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You Me At Six

+ Tonight Alive

Sunday 2nd April

Academy

SJM Concerts Present
YOU ME AT SIX
+ SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy
Sunday 2nd April 2017
Doors 6.30pm | Curfew 10.30pm

Tickets £28.50 advance STBF

Tory Lanez

I Told You Tour with special guest Veecee

Tuesday 4th April

Academy

Live Nation Presents
Tory Lanez
I Told You Tour with special guest Veecee

Doors 7pm - Curfew 11pm

Tickets: £17.50 plus booking fee

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult at all times

This show has upgraded from the O2 Ritz - original tickets remain valid

Attila

+ The Word Alive

Thursday 6th April

Academy 2

Kilimanjaro Live Presents
Attila
+ Special Guests

Doors 7.30pm - 11pm

Tickets: £12.00 plus booking fee

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Real Friends

+ Special Guests

Thursday 6th April

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.

Stormzy

+ Special Guests

Friday 7th April

Academy

SJM Concerts Present

STORMZY

+ SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Manchester Academy

Friday 7th April 2017

Doors 7pm | Curfew 11pm

 

Tickets £20.00 advance STBF

All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

Set to be one of the most highly-anticipated tours of 2017, grime sensation Stormzy, has today announced an array of headline tour dates across the UK this coming Spring. The sixteen-date run will see him play the UK’s major cities, kicking things off in Dublin, concluding in London, totalling a number of 40,000 ticket sales!

 

Stormzy’s shows will see him return to London for two nights on May 2nd and 3rd, marking his first headline shows in the capital since 2015! Pre-sale is available now with general sale will commencing on Thursday 16th February at 9am GMT in the UK & Ireland – (purchase tickets at gigst.rs/Stormzy)

The touring news comes straight of the back of a phenomenal few days for 23-year-old Stormzy. His debut album “Gang Signs & Prayer”, which he announced last week, arrives everywhere on February 24th 2017 through #MERKY Records and marks a hugely exciting return for the multi award-winning grime artist. His brand new single, “Big For Your Boots” is taking over the charts and currently sits at Number 9 on the iTunes chart having also accumulated over 2 million video views in 3 days. 

 

This is the moment that I have been waiting for my whole life. I am now ready to certify my position as a credible artist and someone who is here for the long run.” – Stormzy.

 

At just 23-years-old, nothing could have prepared Stormzy for his meteoric rise. The London-born artist has continuously pushed the boundaries of grime throughout his self-built journey from his ‘WickedSkengMan’ freestyles to now being nominated for ‘British Breakthrough’ at this year’s BRIT Awards, not to mention his hugely inspirational talk at Oxford University in March last year after being personally invited by the Union.

 

First emerging on the scene in 2012, the lyricist made chart history in September 2015 when his freestyle “WickedSkengMan 4” charted at no. 18 in the UK Official Singles Chart, becoming the first-ever freestyle to chart in the UK Top 40! He then proceeded to break his own record in December “Shut Up” debuted at no. 8 in the UK charts following an epic social media campaign to in the run up to the end of year charts. “Shut Up” is now certified Gold in the UK, having sold over 560,000 copies to date; it’s also the most-watched UK freestyle on YouTube, ever, with over 46 million views!

 

Building momentum with impassioned support from his devoted fan base, to date, the MC has also won 3 MOBO Awards (Best Grime Act 2014 & 2015), 1 BET AwardThe Times’ Breakthrough Award and the hugely prestigious Innovator Award at last year’s AIM Independent Music Awards. Moreover, Stormzy became the first unsigned rapper to appear on “Later... With Jools Holland” in 2015 and previously landed his own weekly radio show on Beats 1 - ‘#MERKY’.

 

Stayed tuned to watch Stormzy pave the way with his genre-defining record, “Gang Signs & Prayer”.

Hellyeah

+ Special Guests

Friday 7th April

Club Academy

Yungen

+ Special Guests

Friday 7th April

Academy 3

Paranienormalni

Saturday 8th April

Academy

Zenith Media Ltd Present 
PARANIENORMALNI

Manchester Academy (seated)
Saturday 8th April 2017
Doors 7pm | Curfew 11pm (with an interval)

Tickets:

£28.00 (unreserved seating)

£38.00 VIP (unreserved seating - 1st four rows) STBF 

 

All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult

 

PARANIENORMALNI Cabaret was founded in 2004 in Jelenia Gora. Today, one of the most popular comedy shows in Poland, which can be seen in many television productions. One of the most famous characters of the created by Paranienormalnych Mariolka is blonde, played by Igor Kwiatkowski.

