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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 Fold

+ Support

Saturday 2nd May

Club Academy

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

Teddy Swims

Wednesday 6th May

Academy 3

Giant Rooks

+ Special Guests

Thursday 7th May

Academy 2

Fell Out Boy

Fall Out Boy Tribute Act

Friday 8th May

Club Academy

Lime Cordiale

+ Special Guests

Friday 8th May

Academy 3

Agnieszka Chylinska

Saturday 9th May

Academy

The Clone Roses - Spike Island Warm Up Show

+ DJ Dave Booth (Spike Island '90)

Saturday 9th May

Club Academy

Jessie Reyez

Plus Support

Thursday 14th May

Academy 2

65daysofstatic

+ Special Guests

Friday 15th May

Academy 2

Pearl Jamm

Saturday 16th May

Academy 3

Best Coast

+ Support

Sunday 17th May

Academy 3

The Hunna

Sunday 17th May

Academy

With Confidence

plus support

Tuesday 19th 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  

Shutdown Events U18s

Friday 22nd May

Academy

The Moods

+ Ten Eyed Man + Y-Key Operators

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.

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

Fuzzy Sun

Plus Support

Friday 29th May

Academy 2

Skipinnish

+ Special Guests

Friday 29th May

Academy 3

Pinked Floyd

Saturday 30th May

Academy 3


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