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Blue Oyster Cult

+ Special Guests The Temperance Movement

Friday 1st March

Academy

Iconic New York hard rockers Blue Öyster Cult have announced a UK tour for February 2019, which includes a date at London’s Eventim Apollo on 22nd February.

 

Over their four-decade career, Blue Öyster Cult have established themselves as one of the most iconic bands of their time, with a repertoire including the hits ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’, ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Burning For You’.

 

Following their highly-acclaimed performance at last year’s Stone Free Festival, which saw the band play their eponymous debut in full, Blue Öyster will play eight dates, starting in Norwich on February 21st and finishing in Manchester on the 1st March.

 

Supporting will be acclaimed blues rockers The Temperance Movement. Since formation in 2011, the band have made a huge impact with three studio albums including their most recent A Deeper Cut, which includes the latest single ‘Caught In The Middle’. The band are also a notorious live entity having honed their craft opening up for the likes of Jamiroquai, Ray Davies, Feeder and The Rolling Stones.

 

Space - The Anthology Tour

Saturday 2nd March

Academy 3

Space release new single – Dangerous Day on the 29th September 2017

New studio album  “Give me your Future” will be released December 2017.

The band are touring through February – December 2017 followed by a Liverpool Xmas show at the Arts Club on 22nd December. The band will also resume touring February  – May 2018… all dates will be listed on the bands website

The new studio album Give Me Your Future, recorded and produced by Grammy and Brit award winning producer Steve Levine who has also worked with The Clash, Culture Cub, Beach Boys, Deniece Williams and Gary Moore to name a few will be released in August 2017, followed by the Box Set to include the 4 released Albums plus the un-released  “Love you More Than Football”  in early  2018.

The bands 1990’s hit Female of the Species making the top of the album charts with the “TFI Album” – (Number 1 in June 2015)

Tommy, Franny and the boys all said they are very proud of the “Give Me Your Future” album Tommy said working with Steve Levine was amazing, the man gets into your head to imagine the sounds you want before you have played them, a true genius, this record is the most Space       record we have ever made and we all look forward to sharing the record with you all…….

Space have sold over 5 million records worldwide with titles including “Spiders, “Tin Planet”  “Suburban Rock and Roll” and “Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab” along with ten top 40 singles and a host of other single releases to-date with titles including “Neighborhood” “Female of the Species”, “Me and You Vs. The World” “Avenging Angels” “Dark Clouds”, and “Begin Again”

Albums Spiders and Tin Planet have both been awarded double platinum discs from the BPI

The band continue to write gritty edgy pop songs that capture the imagination of the listener

Majefa

Saturday 2nd March

Academy venues

Kingdom of Madness

'Classic Magnum'

Sunday 3rd March

Academy 3

Homeshake

+ Special Guests

Monday 4th March

Academy 2

Peter Bjorn and John

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 6th March

Academy 3

For ‘Darker Days’ Peter Bjorn and John decided to strip things back to a simpler time where it was just the three of them, playing music together and releasing albums every other year. The 11 songs on the album reflect this move, showcasing each member’s unique songwriting style while sounding resolutely like a band that has played together for nearly 20 years. The trio simultaneously released three singles from the album, each of which reflects their personal style. Peter went into "One For The Team" with his love for old-school soul music and girl group’s vocal style, while Bjorn’s "Gut Feeling" is riff driven drum-oriented pop music that he said, ”we haven’t really done since PBJ favourites like ’Second Chance’ and ’Young Folks.’” And John’s "Every Other Night" drew influences from his indie-pop/rock-heroes for a track “about what’s keeping you awake between the midnight hour and the hour of the wolf.”

 

Continuing with the theme, Peter Bjorn and John premiered the first ever 3-in-1 music video, an interactive clip which allows the viewer to watch three videos at once or select which video they’d like to watch. For the unique project, the band worked with long-time visual collaborator Ted Malmros from the Shout Out Louds who has also directed videos for his band, First Aid KitKygo and Lykke Li among others.

