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Carnifex

+ Oceano + Aversions Crown + Disentomb

Thursday 1st March

Academy 3

London Calling play The Clash

'Give 'Em Enough Rope' 40th Anniversary Tour

Friday 2nd March

Academy 3

Moose Blood

+ The Dangerous Summer

Saturday 3rd March

Academy

The AC/DC Experience

+ Special Guests

Saturday 3rd March

Academy 3

Backstreet Bands Present

THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 3

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £13.00 advance STBF

 

All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

ACDC tribute rock band will take you on a tour of rock history with a set list covering the band’s entire career. You can expect knockout hits like “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Back in Black” and “Highway to Hell” to have the entire crowd singing along. This AC/DC band nails the attitude and look of the band’s legendary stage act with their school uniform style costumes and state of the art lighting and projection show. And they have the skills to match- each dazzling guitar solo and hard-rocking riff will have audiences convinced they’re watching the real thing. Our lead vocalist is the real deal, able to deliver the signature vocal styles of both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson to ensure a set list that covers both eras of the band’s unparalleled career. This rock tribute act have already played the main stage of some of the biggest tribute festivals in the UK  and are guaranteed to bring an unforgettable night of rock wherever they go.

The Handsome Family

Sunday 4th March

Academy 3

“Unseen is The Handsome Family’s masterpiece”

★★★★
MOJO

 

“Rennie Sparks, master of the desert surreal”

“better than the entire second season of True Detective and most of the first as well.”‘GOLD’ – #6 TOP 50 SONGS OF 2016
AMERICAN SONGWRITER

 

“Beguiling tenth album from American husband and wife duo”

‘UNSEEN’ – #47 BEST ALBUMS OF 2016
8/10
UNCUT

 

‘UNSEEN’ – #5 BEST COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2016
CLASSIC ROCK

 

“love, harmony and poetry bind in a brilliant way to obscure beats”

★★★★
ROLLING STONE FRANCE

 

 “Brilliant.”

★★★★
THE INDEPENDENT

 

“it will be a tough assignment to find a better opening verse this year in music than the one that opens Gold”

“Rennie allowed her imagination to take hold and instead came up with a wild and wonderful tale of violent crime and small town justice. It’s what makes her such an amazing storyteller, and when accompanied by Brett’s sweeping orchestration, makes the duo such a solid and unique musical act.”

8/10
GLIDE MAGAZINE

 

“Singular alt country duo at their Gothic finest with songs filled with ghosts, wonders and mystery”

★★★★
DAILY MIRROR

 

 

Rennie Sparks disappeared one afternoon while waiting for a flight at O’Hare. A middle-aged businessman, McDonald’s bag in one hand, rolling-bag handle in the other— walked up to Rennie and, without pause, turned and sat down on her lap. A second later his French fries and rolling bag were on the floor and he was sputtering apologies, insisting he’d seen an empty chair.

 

Rennie often has trouble with automatic faucets ignoring her waving hands, but this unexpected airport invisibility was in 2014, the year the TV show True Detective used her song, “Far From Any Road” as its opening theme. This was the year The Handsome Family (aka husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks) became visible to millions. Even as she was getting sat on by strangers, Youtube counts for The Handsome Family’s ‘hit’ song climbed from two million to ten million, twenty million and more. The song was in the top 10 in US and UK Spotify charts and spent months in iTunes top 100 in countries as far-flung as Vietnam, South Africa, and the Ukraine.

 

Millions of viewers ‘broke the internet’ watching the final episode of True Detective S1, but Rennie and Brett watched in their little house in Albuquerque, NM, feeling oddly alone. The Handsome Family were now known around the globe for a song they’d written 12 years earlier about fire ants and desert plants, a song now linked forever to a show about cops in a psychic swamp. The Sparks were arguably famous now, but at the same time unknown. They were not their famous song nor was their famous song written for the show that made it famous. All these disconnections, though, are fine when you’re a writer of songs.

