ Special Guests Meet & Greet at 4.30pm

Sunday 1st December

Academy 3

Denzel Curry

+ Support

Sunday 1st December

Academy 2

Knocked Loose

+ Special Guests

Monday 2nd December

Club Academy

Jinjer

Plus Special Guests

Tuesday 3rd December

Academy 2

IDLES

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 4th December

Academy

USA Tool Tribute

'The Perfect Tool'

Wednesday 4th December

Academy 3

White Lies - To Lose My Life

Thursday 5th December

Academy

Band of Skulls: Baby Darling Doll Face Honey 10th Anniversary Tour

Baby Darling Doll Face Honey 10th Anniversary Tour

Thursday 5th December

Academy 2

Muna

+ Special Guests

Thursday 5th December

Club Academy

The Midnight Beast

10th Anniversary Tour

Thursday 5th December

Academy 3

 

 

A Tribute to Manchester 2019

The Clone Roses + Oasish + The Smiths Ltd + The James Experience & DJ Clint Boon

Friday 6th December

Academy

Angel Haze

+ Special Guests

Friday 6th December

Academy 3

Denzel Curry

+ special guests

Friday 6th December

Academy 2

Municipal Waste

Plus Special Guests: Toxic Holocaust + Enforcer + Skeletal Remains

Friday 6th December

Club Academy

Bjorn Again

Saturday 7th December

Academy

Cavetown

+ spookyghostboy

Saturday 7th December

Academy 2

The Lancashire Hotpots: Beerhemian Rhapsody Tour

+Special Guests: Stu Penders & Spladoosh

Saturday 7th December

Club Academy

Twisted Illusion - Playing Excite the Light in Full

+ Collateral + Witch Tripper + Spidervayne

Saturday 7th December

Academy 3

Bishop Briggs

Plus Support

Sunday 8th December

Club Academy

The Faim

+ Special Guests

Sunday 8th December

Academy 3

Dinosaur Pile-Up

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 10th December

Academy 3

Against The Current

Plus support

Wednesday 11th December

Academy 2

Remo Drive

Thursday 12th December

Academy 3

Shellac

+ Guests

Thursday 12th December

Academy 2

A self-described "minimalist rock trio," Shellac are a band who've succeeded despite their severe disinterest in the standard operating procedures of the music business, even by the relaxed standards of indie rock. Shellac (or, as they sometimes bill themselves, Shellac of North America) don't tour very often, they release recordings even less frequently, they do little if anything to promote their albums, their live appearances have more to do with places they'd like to visit than what constitutes a good market, and they have no interest in making their work user friendly. Despite this, Shellac have won a loyal international following for their jagged but rich blend of fractured, metallic-sounding guitar (literally metallic, as guitarist Steve Albini favors aluminum-neck guitars and copper picks), deep throbbing bass, and drumming that serves as both rhythmic foundation and melodic punctuation. Featuring three noted figures from underground and independent music -- Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer -- Shellac's sound, informed by noise rock and math rock, was introduced on a pair of 1993 singles, The Rude Gesture: A Pictorial History and Uranus, and while they expanded into longer and more adventurous structures on 1998's Terraform and 2007's Excellent Italian Greyhound, the musical signature and the vital interplay between the three musicians remain distinctly their own, leaving room for improvisation and creative experimentation within their artfully burly sound. 

The Darkness

+ Rews

Friday 13th December

Academy

Stereo MC's

Friday 13th December

Club Academy

Born out of the mid 80's inspirational Hip Hop scene and the DIY UK acid house/club scene, Stereo Mc's reputation grew slowly throughout the late 80's. They started an underground dance label, releasing diverse artists from Richie Rich to the Jungle Brothers as well as their own records before being picked up by Island Records. They performed live extensively and supported groups such as De La Soul, A Certain Ratio, EMF and U2 and did US and UK tours with The Happy Mondays.

After early chart success in America for their 2nd LP Supernatural, they recorded the Album 'Connected' which became an international hit. They embarked on a huge touring schedule including memorable appearances at Glastonbury and many other festivals worldwide. This period culminated with a Mercury prize nomination and 2 Brit awards for Best Album and Best Live Act. Aside from following on their remix activity with mixes for Tricky Madonna and Quannum Mc's amongst others, a period of relative silence followed. They emerged 7 years later with their K7 DJ Kicks LP, followed quickly by the top 20 LP and single 'Deep Down and Dirty'. A return to independent labels in 2005 rejuvenated the band and has seen them making new LP's and touring regularly.