 

Formed in Stockholm in 1999, Peter Bjorn and John are perhaps best known for their timeless 2006 hit ‘Young Folks’. The track was recently included in Rolling Stone’s '100 Greatest Songs Of The Century So Far' and has racked up over 130m Spotify streams. The track has also been the subject of a How We Made feature in The Guardian. Alongside fellow Swedish musicians including Lykke Li and Miike Snow, in 2012 the trio launched the artist collective and record label INGRID, which has a studio and office in Stockholm.

Only The Poets

+ Special Guests

Thursday 7th March

Academy 3

Gus Dapperton

+ Special Guests

Friday 8th March

Academy 3

Simon Munnery

Friday 8th March

Union Theatre

“I went to a funeral the other day. Caught the wreath…” That’s what came to me, from the mysterious source of the inexplicable. Hear the story of the joke, the painting, and what happened next.

Simon is a British Comedy Award nominee, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and Chortle Award winner. His stand-up career spanning 32 years has seen him regularly perform all over the world and star in several of his own major television and radio projects.

‘A genuine innovator in the land of the samey, and an annual must-see for any comedy connoisseur’
The Guardian

‘Convention defying, innovative stuff. Simon Munnery is a brilliant comedian’
The Times

Jack & Jack

+ Special Guests

Saturday 9th March

Academy 3

18-year-olds Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson, known to their combined 14 million social media followers as “Jack & Jack”, have been best friends since kindergarten. Their classroom antics were known throughout school and they always talked about pursuing a career where they could tap their crazy humor and passion for music and entertaining. The summer before their senior year, they began making Vines, and within 18 months they propelled themselves into the hearts of over 5 million loyal fans.
Their Nerd Vandals Vine went viral and was hailed by the Huffington Post as “the perfect Vine.”. They have since created vines to increase public awareness for skin cancer awareness, anti-bullying and safe driving. In addition, they have worked with a number of national brands in various capacities, including Verizon, Pizza Hut, Michelin, MUDD, and Material Girl, to name a few. They also partnered to create two hot games on the app store, the Jack & Jack Vines Game and Let It Goat.

As of Winter 2014, Jack & Jack have over 5 million followers on Vine alone and are developing their skills in delivering longer format sketches and music videos on their growing YouTube channel. With over 6 million views, their most popular YouTube video is a music video of their hit song, “Wild Life.”

Tyketto

'Strength in Numbers 25th Anniversary Show'

Sunday 10th March

Club Academy

Nice to hit a career milestone when you’re celebrating your 25th Anniversary! TYKETTO are about to undertake their busiest period in many years, and will be performing pretty much all over the globe. Still supporting 2012 album, Dig In Deep, the first release by TYKETTO’s full original line up since the 1991 debut, Don’t Come Easy. Fitting that 2014 gives TYKETTO the opportunity to celebrate the old and the new at the same time.

The 2014, Forever Young! 25th Anniversary tour, Part 1 took place across the UK, and found TYKETTO playing in front of more people than they had for many years.

Part 2 will see TYKETTO complete their 25th Anniversary celebrations in style by returning to the UK and Europe, visiting cities that the band have not visited in many years!

You better DIG IN DEEP! TYKETTO are on the way!!!!!

 

Yungblud

+ Special Guests

Monday 11th March

Academy 2

Becky Hill

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 12th March

Academy 2

SWMRS

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 13th March

Academy 2

SJM Concerts Present:
SWMRS
+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 4th October 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £9.00 advance STBF 
All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times

There’s never been a punk band like SWMRS. That’s probably because it’s too limiting to label the Oakland quartet, “a punk band.” You might initially detect the caustic broadsides of The Clash and the amphetamine bubblegum of the Ramones. But within the carefully penned lyrics, propulsive energy, and raw
honesty, you can hear the echoes of Public Enemy and Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest to Kurt Cobain.

The band officially formed in early 2015, but their roots stretch back for years—to when Becker, and his childhood friend, Joey Armstrong (drums) formed Emily’s Army at 8 years old. They didn’t know how to play their instruments, but they’d seen School of Rock, and tabbed Cole’s brother Max to sing and play bass. Before graduating high school, they’d already released two full-length albums and a handful of EP’s. They’d toured the world, and shared stages with Pennywise, Rise Against, and Soundgarden.