En Vogue

Saturday 8th April

Academy 2

Senbla & Band on the Wall Present 
EN VOGUE

Manchester Academy 2 
Saturday 8th April 2017 
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £29.50 advance STBF 
All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult

En Vogue, the ultimate girl group of the 90s, will bring their For The Love of Music International tour to Manchester Academy 2 this April.

NEW YORK (February 7, 2017) – En Vogue, the ultimate girl group of the 90s launches their 2017 international ‘For The Love of Music’ tour on April 6th in Dublin, Ireland; hitting London, Manchester, UK; Den Haag, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Holland; Paris, France and wrapping up in Hamburg, Koln, Frankfurt and Bremen, Germany.

Known for stirring performances throughout their career, En Vogue finds total freedom and fulfillment when they hit the stage. The group delivers a high-energy show that moves from old-school soul to challenging prejudice and racism with such songs as, "Free Your Mind".

Now celebrating 25 years in the business with 20 million albums sold, multiple Grammy nominations, American Music Awards, MTV and Soul Train Awards, En Vogue original members, Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron-Braggs and longstanding member Rhona Bennett have sustained their unique look and sound; redefining the idea of beauty, style and music.

Fans will be treated to new music from the forthcoming “Electric Café” release featuring recent single ‘Déjà vu’ that pays homage to the sounds of 60s R&B, with the visceral and precise harmonies that are synonymous with En Vogue’s signature vocals.

Space

'Give Me Your Future' Tour, + Alex James & The Sound

Saturday 8th April

Academy 3

Space release the much anticipated new studio album  “Give me your Future” in May 2016 and embark on a new tour of the same name in April - June across the UK and Ireland.

The new album is being recorded and produced by Grammy and Brit award winning producer Steve Levine who has worked with The Clash, Culture Cub, Beach Boys, Deniece Williams and Gary Moore to name a few.

2015 was a good year for the band with Female of the Species making the top of the album charts with the “TFI Album” – (Number 1 in June 2015) Followed by the release of the “Strange World” single and the sold out 30 date UK tour of the same name..

Tommy said he was very proud of the Strange World single and the video shot by Mark McNulty, “it is a return to the true origins of the band, the tour has been mental with the whole audiences joining us on stage for the final encore of Female, just amazing nights with the fans, very special for me, for me its all about playing new music to new and old fans and playing them the hits”

The bands last album release was 'Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab'- their first new album for nine years. Tommy's influence for the new songs stemmed from his infamous fascination with science and horror films, and he likens the album to a 'Fifties B-Movie' for the ears.
Proud to note how Space have always stood out from the 'normal,' Tommy concedes that their last album has the usual signature Space quirkiness, with some extra ingredients added to the mix - he describes the songs as a mish-mash of SKA, Punk and the classic Space sound. "When we tour, we love playing the old stuff, but I always knew I wanted to record some new material. We know the fans like to hear the old classics from our multi-million selling albums 'Spiders' and 'Tin Planet', but we wanted to give them something extra."

"The title track on the album is my favorite song from the record and is the story of how a fifty-foot kebab from a side street takeaway shop wreaks its revenge on the ailing high street. It's a message about survival in a tongue-in-cheek way. The first single from the album is a track called 'Fortune Teller' - keeping up with the mystic vibe!"

Space have sold over 2 million albums world wide with titles including “Spiders, “Tin Planet” “Suburban Rock and Roll” and “Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab” and also released 10 top 40 singles and 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” The band continue to write gritty edgy pop songs that captive the imagination of the listener, The band release the Album “Give me your future” in May 2016 followed by the Box Set to include the 5 released Albums plus the un-released  “Love you More Than Football”  in 2017.

SEE YOU ALL AGAIN IN 2016

The Smiths Ltd

+ Special Guests

Saturday 8th April

Academy 3

The Smiths Ltd were formed in February 2009 by Smiths obsessed Alex Gaskell (guitar), Andy Crook (bass) and Keith Partington (drums).

We realised that we needed a superb front man and started an extensive 4-month search to find the perfect Morrissey. After a piece in the Manchester Evening News and a Channel M and Rock Radio interview, Johnny Turner heard our plea and came to audition. As obsessive as we were about getting the sound right and bearing an uncanny vocal and physical resemblance to Morrissey, Johnny completed The Smiths Ltd line-up in June 2009.

After 5 months of rehearsals we played our first gig in October 2009 to a rapturous audience and we haven't looked back since.