 

For almost as long as they’ve been married (26 years) Brett and Rennie have written songs together (Brett, music; Rennie, words). Their finished work is never fully one or the other’s, but lives in unseen space between them. William Burroughs claimed he walked busy streets without being seen, simply by seeing everyone else first. This is similar to the Sparks’ approach to songwriting and why Rennie embraces her power to vanish. You have to willingly disappear in order to write lyrics for someone else’s voice, or to write music for someone else’s words. Invisible songwriters are happiest when their songs outshine them, leaving their creators unseen in the dust.

 

The Sparks have released 10 albums since 1995’s Odessa. Their songs have been covered by countless Youtubers and well-known artists like Jeff Tweedy, Amanda Palmer, Cerys Matthews, Christy Moore and Andrew Bird (who released an entire record of HF covers). Guns ’N’ Roses used, “Far From Any Road” as stage entrance music for a South American tour, and both Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr are fans. Decades into their careers, after winning the TV theme-show jackpot— the Sparks still find their greatest reward in disappearing into new songs.

 

And so in the strange light of 2014 they began again to write. 2016 brings the release of Unseen— 10 songs by a couple both world-famous and happily invisible. Each song on the record has a guiding colour—gold, silver, green, red, white. Rennie is also a painter known for her vivid and surprising use of colour, and she finds herself painting even when her brushes are made of words. The stories of Unseen are mostly inspired by real events— “Gold” began when a bunch of twenty-dollar bills blew in Brett’s face in a parking-lot dust storm. “Gentlemen,” is a tribute to William Crookes who built the first vacuum tube in 1875, hoping to detect spirits from unseen dimensions. And “Tiny Tina”— Rennie still hasn’t seen that little horse.

 

Unseen is about the light that emanates from things we can’t see— behind “The Red Door,” in the empty hands of blackjack losers (“The Silver Light”), and amidst desert bones bleaching in the sun (“King of Dust”).

 

Since 2001 Brett has made their albums in a converted garage at the back of their house. He recorded Unseen on a Mac and played most of the parts at night, with only hawk moths listening. There were guest musicians— David Gutierrez: mandolin on “Tiny Tina” and dobro on “The Silver Light.” Alex MacMahon: guitar on “The Silver Light,” baritone guitar and pedal steel on “Gold.” Jason Toth: drums throughout (except “Green Willow Valley”). Rennie wrote all the lyrics. She sang and played banjo and autoharp, but didn’t bother to write down on which songs.

 

The Sparks’ music is steeped in the western gothic of New Mexico life. The unseen is powerful here. Nothing rusts, but entire oceans have disappeared. Ski masks mean robberies, but in the slow dive of the sun, enormous bugs awaken in thorny yards and unseen sirens and coyotes cry out to the purple sky. Just about anywhere you stand there’s been some blood drawn.

In 2016 The Handsome Family continue to sell out venues worldwide that they couldn’t have filled before TV fame. Live, Brett (guitar/vocals) and Rennie (banjo/bass/vocals) are joined by drummer Jason Toth (worldwide) and multi-instrumentalist Alex MacMahon (USA). Their shows are full of humour and chit-chat. The Sparks’ aren’t afraid to reveal their ordinary humanness. The invisible couple is also very happy to be seen.

 

Little Caesar

Thursday 8th March

Academy 3

The Wailers performing Legend in its entirety

Performing Legend in its entirety Plus other Greatest Hits

Friday 9th March

Academy

Blaze Bayley

Friday 9th March

Club Academy

BLAZE BAYLEY is a singer/songwriter born 29th May 1963 in Birmingham,
England. Having started his professional music career in WOLFSBANE in 1984, his
career elevated to global heights when he joined IRON MAIDEN with whom he
released two albums and toured worldwide between 1994 and 1999.

After leaving Iron Maiden, Blaze embarked on a solo career, and by 2017 was rewarded with a high accolade when voted number 67 in Sweden Rock magazine’s readers’ poll of all-time greatest singers.

During 2000-2017 he has released 9 albums and has enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the hardest working artists touring worldwide. In 2015 Blaze celebrated the 15th anniversary of his first solo release ‘Silicon Messiah’ and in 2016 saw a significant worldwide resurgence of interest in his career, not least with the release of ‘Infinite Entanglement’, the first in a trilogy of releases following a sci-fi story and concept. The second part of the trilogy, ‘Endure and Survive’ followed in March 2017, and Part III is set for March 2018.



