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    melody and words then that s the key for me and I think those are the best songs I have had a lot of fun writing and recording Black clouds and have also found working as a solo artist certainly pushes you to bare your soul and find new ways of approaching things With many of the songs on Black Clouds written during the Yorktown Heights sessions there s continuity immediately evident especially with the inclusion of the track Joan of Arc on both records Black Clouds feels like a natural next step for Nicholas and ushers in more electronica to complement the timeless song writing and classic acoustic landscapes that were seen in force on Yorktown Heights I tried to make this album with a more old school almost classic 60 s 70 s sound and approach but also mixing it with some more modern sounds and textures to give it its own character and less of a straight retro feel I want these songs to work around a camp fire as well as on the Pyramid stage Grant also has extensive touring activity coming up in support of his sublime debut which will now also include a selection of songs from Black Clouds to complement the live set Following an overwhelming reaction to the Autumn 2014 tour Grant announced twelve more shows in the UK and Ireland with a European tour announced to precede the UK tour Yorktown Heights was Grant s first solo album and was released via his own label Popping Candy in late summer 2014 and largely self produced by Nicholas with additional production from Sam Miller and Brian Sperber Julian Casablancas Dinosaur Jr at Ansons Pocket Studio s in Yorktown Heights which eventually became inspiration for the album title Both Yorktown Heights and Black

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    Message Grant Nicholas has announced further touring activity in support of his sublime debut solo album Yorktown Heights Following an overwhelming reaction to the autumn 2014 tour Grant has announced ten more shows in the UK and Ireland with European shows to be announced shortly Yorktown Heights is Grant s first solo album and was released via his own label Popping Candy on 11th August The album was largely self produced by Nicholas in various London and UK studio s with additional production from Sam Miller and Brian Sperber Julian Casablancas Dinosaur Jr at Tiny Pocket Studio s in Yorktown Heights New York which eventually became inspiration for the album title Yorktown Heights is by Grant s own admission a love letter to the sound of Laurel Canyon in the 70 s I definitely had a 70 s vibe in my head for this record he says citing Tom Petty Neil Young and Nick Drake as inspirations Grant also added The October leg of the Yorktown Heights tour were some of the most enjoyable shows I have ever played as a musician and I was very keen to head back out and cover some of the towns we missed I was blown away by all the support and want to thank everyone who came out I m looking forward to seeing everyone on the next leg in February Grant has amassed 3 million album sales with Feeder including 8 Platinum Gold records His first release as a solo artist the album is his most personal music to date even complete with cover art designed by his nine year old daughter Hana Sky There is also a video to accompany every song on Yorktown Heights 20 Feb Nottingham Bodega 24 Feb York Fibbers 25 Feb Norwich Waterfront Studios 26 Feb London

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    one of the most revered and respected late 80 s UK alternative bands Loop The group founded by Robert Hampson hadn t played together since the early 90 s but got together to curate a night at the legendary All Tomorrow s Parties at Camber Sands US dates followed in 2014 and they then got back in the studio to start recording The result is three brand new releases coming over the next year which see the band return to their hugely unique and era defining sound whilst sounding fresh and exciting The first release is Array 1 four tracks and 32 mins of haunting aggressive beautiful noise Precession Aphelion Coma and Radial are the first songs to be heard from their recording session done in Sub Station Studios in Rosyth in Scotland with the current line up of Robert Hampson vocals guitar Hugo Morgan bass Wayne Maskell drums and Dan Boyd guitar With only an early version of Precession having had any previous outing at a show at the Garage in London at the end of 2014 this is the very first new music from the band since their third album 1990 s lost classic A Gilded Eternity The next tracks will be released in the Autumn in keeping with Loop s previous habit of putting out music in batches Hampson describes it as one project with the same concept delivered in bulletins With the music out on 22nd June 2015 this ties in with a show at the Roundhouse in London on 28th June where they are part of the line up of ATP s Season at the Roundhouse The event curated by post rock band Mogwai to celebrate their 20th Anniversary will be spread over six nights and see performances from the likes of Public Enemy GZA

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    November 3 October 1 July 1 February 3 January 1 Email to a Friend Your Email Your Name To Subject Message When Manic Street Preachers announced they would be playing some very special shows celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their third album The Holy Bible the tickets sold out in minutes Due to this phenomenal response they have added four more dates culminating in their first ever performance at Cardiff Castle The tour which kicks off tonight in Glasgow sees the band play the album in full for the very first time There is also a deluxe box set of The Holy Bible released today 8th December with the record available on vinyl for the first time in 20 years The release also includes BBC recordings of the December 1994 Astoria shows the last dates played with guitarist Richey Edwards released commercially for the first time and a beautifully curated book with rare previously unseen images including exclusive photos by Mitch Ikeda handwritten lyrics sleeve notes from Keith Cameron and notes from the band The band have released two albums in just over a year Rewind The Film no 5 in September 2013 and Futurology No 2 in July on this year The latter is popping up on lots of Best Of end of year lists and both received stunning reviews on release 8 December GLASGOW Barrowland SOLD OUT 10 11 December MANCHESTER Albert Hall SOLD OUT 13 December DUBLIN Olympia Theatre SOLD OUT 15 16 17 December LONDON Roundhouse SOLD OUT New Dates 30 May EDINBURGH Usher Hall 1 June WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall 2 June SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall 5 June CARDIFF Castle Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 12th December priced 32 50 except Cardiff 37 50 Support to be announced www gigsandtours com www gigsinscotland com www ticketmaster co