Being the ONLY Smiths tribute band from and based in Manchester, UK we have a unique selling point and an authenticity that is hard to beat. The Smiths Ltd also uses the same guitars, bass, amps and drum kit live that The Smiths used on their very last tour.

It's unlikely that The Smiths will ever play live again and certainly not with the passion and energy of that brief time they were together. The Smiths Ltd are the closest you will get to experiencing that live charge of Morrissey, Marr and Co on stage.

Toseland

+ Black Rose Cadillac

Saturday 8th April

Club Academy

Toseland is the rock band formed in 2013 by two times World Superbike champion and ex-MotoGP rider James Toseland.

James Toseland began his full-time music career by collaborating with Little Angels legend Toby Jepson to write an album packed with hard/classic rock and power ballads. He’s used the grit, determination and will to succeed that made him a double world superbike champion to focus on pursuing his first passion in life: music.

Toseland's two releases so far, from their forthcoming album, (Life Is Beautiful and Renegade) have both made it on to the A list on national radio stations and have received outstanding reviews.

Being invited to Play 'Download festival' as well as being the opening act for 'The Darkness' and 'Little Angels' provided an incredible kick start to the band's career.

With the release of the first official single 'Renegade' scheduled for the Autumn of 2013 along side a headline club tour wrapped around a special guest slot on Reef's comeback outings, Toseland continue an amazing first year for a band with high hopes.

James fronts Toseland with vocals and keys.

Jon Bellion

+ Marc E. Bassy

Tuesday 11th April

Academy 2

Global & AEG Live Present

JON BELLION 
+ SPECIAL GUESTS 

Manchester Academy 2 
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £17.50 advance STBF 

 

Bellion’s love for pop melody and thoughtful lyricism is palpable on the songs he has meticulously written, recorded, and self-produced for his debut album The Human Condition, due from Capitol Records later this year. The album also reflects Bellion’s love for hip-hop, especially innovative artist-musician-producers like J Dilla, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Timbaland.

 

Eminem’s Grammy Award-winning track “The Monster” (featuring Rihanna) and Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets,” which Bellion also produced gave him a stepping stone upon which Bellion has built a sizeable grassroots fan base as an artist all on his own over the past few years, releasing three albums of original songs free on the Internet, including 2014's The Definition, and completing two sold-out national headlining tours of the U.S. “All Time Low” led Bellion to be named Spotify's Emerge artist of 2014 and the song topped Billboard's Emerging Artists chart. Recently, Bellion was featured on Zedd's "Beautiful Now" and B.o.B's "Violence.”

 

Now Bellion is gearing up for the release of The Human Condition, which he hopes will lead even more fans of well-crafted, genre-defying music to his message. “I want to inspire people to just go create,” he says. “If someone hears my album or sees the cover and is impressed by the amount of time and creativity that went into it, maybe it will motivate them to go change the world. I might not change the world, but maybe I can influence someone who is going to one day. I just want to be a piece of the puzzle. Maybe I can be a catalyst for something positive.”

Doing It! Live with Hannah Witton

Thursday 13th April

Academy 2

Arcadia

+ Special Guests

Friday 14th April

Academy 3

Kid Ink

+ Special Guests

Saturday 15th April

Academy

Impericon Festival 2017

Monday 17th April

Academy 2

Impericon.com presents

IMPERICON FESTIVAL 2017

(LINE UP TBA)

Manchester Academy 

Monday 17th April 2017

Doors 1pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £25.00 Early Bird | £TBC advance STBF 

Counterfeit

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 19th April

Academy 3

SJM Concerts Presents
COUNTERFEIT
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 3
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £12.00 advance STBF

The Kooks

+ Special Guests

Thursday 20th April

Academy

Patent Pending

+ Support

Thursday 20th April

Academy 3

Patent Pending - VIP

+ Support

Thursday 20th April

Academy 3

The Menzingers

+ The Flatliners

Thursday 20th April

Academy 2

The Kooks

+ Special Guests

Friday 21st April

Academy

Keywest

+ Special Guests

Friday 21st April

Academy 3

SJM Concerts Presents
KEYWEST
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
 
Manchester Academy 3
Friday 21st April 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm
 
Tickets £15.00 advance STBF

 

Keywest are an award winning multi-platinum selling act from Ireland. They began performing on the cold streets of Dublin to make ends meet and quickly built a loyal following. Now Keywest are selling out nationwide tours after multiple radio hits in Ireland. Now expanding in to the UK this is band not to be missed! Catch Keywest Live in the UK 2017 and be warned Keywest’s 2016 UK tour sold out months in advance. 

