Each year the Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl ‘Sounds of the City’ line up has got bigger and bigger and 2017 is no exception.

As good as the following bands look as far as line ups go – is there one more HUGE band yet to be announced?

This year we are treated to the following:

Fri 30th June – Richard AshcroftGet Tickets
Sat 1st July Hacienda ClassicalGet Tickets
Sun 2nd July – A Beautiful Day featuring The LevellersGet Tickets
Thu 6th July – Arcade FireGet Tickets
Fri 7th July – James – Get Tickets
Sat 8th July – Blossoms – Get Tickets

Richard Ashcroft will be taking to the stage at the infamous Castlefield Bowl on Friday 30th June. Following sold out shows and festival performances including Isle Of Wight Festival as well as international shows in Japan, Chile, Argentina and Mexico, Richard will go into 2017 in grand style with headline arena dates amongst a very special outdoor show. Richard will be performing tracks from his latest top 3 album ‘These People’ alongside his legendary back catalogue of solo work and that with The Verve.

For the very first time Brighton folk punk band Levellers and joint headliners The Waterboys will play at the Bowl on Sunday 2nd July. The show billed as A Beautiful Day Out is a sister event to the Levellers’ hugely successful Beautiful Days Festival in Devon, which is going into its 15th year in 2017. Levellers will be performing their classic album ‘Levelling The Land’ in full plus other hits. The platinum-selling 1991 album redefined the UK’s musical landscape and features the hit singles One Way, 15 Years and Far From Home. The Waterboys led by singer/songwriter Mike Scott, have had an illustrious career since their fruition in 1981.  Playing in a number of different styles, The Waterboys released their last album Modern Blues in 2015. More special guests for A Beautiful Day Out will be announced soon.

Returning to Manchester’s iconic location on Friday 7th July is James. With latest studio album, ‘Girl At The End Of The World’ going straight in at #2 in the UK charts, second only to Adele, James have had a year of both critical acclaim and commercial success. Known for their unique and diverse style over their 14 studio releases, James have sold over 12 million albums worldwide. The announcement follows the band’s headline sold out tour earlier this year.

Headlining their biggest show to date on Saturday 8th July is Blossoms.  Their last appearance at the bowl saw them support The Charlatans in 2015, cementing their momentous rise. In just the past 12 months alone Blossoms’ eponymous debut record spent two weeks at No.1 when it was released in August – the first time a debut album has spent more than one week at No.1 from launch since 2014.  Following the release of the album the band have now gone on to reach over 10 million streams on Spotify and sold out countless tours.  This very special show will see them supported by The Coral, Rory Wynne and Touts.

As previously announced Haçienda Classical will be back at the Bowl on Saturday 1st July.  Following great critical acclaim and phenomenal demand FAC 51 The Haçienda and Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra are bringing back Haçienda Classical in 2017 with a brand new soundtrack. The incredible show sees the DJ’s who shaped The Haçienda’s sound – Mike Pickering and Graeme Park – collaborate with the Camerata for a night of classic dance music,  innovatively adapted and arranged especially for the occasion.

Last year saw Last of the Shadow Puppets and Johnny Marr take to the stage – How do you make an entrance at a gig in Manchester and know it’s going to work? read more to find out! an amazing show!

New Order also took to the stage – If you had seen New Order back in the early 80’s you would have seen a very different group. What you got back then was a very raw, near unrehearsed performance and no encores. Exciting times, however they have come a long way since then. What you get now is a stadium worthy, tight band with a back catalogue of songs that spans back to the late 70’s. I get the feeling it’s going to be a special night in Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl.

Stereophonics graced Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl with support from the hilarious Clean Cut Kid and Walking On Cars. probably one of the best outdoor gigs I’ve ever been to… 

This years line up is set to be a cracking line up of gigs, we’re also hearing that there is one more band to be announced so watch this space… make sure you Get Tickets

Feature Image:  © Simon Reed, Richard Ashcroft, London o2 Arena

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