Manchester Academy – 25 Years – Announcing the first 4 exclusive Academy shows

Manchester Academy – 25 Years – Announcing the first 4 exclusive Academy shows

25 Years is just the intro…

Over 3 million avid music fans. More than 1,600 unforgettable gigs. Manchester Academy celebrates 25 Years of Rock’n’Roll history and counting.

As one of UK’s busiest venues and host to some of the most thrilling live entertainment in the Northwest, Manchester Academy is proud to reach a landmark 25 years on October 7th 2015.
Following our announcement last week, we thought it only fitting that an independent venue forged from a debut punk eruption and proudly embracing 25 years of sharing musical history and heritage, do something a little special to celebrate the fact, that we, always have been, in it together!

For 25 years, the Academy has been the beating heart of the city’s untouchable live music scene, both celebrating the classic and providing the platform to propel tomorrow’s brightest talents to uncharted stratospheric heights. From Bowie to Bastille, Foo Fighters to Faithless, Kylie to Korn, Lady Gaga to London Grammar, The Prodigy to Prince and Radiohead to Robbie Williams we have been privileged to host them all. After all this time, our unquenchable thirst for live music will be celebrated in our year-long series of unique events as we look back on 25 years of Rock’n’Roll and assemble the stars of the future in a series of line ups like you’ve never seen before.

It is just as much those in front of the stage that have made the Academy the stuff of many a Mancunian legend. We’ve welcomed in Grungers, Goths, Riot Grrrls and Grebos; Brit-Poppers, Lad Rockers and Chart Toppers; Metallers, Ravers and Shoegazers; Dubsteppers and lovers of dub, roots and reggae. We’ve opened our doors to every musical tribe and provided a home to make musical memories together. Whether it was camping out in the queue, singing your heart out, being hurled in a circle-pit, first dates, star-struck moments, engagements, or grounds for divorce – YOU, the crowd have made every second at Manchester Academy something quite special.

To thank you all, the unique year-long series will begin with the first of our 25th Birthday celebrations on the 10th October 2015 and continue through 2016. [Ticket details below]

The Artists: Announcing the first 4 exclusive Academy shows

Assembling titans of music new and old, the Academy 25 series line-ups will boast towering headliners joined by very special guests – far more than just your standard warm-up acts. We guarantee that no show will be like any other in the country.
We are delighted to announce to you the first four of these specially curated celebration shows will feature…

BUZZCOCKS – Saturday 10th October 2015
+ A Selection of Very Special Guests TBA

We are proud to welcome back the band whose Rock’n’Roll ethos has been at the Academy’s core since they opened the venue in October 1990:Buzzcocks.
Setting the course of their 2015 The Way Tour for home especially for the inaugural do, Manchester’s finest punk export will be returning to the Academy on 10th October 2015 for their first gig at the venue in over 6 years. Expect the band to be in blazing form as they renew their vows with the Oxford Road venue for the 8th time, armed as ever with a charm offensive of smash hits including “What do I Get?”, “Ever Fallen in Love?” and “Harmony In My Head” and countless others.

Look out for a further announcement confirming a selection of very special guests who will be joining Buzzcocks for the first 25th anniversary show.
Doors 4.00pm / Curfew 11pm / Tickets £20.00 Advance STBF


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

A man with a legacy as legendary as the Academy’s, Peter Hook is set to grace our stage with not just one, but three sets with his talented backing band The Light. The ex-New Order and Joy Division bassist will be bringing his definitive low-slung bass to the venue for a unique show that will comprise of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures and Closer played in their full glory back to back. But make sure you get down early, as Hook whips out the synthesisers for a support slot by none other than Peter Hook and The Light, rifling through a set of New Order classics to warm up.
Doors 7.00pm / Curfew 11pm – Tickets £23.00 Advance STBF

 

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

[+ More Guests TBA]
Making an early bid for the most hit-packed gig of the series, the one and only Bruce Foxton rolls out his From the Jam hit parade of 18 UK Top 40 singles on 31st October 2015. The Academy may not have even been in blueprint form by the time The Jam’s career came to an end but it’s testament to their legacy that classics including “Town Called Malice”, “Eton Rifles”,  and “In The City” when blasted out of our PA can still get any crowd going.
But the hits won’t stop with the headliner as we introduce seminal flanking performances for the night. Having played our Academy stage in our opening week back in 1990 under their That Petrol Emotion moniker, we’ve invited back the O’Neill brothers, Damian and John with another project they were in that you might have heard of… As Derry’s premier post-punk idols The Undertones, reunited once again we are delighted to announce that the band will be back in Manchester once again to show an Academy it’s twenties that that their Teenage Kicks can still pack a punch.
Then, getting the rhythm rolling for this triple-bill of acts will be 2-Tone triumphs The Beat as they reflect on their 37 years as band with outings of “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Too Nice to Talk Too”.
Look out for a further announcement confirming a yet more guests who will be joining this bill as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations.
Doors 4.00pm / Curfew 11pm / Tickets £22.00 Advance STBF

 

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

And, of course, how could any special anniversary at the Academy be celebrated without remembering The Wedding Present? Taking to the stage on the 18th November 1990, the David Gedge led indie four-piece helped make our maiden year a memorable one as they revelled in the successes of their classic second LP Bizzarro and its timeless top 40 hits “Kennedy” and “Brassneck”. Twenty-five years on, the band return with their searing live reputation untarnished and with a special support acts chosen by Gedge himself to be revealed in due course.

Look out for a further announcement confirming the selection of special guests who will be joining The Wedding Present for this 25th anniversary show.
Doors 6.00pm / Curfew 11pm / Tickets £18.00 Advance STBF


Tickets

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

  • Pre-Sale via the venue’s Facebook & Ticketline on Thursday 19th Feb @ 5.25PM.
  • General sale via all agents on Saturday 21st Feb @ 9AM.

More Festivities
The Manchester Academy has never done entertainment in half measures and we don’t intend to let you down now. Over the next few months we will continue to announce even more unique gigs and line ups, special events, limited edition merchandise, giveaways and much, much more…

A Final Thanks

Out moshing Jilly’s Music Box and raving beyond the Hacienda years, we are hugely grateful to everyone who has helped the Academy outlast even our host city’s very finest venues since 1990.
We really can’t thank all of you gig-goers, artists, promoters, agents, managers and staff that have always supported us all this time. We can only repay you with the only way Manchester knows how: one massive party.

We’ll supply the music, just bring yourselves. Here’s to another 25 years!

Academy 25: The Line-Up (so far…)


BUZZCOCKS  – Saturday 10th October 2015

Plus a section of Very Special Guests TBA

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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

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

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

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For more information visit: Manchester Academy Official

f/ https://www.facebook.com/manchesteracademy

t/ – https://twitter.com/MancAcademy

Tickets for the first four events will go sale on general sale on

Saturday 21st February @ 9.00AM

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