Mouth in the South

+ Special Guests

Friday 21st April

Club Academy

Rag N Bone Man

+ Special Guests

Saturday 22nd April

Academy

“Heartbreak’s pretty widespread, innit?” quips the prodigiously talented Rory Graham, nascent star-in-waiting Rag‘n’Bone Man, with a mischievous grin. Graham has injected an exciting new twist into the blues music he grew up with in his parental home in East Sussex bringing it bang up to date using the beats and production methods of contemporary hip hop. Equally he resurrects age-old themes of loss and romantic pain with a voice so immediate, raw and expressive that it transfixes anyone in earshot with its sheer size and elemental power.

 

In person, Graham is the dictionary definition of a gentle giant. His appearance suggests one serious dude. He’s a big man, bearded and with tattoos, but instead of Hate and Love, he has the words Soul and Funk inked across his knuckles. “I could’ve had Drum and Bass,” he jokes, in his warm, softly spoken manner, “or maybe Jungle across both hands”.

 

When Rory sings, he connects with people on a level far from everyday banter. Onstage at his sold out Village Underground show in June ’16 his voice by turns silenced the room and brought it to fever pitch. During quieter songs, as his vast, soulful growl filled the venue, there were people literally crying. His unique delivery of often very personal songs has that effect on people, rare in today’s pop, something that can’t be taught in stage academies by vocal trainers. Rory has spent fifteen years learning to flex his considerable vocal muscles alone, using his own instincts and shaping his life experiences into stories that stretch those.

 

Growing up in Uckfield, 20 miles inland from Brighton, music was always the main focus of Graham’s parental home. His father played guitar, his mum sang (both recreationally), and there would otherwise always be records playing. “My dad was super into blues, and also rock crossover stuff like JJ Cale,” he recalls. “There was also lots of reggae, like Peter Tosh, which eventually got me into the soundclash stuff, and jungle”.

 

At the age of 15, he MC’d with a drum ‘n’ bass crew, using the handle Rag ‘N’ Bonez, inspired by watching re-runs of ’70s Brit sitcom, ‘Steptoe And Son’. With little else to do in their backwater hometown, the crew jumped the airwaves via their own pirate radio station, but Graham soon realised he’d have to move to Brighton if he was going to get anywhere with music.

 

After testing out his rap skills at hip hop open-mic nights there and bingeing on UK home grown Hip Hop artists like Roots Manuva, he started shuttling up to London to a night at Brixton’s Jamm venue called Slipjam B. There, he hooked up with a couple of performers, Gizmo and DJ Direct, and they formed a crew called The Rum Committee. Over the ensuing few years, they’d support old-skool hip hop luminaries Pharoahe Monch and KRS-One at Brighton’s Concorde 2, and release their own album through Bandcamp, through which Rory learnt the rudiments of recording.

 

Parallel to all this, in private, he worked at his potential as a singer. At 19, his dad had coaxed him up to the mic at a blues jam in a local pub. “Afterwards,” he recalls, “this old geezer came up to me and said, ‘Dude, your voice is insane, you should sing some more’. That feeling of actually getting a reaction had a big effect – ‘Oh, I like this is – this is good!’”

 

At the beginning, there was a rather divergent progression between his ruffian rhyming in Rum Committee, and his ‘proper’ singing, which was informed more by his dad’s old blues records. “I’d found my voice through that style of music,” he reasons, “so instantly when I started trying to write my own music, it all sounded very like Muddy Waters, because that’s the stuff I’d grown up with”. He smiles, and adds: “Blues is infectious. No-one’s ever listened to blues, and gone, ‘Nah, don’t like that’, know what I mean? Nobody’s ever listened to BB King and gone, ‘That’s shit’. They haven’t – and if you did, you’re a mug!”

 

Graham duly self-released an EP called ‘Blues Town’. “My voice didn’t sound that great, and it was pretty badly recorded,” he admits, “but it surprisingly got a lot of love”. Doors started opening: he landed acoustic gigs, including one supporting Joan Armatrading at Brighton Dome.

 

Circa 2011, he got together with UK Hip Hop label High Focus releasing a couple more EP’s where his bluesy stylings were underpinned by the label’s trademark jazzy beats. He’d do gigs solo, with just a DJ backing him, but when he started working with producer Mark Crew Rory’s song-orientated fusion of blues and hip hop really developed. At the time Crew was working on Bastille’s debut album Bad Blood, Rory had been working as a carer for Asperger’s sufferers, but could now afford to do music full-time, on the basis of just a rough demo Crew landed Graham a publishing deal with Warner Chappell.

