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LIVE REVIEW: The Virginmary’s, Manchester Club Academy

When Macclesfield rockers The Virginmarys tour, Manchester will always be considered their hometown show. While some bands might feel the pressure of this duo Ally Dickaty and Danny Dolan clearly only felt pure love. Club Academy was crammed with a crowd sporting more merch T-shirts that a City home match, that proudly sang every word to the entire set. From the earlier releases of Dead Man’s Shoes and Just A… Keep Reading

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Miles Kane first night of two at Manchester Academy

Miles Kane plays to a packed crowd at the Academy, with a renewed vigour, one that seems to say thanks for coming along for the ride. Miles Kane brings His Coup De Grace tour and album for the first of two nights, to Manchester Academy, With a title inspired by his favourite WWE wrestler (the demonically body painted Finn Balor, who likes to finish opponents with his signature “Coup de… Keep Reading

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State Champs and Guests, Manchester Academy

New York’s pop rockers lit up the Academy. State Champs descended upon Manchester Academy with Woes, Stand Atlantic, Seaway and a surprise special guest. It’s no secret that the weather is turning, so what better way to warm yourself up with a good old sweaty gig? As I made my way to my second home, Manchester Academy, I knew I’d regret the layers of clothing I’d piled on just to… Keep Reading

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The Blinders Live at Manchester Academy

The doors of Columbia are firmly open The Blinders kick off their debut album tour with an incredible night at Manchester Academy. The Blinders have been around for a few years now, and each time you see them, they get better and better. Their songs have something different in them with each and every gig, and they give their performances everything. But this performance was something else. It was a… Keep Reading

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808 State : 30″ Manchester Academy Homecoming Concert – Sat 21st Dec – Special Guest Announced – Pearson Sound

“808 State : 30” sees the band perform fan favourites from their five major albums in an entirely new set which also features exclusive new material from the band’s upcoming sixth album, “Transmission Suite”. Now some three decades since 808 State first came out with their game changing electronica, the band remain in a unique position as one of the prime originators of UK dance music, having arrived on the… Keep Reading

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Bad Touch Announce New Album & UK Headline Tour

Bad Touch Sign Worldwide Deal With Marshall Records New Album “Shake A Leg” Released on Friday 5th October  Bad Touch are pleased to announce they have signed a worldwide album deal with Marshall Records. Their new album, “Shake A Leg”, will be released on Friday 5th October 2018. The band will support the release with their “Shake A Leg” 18-date UK headline tour that starts on Wednesday 14th October at Newcastle University Union. Planet… Keep Reading

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Wilko Johnson, Manchester Academy

I first saw Wilko Johnson playing with Dr Feelgood in a marquee at the Uppermill Festival back in the late seventies. Then again with his group The Solid Senders at the now famous Mayflower Club in Belle Vue Manchester. He then disappeared off my radar somewhat until his much publicised cancer and then almost Lazarus like recovery. A highly successful album with Roger Daltrey followed, “Going Back Home”, and then… Keep Reading

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The Wonder Years, Manchester Academy -13/04/18

It certainly wasn’t an unlucky Friday 13th for fans of The Wonder Years, as the band hit the Manchester Academy for an enticing and emotion-filled night. A week after the release of their sixth studio album ‘Sister Cities’, the pop-punk giants treated fans to two sets – one acoustic, one electric – to display their wide discography and proving to their fans that they will never let them down. Entering… Keep Reading

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REEF Return With BALLS-TO-THE-WALL New Single

‘Revelation’ is the brilliant new single from Reef available now on earMUSIC.  It is taken from ‘Revelation’, Reef’s first new studio album in 18 years, due for release on May 4th. Premiered on Planet Rock Radio, it’s a balls-to-the-wall rock’n’roll anthem that evokes AC/DC at their magisterial best, from Stringer’s throaty roar to Wood’s head-banging riffs. Listen here https://planetradio.co.uk/planet-rock/listen-again/ Reef’s first studio album since 2000’s ‘Getaway’, the bracingly thrilling ‘Revelation’ is… Keep Reading

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Space Monkeys To Play Manchester Academy November 4th.

Space Monkeys were the last ever band signed by Tony Wilson to his legendary Factory Records Label. Two years later the band sold a quarter of a million records worldwide through the success of the Billboard top 40 hit ‘Sugar Cane’ after Jimmy Iovine signed the band to his US label Interscope Records.  The band toured the US extensively for 2 years playing to over 100,000 fans in 1997/98. Ian… Keep Reading

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New Found Glory, Manchester Academy

New Found Glory promised a party, and that’s exactly what they delivered. The Floridian punk rockers returned to Manchester last Friday, to celebrate ’20 years of pop punk’, playing their albums Catalyst and Stick and Stones in their entirety. Fresh from an Australian tour, a US tour and two festival appearances, New Found Glory prove that a hectic touring schedule does not dampen the energy of this notoriously dynamic quartet.… Keep Reading

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Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul, Manchester Academy

On a night so hot that Stevie Van Zandt might easily have thought he was back playing in New Jersey rather than Manchester, the man who has been Bruce Springsteen’s second in command on and off since 1966 brought his spectacular show to the Academy. The tour which is in support of Van Zandt’s first new album in 18 years, Soulfire, is visiting Manchester as the only UK date and… Keep Reading

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Thee Oh Sees Set To Play Manchester Academy

Transformer, the Manchester series of alternative-live music events, is thrilled to announce that Los Angeles four-piece Thee Oh Sees will headline its sophomore show. Taking place at Manchester Academy on Wednesday 14th June, the experimental rock outfit will receive support from fellow San-Fran supergroup, The Peacers, together creating a bold and energetic soundtrack to stir up the Transformer masses. Tickets are now on sale for £21 plus booking fee from… Keep Reading

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Gigantic Indie All Dayer 2017 At Manchester Academy

The return of Gigantic Indie All Dayer for a fourth massive volume. Better think again on scaling back your swelling record collection – as today, we are thrilled to announce the return of the festival that has always believed that bigger is better. We are delighted to reveal an all new line up of classic indie for 2017’s… GIGANTIC INDIE ALL DAYER VOL 4… A BIG, BIG LOVE… Renowned for… Keep Reading

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Rag ‘n’ Bone Man Brings Some Southern Discomfort To Manchester

When Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Britain’s multifaceted, genre defying virtuoso hit the stage for last week’s show at the Manchester Academy, Flick of the Finger sent reporter, Ian O’Brien and photographer, Sally Lord, to see what all the fuss was about. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – from tarmac to dirt track ‘n’ back It’s a sad fact that not all performers connect with their audience. Some just step on stage and do… Keep Reading

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The Winachi Tribe – Why we all need “A Room With A Zoo”

2016 has been quite a year for The Winachi Tribe. What, with a trip to Los Angeles, a China/Asia management distribution deal, a new single plus live dates soon the guys have been quite busy… Recent events have also included the recording of Winachi’s first TV appearance filmed in Manchester recently for  ‘Rock Tales’…hosted by British Popstar Paul Young. Over the last twelve months the band has been on the road, featuring as main support… Keep Reading

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