As It Is

+ Special Guests

Saturday 10th March

Academy 2

Having just finished their main support slot on the UK leg of Neck Deep’s huge UK tour, As It Is have today announced their biggest UK headline tour to date for March 2018. The six date run will see the band ending on a high at London’s famous KOKO venue. Support comes from Like Pacific and Grayscale, with one more act still to be announced.

Speaking of the tour, lead singer Patty Walters says, “These shows will land nearly two years after our last UK headline shows, and we truly can’t wait to show you the band we’ve become in that time. We’ll be playing both new and old songs, songs we’ve never played before, and possibly some particularly old songs we thought we’d never be playing again. These will be far and away our biggest, most ambitious headline shows to date, and we’re so excited and humbled to be playing these rooms next year. We hope you’re looking forward to the OKAY UK TOUR as much as we are!”

 

Remarkably, the ‘okay. U.K’ dates signal the band’s first UK headline shows since the release of the album in January 2017. Since the band launched the ‘okay.’ campaign with a single of the same name, the band have headlined in the United States, Australia, Japan, and Europe, as well as a host of notable support slots and festival appearances.

 

In addition to the title-track, ‘Pretty Little Distance’ and upcoming single ‘No Way Out’, perfectly showcase the album’s deeply personal subject matters, set in fictional 1950’s America, with an overriding message that reality is not always what it seems and that it’s OK to not feel OK sometimes.

Feeder

'The Best of' Tour + Special Guests

Saturday 10th March

Academy

LIVE NATION PRESENTS:

FEEDER 
‘THE BEST OF’ TOUR

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy

Saturday 10th March 2018
Doors 7pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £27.50 GA advance STBF

All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Wombats

+ Special Guests

Sunday 11th March

Academy

RUSS

There's Really a Wolf in Europe Tour

Monday 12th March

Academy

As the truism goes, there are 10 years of hard work behind every overnight success. In an industry filled with plants and manufactured hype, Russ did it all himself. No deep-pocketed managers funded his ascent. No co-signs propelled his rise.

 

Since 14, the Atlanta native has dedicated himself to music with a passion you usually only see in Tour De France champions and fictional whaling captains. His music boasts the diverse tastes of someone who grew up everywhere: New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio, and eventually Georgia.

 

You can detect those regional influences in his hooks of the artists he grew up with—a rich gumbo that resembles 50 Cent passing blunts with Jim Morison; The Allman Brothers jamming with Drake; The Beatles with George Martin swapped for Outkast; the middle ground between 2Pac and Dipak (Chopra).

 

Early in his teenaged years, his family eventually settled 20 miles outside of Atlanta. Around that same time, he began making beats. Towards the end of high school, he picked up a mic, and taught himself how to play the piano, guitar, and drums. After dropping out of Kennesaw State as a freshman, Russ formed his DIEMON Crew. They shot their own videos, made their own merchandise, and mostly recorded in isolation. At the age of 23, he’s emerged as a DIY pioneer.

 

When most of his peers mimic the most popular disposable art, Russ has created an uncategorizable style—one almost as brilliantly alien as history’s finest ATLiens.  No exact analogues exist. Russ doesn’t slip back and forth from hyper-melodic inspirational guitar anthems to raw East Coast hip-hop—they’re all effortlessly combined in the same song. There are hints of hammock-rocking reggae, whiskey-soaked Southern rock, and soul-scarred R&B. No gimmicks, just eclectic fusion at its most advanced.

 

Russ made all the beats. He wrote all the raps and the hooks. He engineered and mixed and sang the songs, played the guitar, programmed the drums, and delved deep into his soul to figure out who he is and what he wants out of life. Then he wrote manifestos like “Do It Myself” to outline the road map for others to follow.

 

If the true mark of a rebel is to resist accepted falsehoods, speak up for what they believe, and go against the grain, Russ owns that description. Take his current hit, “What They Want.” Sure, the beat is hard and there are bars about girls and his rise to success, but it goes much deeper. He’s the one pulling the strings and pointing out the puppets. He’s savvy and attuned to the demands of the music industry.

 

This is a business and he’s aware that a sought-after commodity but refuses to fall into the clichéd pitfalls. Russ waited to sign to a major label until he had the leverage to fulfill his vision. No one can ever be the boss of him. He’s desirous of money but wary of it—nothing can compromise his integrity.