 

At Crew’s studio bunker in Battersea, they slowly pieced together another EP, 2014’s ‘Wolves’, whose towering ambition was best flagged by the fact that it eventually contained nine tracks – an album, in all but name. Crew’s robust beats echoed Graham’s predilection for jazzy hip hop giants Gang Starr, and guests included rapper Vince Staples, Stig Of The Dump, and Kate Tempest, whom Graham had befriended pre-Mercury award. Within the hip hop-y sound format, the song was paramount, giving Rory free rein to explore song structures, usually with an explosive chorus showcasing his mighty tonsils.

 

“There’s a lot of pain in the lyrics,” he reveals, “but it’s not always necessarily mine. It’s interesting to me, what’s going on in people’s lives. One night I was getting drunk with a mate, and we were having a proper deep and meaningful conversation, and he told me that his missus had made it so he wasn’t allowed to see his daughter anymore. I was like, ‘I can’t not write a song about this. So the next day I wrote ‘No Mother’. I find myself doing that a lot – something clicks in my head, like, ‘Right, that deserves something to be said about it!’”

 

Graham’s many talents – versatile songwriter, powerhouse singer, conduit for and conveyor of myriad human emotions – led Columbia Records to sign him on the strength of ‘Wolves’. For the ensuing ‘Disfigured’ EP (2015), he and Crew went for a more stripped-back sound, inspired by the spaciousness Rory heard in Al Green’s music, clearing the way for That Voice, without interfering clutter. “I remember thinking, ‘I can just do what I want now, so if I just do something that sounds good, I’m not gonna worry about what genre it is. That’s why there’s one track on there that sounds like Bon Iver, one that’s proper hardcore blues-rock, and one that’s more a hip hop/soul kind of sound. There’s nothing on there that sounds exactly the same as anything else.”

 

Lead track ‘Bitter End’, a tear-jerking realisation of a relationship’s demise, was staunchly supported then playlisted on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, and made it onto Radio One’s ‘In New Music We Trust’ playlist. On the back of the EP, Graham put together a Rag‘n’Bone Man live band, featuring a drummer, bassist, guitarist, keyboard player and backing singer. They toured the UK with hand-picked guests under the banner ‘Rag ‘N’ Bone Man Presents’, selling out shows up and down the country. They made quite a splash across Europe’s festival circuit, too, including Glastonbury, Eurosonic and Loveboxx, bringing fields and tents to a standstill, winning new disciples wherever they went.

 

In summer 2016, after a decade and a half of experimenting and learning, focusing and fine-tuning, Rag‘n’Bone Man is primed to become a household name. Rory has spent the winter hatching his debut full-length, partly with Mark Crew in Battersea, but also with other fresh producers. These include Two Inch Punch, aka Ben Ash, who has worked in a co-songwriter/producer capacity for Sam Smith, Jesse Ware and Damon Albarn’s Africa Express; and Jonny Coffer, another producer-cum-tunesmith whose CV ranges from Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’ to tracks off the recent Beyoncé album.

 

As the album approaches completion, early tracks are sounding simply electrifying. As a teaser, Rory soft-released the song ‘Healed’, which was overseen by Cadenza (Lily Allen, Sean Paul), aka Oliver Rodigan, whose background as son of reggae DJ David Rodigan, chimed with Rory’s own. Its brass-assisted, slo-mo R&B-gospel vibe was concocted between London and Jamaica – a cultural collision, and a heartstring-tugging but quintessentially summery anthem.

 

During the painstaking process of assembling his all-important debut LP, Graham’s untetherable need to perform became so out of control, he took to turning up at open-mic nights, to ‘unleash the beast’ that is his tumultuous singing equipment.

 

Now, finally, the album’s lead single proper is ready for release: as an expression of mortal vulnerability, set to a stark chain-gang rhythm, it is almost impossible not to be moved, stopped dead in your tracks, by ‘Human’. Here is a song which fully encapsulates Graham’s peculiar contradictions: his strength and his gentleness, his staggering vocal mastery yet intuitive soulfulness, his wisdom beyond his tender years.

 

In a post-millennial culture where emerging talents are schooled from an increasingly young age, breeding a certain uniformity of phrasing and technique, Rag‘n’Bone Man arrives as an impulsive antidote, connecting with people on a more direct nigh on spiritual level. Still an obsessive consumer of music, Rory’s Everyman qualities reverberate in every note he sings.

