RETURN OF MADNESS
TICKETS FOR TOP SHOWS THAT HAVE GONE ON SALE THIS PAST WEEK...
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