But SWMRS is a wholly new endeavor. The band recruited their friend Sebastian Mueller to play bass and Max Becker switched to lead guitar. Yet it’s more than just a slightly different formation: they’ve gone deeper, thought harder, learned to play with more power yet greater control.

After seeing them rip up the stage at Burgerama IV, Saint Laurent Paris creative director Hedi Slimane became so enamored with SWMRS that he asked them to walk the runway at his Paris fashion show, and write the soundtrack for his Spring/Summer 2016 presentation. Fueled by 40 oz. bottles of malt liquor, they turned in a 17-minute version of “Like Harry Dean Stanton.” It went over very
well.

Their approach is crystallized on the album’s title track, “Drive North,” It’s not a command; it’s a concept. It’s about hometown pride and the desire to create a unique cultural identity. It’s allegorical and subversive, and could be the theme song for the Golden State Warriors the next time they play the Clippers.

Or listen to their first single, “Miley,” which i-D Magazine called, “the most punk tribute to Miley Cyrus ever.” “Miley does exactly what she wants. It’s really rare to see somebody doing that, Cole Becker says. “She's a business commodity, but seems to have maintained
creative autonomy, which is super punk rock. And she's standing up for sexual freedom and gender fluidity…that's important, and something that not a lot of pop stars are doing."

In 2015, punk rock isn’t just aesthetic. It’s about the ideas. It’s about upending expectations and finding freedom in your own voice. SWMRS have made a timeless but modern coming of age album—one that reminds you that you aren’t the only one trying to beat against the current.

Ady Suleiman

+ Special Guests

Thursday 14th March

Academy 2

Cats In Space

Rock Goddess + Special Guests Dirty Thrills

Thursday 14th March

Academy 3

“Cats in Space, with their love of the 70s and their superb hummable choruses are here to remind us of better, more innocent times...”   Classic Rock magazine

 

CATS in SPACE have caused quite a stir since landing in 2015. With their unique sounds they will transport you back to the days of 70s Classic Rock. Think loud guitars, walls of soaring multi tracked vocal harmonies, grandoise pianos, and huge singable choruses. It’s purr-fect!

Touring with legendary rock giants Deep Purple, Status Quo & Thunder playing UK arenas, plus Hyde Park with Phil Collins and Blondie the Cats have gained an ever growing army of faithful fans, gaining incredible live reviews along the way. From humble beginnings to Hammersmith Odeon, Hyde Park and the London O2 Arena is just part of the incredible journey for these Cats so far...

They have released two critically acclaimed albums in ‘Too Many Gods’  (2015) and ‘Scarecrow’ (2017) which made the UK national top 30 chart, and was voted top 10 in the ‘Planet Rock album review’ of 2017. Reviews worldwide were nothing short of incredible, “Breath taking” as one reviewer put it!

A storming live album, ‘Cats Alive!’ (2018) was released to document the incredible live performance the band put on, and cementing the band as front runners in the UK rock scene.

 

So strap yourselves in as we take you out of this world.....

 

Sleaford Mods

+ Special Guests

Friday 15th March

Academy

Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic situations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performance around Nottingham, Williamson  moved south and took the cause to London for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009.

Soon after that he that he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Fearn’s first work was on the production of “Wank” – the Mods’ fifth CDr album. Soon after he started stalking the studio and stage with Williamson.

Limehouse Lizzy

+ Special Guests

Friday 15th March

Academy 3

Limehouse Lizzy have been officially named one of the hardest working acts in the UK, alongside some of the country's biggest & most popular performers. They were accredited for their live shows by the Performing Rights Society, and recieved their award from PRS Chairman and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter (Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Tom Jones) Guy Fletcher OBE.


Renowned for an action-packed pyrothechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute in their set to the late Gary Moore (ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist and world renowned solo artist) who sadly passed away a few years ago.

