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Reggae Legends

Feat: Max Romeo, Eek A Mouse, Mighty Diamonds, Big Youth

Thursday 2nd May

Academy

Savage Messiah

+ RipTide

Thursday 2nd May

Academy 3

The Wildhearts

+ Special Guests

Friday 3rd May

Academy 2

The Wildhearts are proud to announce the release of Renaissance Menon 3rd May, their first full-length studio album in 10 years.

To coincide with the release of Renaissance Men the Wildhearts’ classic line up of Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny, are to play an 8 date UK tour. This intimate tour will start in Manchester at the Academy 2 on Friday 3rd May and concludes at the Riverside in Newcastle on Sunday 12th May. 

“Well fuck me it's only been 10 years since our last release and we have a monster album on its way. Danny is back in the band and we hit the road in May, playing new tunes and all the old hits. Can't wait and I know the boys are super bloody excited for this. ROCK!” - CJ Wildheart

 

Before the Renaissance Men UK tour, The Wildhearts play 2 festivals: the Winters End 2019 in Chepstow and Great British Alternative Festival in Minehead, plus a special warm up show at the Exeter Cavern on Friday 8th March.

 

 

Creatively brilliant, The Wildhearts play a distinctive fusion of hard rock, perfectly complimented by contemporary melodies. With a career spanning nearly 30 years The Wildhearts helped change the landscape of British rock through the 90’s, and to this day they haven’t shown any sign of slowing down. Miss these shows at your peril.

Lee Fields and The Expressions

+ Support

Friday 3rd May

Academy 3

AU Ball Afterparty

Friday 3rd May

Academy venues

Boyce Avenue

+ Connie Talbot

Saturday 4th May

Academy 2

Kid Ink

+ Special Guests

Saturday 4th May

Academy

Lanco

Plus Special Guest: Bailey Bryan

Saturday 4th May

Academy 3

Manchester Reggae Festival

Saturday 4th May

Academy venues

Chris Young

Plus Special Guest: Lindsay Ell

Sunday 5th May

Academy

Under The Apple Tree - Live On Tour

With Wildwood Kin + Robbie Cavanagh

Monday 6th May

Academy 3

Lower Than Atlantis

+ Special Guests

Thursday 9th May

Academy

Live Nation Presents
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS
WITH Young GunsHands Like Houses + ROAM

Manchester Academy 
Saturday 11th March 2017
Doors 7pm | Curfew 11pm

 

Lower Than Atlantis are a Watford, UK based band, started in 2007 by Mike Duce and Ben. They have since released their debut CD ‘Bretton’ via Thirty Days Of Night Records. Their full length, titled ‘Far Q’ was released in March 2010. In April 2011, their 2nd full length “World Record” was released via Wolf At Your Door Records.

They recruited Declan on Bass and Eddy on Drums to complete a stronger lineup and hope to continue touring the UK, Europe and possibly the USA .

King Kartel

+ Special Guests

Friday 10th May

Academy 3

Demons Of Ruby Mae

+ Special Guests

Saturday 11th May

Academy 3

After releasing their self-titled debut last year and signing to North American and European labels Anti Fragile Records and Long Branch Records respectively, Manchester indie band Demons Of Ruby Mae are back with new single ‘Tomorrow’. 

 

The band have been in the studio working with producer Phil Bulleyment (Gaz Coombes, The Slow Readers Club, Blossoms) and in their own words, Tomorrow “is an uplifting song about learning from mistakes, writing your wrongs and appreciating those around you.” Featuring singer Jonny Gavin’s signature vocal features on top of a crescendo of pianos, synths, guitars and drums the track substantiates just why the band became one of BBC Introducing East Midland’s Top 20 artists played in 2018 and were included on Spotify’s Hot New Bands and Best of Indie Pop 2018 playlists.

 

The Leicester-born musicians Jonny Gavin and Adam Rowley write about their personal experiences, and those of people they’ve met along the way. 

