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The Hara

+ Special Guests

Friday 1st May

Academy 3

The Hara - Josh Taylor (lead vocals), Jack Kennedy (drums) and Zack Breen (guitar) - having toured their first headline tour last year & being special guests on X-Factor's Ben Haenow's tour, the boys are back with their new headline tour and brand-new EP. Hailing from the North West, the band are regularly featured on BBC Music Introduces in Lancashire. Their debut single - Only Young - is taken from their forthcoming EP which will be showcased alongside other fan favourites on the new tour!

Our Hollow Our Home

Saturday 2nd May

Union Theatre

Bernie Marsden

Plays 'Ready an' Willing'

Sunday 3rd May

Academy 3

Hockey Dad

+ Special Guests

Monday 4th May

Academy 3

 

Carefree, youthful innocence and long summer days spent in their unassuming hometown of Windang, on Australian shores and now internationally, all of these have now become synonymous with the unmistakeable, sun-drenched pop of Hockey Dad. With the passing of time, adolescence and two records, the music of lifelong friends Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming, was inevitably bound to mature and change with them. As they have since their humble beginnings, playing DIY shows at their local, Rad Bar (RIP), Hockey Dad have exceeded everyone’s expectations, to become the international phenomenon they are today. Not surprisingly, the musical growth of what is to come, continues this trend.

With the youthful debut ‘Boronia’ (2016), along with their International breakthrough sophomore LP ‘Blend Inn’ (2018), the Hockey Dad boys have sold out theatres throughout Australia and internationally, whilst performing as part of Reading and Leeds Festival, Pukkelpop and more of the world’s most celebrated festivals. Despite this international success, Hockey Dad’s roots are still strongly based in their home of Windang, NSW, but now informed with a worldly experience that only comes with the far-reaching travel of a seasoned touring band.

With the close of a decade looming and a now-impressive back catalogue behind them, the first taste of Hockey Dad’s new material finds them in a decidedly more reflective place, taking snapshots of places and experiences from the last few years and filtering them through their particular process. With Stephenson delving lyrically into the passing of time and age, Fleming feels “as though (Hockey Dad) have been merely scratching at the surface of (their) song-writing over the past few releases” – “It’s almost like we decided, instantaneously, to focus on being as creative as possible this time around”.

Hockey Dad have come bursting through the gates with their first new offering, ‘I Missed Out’, full of frenetic energy, a manic guitar line and clear change in emotional direction lyrically. Stephenson has become calmly reflective, yet celebratory here, as he puts it “Blend Inn dealt with problems in a less mature way through fighting and complaining. I think getting older, I have come to see these situations as learning experiences - using these songs to understand my surroundings and lessons I’ve been given.” It’s the first, sweet taste of their next chapter, hurtling into the international spotlight yet again.

Haley Reinhart

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 5th May

Academy 3

Reverend Horton Heat + The Delta Bombers

Wednesday 6th May

Academy 2

Rockabilly Night Live Presents DIRECT from the U.S.A. - A double bill spectacular with two of the greatest rockabilly acts of all time! This is an invitation for you to join rockabilly fans from all over the UK to ROCK HARD and DANCE LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW! With the energy these bands pump out; there just might not be one!

These rockers may hail from America, but they might as well be time-traveling space cowboys hitting The Passenger Shed with the atomic impact of a meteor at full speed. and SPEED there will be! With blistering guitar pickin’, thumpin’ slap bass and tight drum beats fillin’ up the night, it will be like the roar of super charged hot-rod engine at full blast.

Opening up the show we have Midlands based band, The Deadshots. The Deadshots, bring their own unique energy and style to the stage! This band are full of raw, high energy!

To fill in between these legendary showmen, our very own DJ Rock Ape will keep the energy. If you are a fan of Rockabilly, Psychobilly, old school Rock’n’Roll or anything in between, this a night you don’t want to miss out on!

 

Reverend Horton Heat

Get ready to be converted to the evangelical as the Reverend Horton Heat preach the Gospel of Rock’n’Roll. Experiencing these rockin’ tribal rhythms, that transcend time from the early 1950s way into the future, will transform even the most hardcore rockabilly fan. Get ready for the rockin’ High-Octane, Spaghetti Western Wall of Sound that is everyone’s favorite preacher.