 

As well as Soul and Funk, Rory has Star written all over him – an exceptionally warm and engaging guy with an astonishing natural gift. The world’s going to love getting to know him!

Dust Junkys

Plus Special Guests The Brakes

Saturday 22nd April

Academy 3

ANNOUNCE WELCOME RETURN TO THE GIG CIRCUIT WITH

HOMETOWN SHOW AT MANCHESTER ACADEMY 3

 

SATURDAY 22ND APRIL 2017

 

PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS: THE BRAKES

 

“It felt like they were pioneers of something we’d not had before.” - Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets)

“…Dust Junkys probably were the best band in the country at that time” -  Graham Massey (808 State)

“Dust Junkys were a great band and absolutely brilliant live.” - Terry Christian

“Loved the Dust Junkys, Manchester got it. But London didn’t…That’s our loss” - Alan Mcgee

“Av It Tunes” - Bez

 

Manchester Academy are delighted to welcome the long overdue return of Mancunian Rap-Rock revolutionaries ….. DUST JUNKYS!

 

Following on from their unmissable comeback performance at last year’s Moving Festival, the pioneering cult outfit are back and with unfinished business as they bring their Not Quite Done & Dusted” tour to Academy 3 on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

 

Featuring original members including audacious frontman Nicky Lockett (AKA MC Tunes), Guitarist Sam Brox, Bassist Stephen "OJ" Oliver Jones, and drummer Mykey Wilson, plus Manchester DJ Vince Vega, the show will be home to one of the outfit’s first live performances together in nearly two decades.

 

Following a stint fronting 808 State to two Top 20 hit singles ("The Only Rhyme That Bites" and "Tunes Splits the Atom"), Nicky Lockett founded Dust Junkys in Manchester in 1995 as he sought out accomplished guitar-based backing for his bar-spitting excellence.

 

Boasting top tunes and an enviable live reputation, Dust Junkys quickly established themselves as a cult favourite in the Northwest. Turning heads with striking TV appearances on the likes of TFI Friday, cover splashes across some of the era’s leading pop culture magazines, and not to mention rampant festival sets at Glastonbury and Reading Festival, and soon enough the rest of the nation had caught up.

 

Snapped up by the Polydor label in 1998 for the release their critically acclaimed “’Done and Dusted” album, the Junkys’ reeled in a loyal and dedicated fanbase with a string of scintillating singles including “What time is it?”, “Nothing Personal” and “Non Stop Operation”.

 

During their five years together, Dust Junkys toured extensively, supporting artists such as Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Black Grape on their European tours, whilst packing out innumerable headline shows of their own. Over one twelve month period the hard grafting band played no less than 315 live shows, a statistic that no doubt contributed to them being hailed as one of the best live bands in the UK.

 

Coupling a tireless attitude to touring and an effortless knack for sonic innovation, the trail blazed by Dust Junkys during their short but inspiring career earned them much respect from their musical peers. With a fan in Fatboy Slim, in 1998 the superstar DJ would in turn provide the band with their biggest hit when sampling their Rinse (Beatbox Wash)” as the backbone for his global smash “Gangster Tripping”. 

 

As such, the reformation of the Dust Junkys for live shows in 2017 has already been warmly welcomed by the likes of Alan McGee (Creation Records), Bez (Happy Mondays), Terry Christian, Graham Massey (808 State) and many more. Capturing the mood aptly, Inspiral Carpets man and Radio X DJ Clint Boon states:

 

“The Dust Junkys were, quite simply, one of the best live bands I ever saw. It felt like they were pioneers of something we’d not had before. Rappers just weren’t fronting rock bands in 1995. Nicky Lockett was. Great to have them back. Rinse it boys!”.

 

Dust Junkys will be joined at their Academy 3 show by an aspiring band very much cut from from the same Mancunian cloth: THE BRAKES. Familiar faces to many on the scene already, the quintet have gigged relentlessly around the city over the last few years, pricking ears with their hook-laden indie rock laced, brimming levels of Mancunian swagger and an energising live show

Rejjie Snow

+ Special Guests

Saturday 22nd April

Academy 2

SJM Concerts Presents
Rejjie Snow 
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 2 
Saturday 22nd April 2017 
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £13.50 advance STBF 

The Offset

+ The Capitals + Without Andrew

Saturday 22nd April

Club Academy

Jaws

+ Kagoule

Tuesday 25th April

Club Academy

JAWS are a indie pop band formed in Birmingham, England in 2012 after singer Connor Schofield had posted a demo (Cameron) online that received enough positive feedback to encourage him to start a band with friends from Halesowen College. They have often been identified as part of the Digbeth-based B-Town scene and hotly tipped as ones to watch.