5ive

+ 90s DJs

Saturday 11th May

Academy 2

International Vibes: Nipsey Hussle Tribute Afterparty

Nipsey Hussle Tribute Afterparty

Saturday 11th May

Club Academy

Alex Aiono

+ Special Guest Clara Mae

Tuesday 14th May

Academy 3

Ian Prowse & Amsterdam

+ The Rodeo

Friday 17th May

Academy 3

Merseyside hero Ian Prowse has formed two successful bands Pele and Amsterdam. Pele released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G Records. Six singles troubled the lower ends of the UK charts but abroad they scored hits in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Holland and most notably a Number One in South Africa with 'Megalomania'. Pele were a noted live act completing nine tours of the U.K.

Ian then formed Amsterdam and their first single for Beat Crazy Records 'The Journey' was a UK top 40 single in February 2005. Follow up single 'Does this train stop on Merseyside' also hit the UK Charts. The song regularly elicited an emotional response from Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel's widow Sheila Ravenscroft went on the station after the DJ's death and confirmed that 'He was not capable of playing it without crying'. The song itself got a further lease of life as one of the centre pieces of Irish legend Christy Moore’s latest album which spent 5 weeks at the top spot in his home country.

Ian also has a long standing friendship with Elvis Costello who used Amsterdam as his backing band on the Jonathan Ross television show as well as opening act on several occasions. The relationship was blessed on record when Prowse performed a duet with Costello on a cover of The Searchers 1964 hit 'Don't throw your love away' for the Liverpool Number Ones Project on EMI Records in 2008.

The last Amsterdam album 'Arm in Arm' ended up being voted 14th best ever album out of Liverpool by the local press, which when you consider the Beatles released 10 is some feat! Lead off single 'Home' was played on 21 consecutive days by Radio 2's Janice Long. Janice is a huge fan of the band having had them in no less than 4 times for live sessions.

2012 saw Ian release 'Does this train stop on Merseyside: The Very Best of Ian Prowse' to across the board rave review and 2014 has seen Ian release his very first solo album 'WHO LOVES YA BABY' to blanket praise.

'Rousing, inspirational rocking anthems and celtic soul finery' Daily Mirror 4/5

'Dynamic, hugely enjoyable and ultimately uplifting' R2 Magazine 4/5

'Passionate, engrossing, evocative songs'. Record Collector 4/5

'A Magnificent collection of songs' Liverpool Echo

Theatre of Hate

+ Special Guests

Friday 17th May

Club Academy

In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, “Legion”/”Original Sin”, topped the independent chart in 1980, and “Westworld”, their debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. The single taken from the album, “Do You Believe In The Westworld?” has become an anthem.

 

Supporting the likes of The Clash & Ian Dury lead to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK & Northern Europe.

Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows.

The band will be releasing a new album "Kinshi" on October 14th.

 

Kirk, Stan and John will be joined by current Spear Of Destiny band member Adrian Portas (New Model Army), Danny Farrent(Buzzcocks) and Chris Bell(Hugh Cornwall).

