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Thursday 2nd November

Academy 3

TPR Ltd Presents

Manchester Academy 3
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £15.00 advance STBF 
All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times


Glasville are a tribute band to the music of ABC's show 'Nashville', performing songs over seasons 1-4. 

Glasville have played sell out shows across the UK & received acclaim from cast members such as Hayden Pannetierre & Chris Carmack. This is a show not to be missed! 

Space Monkeys

20th Anniversary Performance of 'The Daddy Of Them All' Plus Special Guests Stillia + The Scuttlers

Saturday 4th November

Academy 3

Soca Explosion

Saturday 4th November

Club Academy

Ron Pope

2017 Dancing Days World Tour

Monday 6th November

Academy 3


Friday 10th November

Academy 2

POLMUS – Polish Music in the UK and Lemon Mosquito with Saleks Motors have a huge honour to invite you to the concert of one of the most controversial artists of the Polish Music Scene – Dorota Rabczewska otherwise known as DODA.



Virgin (2000-2007)

In 2000, DODA has been selected as lead singer for a music group called Virgin, beating hundreds of candidates who have arrived at the hearing. Two years later they released their debut album called "Virgin" through which the team has a nomination for the Polish phonographic industry Fryderyk in the category The new face of phonographic Edition. The album spawned two songs; rock single "It's you" and "I'm only you".

In 2002, DODA took part in the reality show "Bar". 

In 2004, the band released a second album entitled "Bimbo" which debuted in Poland on the first official list of sales. Promoting it were three singles -"Dżaga", "Again", and "Don't disappoint me".

September 4, 2005, the band performed at the Sopot Festival, winning the Nightingale Audience for the performance of the song "Sign of peace". It is generally agreed that was a moment for a breakthrough for the musical career of Doda.

October 17, 2005, they released the third album Virgin entitled Ficca, promoted by the songs "Peace sign", "2 bajki", and after the release of the re-released in 2006 by "Chance". The album sold in 100 thousand earning double platinum status. Despite the extraordinary popularity the band fell apart.

Solo career (2007)

Since 2007 she began a solo career which resulted in the release of the album "Diamond Bitch" promoted by singles "Catharsis" and "This is it".

To promote the new album she performed at festivals like Top Trendy, KFPP in Opole.

The effect of numerous television appearances, fresh artwork and her unique style the album sales did not disappoint Doda; it jumped to the first place on the list of sales and remained there for six weeks.

"Diamond Bitch" was granted the status of gold even before it was for sale and it was sold in the United States that guarantees a double platinum status.

In September 2007 DODA was the host of 44th International Sopot Festival. The same year she was also on the jury of a TV show called "Stars dancing on ice" emitted by the TVP2 where evaluated the other stars for three editions. In 2008 she guest starred in the film "The heart on the Palm" directed by the legendary Krzysztof Zanussi.

The same year she won The Sopot Hit Festival, beating 14 other artists; the winning song "Don't let" was Polish Summer Hit of the Year. In 2009 she won the prestigious title of best Polish Artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards. 

Representing her country and thanks to the vote of Internet users from around the world she entered the top five of the best artists of Europe, eventually winning the second place.

In this way she beat more than 100 other performers from all over the Continent. 

Since March, together with Tomasz Karolak and Irena Santor, she was a member of the jury of "Just the two of Us", a TV show produced by TV Polsat. 

In April, she volunteered in the program "As it flew" where she won 150 thousand PLN which she donated for patients with multiple sclerosis.

At the end of June portions of her two new songs were leaked to Internet ("Bad Girls" and "My way Or no way") to promote the latest album "The Seven Temptations" announced to be released in autumn. DODA is currently one of the most popular people in Poland.

CNN put her in the list of the world's most famous Poles throughout the country's history (next to Lech Wałęsa and John Paul II). For several years she has been the most searched person on Polish Internet.


+ Special Guests

Saturday 11th November

Academy 2

The Prince Experience

Saturday 11th November

Academy 3

In 2016, we lost Prince, one of the most prolific and controversial musical icons of all time.  It seemed that there was nothing this man couldn't do, and because there was only one PRINCE, there is only one Prince tribute band, The Prince Experience.


