Full Listings

JD Simo

+ Support

Monday 14th October

Night People

Issues

+ Special Guests

Tuesday 15th October

Academy 3

Rak-Su

+ Support

Tuesday 15th October

Club Academy

Road Trip - The Hero Tour

The Hero Tour Meet & Greet 8pm

Wednesday 16th October

Academy 2

Slowthai

Bet Ya A 5er Tour

Wednesday 16th October

Academy

Vistas

Wednesday 16th October

Academy 3

Sea Girls

+ Support

Thursday 17th October

Academy 2

Baywatch

Thursday 17th October

Club Academy

Killswitch Engage

+ Special Guests

Friday 18th October

Academy

Anomalie

Friday 18th October

Club Academy

Durand Jones & The Indications

+ Special Guests

Friday 18th October

Academy 3

Headie One

+ Special Guests

Friday 18th October

Academy 2

Henge - Matinee

Saturday 19th October

Academy 2

Gloryhammer + Special Guests

+ Special Guests

Saturday 19th October

Club Academy

Reverend And The Makers

+ Support

Saturday 19th October

Academy

Five Days North

+ Special Guests

Saturday 19th October

Academy 3

Henge

with support from The Evil Usses

Saturday 19th October

Academy 2

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Plus Special Guests

Sunday 20th October

Academy

Lamb

+ Support

Monday 21st October

Academy 2

Ninja Sex Party International Tour 2019

+ Suport

Wednesday 23rd October

Academy

Freddie Gibbs

+ Support

Wednesday 23rd October

Academy 2

Freddie Gibbs

+ Support

Wednesday 23rd October

Club Academy

David J

Missives and Miles Tour 2019

Thursday 24th October

Club Academy

Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker

Thursday 24th October

Academy 2

Kris Barras Band

+ Elles Bailey

Friday 25th October

Academy 3

Real Friends

+ Special Guests: Grayscale & Belmont

Friday 25th October

Club Academy

Emo punk-pop group Real Friends were formed in 2010 in Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb on the South Side of Chicago, by bassist/lyricist Kyle Fasel and guitarist Dave Knox. Heavily inspired by bands such as Brand New and the Starting Line, the group's introspective, cathartic songs featured lyrics that often addressed physical and mental health issues, as well as the troubles of moving on. Also featuring vocalist Dan Lambton and drummer Aaron Schuck, Real Friends recorded debut EP This Is Honesty, which they self-released in 2011. Drummer Brian Blake replaced Schuck shortly afterwards, and Eric Haines joined as the band's second guitarist. Three more self-released EPs arrived in 2012, and in 2013 the band's EP Put Yourself Back Together was simultaneously released by Synergy Records, Banquet Records, and Glamour Kills. Fearless Records signed the band toward the end of 2013, and debut album Maybe This Place Is the Same and We're Just Changing arrived in 2014. The album was an immediate success, charting at number 24 in the Billboard 200 album chart, and the group performed as part of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. Fearless Records released a limited one-sided Real Friends EP, More Acoustic Songs, on Record Store Day in April of 2015.

WSTRN

+ Special Guests

Friday 25th October

Academy 2

Life of Agony

+ Special Guests

Saturday 26th October

Club Academy

MoStack

+ Special Guests

Saturday 26th October

Academy

Little Simz

Saturday 26th October

Academy 3

Royal Republic

+ Special Guests

Saturday 26th October

Academy 2

If the abundance of explosive alternative rock thrillers on Royal Republic’s third album seek to remind us of anything, it’s this: Rock ’n’ Roll was never meant to be clever. That’s why “Uh Huh” speaks caveman, not Latin. That’s why “When I See You Dance With Another” begins with kamikaze drums and a man howling like he’s caught his fingers in a mousetrap. You won’t need a black belt in poetry to appreciate “Kung Fu Lovin’”, either. A brilliant and gloriously silly song comparing love-gone-wrong to a martial art, it lands its sonic drop-kick right on target.

 

Though the gutsy, fireball energy and sheer cockiness of 2010’s We Are The Royal and 2012’s Save The Nation put Malmo, Sweden’s Royal Republic on the map in some style, their latest opus Weekend Man is a bolder statement still; one that marks a great big ‘X’ where the treasure is buried.“Hearing these songs come together was a constant high”, says the band’s lanky, moustachioed frontman, Adam Grahn. “It took a little while, so we’re still processing the fact that the album’s actually done!”

Together with fellow guitarist Hannes Irengård, bassist Jonas Almén, and drummer Per Andreasson, Grahn hatched Weekend Man in Berlin, Germany. The group also recorded Save The Nation there, so the city, says Adam, is their “second home by now; our base of operations.”

This time out, dynamic German production duo Christian Neander and Michael Tibes oversaw recording at Fuzz Factory Studios in the city’s Kreuzberg district, the kind of neighbourhood where strange and wonderful things happen after dark. “Basically, it’s a safe haven for whatever crazy shit you’re into”, says Hannes. “You can walk around dressed as a UFO and nobody will even notice you crossing the street.”

