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The As You Were and ex-Oasis star Liam Gallagher has blown fans and critics away with his exceptional solo work. Since the disbandment of his follow-up project Beady Eye in 2014, he released his debut solo record As You Were – his infamous tagline – in late 2017, engaging new fans and old. Since the bold move, he has since won a plethora of awards from NME’s 2018 Godlike Genius to Q’s Best Live Act.
After changing Manchester music history as we know it during the 80s as part of indie-rock giants The Smiths, the frontman has since embarked on his own musical journey as a solo artist. With a setlist brimming with songs from his incredible 11-album discography, fans can expect tracks new and old, spanning across his 30-year-long career. Catch him this July playing five shows across the UK including two dates at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Camden ska six-piece Madness are returning for their huge UK tour across an array of arenas which won’t be able to contain the upbeat atmosphere of these genre giants will bring. Madness were one of the most prominent bands of the late 70s and early 80s as their songs such as ‘Our House’ and ‘House of Fun’ played a huge role in bringing British ska into the mainstream. Having received two Ivor Novello Awards along with a Q ‘Idol’ Award, Madness are not ones to be missed this December.
The Alternative Hits
After six years of keeping quiet, Irish indie rock group Snow Patrol are back with a brand new album and UK arena tour to match. Wildness was released just three weeks ago and has proved to their devoted fanbase that it was well worth the wait as it has reached number one in three countries so far. Their 2006 hit ‘Chasing Cars’ catapulted them into the charts where it stayed in the Top 100 for 166 weeks and is now at 5x Platinum status. Expect them to play a number of their classic tunes along with some long-awaited newer material.
From 1999 onwards, Travis’ single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ remains an iconic song for everyone who’s ever heard it – which is a lot. The album in which it features, The Man Who, was certified as 9x Platinum in 2003 after selling 2.68 million copies in the UK alone. Now the Scottish rock group are taking this very album on tour 19 years later. Including other hit singles such as ‘Turn’ and ‘Driftwood’, fans of the critically acclaimed release can hear the full tracklisting played in full across the country this June and December.
This September, iconic multi-platinum Los Angeles rock band Incubus are embarking on their first UK shows in three years. Forming in 1991, they have released eight albums with their latest – 2017’s aptly titled 8 – debuting at number 4 in the Billboard Top 200 charts. Incubus are known for their vast range of genres as they dip into nu metal, funk rock and everything in between. They’ve graced the stages of festivals everywhere from Lollapalooza to Download Festival, as well as touring alongside the likes of Deftones, Linkin Park, OutKast, Moby, Jane’s Addiction, Queens of the Stone Age and many more.
One of A Kind
If your old man strongly opposes the mere thought of modern technology, then he’ll love Jack White’s phone-free shows this October. The rock singer-songwriter who is known for fronting The White Stripes released a statement that no photo, video or recording devices will be allowed at his upcoming gigs, meaning this will be a fantastic opportunity to experience a live performance unlike any other since the rise of mobile phones. White’s most recent solo album Boarding House Reach is his third consecutive US number 1 album and is full of big bluesy tunes made for big stages.
Jurassic Park In Concert
Jurassic Park stunned audiences 25 years ago when it was first shown in cinemas and now the thrilling science-fiction adventures is touring the country. However this is more than just your ordinary film screening as fans of the cult classic can experience it like never before. While the action-packed film is being projected in HD, we have the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ magnificent soundtrack live alongside it. Creating an magical atmosphere that takes the already incredible production to the next level, this is a performance not to be missed.
The Australian Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd may unfortunately be no more, but since 1988, tribute band The Australian Pink Floyd have been working to perfect their identical performances. By working with the psych-rocker’s own touring technicians, their Aussie counterparts ensure that everything down to the smallest detail reflects the original shows. Having performed in over 35 countries (including at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright), this critically acclaimed tribute show has been astonishing audiences worldwide. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is the first Pink Floyd tribute act that took the concept out of the pubs and onto the worldwide arena circuit.
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics
BBC Radio 1’s resident DJ Pete Tong is taking his innovative Ibiza Classics concept around UK arenas later this year to showcase EDM hits channeled through a live orchestra. Named one of Britain’s most influential figures in dance music, he will be accompanied by conductor Jules Buckley and the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra as they perform huge EDM hits, fusing together visual effects and music technology into phenomenal vibrant orchestral interpretations. Ibiza Classics is the world’s most iconic classical electronic music event and promises to be a party like no other.
The Hacienda;’ dance heritage has collided with the world of classical music with the help of the Manchester Camerata, the city’s most experimental orchestra. As Manchester’s most iconic nightclub and the center point of northern rave culture, Hacienda Classical is reincarnating the hedonistic lifestyle of the 80s and 90s with the club’s original DJ partnership, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering. They reinterpret seminal dance classics with the orchestra conductor Tim Crooks, and have performed more than 25 concerts over just two years, playing to audiences of around 150,000 in total.
Celebrating its very first year, RiZE Festival brings together an exciting mix of the very best music from classic indie, pop, urban, dance and new upcoming talent across four stages. With a lineup including Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, James Bay, Craig David Presents TS5, Bastille, Years & Years, Manic Street Preachers, Plan B, Rita Ora and many more, this brand new outdoor festival promises to bring an incredible weekend of live music plus a huge hub of the best food and drink on the festival circuit.