The nine piece Prince Experience comprises some amazing musicians who all have one thing in common - they are huge fans of the music. This love is clear for all to see and hear when the band take to the stage.


Fast becoming known as 'the tightest live band out there' The Prince Experience play with a passion that is undeniable.  Jaw breaking high notes, screams and high heels, wailing guitar solos, Linn drums, loops, funky bass, live horns and that famous 'purple' sense of humour. 

Only The Prince Experience have the audacity and the musicianship to do justice to the music of the purple genius and it all comes together in an incredible onstage explosion of hits.  From the floor shaking 1999, through the era defining Purple Rain soundtrack right through the hits of the 90s, and beyond. One thing is for sure, you'd better bring your comfortable shoes, because you WILL be dancing. Celebrate the music of Prince with The Prince Experience.

The Southmartins

Saturday 11th November

Club Academy

The Southmartins are the leading tribute to The Beautiful South and The Housemartins. Having gigged across the UK continuously since their formation in 2010 they have built up not only a loyal following (some fans travel hundreds of miles just to see them) but an unbeatable live show full of energy, soul, humour and, of course, the bulletproof back catalogue of Paul Heaton and co. Happy Hour, Song For Whoever, Rotterdam, Don't Marry Her, Caravan of Love, Perfect 10 and many more bona fide hits are included as well as a few hardcore fan favourites. With a vocal sound that really delivers, a young band of musicians and a healthy irreverence for the "rules" of being a tribute band (they don't do the "dressing up" thing and are known to take the songs off in new directions now and then whilst always aiming to entertain) their growing reputation led to them being invited to perform at Paul Heaton's very own Salford venue on the release weekend of his album with Jacqui Abbott - "What Have We Become" and they have sold the venue out 5 times since.

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin

+ Otis Gibbs

Sunday 12th November

Academy 3

25th September sees the release of the new Homemade Sin album. Their third release and already poised to outsell their two previous releases.

Recorded in Malmö, Sweden and Nashville, Tennessee, the twelve tracks tip their hats to the band’s musical influences; The Rolling Stones, Faces and The Band, whilst lyrically, Dan Baird takes the listener through rural America and the characters and stories, he meets along the way.

You may remember Dan, he was the lead singer with ’80’s roots superstars The Georgia Satellites and the composer of “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”. Every night in America, it is estimated that at least eight bands will be covering that number. Not bad for a song that celebrates its thirtieth birthday next year.
Joining Dan is fellow ex Satellite, drummer Mauro Magellan and founder member of Americana Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement winners Jason And The Scorchers, guitarist Warner E. Hodges. The lineup is completed by Micke Nilsson on bass.

The band has a reputation for being one of the best live acts currently on the circuit, appearing at the Sweden Rock festival in 2009 and Hard Rock Hell in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 they headlined the prestigious Kilkenny Festival in Ireland. They have established an annual series of concerts in London that attract fans from all around the world.

“Dan's new album sounds, like a good rock-album has to sound. Good songs performed by a band with the right spirit and feeling for this music”. RENE MAEDER - WOP BOP A LOO BOP RADIO
"A ter-riff-ic set of smart, ageless rock & roll tunes, imbued with Baird's lively sense of fun, all delivered with the crunching musicality and masterful dexterity a lifetime on the road will cultivate. Holy cow! Allow Get Loud! now” HOWARD THOMPSON - MUSIC DIRECTOR, WPKN 89.5FM, BRIDGEPORT
“It’s been a long time since people made albums as fun, as strong and as satisfying as this one” - BILLBOARD
“Amazing songs delivered with gap toothed, shit kicking passion. Swaggering hooklines, bittersweet lyrics, great guitars and choruses to die for. Homemade Sin in a nutshell” – CLASSIC ROCK
“Completely unpretentious and totally irresistible” - ALT COUNTRY
“Contains all the elements of the classic Georgia Satellites sound” - SPIN

