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D Block Europe

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 11th December

Academy 3

Jacob Banks

+ Anna Leone

Tuesday 11th December

Academy 2

Denzel Curry

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 12th December

Academy 2

Sneakbo

Wednesday 12th December

Academy 3

OUT

Wednesday 12th December

Club Academy

Allan Rayman

Thursday 13th December

Academy 3

King 810

+ God Complex

Thursday 13th December

Club Academy

A Tribute to Manchester 2018

+ The Clone Roses + Oasish + The Smiths LTD + The Courtbetweeners + DJ Clint Boon

Friday 14th December

Academy

A Tribute to Manchester featuring some of the finest tributes around. Headlined by The Clone Roses who are widely regarded as the Number 1 tribute to The Stone Roses, with Mani describing them as the second-best Stone Roses in the world. Oasish will be playing the Classic Oasis songs we all know and love. Established Manchester based Smiths tribute The Smiths Ltd will also feature on the bill along with the hottest new Manchester Tribute on the scene The Courtbetweeners. Hosted by none other than Mr Manchester legend himself Clint Boon this is sure to be the biggest Madchester party around for 2018. Tickets sold out in 2015, 2016, 2017 and already selling fast so grab yours now from www.manchesteracademy.net

 
 

Evil Blizzard

+ Special Guests

Friday 14th December

Academy 3

Bjorn Again

Saturday 15th December

Academy

To celebrate the huge 30th Anniversary of BJÖRN AGAIN, Australian Director and Musician Rod Stephen will be taking the internationally acclaimed show on tour throughout the UK and Ireland in November/December 2018. 

The show was created and founded in 1988 in Melbourne by Rod Stephen. Designed as a rocked-up light-hearted satirical ABBA spoof, the show rapidly achieved worldwide Cult status and acknowledged for singlehandedly initiating the ABBA revival which brought about ABBA Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and MAMMA MIA! 

The enduring appeal of ABBA is reflected in the ongoing success of the BJÖRN AGAIN show having amassed 5,000 performances in 72 countries in 30 years. Hailed as the most popular and successful show of its type, BJÖRN AGAIN’s career highlights over the years are many. From performing at Buckingham Palace for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh to touring with Cher, Shania Twain and playing at Wembley Arena, London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium and Hyde Park.

Acknowledged by ABBA’s blonde vocalist Agnetha Fältskog, the ultimate aim, as always for Rod is to keep his brand at the top and continue for as long as people want to hear the much-loved ABBA repertoire performed the way only the BJÖRN AGAIN show does.
Speaking on the tour, Rod Stephen said: “We are really looking forward to this 30th Anniversary tour. Come and join us for loads of great songs combined with tons of fun and antics.”
Performing all of the greatest hits from the past 30 years, this promises to be one of the biggest parties of 2018!

Chameleons Vox - Home Is Where The Heart is 2018

Performing the classic album 'STRANGE TIMES' + Theatre of Hate

Saturday 15th December

Academy 2

Dear Superstar

+ Special Guests

Sunday 16th December

Academy 3

DEAR SUPERSTAR are back after a 6 year break! Following a gruelling touring schedule with the likes of Papa Roach, Buckcherry and Motley Crüe, the Mancunians are back at Manchester Academy 3 where they were originally signed! 

YG

Sunday 16th December

Academy 2

Clutch

+ The Picture Books & The Inspector Cluzo

Thursday 20th December

Academy

Maryland rockers CLUTCH, comprised of Neil Fallon (Vocals/Guitar), Tim Sult (Guitar), Dan Maines (Bass) and Jean-Paul Gaster (Drums/Percussion), have revealed they'll return to the UK this December, following the release of their new studio album. 

 

 

 

CLUTCH's Neil Fallon updates, "We wrapped up recording the latest record a couple of weeks ago in Nashville with Vance Powell. We are really really pleased with it.  No title yet… still trying to figure that out.  It’s kinda like naming a kid. We’ve known about this UK tour for some time now and it’s nice to finally let the cat out of the bag.  If all goes as planned the album will have been out a few months by the time we return to the UK and bust out the new jams. And have proper holiday roasts.”

 

Twisted Illusion

+ Special Guests

Friday 21st December

Academy 3

Influenced by the prog giants of the 70's but with a notably unique sound of their own Twisted Illusion are making a name for themselves as the must see/hear prog band in the UK right now.

The band released their debut "Temple of Artifice" in 2016 and have since gigged all over the UK to promote it's release.

The band played a sold out hometown show in 2016 to celebrate the success of TOA.

With a full length album and a double album released just 12 months apart the 4 piece prog outfit has gained a notable fan base and has even performed for the first time at Bloodstock festival in 2017.

Their recent double album "Insight to the Mind of a Million Faces has gained national attention, with reviews appearing in both Classic Rock and Prog Magazine.

Love Queen? Rush? Dio? How about if you crammed them all together into one big, fleshy prog-rock meatloaf, seasoned with a lack of restraint that makes Devin Townsend look like John Denver? If that sounds palatable, then Twisted Illusion could be right up your street. (Classic Rock)

808 STATE: 30 - LIVE

ninety-ex:el-gorgeous-don solaris-outpost transmission transmission suite - Plus Special Guests

Friday 21st December

Academy

Manchester's original acid house pioneers, trailblazers for the entire UK acid house and techno scene return for a UK tour at end 2018 celebrating 808 States' legacy, their ongoing influence and continuing relevance to modern dance music.