With 11 studio albums to date, these rockers from the great state of Texas, have more than put their mark on history: They have slammed into the history of Rock’n’Roll with meteoric force and pumped pure nitro into the old hot-rod engine of the genre. When they take the stage of The Passenger Shed, they will surely deliver what they preach, in the form of pure, brain-melting guitar solos, wild stage antics, and plenty of un-apologizing attitude! Get ready for the sermon of your life!

 

The Delta Bombers

What do you get if you fuse 1950s Rock’n’Roll with swampy blues, red hot country, and high powered rockabilly? The answer is the highly explosive and by no means safe contraption that has been annihilating stages all over the world for over a decade! This hard touring band has been tearing up crowd after crowd in 26 countries with their take-no-prisoners attitude and super-charged energy, and does not seem to stop for anything or anyone. And they certainly won’t slow down when blowing up The Passenger Shed in Bristol! — Directly from Las Vegas, Nevada, it’s The Delta Bombers!

Their 4 studio albums bear testament to the virtuous musicality of these four rockers, but it’s live on stage that their music really spits flames. From powerful vocal abilities of Chris Moinichen, the scorching guitar riffs of Andrew Himmler, the floor rumbling bass lines of Gregorio Garcia, to the earth shattering drum beats of Micah Malcolm, The Delta Bombers will blow you away with their raw, All-American roots music!

 

The Deadshots

Based out of DeadShot Towers in North Worcestershire, somewhere midway between Redditch and Bromsgrove in the Midlands, this four piece are touring the country lighting up audiences in venues, halls, clubs and fields from Scotland to the South West of England. Playing their own compositions (mostly) along with the occasional cover of a classic and sometimes an unexpected song from anytime from the 1950’s to today. 

Their current album, “Wanted”, was released in January 2019 on Western Star Records. It gained network and international radio play from its first week of release.

 

Teddy Swims

Wednesday 6th May

Academy 3

Giant Rooks

+ Special Guests

Thursday 7th May

Academy 2

The Undertones

+ Special Guests: Hugh Cornwell Electric

Friday 8th May

Academy 2

The Undertones emerged from Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974, the result of five friends learning how to play basic rock and roll. Even by the standards of that decade, Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere and with no live bands worth watching, they learned their trade by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all from listening to John Peel’s show on BBC Radio One.

Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations label in Belfast. A copy was sent to the legendary DJ John Peel and he liked the track so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show!

Eventually signing to Sire Records, ‘Teenage Kicks’ was re-released, resulting in the band's first appearance on Top of the Pops.  Over the next five years, John O’Neill, his younger brother Damian, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley crafted numerous punkpop gems and would go on to release 13 singles and 4 studio LP’s, before disbanding in May 1983.

In 1999 The Undertones reconvened, without Feargal Sharkey, to once again perform their two-minute, three and a half chord songs to a new generation of fans in Derry. Fellow Derryman Paul McLoone replaced Sharkey on vocals and his vocal prowess and electric onstage presence soon convinced any doubters that he was more than capable of doing the job.

After much consideration the band released an LP of new songs called `Get What You Need', which was critically acclaimed by Q magazine, Uncut, Rolling Stone and Hot Press. Songs like ‘Thrill Me’, ‘I Need Your Love The Way It Used To Be’ and ‘Everything But You' showed that the art of writing short, sharp songs had not been lost over the previous two decades.

Live The Undertones present a glorious set of classic tracks taken from what are considered by many fans and critics to be some of the best punk albums of all time, adding to them a
whole bucketful of their iconic guitar pop hits & anthems, Get Over You, Jimmy Jimmy, My Perfect Cousin, You’ve Got My Number, Julie Ocean, Wednesday Week, and, of course, Teenage Kicks.  

Fell Out Boy

Fall Out Boy Tribute Act

Friday 8th May

Club Academy

Lime Cordiale

+ Special Guests

Friday 8th May

Academy 3

IST IST

Saturday 9th May

Academy 2

65daysofstatic

+ Special Guests

Friday 15th May

Academy 2

An Evening With Peter Hook & The Light

Joy Division : A Celebration Performing the Albums Unknown Pleasure & Closer

Saturday 16th May

O2 Apollo Theatre

Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather

Plus Support

Saturday 16th May

Academy

Pearl Jamm

Saturday 16th May

Academy 3

Leee John of Imagination

Art Of Love Tour 2020

Friday 22nd May

Academy 3

With record sales in excess of over 30 million albums the incomparable LEEE JOHN and his group IMAGINATION released and successfully had so many amazing  classic hits singles and platinum, gold and silver albums  such as, “Body Talk”, “Just An illusion”, “Flashback”, “Music and Lights”, “Changes” and many more presenting the perfect Brit Soul/Jazz/Funk songs and establishing their position as essential 80's crossover hit-makers and  an influence for future generations in the music industry.