Thomas Rhett

Home Team Tour 2017 + Old Dominion

Sunday 12th November


Live Nation Presents 
With special guests Old Dominion

Manchester Academy
Sunday 12th November 2017 
Doors 7pm | Curfew 10.30pm

Tickets £22.50 advance STBF 
All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times


Thomas Rhett "has established himself as one of the most consistent hitmakers in country music" (CMT) known for his "retro, soul-inspired danceable mix of arena-sized tunes and hooky melodies” (Associated Press). He continues making pinnacle waves with the fastest rising single of his career “Star Of The Show,” featured on his 18-track TANGLED UP DELUXE (The Valory Music Co.). Filled with party anthems, dance tunes, drinking songs, love ballads as well as five never-before-heard tracks, the release includes his 2X PLATINUM six-week chart-topping smash “Die A Happy Man".

Following a huge 2016, which saw GRAMMY nominee Thomas Rhett win big at the Billboard Music Awards (’Top Country Song’ for ‘Die A Happy Man’, perform with Nick Jonas (CMT Cross Roads) and Zara Larsson (CMT Artists Of The Year), and play London’s O2 Arena for Country 2 Country festival, he brings his 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR to The UK. After drawing capacity crowds last year, he returns as a “force to be reckoned with” (Daily Star) overseas, with special guest Old Dominion while also making his debut headlining run in the US and Canada.

"I’m already excited about getting back to see our fans in The UK again,” said Thomas Rhett. “Last year was the first time I’d headlined over there, and I’m still thinking about how great the shows were. We’re going to get to play some bigger venues this time, which is really something I’d never dreamed we’d get to do."


+ Support

Sunday 12th November

Club Academy

Nice to hit a career milestone when you’re celebrating your 25th Anniversary! TYKETTO are about to undertake their busiest period in many years, and will be performing pretty much all over the globe. Still supporting 2012 album, Dig In Deep, the first release by TYKETTO’s full original line up since the 1991 debut, Don’t Come Easy. Fitting that 2014 gives TYKETTO the opportunity to celebrate the old and the new at the same time.

The 2014, Forever Young! 25th Anniversary tour, Part 1 took place across the UK, and found TYKETTO playing in front of more people than they had for many years.

Part 2 will see TYKETTO complete their 25th Anniversary celebrations in style by returning to the UK and Europe, visiting cities that the band have not visited in many years!

You better DIG IN DEEP! TYKETTO are on the way!!!!!



Friday 17th November


AEG Live Presents

Manchester Academy
Friday 17th November 2017 
Doors 7pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £35.00 advance STBF
All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are a British New Wave group formed in 1978, whose founding members, Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, England. The band rose to fame with their fourth single "Enola Gay", which became a major hit throughout Europe in 1980, and achieved worldwide popularity the following year with their third album Architecture & Morality. Regarded as the band's seminal work, it spawned three international hit singles and propelled them to superstar status in their home country. OMD, whose music frequently eschewed traditional pop music arrangements in favour of experimentation, were retrospectively described by AllMusic's Ned Raggett as having been "in the enviable position of at once being creative innovators and radio-friendly pop giants."

Heaven 17

+ Special Guests: Blancmange

Saturday 18th November

Academy 2

Heaven 17, please remember, were not even intended to be a group. In the beginning was the British Electric Foundation, or B.E.F., for short.  Born out of the collapse of the original Human League, and the brainchild of Martyn Ware, that band’s leader, B.E.F. was less a record label, as a portfolio of future musical projects of which Heaven 17 would be just one.  Ian Craig Marsh, co-founder of the Human League, would join Ware along with Glenn Gregory as lead vocalist the man who would have been the original Human League singer had he not been unavailable.

Penthouse and Pavement is a musically schizoid slab of modern art.  Side 1 fires off in the new, funky direction, whilst Side 2, the all-synth side gives a taste of what a third Human League album with Ware and Marsh on-side might have sounded – wonderful melodies and audacious arrangements with tracks such as ‘Let’s All Make A Bomb’ and ‘Song With No Name’ the very best of British electronica.