 

Attention to detail, playful audience interaction and that all important X-factor that leaves you with the feeling of witnessing the real thing have led to their performance being described as “beyond tribute”, by both audience and critics alike.

 

Following the enormous success of their ˜Live & Dangerous” & ˜Dedication” tours, the band embarked upon their “Into the Limelight” tour to tie in with their appearance on an episode of BBC2’s ‘Arena’ documentary series of the same name.

 

The tour travelled as far as a headline slot at a rock festival in Greece, and the Virgin Atlantic Music festival in Barbados. The band appeared alongside diverse world music acts, and played a Thin Lizzy set representing the celtic rock genre.

 

In 2013 the band's European tour continues to explore and celebrate the artistic and musical legacy of the hard-living, hard-rocking, yet at times surprisingly tender and romantic artist that was Philip Lynott. This year they will be appearing in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Holland and Belgium.


Expect more of the Celtic influenced tracks like ”Whisky in the Jar” and “Black Rose”, amongst the usual razzamatazz and classic tracks “The Boys are Back in Town”, “Sarah” and many others we’ve come to expect from one of the most highly rated acts on the circuit.


QUOTES

 

'...Limehouse Lizzy Top PRS For Music's Hardest Working UK Bands List'

Billboard Magazine


"Limehouse Lizzy's Wayne Ellis, an uncanny ringer for Phil Lynott..."
The Guardian
 

“entertainment for more than a decade…fantastic live music”
Arena BBC2

“if you're sceptical about tribute acts, you won't be after seeing Limehouse Lizzy”
Radio Times

 

"Gig of the week"

The Mirror

THE WAILERS performing songs from the album LEGEND plus other greatest hits

Performing songs from the album LEGEND plus other greatest hits

Saturday 16th March

Academy

The legendary Wailers have announced a huge UK headline tour for March 2019 where they will perform 14 dates across some of the country’s major cities. The Wailers continue their quest to bring reggae to the forefront of the world's stage.  Led by renowned bassist and founder Aston "Familyman" Barrett, and joined by original Wailers guitarist Donald Kinsey as well as saxophonist Glen DaCosta, The Wailers give audiences around the globe the opportunity to experience their unique and innovative sound. From 1972 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman has carried on the mission to "keep The Wailers together" - just as Bob requested.

 

In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, The Wailers present Familyman’s multi-talented son, Aston Barrett Jr. It’s startling to witness how the young powerhouse delivers with his uncle’s inspiring landmark “one drop” drumming style. Also on stage is polished background singer Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three singer Judy Mowatt and Reggae pioneer Freddie McGregor.

 

Accompanying the legends and children-of-legends on stage are many other talented musicians: bass guitarist Owen “Dreadie” Reid, a former student of Familyman who also plays bass with Julian Marley’s Uprising band; front man Joshua David Barrett, Rastaman by lifestyle and culture, who delivers Bob’s powerful message of Jah love and unity through his performance and interaction with the audience; Andres Lopez on keyboards, who has performed with artists such as Alborosie, Lutan Fyah, and Anthony B.; and Anne-Marie Thompson, an experienced gospel singer. FOH/Sound engineer is Christian Cowlin, a Wailers Band veteran who has traveled the world with The Wailers for more than 20 years and who is responsible for the band’s live sound.

 

Since Bob Marley’s untimely passing in 1981, Familyman vowed to keep a promise he made to his leader and friend – that he would hold the band together and maintain the music’s quality, to “keep me [Bob Marley] alive through music.” The message is still Burnin’, the Exodus of Jah people continues, Uprising and Survival remain the call to fans. The incomparable Wailers are coming to Babylon by Bus, to rock the stage, to bring the magic and message of Roots Rasta Reggae. It’s a Rastaman Vibration: a slice of music history you must not miss. Legend.

 

The UK tour will see The Wailers perform songs from the iconic album Legend live on stage including classics Three Little Birds, I Shot the Sheriff, Jammin’, as well as many more greatest hits.