JAWS have published two EPs so far, and have also released four singles "Toucan Surf", "Surround You", "Friend Like You" and "Gold". The B side of "Surround You"—"Stay In" featuring on the Ubisoft game Rocksmith 2014. "Gold" was featured in an episode of Hollyoaks. They have toured with The Twang, Peace, Swim Deep, Spector as well as various support slots.

In December of 2013 the band announced that they would be recording a full studio album in 2014 partially funded by the PRS and this will be launched in September.

JAWS are Connor Schofield (lead vocals, guitar), Alex Hudson (guitars), Eddy Geach (drums) and Jake Cooper (bass).

The Hunna

Thursday 27th April

Academy

“rock’s next big thing” -Kerrang!

"UK indie-rockers straddling genres and starting fires..." - Total Guitar

“the UK’s most exciting new guitar band” - Digital Spy

Fresh from completing their fourth sold-out UK tour inside a whirlwind 10 months, The Hunna announce their biggest UK shows to date for Spring 2017. This will include massive nights at London’s infamous Camden Roundhouse, Glasgow’s prestigious Barrowlands and Manchester’s Academy 1. Pre-sale will go live Thursday 2nd February at 7am, with general sale happening Friday 3rd February from 9am.

The story of The Hunna to date has been a remarkable and truly unique affair. Having only launched in October 2015, the Watford four-piece can already boast sold-out shows in cities such as Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, New York and Amsterdam. The Hunna’s debut album ‘100’ stormed the UK official charts landing at #13,  with the record also managing to clock up an impressive 25 million streams to date on Spotify. Support has also come in the form of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Annie Mac and Greg James, with the latter calling trademark track ‘Bonfire’ a ‘monster of a hit’. Current single ‘Piece by Piece’ also earned a notorious ‘Track of the Day’ nod from BBCR1, the same day as the band’s most recent sell-out London show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Jan 2017).

The Spring 2017 tour will be The Hunna’s final shows in the UK before a busy summer of worldwide festival appearances are anticipated. Judging by their current trajectory, it won’t be long before The Hunna are the UK’s next arena band.

Hayseed Dixie

+ Special Guests

Thursday 27th April

Club Academy

Barley Scotch is on lead vocals, fiddle and guitar. The Reverend Don-Wayne Reno is on banjo, Deacon Dale Reno is on mandolin and guitar and Jake ‘Bakesnake’ Byers is on acoustic bass. Hayseed Dixie are an awesome live band, who have released a plethora of albums. A live DVD entitled ‘No Sleep ‘til Liverpool’ is also available.

Songs by artists such as Kiss, Outkast, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith get the Rockgrass treatment, but the band play original songs too. - numbers such as ‘Moonshiner’s Daughter’, ‘Kirby Hill’ and ‘Blind Beggar Breakdown’ raise the roof at live shows. Hayseed Dixie songs cover the four key elements of any song worth playing; - Drinkin’, Cheatin’, Killin’ and Hell! - The band also recorded an album of rocked-up bluegrass classics, called ‘*Choose Your Own Title’ using the name The Kerosene Brothers.

Brothers Dale Reno and Don—Wayne Reno are the sons of bluegrass maestro Don Reno, who wrote many hits, including ‘Dueling Banjos’, and the band even once played at a house-warming party for AC/DC bass player Cliff Williams.

Cabbage

+ Special Guests

Friday 28th April

Academy 2

SJM Concerts Present

CABBAGE

PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS

Manchester Academy 2  

Friday 28th April 2017

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £10.00 advance STBF 

 

All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult

 

“Cabbage might just be the most exciting live band in the UK right now” Drowned In Sound

“…twisted post-punk slinkers stuffed with explicit lyrics and Jack White levels of rage” NME

 

A semi-controlled riot of tunes, energy, politics and black humour, Cabbage are one of the most exciting new live acts for many years.

Cabbage have been included on the longlist for BBC Sound Of 2017. Other artists nominated include Anderson .Paak, Rag’n’Bone Man, RAYE, Nadia Rose, Declan McKenna and The Japanese House. The artists are chosen by a panel of impartial experts from the music industry, and previous winners have included Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, HAIM, Years & Years and Jack Garratt.