A defining feature of Heaven 17 was their total artistic control over their music. Whereas the sound and the success of the Human League’s Dare was very much a collaboration between the band and Martin Rushent, Heaven 17 were performers, writers and designers creating not just their own music but every aspect of the music’s presentation and packaging.

It was written into our contract that we had complete control over the content of what we presented. Each stage of production was integral to the band’s ethos, from cover artwork to their own sartorial elegance in video and on photo shoots. We were influenced by Kraftwerk because what they presented was this world view of which the music was an integrated part.

Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’ so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40. There would be no such disappointment with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single. A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, Escher-like to an electric orgasm that seems never to come, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983.

For their next album, Heaven 17 pulled off that most difficult of tricks. How Men Are was a set of experimental tracks which were also pop songs. Although it spawned hits ‘Sunset Now’ and ‘This Is Mine’, the band’s popularity had peaked, and although they remained productive and always intelligent, Pleasure One (1986), and Teddy Bear, Duke, and Pyscho(1988) lacked direction.

Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’ so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40.  There would be no such disappoint with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single.  A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, Escher-like to an electric orgasm that seems never to come, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983.

By the late 2000’s, Heaven 17 were down to two of their original members, Ian Craig Marsh having left the band to take a degree course in Psychology.  Yet demand for Heaven 17 live which had run dry a decade earlier had now picked up dramatically.  A whole new generation of artists began to sight Heaven 17 as prime influences, not least La Roux who would join Heaven 17 for a storming session for Six Music in 2010.  

In October 2011, a reconstructed Music Of Quality And Distinction concert at the Roundhouse on night one (featuring original artists from the projects such as Sandie Shaw, and new talent such as Polly Scattergood) would be followed on the second by a dramatic reconstruction of their biggest commercial success, The Luxury Gap.

The Luxury Gap has never been more relevant.  Written during the height of Thatcherism by three Left-leaning young men against a backdrop of over 3 million unemployed the parallels with the Austerity Britain of today are obvious.  Today with a Millionaire cabinet, bankers’ bonuses, yet with once again three million unemployed and doom and depression everywhere, Heaven 17’s sly, post-modern critique of modern society has never sounded so resonant, nor been so necessary.


Will Varley

Saturday 18th November

Club Academy

Hey! Manchester Presents


Manchester Club Academy

Saturday 18th November 2017

Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets £14.00 advance STBF | £16.00 OTD


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


The Darkness

Plus special guests

Friday 24th November



Dear United of Kingdom people


The Darkness is proud to return once again to the stages of our sceptered isle. We are here to confirm our reputation as the mightiest live band treading the boards in this saccharine age of music made by computers, millionaires and halfwits. Sometimes by all three! We will once again be showcasing our trademark mix of relentless rifferama, effortless haute couture, ridiculously loud noises and bright things that flash on and off.


As any fool will tell you, a Darkness show is a place where believers come together, where fluids are shared, and dreams are built. But most importantly, where rock and roll is crowned king EVERY NIGHT! 


And as if that wasn’t enough, we have made a frankly stunning fifth album that will be unleashed on the world in September of this year by the lovely Cooking Vinyl people. Good times… so come one, come all!!

And So I Watch You From Afar

Friday 24th November

Academy 2

Guns 2 Roses

30th anniversary tour of Appetite For Destruction Playing the iconic album in full!

Friday 24th November

Academy 3

Manchester Academy and albumanniversaries.com presents...


30th anniversary tour of Appetite For Destruction in there and 'playing the iconic album in full!' 

Manchester Academy 3

Friday 24th November 2017

Doors 7.30pm

Curfew 11.00pm


Ages: 14+

Ticket price: £12.50

Mac DeMarco

+ Special Guests

Saturday 25th November


December 2015. Mac DeMarco is driving around the streets near his house by the water in Far Rockaway, Queens. The demos for This Old Dog are cranked on the stereo of his 1987 Volvo station wagon. The engine’s rumbling as normal, but something doesn’t feel right. His gut says he should abandon the songs and his deadline. He does, and then spends the better part of 2016 on tour.