Most recently their love of underground dance music has led to many collaborations including those with Terranova (Kompakt Records) and Adam Port from the Berlin based KeineMusik label, releasing the deep house track 'Place' a firm favourite in the Beatport charts in 2014 -2015. They also continue to build a reputation as cutting edge DJs in the underground club scene. With many new releases also imminent, Universal/Island records have also released a box set 'Collected' of all the LP's to date, containing 8 albums, videos, outtakes, rarities, unreleased tracks and remixes.

With a reputation as a unique and high energy live act, they undertook an extensive 23 date tour of Central and Eastern Europe in November 2014. UK, European and US dates are continuing into 2015 and beyond.

Suave Martyrs

+ Special Guests

Friday 13th December

Academy 3

The Wedding Present - Bizarro 30th Anniversary Tour

Bizarro 30th Anniversary Tour + Special Guests Young Romance

Friday 13th December

Academy 2

Chameleons Vox - Home Is Where The Heart Is 2019

Saturday 14th December

O2 Ritz Manchester

AJR

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Saturday 14th December

Academy

Denis Coleman

+ Special Guests

Saturday 14th December

Academy 3

Global Soul Showcase

Reuben James, Kadeem Tyrell, Emiko, Mali Hayes, Akia, Akemi Fox & Teo And Nina Cobham

Saturday 14th December

Club Academy

Global Soul are showcasing some of the hottest rising stars and emerging UK talent in Future Soul & Jazz. Plus an impressive DJ line up including Konny Kon (Children Of Zeus) , Werkha, SteveO, JM & Franklin Sinclair


Mali Hayes
Featured as one of Clash Magazine’s Artists Set To Rise in 2018, Mali Hayes’ music is with perfumed with vibrant real life stories and is coloured with honesty and soul, also described as a Jazzy-Nu-R&B type Neo Soul.

In 2017 she joined Gilles Peterson’s Brownwood expansion and talent discover program (Arts Council England funded) - Future Bubblers.

Gilles Peterson - BBC 6 Music/Brownswood/Worldwide FM -
"I was fortunate enough to play demo's on my shows here at the BBC by Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. All premiers. And this is another one I think I'm gonna be proud of in a few years. Remember the name, Mali Hayes"

After various radio airplay (BBC 6 Music - Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 2 ~ Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 1xtra ~ Jamz Supernova and more) and numerous support slots (Bilal, Jamila Woods, Alfa Mist, Will Heard, Elli Ingram, Tokio Myers, Blue Lab Beats, Sons Of Kemet, Yasmin Lacey, Jarrod Lawson and more) Mali sets to continue the journey in the rest of 2019 and beyond.

Jamie Cullum - BBC Radio 2 -
'A really great new British female vocalist from Manchester..
She's got a real un-flashy kind of approach which I really like. Kind of a milder Jill Scott / Erykah Badu, definitely one to watch. We'll be hearing a lot more from her I'm sure!”

Akemi Fox & Teo
a-kay-me Fox is a 20 year old singer/songwriter and her producer Teo a 19 year old producer both from Manchester. They have already recorded a Live session for BBC TV (Manchester) and had support from BBC Introducing in Manchester. They are part of the emerging new Future Soul Manchester Underground their two 2019 singles are already approaching half a million streams on Spotify so definitely ones to watch in 2020 when they release their debut EP.

Nina Cobham
18 year old Nina is an old soul musically. Born in Leeds she is now resides in Manchester energised by the underground heartbeat of the city providing a refreshing Future Soul Sound - pioneered by Children of Zeus, plus the likes of IAMDDB, and a select few others. Taking this influence along and from her journey including her time living in Spain she creates something that feels familiar yet different.

Reuben James
Reuben James is a singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his ongoing collaborations with Sam Smith. Reuben co-wrote the title track from Smith’s most recent album “The Thrill of it All” and “Him”. Reuben was recruited to join Sam Smith’s band for his world tour while performing at Ronnie Scott’s, where he now hosts his own night. Reuben signed with Warner/Chappell in 2018 and has since been working on his own material, collaborating with artists such as Honne, Empire of the Sun, Tom Misch, Bruno Major, Callum Scott, Disclosure, Col3trane, Hiraku Utada and Tori Kelly. He is an accomplished Soul & Jazz performing which is reflected in his debut EP release earlier this year. In 2019 Reuben performed his first solo live shows, supporting Alicia Keys at the Dubai Jazz Festival and Kamasi Washington on his UK tour as well as a home town headline show at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Kadeem Tyrell
Raised in the church community his Mother and Aunts were Gospel singers and his father a DJ he has had a rich musical upbringing. In 2015, Kadeem debuted his vocals by featuring on a track with East London producer Nat Brown 'Memories' championed by DJ EZ it became big on Garage scene. In 2016, Kadeem teamed up with Chelmsford Garage producer RYN and released a smooth 5 track EP titled 'Fooled', full of what has been described as 'Feel Good Music'. He turned his hand to R&B and Neo Soul to great effect releasing the ‘Feels’ EP in 2018 and collaborating with Minni Manchester. In 2019 he released his ‘Elements’ EP which has resulted in a string of headline live performances across the UK.