Fuzzy Sun

+ Special Guests

Saturday 18th May

Club Academy

The Leisure Society

+ Special Guests

Saturday 18th May

Academy 3

Too Many Zooz

Sunday 19th May

Band on the Wall

Kamasi Washington

+ Oscar Jerome

Friday 24th May

Academy

At the age of 13, Kamasi Washington started a lifelong quest discovering the many wonders of music. One night, his father left his soprano saxophone lying on the piano. Kamasi, filled with curiosity for all the beauty he heard from the instrument, picked up his father’s horn. Even though he didn’t know anything about the saxophone – in fact, never even touched one – he played Wayne Shorter’s composition “Sleeping Dancer Sleep On,” his favorite song at the time.
At the prestigious Hamilton High School Music Academy, within two years, Kamasi earned the lead tenor saxophone chair in the top jazz ensemble. At the same time, Kamasi joined the Multi School Jazz Band (MSJB) where he reunited with several childhood friends who were pursuing their passion for music. During his senior year of high school, Kamasi formed his first band, “The Young Jazz Giants,” with childhood friends including Ronald Bruner, Stephen Bruner and Cameron Graves. After high school, Kamasi received a full scholarship to study ethnomusicology at UCLA, where he explored many of the non-western musical cultures around the world. During the summer after his freshman year, Kamasi recorded his first album with “The Young Jazz Giants” to spread new sounds of jazz all around the country. In his second year at UCLA, Kamasi went on his first national tour with the west coast hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg. Later that year, Kamasi joined the orchestra of one of his biggest heroes, Gerald Wilson, and later went on his first international tour with R&B legend Raphael Saadiq.
Over the years, Kamasi has performed and recorded with many of his musical heroes from various genres, including Gerald Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan. Kamasi’s own band “The Next Step” is a modern spin on a big band, which includes two drummers, two upright bass players, keyboard players, three horns players, a pianist, and a vocalist. In addition, Kamasi is part of a west coast musical collective called the “West Coast Get Down.” Most recently, Kamasi worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album “To Pimp A Butterfly.” On May 5th, Kamasi released his groundbreaking solo album “The Epic” on the trend-setting record label Brainfeeder. “The Epic” is a 172-minute, triple-disc masterpiece, featuring Kamasi’s ten-piece band “The Next Step” along with a full string orchestra and
full choir. “The Epic” debuted #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and UK.

Massaoke: A Night at the Musicals

Bring the sing to the greatest musicals of all time: Live band, giant screen lyrics, everyone sings together

Friday 24th May

Academy 2

Gigantic Vol. 5

Echo & The Bunnymen / The Wonder Stuff The Bluetones / The Juliana Hatfield Three / Jesus Jones

Saturday 25th May

Academy

No Regrets Rumble

Saturday 25th May

Academy 2

KRS-One

+ Britizen Kane

Saturday 25th May

Club Academy

When it comes to Hip Hop, no one is as consistent and influential as KRS-One. It is impossible to discuss Hip Hop’s history without discussing KRS-One. His reputation as both a live performer and as Hip Hop’s resident “Teacha” has reached mythic proportions. As author Tavis Smiley has put it; “You are going to encounter a man who has sincerely sought to develop a relevant, honest and contemporary interpretation of world history, culture, religion, and philosophy. In many ways, his work actually rests in the tradition of great thinkers like W.E.B. DuBois, Carter Woodsen, and John Henrik Clarke, men who have sought to develop a cultural veil through which to interpret the seeming insanity of America.”

Throughout his 20 year career trajectory legendary pioneer Kris Parker who goes by the pseudonym KRS-One (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) has given fans over a dozen classic Hip-Hop albums, spoke at more then 500 universities/colleges including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Spelman, Howard and Oxford, been nominated for Grammy Awards, received multiple RIAA certified gold and platinum sales accolades and become the definitive source for conscious urban music. Nicknamed “The Teacha” the New York native and acclaimed MC has been honored by the United Nations, Billboard Magazine, The Source, BET Hip-Hop Awards, VH-1’s Hip-Hop Honors and Harvard University to name a few. He has been given the keys to the city in Kansas City, Philadelphia and Compton, was nominated for the NACA 1992 Harry Chapman Humanitarian Award, holds the Reebok Humanitarian Award and three Ampex Golden Reel Awards. KRS One is viewed as the embodiment of the philosophical, sociological and political worldview espoused originally by those that participate in Hip Hop’s culture. He is presently one of the most outspoken leaders of Hip Hop’s politics and tradition. His integration of Hip Hop and metaphysical knowledge resonates throughout his music, lectures, and writings as his powerful presence continues to inspire generations. As Rolling Stone once put it, “He’s one of the most influential lyricists of all time.”

Soldiers of Core

4th Birthday

Saturday 25th May

Academy 3

Jungle Cakes Summer Carnival

Ed Solo b2b Deekline b2b Serial Killaz w/ Navigator + Jessi G + Nuusic

Saturday 25th May

Academy 2

Kip Moore

+ Jillian Jacqueline

Sunday 26th May

Academy 2

OldSkool Throwback

Sunday 26th May

Academy venues

Sangre De Muerdago

+ Very Special Guest : Grift

Tuesday 28th May

Academy 3

The Game

Wednesday 29th May

Academy

The Sugarhill Gang & The Furious 5

Rappers Delight - 40th Anniversary Tour

Wednesday 29th May

Club Academy


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