Last week, Cabbagereleased ‘Terrorist Synthesizer EP’ on James Skelly’s Skeleton Key Records, the original home of Blossoms and home of She Drew the Gun. The four-track EP is the final in a series of three EPs, and follows the releases of ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade EP’ in September and ‘Necroflat In The Palace EP’ in October. The lead track on the first EP, ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’ is currently playlisted at BBC 6Music. A compilation of the three EPs - ‘Young, Dumb and Full of...” - will be released on January 6, 2017.

Cloudbusting - The Music of Kate Bush

Friday 28th April

Academy 3

Widervue presents
CLOUDBUSTING – THE MUSIC OF KATE BUSH

Manchester Academy 3
Friday 28th April 2017 
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £13.00 advance STBF

 

It’s no wonder Kate Bush was listed as No. 2 (after John Lennon) in the Telegraph’s best British Singer/Songwriter category. In 2014 Kate returned to the stage after a 35 year break, gaining record breaking ticket sales whilst becoming the only woman to ever have 8 albums simultaneously in the UK charts.

The band Cloudbusting have been gaining critical acclaim not only from audiences around the country but also radio, the press and even Kate Bush’s own musicians and collaborators. Kate's own drummer Preston Heyman said, “Mandy’s vocals were so good, I could have been listening to Kate herself!”

Join Cloudbusting for a magical evening of Kate’s music, a two hour set of lively songs taken from 12 albums and 26 top 40 hits spanning 4 decades.

“Absolutely surreally brilliant.” Mick Wall - Classic Rock Magazine

Bednarek

Saturday 29th April

Club Academy

Bednarek are a reggae/dub band formed in Poland in 2012.  Fronted by Kamil Bednarek, (best known as the runner-up in the third series of Mam talent) Bednarek released their debut album ‘Jestem’ in November 2012 which went straight to number 1 in Poland.

 

Shalamar

+ Natasha Watts

Saturday 29th April

Academy

Manchester Academy Presents
Shalamar

Doors 7pm - Curfew 11pm
Meet & Greet Doors - 6pm

Tickets:
Advance - £27.50 
Meet & Greet (includes entrance to the show) - £50.00

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Cash (Johnny Cash Tribute)

+ Guests

Saturday 29th April

Academy 3

Introducing Cash…

As is so often the case with unique artists, it takes another one to fully appreciate them. Having lived the life and music of Johnny Cash and other country heroes who came before and since, Ben Welburn, aka CASH, has effortlessly recreated the sound, vibe and appeal of the master himself.

Growing up on a farm in the heart of Yorkshire, music has always been central to Ben’s life.  With a Grandfather who was a big band drummer, and a Father with a vast musical collection enthusiastically shared with whoever would listen, music was everywhere. However, it was the music of a certain JR Cash that managed that rare feat of stopping a young and energetic Ben in his tracks. It gave him that first “light bulb” moment, as he recalls, I had heard music before, of course. But this voice. His voice. I mean it literally brought me to a standstill. The words too. They just struck a chord with me somewhere and I really felt I understood what he was saying. I got this man, even as a child I could feel it”.

As a youngster, this was the first time Ben had felt that deep connection with music and lyrics. Although Ben didn’t know it at the time, Johnny Cash would also come to be a very important figure in his life as an adult.

Investigating the man further, Ben realised it wasn’t just Cash’s musicality that they had in common.  The way Cash stood up prolifically for the working class, and wasn’t some clean cut musical ideal, only served to heighten Ben’s appreciation of the man.

“JR has always been rough around the edges and I don’t know why but I always felt I was born with an outlaw’s approach to life. Not that I was out there robbing trains or anything, but it was more of a mentality; just something inside of me really”. 

Aided by many late nights and a plentiful supply of hard liquor, Ben would often sing Johnny Cash songs to his mates, strumming along on acoustic guitar. Being a drummer first, it took a bit of coaxing from family and friends before Ben decided to take the Cash alter-ego seriously. “I have always felt a bit weird about pretending to be anyone else other than myself, so the concept of being Johnny Cash didn’t really appeal”, says Ben.  People were continuously telling me I had to do something with all this Cash stuff, so I decided I would start taking it more seriously, but the word tribute was key. I would pay my respects to the man by getting his stuff out there again; reaching out to established and new fans, but in no way would I try to be him. That is just not doable in my eyes, so I don’t want people thinking I think I am him. Cos I don’t!”

 

While She Sleeps

+ Special Guests

Saturday 29th April

Academy 2


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