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Saturday 13th January

Club Academy

To Kill A King

Saturday 13th January

Academy 3

Manchester Academy Presents:




Manchester Academy 3

Saturday 13th January 2018

Doors 7.30pm

Curfew 11.00pm


Tickets - £10.00 Advance STBF 


All ages welcome, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18.

36 Crazyfists

+ Special Guests

Friday 19th January

Academy 3

Since forming 16 years ago, the band has released 4 records through three different labels, lost members to everything from the usual band in-fighting to fatal car crashes, and they've shared the road with the likes of Alice in Chains, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Diecast, God Forbid, Walls of Jericho, and Poison the Well. They've steadily made a name for themselves and faced several ups and just as many downs. 'Collisions and Castaways', the band's fifth record and first since 2008's 'The Tide and Its Takers' became 36CF's only studio offering to open in Billboard's Top 200 Chart.

Francis Dunnery - Eat Me In St. Louis 2018

Saturday 20th January

Club Academy

Francis Dunnery was a founding member of the 1980s band It Bites. Although he started on drums, he later became the lead singer and guitarist of the group, and maintained this position until he left in 1990 to pursue a solo career.

Dunnery settled in Los Angeles following the breakup of It Bites and released his first solo album, Welcome To The Wild Country, in 1991. This was a much more rough-and-ready album than the heavily-produced and technically fastidious It Bites records. The record enjoyed little success, being released only in Japan.

The follow up album Fearless (released on Atlantic in 1994) performed considerably better with American Life In The Summertime, the lead single off the album receiving considerable airplay in the States. It was followed in 1995 by One Night In Sauchiehall Street, a live set recorded during an all-acoustic tour in the UK promoting Fearless. This album revealed Dunnery's change to a more all-acoustic method and was the first evidence on record of his live approach as raconteur as well as musician, incorporating a surprising degree of confessional story, philosophical musing and salty stand-up comedy.

Dunnery's third studio album Tall Blonde Helicopter, was also released in 1995, following his relocation to New York City. Primarily an acoustic album, Dunnery abandoned the predominantly pop-oriented sound of his previous album in favor of an eclectic mixture of soft ballads and acoustic rockers.

Dunnery's next album was 1998's Let's Go Do What Happens released on the Razor and Tie label. The album featured rockier numbers and experimentation with more electronic sounds.

In 2009, Dunnery announced the formation of his "New Progressives" project, which appeared to have two aims - the first being to reclaim and rework the songs Dunnery had written with It Bites, and the second being to develop a new approach to progressive rock. The project was to feature a core band centred on Dunnery plus the involvement of various collaborators from various periods of progressive rock history.

Dunnery has contributed backing vocals to Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe's eponymous album. His guitar and vocal skills were recruited by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant for his "Fate of Nations" world tour. More recently, Dunnery has written and recorded with The Syn.

He has recorded studio sessions for Lauryn Hill, Elton John, and many others. These include Carlos Santana on his multi-platinum album Supernatural. Also, Dunnery co-wrote several tracks and played guitar on, as well as producing Ian Brown's album Music of the Spheres.

In 2009, Jem Godfrey (Frost*) announced on the Frost* Forum that he and Dunnery had both contributed solos to the title track of Big Big Train's upcoming album, The Underfall Yard.

Escape The Fate

+ Set To Stun + Shields

Sunday 21st January

Academy 2

Escape the Fate is an American post-hardcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada formed in 2005 and originally from Pahrump, Nevada, they are currently signed to Eleven Seven Music. The group consists of Robert Ortiz (drummer), Craig Mabbitt (lead vocalist), TJ Bell (rhythm guitarist), and Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft (lead guitarist).


Their music has been described by critics as, post-hardcore, emo, screamo,and hard rock.
The band's influences include: Marilyn Manson, Guns n' Roses, Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Greeley Estates, The Used, Cannibal Corpse, Danzig, Thursday, Linkin Park, Korn, Eminem, Metallica, Blink 182, Journey, Buckcherry, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Underoath, System of a Down, DragonForce, Michael Jackson, Queen, Van Halen, Dio, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith.

Craig Mabbitt has stated he draws inspiration from almost all types of genres. He said in an interview, "These days, a good song is a good song, and are always influences, whether it be old or new".

Ortiz stated that there is a huge variety in the band's influences from metal bands Metallica and Iron Maiden to the newer bands that they currently tour with, movie scores, or top 40 and rock songs.

Hudson Taylor

+ Special Guests

Sunday 21st January

Academy 3

Black Veil Brides & Asking Alexandria

Wednesday 24th January


Two of the biggest bands from the world of modern hard rock have teamed up to deliver a tour that will have fans across the globe frenzied with excitement.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES & ASKING ALEXANDRIA will co-headline The Resurrection Tour, that will see them bring their explosive live performances to cities on both sides of the Atlantic, with the UK leg kicking off in Birmingham’s O2 Academy on January 23rd 2018.


The tour announcement comes as both bands drop highly anticipated new material, with BLACK VEIL BRIDES dropping two new tracks (“My Vow” https://BlackVeilBrides.lnk.to/MVPR and “The Outsider” https://BlackVeilBrides.lnk.to/TOPR) from their forthcoming fifth album “VALE” due on 12th January 2018 via Lava Records/Republic Records, one week after ASKING ALEXANDRIA premiered “Into The Fire” (https://youtu.be/-jFgNreZPf0 ), the band’s first new song and video since reuniting with singer Danny Worsnop and a teaser of what is to come on the band’s forthcoming, as-of-yet untitled album (Dec. 15 via Sumerian Records)


The Resurrection Tour featuring BLACK VEIL BRIDES & ASKING ALEXANDRIA

Hollywood Undead


Thursday 25th January


Witt Lowry

Thursday 25th January

Academy 3

Mongol Horde

+ Special Guests

Friday 26th January

Academy 3

Möngöl Hörde is an English hardcore punk band formed in 2012. The group features Frank Turner on vocals, Ben Dawson on drums and Matt Nasir on guitar. Turner and Dawson are both former members of hardcore punk outfit Million Dead. Frank Turner is now best known for his solo folk-punk material, and Matt Nasir is part of his backing band, The Sleeping Souls. Lyrically, Möngöl Hörde is not as serious as Frank Turner's other projects, with Turner stating, "Lyrically it's very different from what I do now, it's kind of depraved. The first song we wrote is about Natalie Portman's tapeworm using her as a glove puppet to lead an uprising in Hollywood. We're writing a whole pile of new songs and we're going to do some live dates soon."

The group has released 3 recorded tracks so far: "Casual Threats From Weekend Hardmen" (accompanied by a music video), "How The Communists Ruined Christmas" and "Tapeworm Uprising". The band made their live débuts at free shows in London and Leeds in the two days before the band played on the Lock Up Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.

Their self-titled debut album is set to be released on 26th May.

Steve Aoki

+ Special Guests

Saturday 27th January


The Night Cafe

Monday 29th January

Academy 3

The Damned

+ Slim Jim Phantom

Wednesday 31st January


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