Manchester Academy 25 – NEW MODEL ARMY + DUB PISTOLS + TV SMITH – 5th December [ + More ]

Manchester Academy 25 – NEW MODEL ARMY + DUB PISTOLS + TV SMITH – 5th December [ + More ]



Announcing to you the next instalment in our special Academy 25 series…

As we creep ever closer to our 25th Anniversary on 7th October, we are delighted to announce the next instalment in our year-long series of special shows to be hosted at Manchester Academy.
As promised, these unique events will feature exclusive line up arrangements the likes of which you will not see anywhere else in the country or even ever before. Here we proudly present to you the fifth in our Academy 25 gig series…

NEW MODEL ARMY + DUB PISTOLS + TV SMITH – 5th December[ + More Special Guests TBA ]

Justin Sullivan will be quick-marching his tight knit unit down to our Oxford Road venue in winter 2015 as we welcome back to our stage New Model Army (NMA). Having first thrilled Academy crowds with their militant post-punk thrash in a double header of headline shows at the venue on the 27th and 28th October in our founding year (1990), we are thrilled to welcome back the Bradford band as they celebrate 35 years since their formation. Formed by Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, the band’s beginnings took inspiration from Northern Soul, Punk Rock and the electrified atmosphere of the times, throwing them all into the molten crucible of seminal debut ‘Vengeance’ LP in 1984. The band have since embarked on long, creative and controversial  journey that has seen them cement their reputation as a global cult band.Hugely influential in the genres of  ‘post-punk’, ‘folk-rock’, ‘politico-rock’, ‘goth’, ‘metal’ and beyond, the band have refused to be tied to any one particular genre, a trait Manchester Academy has admired and reflected in our own ethics. Now, with no less than 13 albums under their belt, the original “crusty punk” outfit will no doubt lift tracks from their latest effort, 2014’s  “Between Wine and Blood” and classics from their sizeable repertoire.

Dub Pistols

Flanking NMA for the occasion, we welcome to the Academy for the first ever time, Concrete Records icons Dub Pistols. Attacking the UK dance music scene from the inside out, since 1996 the London act founded by Barry Ashworth have warped an arsenal of subgenres together with a pulverising Rock’n’Roll sneer to produce their mind-bending records. As the outfit approach their own 20th anniversary and grace our stage with this very special support slot, expect a whirlwind tour through hip-hop, dub, techno, ska & punk delivered in a flurry of torrid futuristic-skank that could only ever be them.

T.V. Smith

Then, getting the gears in motion early on in the evening will be none other than T.V. Smith. Whilst his time with seminal punk troupe The Adverts may be long behind him, Smith has continued to create and experiment in music under his solo guise, notching up 9 albums in his critically revered canon including last year’s I Delete LP. Doors open at 4.30 pm for this special Academy anniversary show, so get down early to avoid missing his snarling live performance.

Look out for a further announcement confirming yet more special guests who will be joining
NEW MODEL ARMY + DUB PISTOLS + T.V. SMITH for this 25th anniversary show.
Doors 4.30pm / Show from 5pm  / Curfew 11pm / Tickets £22 adv STBF


Tickets for the first four events will go sale on with as follows:

  • Pre-sale via – Facebook and Academy / Ticketline & Eventim Mailshot –Thursday February 26th @ 5.25pm
  • General Sale – Saturday February 28th @ 9.00am

Academy 25: The Line-Up (so far…)

With the addition of this very special date in the series, here is how the line up for our celebrations are looking so far:

BUZZCOCKS  – Saturday 10th October 2015

Plus a section of Very Special Guests TBA

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT – Friday 30th October 2015
A “Joy Division” Celebration – Performing Unknown Pleasures & Closer

And featuring an opening set of ‘New Order’ material


FROM THE JAM + THE UNDERTONES + THE BEAT –Saturday 31st October 2015
Plus Guests TBA


THE WEDDING PRESENT – Saturday 14th November 2015
Plus support from artists personally chosen by David Gedge


+ Guests TBA

For more information visit: Manchester Academy Official


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Tickets for the New Model Army show will be on sale Saturday February 28th @ 9.00am 

Tickets for the first four events are on general sale now.

Stay tuned for even more announcements in the coming weeks…

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