Still guided by an enduring spirit of experimentation and individuality, "808 State : 30" sees the band rework their classic output from their five major albums "Ninety", "Ex:El", "Gorgeous", "Don Solaris" and "Output Transmission" in an entirely new set which will also feature exclusive new material from the band's upcoming sixth album, "Transmission Suite".

Vastly influential on the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre, The Chemical Brothers and more besides, "808 State : 30" showcases the impact and originality of the group and how Manchester's acid house heroes have remained at the forefront of electronic music for some thirty years and counting.

Absolva

+ Vice

Saturday 22nd December

Academy 3

Slade

+ Very Special Guests MUD 2

Saturday 22nd December

Academy 2

SLADE - Without  doubt  one  of  the  most  exciting  bands  to  come  out  of  Great Britain in the past 30 years. With their unique blend of perfect pop-rock 'n' roll, outrageous  flamboyance  and  pure  fun,  and no less than 23  Top-20  singles  of which  6  were No-1  smash  hits....plus  6  smash  albums,  Slade  have  become  a firm favourite in the hearts of pop fans all over the world.

 

SLADE'S chart career has spanned 3 decades and their enduring songs "Cum On  Feel  The  Noize"  and  "Coz  I  Luv  You"  are  still  featured  today  in  TV commercials for some of the Worlds biggest companies.

 

SLADE first hit the road in 1966, touring throughout Great Britain and Europe and  becoming  a  regular  concert  attraction.  Joining  forces  with  the  former Animals bass guitarist and Jimi Hendrix Experience manager, Chas Chandler, Slade achieved their first chart hit in May 1971 with the Bobby Marchan song "Get Down And Get With It" then, released in October of the same year "Coz I Luv You" was the bands first No-1 and a huge hit across Europe.

 

Throughout  the  seventies,  Slade  became  one  of  Europe's  biggest  bands, touring and recording continually and making regular trips to America, Japan and other parts of the world. Slade's catalogue of hits are synonymous with the era:- "Take Me Bak 'Ome", "Mama We'er All Crazee Now", "Cum On Feel The Noize",  "Gudbye  T'  Jane", along  with  the  many  others  provided  a  soundtrack to   the   Glam   Generation   and   are   still   today,  heavily featured on  any retrospective of the time.

 

At the beginning of the eighties, Slade were invited to appear at the Reading Rock  Festival,  a  massive  annual  event  which  attracted  over  100,000 people. They literally stole the show, giving some of the worlds biggest rock bands a serious  run  for  their  money  whilst  kindling  new  interest  from  a whole  new audience.  As result,  the  band  signed  a new  record  deal  and  unleashed  the anthem "We'll Bring The House Down", which reached the Top 10 in the UK in January 1981.

Slade were back!

 

Not  content  to  rest  on  their  Glam  laurels,  Slade  began  forging  a  new  path through  the  hugely  influential  British  heavy  rock  scene.  A  second successful appearance  at  Castle  Donnington in 1981,  before a crowd of over  200,000

2 people,  consolidated  the  bands  position  and  paved  the  way for  the  single "Lock Up Your Daughters", and the album "Til Deaf Do Us Part".

 

While  Slade  were  busy  in  the  UK  releasing  the  massive  hit  "My Oh  My"  to huge  acclaim,  LA  metal  band  Quiet  Riot  were  spreading  the  word  Stateside with  their  version  of  "Cum  On  Feel  The  Noize",  which  proved so  successful that  they  followed  it  up  with  "Mama  We'er  All  Crazee  Now".  Throughout  the rest of the eighties Slade toured and recorded due to them once again being a major force in British pop'n'rock.

 

The early ninties saw the bands "Radio Wall Of Sound" hit the UK Top-30 and thereby give Slade a solid 20 year chart run!

 

In  1993,  due  to  the  continual  demand  from  around  the  world, founder  Slade members Dave Hill and Don Powell decided to return to touring by playing a few select dates in Europe prior to embarking on what turned out to be a very successful two month tour of Australia.

 

SLADE have continued to tour  the  world.  They are firm  favourites on the lucrative  German  festival  scene  and undertake an annual  UK   "Merry Christmas Everybody" tour in December.  They also have a huge following of fans and regularly play  concert  dates  in  Russia,  Poland,  Belgium,  Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and the Czech Republic.

 

Led by founder members Dave Hill and Don Powell, the bands latest additions are ex Mud bass guitarist John Berry, frequently spied in the guise of the Big Issue seller in Eastenders, and new lead vocalist Mal McNulty. Mal has had an extensive career, he featured with Rockin Horse in the 70s, heavy rock band Golden Night, German rock band Hazzard, and he was a founder member of London  fun-pub  band  Paddy Goes To Holyhead.  Having formed The Wandering Crutchless with Tino Troy of Preying Mantis,  Bruce  Bisland  of Sweet  and occasional guest Andy Scott, Mal  joined  Sweet  in which he eventually became lead vocalist.

 

Slade today is still one of the most exciting bands on the road, and their stage performance is a  dynamic,  powerful  and  exhilarating  roller-coaster  ride  of pure unadulterated rock'n'roll.

 

 

A date for your diary, Slade are back for Christmaaaas!

 

Kaluki 13th Anniversary

Wednesday 26th December

Academy


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