 

Consider “Pull the Trigger,” a song that questions accepted wisdom, rejecting fear, inspiring those on the fence to jump over it and get what they believe they deserve. The drums slap, the piano lines are menacing, the hooks as sticky as Southern humidity. Or “Losin Control,” a forlorn rap ballad as elegantly constructed and artfully sung as anything to ever come out on OVO.

 

This is heartfelt, truthful music for self-empowerment. Real soul. It’s hard but melodic, sophisticated but with a direct emotional message. There is a quote from the Alchemist, “and, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Russ internalized that message, actualized it, and now, this story’s really about to begin.

 

 

Skid Row

+ Toseland

Wednesday 14th March

Academy 2

Manchester Academy Presents 
SKID ROW
+ Toseland

Doors 7.00pm / Curfew 11pm

Tickets: £24.00 plus booking fee

All ages welcome. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 at all times

DVSN

+ Special Guests

Thursday 15th March

Academy 2

Carpenter Brut

+ Special Guests

Thursday 22nd March

Academy 2

METROPOLIS MUSIC PRESENTS:

 

CARPENTER BRUT

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Manchester Academy 2

 

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

 

Tickets £15.00 advance STBF

  

All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times

The Fratellis

Friday 23rd March

Academy

Glasgow trio The Fratellis are back with a new tour and a new album. The band’s 5th album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ will be released on 9th March 2018 before heading out on a full UK tour. The Fratelllis had phenomenal success with their debut album 'Costello Music' entering the U.K Album Chart at number 2, and went on to win the Best British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards in 2007.

The Magic Gang

+ Special Guests

Friday 23rd March

Academy 2

The Quireboys

Friday 23rd March

Academy 3

Manchester Academy present
 
THE QUIREBOYS
Plus support
 
Manchester Club Academy
Saturday 11th March 2017
Doors 7.30pm
 
All Ages - Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18

 

The Quireboys, known in the US as the London Quireboys (even though they come from Newcastle), are a rock band that started in the late ’80s/early ’90s, with John Grey (Spike) on vocals, Guy Griffin and Guy Bailey on guitar, Chris Johnstone on piano/keyboard, Nigel Mogg on bass guitar, and Ian Wallace on drums.

In 1993, The Quireboys broke up but briefly reformed in 1995 with different members. A more permanent reformation came in 2001 when Spike, Guy and Nigel put together a new line-up. The band is still active, recording new material and playing live, and their current line up include Spike, Guy, Keith Weir and Paul Guerin.

The Wombats

+ Special Guests

Saturday 24th March

Academy

Amplifier

+ Special Guests

Saturday 24th March

Academy 3

Amplifier are delighted to announce what will be their first UK shows since 2015.

Following on from 2017’s universally loved album “Trippin’ With Dr Faustus”, which was described as  “the best album of their career “ by Prog Magazine, this tour promises to be something special as Amplifier turn the setlist over to the fans to let them select a set from a career spanning 15 years and over  a dozen records with  a back catalogue of 100+ songs.
Over 1000 fans have already contributed to the setlist so far and as Amplifier frontman Sel Balamir noted

“The touring set that has been picked so far is so titanic that the Earth might actually stop revolving.”

There’s still lots of opportunity for fans to get involved between now and Feb 2018 by going to www.amplifierband.com and picking all the favourites.

Sigrid

+ Special Guests

Saturday 24th March

Academy 2

SIGRID

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Manchester Academy 2

 

Saturday 24th March 2018

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

 

Tickets £12.00 advance STBF

 

 All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

Phoenix

+ Special Guests

Sunday 25th March

Academy

Phoenix are based in Paris, France and their music has been featured in such films as Shallow Hal and Lost In Translation. In 2006 the band themselves appeared in Marie Antoinette, which like Lost In Translation, was directed by Sofia Coppola, Thomas Mars’ partner.

The band’s fourth album, “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” was released in 2009. It contains “1901”, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in January 2010. The album won for Best Alternative Album at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Their fifth album, “Bankrupt!” was released in 2013.

Greta Van Fleet

+ Special Guests

Friday 30th March

Academy 3


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