 

Though Royal Republic’s Facebook page attests to their near-constant craving for Bratwurst while in Kreuzberg, each day, they would only indulge after they had ensured that another song’s chorus was killer. Hunger is clearly an energy; the kind of spur that can help a man desperate for a sausage deliver a bludgeoning guitar riff or killer drum groove with complete conviction.

“When Jonas first put the fuzz-bass on “Uh-Huh”, that was pretty bad-ass!”, recalls Per, asked about a high-point of the sessions, “and I think there was only one night when we had a total band meltdown and started yelling at each other.”

“We needed Christian and Michael to set the rules”, adds Adam. “I loved their personalities, because they’re not megalomaniacs, you know? Whatever the missing ingredients were, they helped us to find them within ourselves.”

“Also, it’s kind of an inevitable when you’re making a record that, just because you hear the stuff over and over, you sometimes think, ‘Man, this song sucks!’, but Christian and Michael kept us at it. Suddenly it would be like, ‘Wow! This is amazing! It was reassuring to know that our first instincts were correct.”

 

To fully understand Royal Republic’s drive for rock ’n’ roll redemption, you have to go back a bit. Before forming late in 2007, all four members studied at Malmo’s prestigious Academy Of Music. As Adam points out, this has ensured that the communication between them “is like lightning”, but for all their musical sophistication, there’s another key reason why Royal Republic rule: each member is one-hundred-percent in touch with his inner Viking. 

“My whole education at university was about holding back”, explains Per, who has a masters degree in classical percussion.  “It was always: ‘keep it down’; ‘cherish your sound’, but I just wanted to hit things harder and louder. When Royal Republic came along, it was a great release.”

“And the same for me”, says Adam. “After years of having to be perfectly in-time and perfectly in-tune, being in this this band has helped me to drag out all the grit, all the real emotion.”

One can certainly hear that on “Walk!”, another of Weekend Man’s plentiful stash of potential singles. Adam clearly relishes wrapping his tonsils around the song’s insistent command to, well, Walk!. With its ballsy, thrill-a-second riffing, you could say the song is a masterclass in simplicity. “We had to tread carefully so as not to stomp all over its initial genius”, says Hannes. “Is Walk! particularly smart? No. Is it freaking awesome? I’d say so!”

 

Listening to Weekend Man, you will also notice Royal Republic’s keen understanding of all that is great about pop music. Hooks abound, and no matter how gritty or guillotine-sharp the music, every melody has been designed to wrap itself around your heart.

“Personally, I’m a big Max Martin guy”, says Per, flagging -up the Midas-touch Swede’s productions for Britney, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and all. 

“Yeah, songwriting-wise, I’d say one of the strengths of Royal Republic is our healthy lack of respect for genre boundaries”, adds Hannes.  “Whether it’s a Taylor Swift song or Led Zeppelin one, we draw on what we like and try to make it our own.”

Given that each member of Royal Republic is more than capable of bringing a finished, high-quality demo to the table on their own, there was no shortage of material to choose from when it came to deciding what to record for the new album. Using the studio “as an instrument” more than they ever had before, the Swedes stretched-out a little this time, spreading their wings.

“We enjoyed making something that was a dynamic journey”, says Adam, “So you have these new adventures, these great little wild-cards along the way, stuff  like “Any Given Sunday”, “Follow The Sun”, and “American Dream.”

“Some songs fall into your hands out of nowhere”, and “Follow The Sun” was one of those”, he adds. “I guess the words are open to interpretation, but to me the message is crystal clear: It’s easy to have unrealistic expectations for your life, so every now and then you just have to stop and appreciate what you’ve already got.”

 

Asked about just how far he and his bandmates have come, moreover, Royal Republic’s frontman sums-up nicely: “When we started out, it was almost laughable how different the four of us were. I’d be like “Hey! Did you guys see the game last night?’, and they’d go, ‘[Quietly] No. We don’t watch football…’ Today we’re a family - with all that comes with that - and I don’t think any of us would change it for the world. We’ve made a really strong Royal Republic record that’s totally true to ourselves, and we can’t wait to take it on the road.”

The Ultimate Manchester Reunion

Saturday 26th October

Academy venues

Back 2 School

Hosted by Kemoy B & Melly

Sunday 27th October

Club Academy

Scotty McCreery

Plus Support

Sunday 27th October

Academy 3

Scotty McCreery

Plus Support

Sunday 27th October

Academy 2

Dream State

+ Special Guests

Monday 28th October

Club Academy

Tobi Lou

+ Special Guests

Monday 28th October

Academy 3

WhyNot Under 18's Concert with Dappy

Monday 28th October

Academy 2

Bars And Melody

Tuesday 29th October

Academy 3

Weyes Blood

+ special guests

Tuesday 29th October

Club Academy

Blackbear

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 30th October

Academy

She Drew The Gun

+ Support

Wednesday 30th October

Academy 2

Thrice and Refused

Co-Headline Tour + Support

Thursday 31st October

Academy

Spector

+ Support

Thursday 31st October

Club Academy

Yung Gravy

+ BiG Heath

Thursday 31st October

Academy 2

Danny T

Thursday 31st October

Academy venues


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