Available now is aspecial deluxe re-issue edition from his new album “Retropia”  presenting 19 songs with the original bonus tracks including “The Truth”, “Krash”, “Just and Illusion” (21st Century mix) and 3previously unreleased recordings “Magic in U”,  Amazon Number # 1 R & B  song Nov 2019 - The Art of Love Part 1 and Part 2” featuring LEEE JOHN & Latin Jazz Percussionist extraordinaire Snowboy & an acoustic version of the classic IMAGINATION song “In The Heat of The Night”.  In addition, thealbum scores an incredible 2 x Number # 1 songs in the UK Soul Charts with ‘Do It Right Now’ and “Make Your Mind Up/Fantasia”  followed with a third single release of the classic Junior Murvin/Lee Scratch Perry song “Police & Thieves”. www.retropia.co

Singer, Songwriter, Live Performer, Producer &  Director LEEE JOHN  remains to delight fans around the globe with his timeless classic hits and new music releases:-   www.leeejohn.com  

The Moods

+ Special Guests

Saturday 23rd May

Academy 2

A 9-piece band whose genre-hopping sounds elicits an insatiable urge to dance. The Moods line up is as eclectic as its sound, featuring rappers, poets, producers and classical musicians. With brass, strings, big beats and socially conscious lyrics, The Moods are a rare breed of band who appeal to almost every demographic.

Having recently completed their 6th UK tour in 2 years, the band are getting ready for a busy summer of festivals. The ever-expanding list of festival appearances include Moovin Festival, Beat Herder, Highest Point, Doune the Rabbit Hole, Audio Soup, Tramlines, Lindisfarne, Macclesfield Festival, Party in the Pines and Stampede Festival amongst others.

2019 saw The Moods play on their biggest stage so far, performing at the Manchester Arena for the World Taekwondo Championships. Their upcoming single ‘Strong’ was the official anthem of the games and the band brought the house down with a performance of the track that also featured the 40-piece Manchester Show Choir.

With a whole host of single releases planned for this year and a new album due to be released in early 2020, The Moods are ready for a massive 12 months. Another tour in autumn will see the band play some new territories, as well returning to most of their favourite haunts around the UK to party with their ever-growing legion of fans. If you’ve never seen one of The Moods high-octane shows then make sure you catch them this year, whilst you still can.

Morgan Heritage, Cocoa Tea, Freddie McGregor & Romain Virgo - Loyalty UK Tour 2020 Manchester

DJs: Rory Stonelove / Luv Injection / Megatone Foundation Doctor C / Natural Mystic / Hosted by: Asha D

Saturday 23rd May

Academy

Janet Kay & Carroll Thompson

+ Special Guests

Thursday 28th May

Club Academy

The Queen's of Lovers Rock announce a rare Manchester Concert.
Janet Kay is best known for the Dennis Bovell produced track "Silly games" which went to Number 1 in the National UK charts in 1979. This was the first time a British born black female hit the top of the charts - a feat now immortalised in the Guinness Book of Records.Janet Kay had already had many underground hits on the Reggae charts prior to this with tracks such asd "Loving you", "That's what friends are for", "I do love you" and more. Janet Kay has worked with Fatboy Slim, Jackie Mittoo, Aswad, Omar, Sly & Robbie and more. She has sold more than one million records in Japan alone and tours the country regularly.
Carroll Thompson first found fame with the Reggae Smash "I'm so sorry" and had a slew of hits such as "Hopelessly in Love", "Make it with you", "Love won't let us wait" and "I'm still waiting". Carroll has worked with Sugar Minott, Trevor Walters, Courtney Pine, Aswad & Mad Professor.
+ Lovers Rock Sound System DJ's

Skipinnish

+ Special Guests

Friday 29th May

Academy 3

Pinked Floyd

Saturday 30th May

Academy 3

Vistas

Saturday 30th May

Academy 2


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