CITYLIFELOCAL CLASSIC ACTS UP FOR GRABS
HOT NEW TICKETS INCLUDE SOME VINTAGE FAVOURITES
WE’VE had some bad weather this past week, but on the plus side it has swept in some seriously hot tickets. So weather the storm and make plans for warmer times next year, with some of these exciting live shows... Sounds of the City, Castlefield Bowl, July
A raft of bands and artists have been added to next year’s Sounds of the City bill, the series of open air concerts that take place every summer at Castlefield Bowl. Joining already-announced Kylie Minogue will be Elbow, The National, The Kooks and The Wombats, as well as a welcome return for Hacienda Classical. The annual summer series is a staple in Manchester’s calendar for the year, with previous headliners including the likes of Chic, New Order, Arcade Fire, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Catfish and the Bottlemen. The Zutons, Albert Hall, March 29
The Zutons are back, and have announced a UK tour for spring. The band has reunited for their first tour for nine years to celebrate their debut album, Who Killed the Zutons, which celebrates its 15th anniversary next year. The announcement comes two years after the band reformed in 2016 to play a gig to commemorate their late friend, Kristian Ealey, which they then said would be their final ever show. Lisa Stansfield, The Lowry Lyric Theatre, October 26
Lisa Stansfield is marking the 30th anniversary of her debut solo album, Affection, with a series of live shows next October and November.
The multi-platinum album, released in 1989, went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, winning three BRIT Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards, a Silver Clef Award and two Grammy nominations, among other prestigious awards.
The tour will see Lisa and the band perform hits from Affection alongside favourites and classics from her seven subsequent solo records. Squeeze, The Lowry Lyric Theatre, November 3
Squeeze have announced an extensive tour for 2019, including a date at Salford’s Lowry theatre. With two critically acclaimed albums in the past three years, Squeeze will be joined by special guests Heaven 17 for the tour. The Chemical Brothers, Manchester Arena, November 22
The Chemical Brothers have revealed details of a huge UK tour and their ninth studio album to go with it.
The duo will play at Manchester Arena this time next year, as part of a nationwide tour. Formed ●● Guy Garvey of Elbow in Manchester in 1989, they have gone on to produce consistently chart-topping records and been showered in awards, including four Grammys. No Geography will be their ninth album and is due for release in spring next year. Diversity, Palace Theatre, November 16
Next year marks a decade since Diversity won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, shocking many by beating Susan Boyle in front of a television audience of over 20 million.
After eight sell-out UK tours, the dance troupe has announced their 10th anniversary Born Ready tour for autumn 2019 - including two shows at Manchester’s Palace Theatre (a matinee and evening performance). Tears for Fears, Delamere Forest (Forest Live), June 21
Tears For Fears have announced a special gig as part of Forest Live 2019, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. Synth-pop pioneers Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith formed Tears For Fears in 1981 and fans can expect performances of classic hits from their illustrious back catalogue.
The band will be joined by more special guests at this special gig against the beautiful backdrop of Delamere Forest in Cheshire.