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AS the weather gets warmer, the tick­ets are get­ting hot­ter - and we’ve got some scorch­ing shows this week. Mad­ness are mak­ing a come­back with a huge UK re­union tour, and Rudi­men­tal have just re­vealed a date at Manch­ester’s O2 Apollo.

Keep your di­ary free to­wards the end of 2018, as you’ll need to make room for some of th­ese...

808 State, Manch­ester Arena Fri­day De­cem­ber 21 Three decades since 808 State first emerged, the Manch­ester duo are head­ing out on tour - end­ing in their home city. With break­through sin­gles Pa­cific, Cu­bik and In Yer Face, 808 State were the first elec­tron­ica band to craft long form dance mu­sic al­bums, well be­fore the likes of Left­field and Or­bital - to whom they are of­ten com­pared. Now record­ing their sixth full stu­dio al­bum - Trans­mis­sion Suite - at Manch­ester’s Old Granada Stu­dios, up­com­ing tour, 808 State:30 Live will high­light the band’s con­tri­bu­tion to dance mu­sic’s past and present. The band will per­form the bet­ter and less known tracks from their cat­a­logue along­side the new ma­te­rial in a new set with re­worked ar­range­ments across all nine shows.

Teenage Fan­club, Manch­ester Academy 3 Novem­ber 5, 6 and 7 Teenage Fan­club have an­nounced a run of UK tour dates for 2018 in­clud­ing three nights in Manch­ester. The Cre­ation Records Years tour will see the band re­visit their 90s hey­day, with each of the three nights show­cas­ing dif­fer­ent years from the decade. The band will play three nights each in Glas­gow, Manch­ester, Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don, mu­sic to the ears of a fa­mously devoted fan­base. The first night will see them per­form songs from the years 91-93, the fol­low­ing nights tak­ing in 94-97 and 98-00.

In­cubus, Manch­ester O2 Apollo Septem­ber 8 In­cubus have an­nounced de­tails of a head­line UK tour for 2018. Bran­don Boyd and co will play their first dates in three years in­clud­ing a show at Manch­ester O2 Academy on Septem­ber 8. It will be in sup­port of the Cal­i­for­nian band’s eighth stu­dio al­bum 8, which was re­leased in 2017. The LP was their first in seven years and fea­tured sin­gles No Fun and Loneli­est as well as pro­duc­tion from Skrillex. The band will also play in Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don on the tour.

Tom Walker, Manch­ester O2 Ritz Oc­to­ber 14 Fol­low­ing his sold out run of spring live dates, Tom Walker has an­nounced a new crop of au­tumn shows. The fresh batch of dates comes in sup­port of his lat­est EP, Bless­ings, fea­tur­ing three new tracks show­ing a dif­fer­ent side to the singer. The sin­gle Bless­ings shows a raw, stripped back side to the singer, whereas his other tracks, Karma and Rap­ture, have a more pro­duced sound.

Chris­tine and the Queens, Manch­ester O2 Apollo Novem­ber 27 Chris­tine and the Queens have an­nounced new UK tour dates for 2018 - in­clud­ing a date in Manch­ester. French star Héloïse Letissier’s de­but al­bum Chaleur Hu­maine was re­leased in the UK in 2016, bag­ging her a well re­ceived Glas­ton­bury set and hit­ting num­ber 2 in the UK al­bum charts. Two years later she’s back with news of the UK tour, and hope­fully some new ma­te­rial. The tour kicks off at Bournemouth In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre on Novem­ber 17, fol­lowed by two dates in Lon­don on 21 and 22, be­fore she heads to Manch­ester on Novem­ber 27.

Mad­ness, Manch­ester Arena De­cem­ber 7 Masters of ska-punk Mad­ness have an­nounced a mas­sive UK arena tour. The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Mad­ness tour will see the iconic Brit band play all their hits plus some brand new tracks. The band will play 13 dates this De­cem­ber - with sup­port from in­die band The Fratel­lis. Frank Turner, Manch­ester Vic­to­ria Ware­house Jan­uary 25, 2019 Frank Turner has an­nounced de­tails for an up­com­ing UK tour which kicks off in Jan­uary 2019. The pop­u­lar singer­song­writer, who re­leased new sin­gle Blackout last month, will play seven venues through­out Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary 2019. The news comes ahead of Turner’s new al­bum Be More Kind, due out on May 4. Best known for songs such as The Way I Tend To Be, I Still Be­lieve and The Next Storm, the 36-year-old has re­leased six solo al­bums to date.

Rudi­men­tal, Manch­ester O2 Apollo Oc­to­ber 23 Rudi­men­tal have an­nounced a run of UK tour dates later this year. The news comes fresh from the re­lease of their No.1 UK sin­gle Th­ese Days, fea­tur­ing Jess Glynne, Mack­le­more and Dan Caplen, in Jan­uary. They will play head­line shows across Glas­gow, Not­ting­ham, Leeds, New­cas­tle, Sh­effield, Birm­ing­ham, Manch­ester, Bournemouth, con­clud­ing with two shows at Lon­don’s Alexan­dra Palace.

Clare Bowen, Manch­ester Bridge­wa­ter Hall Septem­ber 6 Nashville star Clare Bowen has an­nounced she’ll be head­lin­ing her first ever UK tour later this year - and she’s head­ing to Manch­ester. Bowen, best known for play­ing Scar­lett O’Con­nor in the hit US TV drama Nashville, is cur­rently tour­ing the UK and Ire­land with cast­mates Charles Esten, Sam Pal­la­dio, Jonathan Jack­son and Chris Car­mack as part of the show’s farewell tour. Tak­ing to so­cial me­dia this week, the singer con­firmed the news, say­ing: “The #NashvilleFarewellTour has been so amaz­ing that I’ve de­cided to come back in Septem­ber for my first ever UK head­lin­ing tour!!!!” The Aussie ac­tress and singer will play at Manch­ester’s Bridge­wa­ter Hall on Septem­ber 6. .

Del Amitri, Manch­ester O2 Apollo July 22 One of Glas­gow’s most pop­u­lar bands are head­ing to Manch­ester as part of a UK come­back tour. Del Amitri will re­turn with the full orig­i­nal line up - in­clud­ing Justin Cur­rie on vo­cals and gui­tar, Iain Harvie on lead gui­tar, Andy Al­ston on keys, Kris Dol­limore on gui­tar and Ash­ley Soan on drums. Ex­pect plenty of sing-a-long hits.

● Chris­tine and the Queens

● Teenage Fan­club

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