The next time he touches the demos, he’s inside the cramped confines of his latest home studio, in the guest bedroom of his new house on the edge of Echo Park, Los Angeles. Every record so far’s been done somewhere fresh and this one’s no different.


LA is the first place Mac’s chilled in a while that hasn’t been “really weird in some way”. He bought a fixer-upper, moved in around August and spent four months surrounded by builders, clutter and a set of songs he describes as “sad and strange.”


“It was weird having the record sit in my stomach for so long. I was stressed or anxious a lot of the time. There’s an air of terror and uncertainty surrounding it,” he says. “Confusing is the best way to put it.”


Terror isn’t immediately obvious from the strummed acoustic, whirring drum machine and gentle, video game synth and keyboard patterns that run through a 40-minute record rich in meditative melody and fuelled by Paul Simon, James Taylor and Mac’s beloved Yellow Magic Orchestra.


But scratch at This Old Dog’s two bookends - the rolling twang of My Old Man and soft outro Watching Him Fade Away - and you’ll find sadness.


“Those two are kinda sad which is weird for me,” Mac says. “A lot of ‘em are. This record doesn’t really have any love songs on it either, maybe one or two, I’d have days where I’d try to write big pop songs but I just couldn’t.” 


For Mac, This Old Dog is realer and closer to home than his previous work, particularly Salad Days, which people pigeonholed as a ‘growing up record’. And it’s committing himself to that realness that made him squirm late at night among the synthesisers and doodled scraps of paper in the guest bedroom.


Listen to him sing, ‘Even though we barely know each other, it still hurts watching him fade away’ over two-fingered, John Lennon keyboard and you’ll understand the trepidation. Death haunts Dreams From Yesterday, A Wolf Who Wears Sheeps Clothes and the seven-minute Moonlight On The River. Piano blankets One More Love Song, and Sister ends side A with a minute-long I love you message. In fact, both halves begin and end with the four most direct examples of Mac’s focus on melody and message.


“I got gripped by things,” he explains. “It’s like the songs didn’t give me a choice. In the end it feels right but the record had a weird, mind of its own vibe.”


That naturalness came to define This Old Dog. These 13 songs (which make it the longest Mac album) were written on an old acoustic bought with a borrowed $10 bill off a guy in the sketchy Vancouver ‘hood Mac once called home. It’s the smoothest, cleanest Mac record yet. Most of what you hear are first takes, and his phrasing and personality lend it that familiar homey quality.


“There’s something about melody when it’s so simple, where you don’t need all these fucking bells and whistles and that’s enough to get by,” Mac says, explaining how he got there. “I wanted to make something that will resonate with me, no baloney. I didn’t want to be Baloney Jones, just a normal dude.”


January 2017. Mac DeMarco is standing outside his new house with his most demanding record yet in the can, feeling considerably brighter than a year ago. This old dog is moving on.

The Doors Alive

Saturday 25th November

Academy 3

Songhoy Blues

+ Special Guests

Wednesday 29th November

Academy 2

Jagged Little Pill (Live On Stage)

Thursday 30th November

Club Academy

Seventh Avenue Arts present 
Jagged Little Pill Live

Manchester Club Academy
Thursday 30th November 2017 
Doors 7.30pm | Curfew 11pm

Tickets 14.00 advance STBF // £16.00 OTD 
All ages welcome, U14s to be accompanied by an adult at all times


Experience a night of pure nostalgia, as one of the greatest albums in music history is recreated live. Jagged Little Pill (Live On Stage) is the ultimate tribute to Alanis Morisettes unforgettable award winning LP. ’Jagged Little Pillswept across the world in 1995 selling 33 million copies, going 10x platinum in the UK staying in the charts for 145 weeks and winning 5 Grammy Awards.

Featuring a full live band and charismatic lead singer, the evening celebrates the critically acclaimed success of Jagged Little Pill, delivering songs such as Hand In My Pocket, You Learn, ‘You Oughta Knowand the powerful ‘Ironicwith uplifting energy and passion. Don’t miss your chance to see Jagged Little Pill (Live On Stage) on its UK wide tour!

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