Emiko
Music is the channel for Emiko’s shyness - through the art of expression. A voice heavily nurtured by genres such as R'n'B and Soul, Emiko possesses an infectious energy that he spreads through his music and equally his character. He has released a number of singles building him a strong reputation for vocal ability most notably his feature on Despecialist – One Chance which received huge radio and DJ support across the UK in 2019.


Ajia
Singer Songwriter AJIA has released two EPs "Touching The Surface" and "Visions". A mixture of 90's rnb and neo soul grooves the single "Sentimental Easing" was radio 1xtra's record of the week and received heavy airplay from most major rnb/soul Radio stations and Djs across the World in 2019. It also reached No1 in the Global Soul Chart.

The Virginmarys

+ Haggard Cat + Low Orbit

Saturday 14th December

Academy 2



 

BBMak

+ Special Guests

Sunday 15th December

Academy 3

Mark Lanegan Band

+ The Membranes

Sunday 15th December

Academy 2

British Lion

+ Voodoo Six + Nine Miles Down

Monday 16th December

Club Academy

 

 

At The Gates

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 18th December

Club Academy

At the Gates is a melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg death metal sound.

  • Tomas Lindberg - Vocals
  • Anders Björler - Guitars
  • Jonas Björler - Bass
  • Martin Larsson - Guitars
  • Adrian Erlandsson - Drums

Russ MB

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 18th December

Academy 3

Aitch

+ Support

Thursday 19th December

Academy

Ghetts

+ special guests

Thursday 19th December

Academy 2

The Big 3-0 Tour: Dan Reed Network + FM + Gun

Dan Reed Network + FM + Gun

Friday 20th December

Academy 2

Bury Tomorrow Performing 'Black Flame' in full

+ Special Guests

Friday 20th December

Academy

After three years of playing throughout the UK/Europe, playing everywhere they could and to anyone that would listen, Bury Tomorrow recorded their anticipated debut full length album ‘Portraits’ in London at Wellerhill Studios, and after it’s initial release on UK label Basick Records in October 2009, the band gained the interest of fans throughout the world which ultimately led them to an encounter with The Artery Foundation. Eric Rushing, founder and owner of The Artery Foundation asserted, “Their songs are so catchy and melodic at times but then just as brutal and hard at others. We are very excited to introduce such a great band to the US.” A US & Japanese release of Portraits followed in March 2010, which led the band to embark on a year of extensive touring, including multiple US/UK/EURO tours and a Japanese run at the end of 2010. The band are currently working on a second album that they hope to release at the end of 2011.

“We titled the album Portraits for two reasons. Firstly, the title track is based on the story of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, a cautionary tale of the beauty and frailty of life. Secondly, Portraits depicts a person or character frozen in time as they were at a given moment. This is how we see this album - it’s a reflection of our tastes, loves, hates, losses and gains. It’s a memory in musical form, the first glimpse of the picture that is Bury Tomorrow.”
So speaks Adam Jackson (drums) of the band Bury Tomorrow - five guys from both Southampton and Portsmouth, United Kingdom who deliver a furious melodic assault with the aggression of metal combined with the hooks of rock.

Thunder - Xmas Show

Saturday 21st December

Academy

Absolva

+ Special Guests

Saturday 21st December

Academy 3

Aslan

+ Special Guests

Saturday 21st December

Academy 2

Christmas with the Stars with Navi as Michael Jackson & Rohan as Stevie wonder and Motown hits

as Michael Jackson & Rohan as Stevie wonder and Motown hits

Saturday 28th December

St Marys Chambers Rawtenstall

Hard Kingdom

Saturday 28th December

Academy 2

Love 90s R&B - NYE

Tuesday 31st December

Academy Venues


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