 

 

 

 

Lene Lovich Band

STATELESS 40th Anniversary tour + Special Guests

Saturday 16th March

Club Academy

Bob Mould Band

+ Support

Sunday 17th March

Academy 2

Mick Jenkins

+ Special Guests

Monday 18th March

Academy 2

Alice Merton

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 19th March

Academy 2

Dodie

+ Special Guests

Thursday 21st March

Academy

Kamelot

The Shadow Tour Pt. II + Special Guests

Thursday 21st March

Club Academy

Stiff Little Fingers

+ Special Guests

Friday 22nd March

Academy

Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life”. In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.

These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality.

Stiff Little Fingers gigs never disappoint they are very special events...shows build from a brooding expectancy in to high energy, high octane, highly excitable nights. You will crawl away exhausted...and you will wonder whether you've just experienced your best gig ever !!!

 

Vintage Trouble

+ Special Guests

Friday 22nd March

Academy 2

Following the release of their new album Chapter II, legendary live quartet Vintage Trouble have announced a UK tour for 2019 including a date at Manchester Academy 2.

Vintage Trouble has used their live show as a vehicle to win over a wide range of music fans. Over the past few years, Vintage Trouble has wowed audiences across the globe by opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, AC/DC and the Dixie Chicks, and have played sold-out headline shows worldwide.

Since 2010, together Ty Taylor (vocals), Nalle Colt (guitar), Rick Barrio Dill (bass) and Richard Danielson (drums) have been providing an authentic take on the original movement by contrasting gospel harmonies with contemporary RnB hooks.

The Los Angeles collective have released three belting albums so far, with their debut The Bomb Shelter Sessions being championed by major publications while 2015’s 1 Hopeful Road reached number 3 in Billboard’s Heatseekers Album charts. Their third album Chapter II features hit singles such as slow, swung ballad ‘My Whole World Stopped Without You’ and the RnB-infused ‘Can’t Stop Rollin’’.

Vintage Trouble’s new UK tour is in the midst of dates across Europe, the US and Australia. Tickets go on sale Friday 09 November at 9am GMT via www.gigsandtours.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk*

The Internet

+ Special Guests

Saturday 23rd March

Academy

Prose and Manchester Camerata

Saturday 23rd March

Academy 2

Wolf

Sunday 24th March

Academy 3

Perturbator

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 27th March

Academy 2

CMH Live & Live Nation Presents
PERTURBATOR 
+ Special Guests

Doors 7.30pm / Curfew 11pm

Tickets: £16.00 plus booking fee

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

Fun Lovin' Criminals

+ Special Guests

Friday 29th March

Academy

Cloudbusting - The Music of Kate Bush

Friday 29th March

Academy 3

‘If you missed seeing Kate herself, Cloudbusting are the next best thing!’   Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2

 

Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC ONE as one of the most authentic tributes in the world. Their passion for Kate’s music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell-out performances across the UK.

 

‘There can only be one Kate Bush’ says vocalist Mandy Watson, who never attempts to mimic Kate on stage. ‘When you sing her music the characters in the songs take over - they are what you become, not Kate. We're just fans, amazed at this opportunity to perform this music we love so much’.

 

Many of Kate’s original collaborators from stage and studio have been inspired to join the band on stage, including bass player Del Palmer, drummer Preston Heyman and dancer Stewart Avon Arnold, all of whom performed with Kate on her legendary Tour of Life live shows 40 years ago.

Running Up That Hill, Wuthering Heights, Hounds of Love, Babooshka, This Woman’s Work, Wow… Cloudbusting can’t wait to whip up a storm of love for Kate’s music once again in 2019, their new show featuring all the hits you’d expect as well as many songs you wouldn’t! Accompanied by eye-popping visuals that highlight the drama of Kate’s music, a Cloudbusting concert is an event no Kate Bush fan will want to miss. In the words of Kate herself, ‘We’re Cloudbusting, daddy!’

 

‘I could have been listening to Kate herself!' - Preston Heyman

 

‘Utterly, surreally brilliant’ - Mick Wall, Classic Rock Magazine

Cellar Darling

+ Special Guests

Saturday 30th March

Academy 3


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