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    After a stellar 18 months which saw the band release 2 albums Rewind the Film UK chart no 4 and Futurology no 2 and headline UK and European tours and festivals the Manics announced in September they would play some very special shows to commemorate the anniversary of The Holy Bible oly BibleH Playing the album in full for the very first time the shows sold out in minutes and kick off the same day as the album s release On its release in 1994 in many eyes The Holy Bible elevated Manic Street Preachers from being a fascinating yet flawed rock band with more mission statements than melodies to an immense intellectual colossus with razor sharp post punk tunes that stood out from their contemporaries In a year that saw Britpop dominate the radio and press The Holy Bible tackled subjects such as the Holocaust the Brady Bill anorexia political correctness and other non chart friendly topics From the Jenny Saville artwork on the sleeve to the opening single Faster with singer James Dean Bradfield appearing on Top of the Pops in a balaclava prompting thousands of complaints this was clearly an album not to be dismissed as just the Manics third album it was their masterpiece The 12 x 12 box contains the remastered album on 180gm heavyweight vinyl plus 4 CDs and a 40 page book The cd s will contain the full album the remastered US version b sides mixes live versions and a previously unreleased version of Revol There is also a live CD of the band s last performances with guitarist Richey Edwards from the Astoria on December 1994 It is rounded up with a few acoustic tracks from the album from a recent Radio 4 Mastertapes session the band did in Maida Vale in September of this year which airs on 17th November at 11pm Live 8 December GLASGOW Barrowland SOLD OUT 10 11 December MANCHESTER Albert Hall SOLD OUT 13 December DUBLIN Olympia Theatre SOLD OUT 15 16 17 December LONDON Roundhouse SOLD OUT WWW MANICSTREETPREACHERS COM Facebook MANICSTREETPREACHERS Twitter MANICS Full tracklisting THE HOLY BIBLE 20 VINYL THE HOLY BIBLE 20 REMASTERED Yes Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit sworldwouldfallapart Of Walking Abortion She Is Suffering Archives Of Pain Revol 4st 7lb Mausoleum Faster This Is Yesterday Die In The Summertime The Intense Humming Of Evil P C P CD1 THE HOLY BIBLE REMASTERED Yes Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit sworldwouldfallapart Of Walking Abortion She Is Suffering Archives Of Pain Revol 4st 7lb Mausoleum Faster This Is Yesterday Die In The Summertime The Intense Humming Of Evil P C P CD2 THE HOLY BIBLE US MIX REMASTERED Yes ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit sworldwouldfallapart Of Walking Abortion She Is Suffering Archives Of Pain Revol 4st 7lb Mausoleum Faster This Is Yesterday Die In The Summertime The Intense Humming Of Evil P C P CD3 B SIDES LIVE Sculpture Of Man Album Version New Art Riot In E Minor Live from the Clapham Grand Too Cold Here You Love Us Original Heavenly Version Love s

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    the idea that this song contains a lot of Richey references but it really isn t about that it s about the Øresund Bridge that joins Sweden and Denmark A long time ago when we were crossing that bridge I was flagging and thinking about leaving the band the fatal friend It s about the idea of bridges allowing you an out of body experience as you leave and arrive in different places James Dean Bradfield describes the track as an emotional European driving song with early Simple Minds synths and a Heroes esque Ebow guitar solo The songs on Futurology were inspired by travelling through Europe the pioneering artistic spirit of early 20th Century modernist art and the maverick music of Krautrock and New Pop Nicky Wire says During our last European tour we really reconnected with this idea of travelling on the Autobahns listening to records by Kraftwerk Neu Andy Weatherall Popul Vuh and Cabaret Voltaire The idea of being on these endless futuristic roads but being surrounded by these ancient forests at the same time It s a magical feeling and it makes you think of soundtracks in your head as you re travelling through this landscape The album features several special guests Scritti Politti s Green Gartside duets with James Dean Bradfield on Between the Clock and the Bed a beautiful song inspired by a famous Edvard Munch painting German film star Nina Hoss appears on Europa Geht Durch Mich a stomping disco punk track which received a stunning response on the recent tour Other guests include Georgia Ruth winner of the 2013 Welsh Music Prize Cian Ciarán Super Furry Animals Cate le Bon and H Hawkline It was produced by Manic Street Preachers Loz Williams and Alex Silva The Holy Bible with additional mixing by

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    out intimate shows after a lengthy break Rewind The Film received some of the best reviews of the band s releases to date and saw the single Show Me The Wonder and new release this month Anthem For A Lost Cause flooding the airwaves They will be playing songs from this album and a selection from their previous ten studio albums and previewing some tracks from their next album Futurology The current single is accompanied by an amazingly touching short film by director Kieran Evans who also made the video s for the album s title track Rewind The Film and Show Me The Wonder winner of the 2013 Q Award for Best Video Anthem For A Lost Cause completes the trilogy all shot in the Rhondda Valleys and is described by Nicky Wire as heroic emotional and defiant a timely reminder of the power of support women gave their communities And it looks beautiful too The single will be accompanied by two brand new tracks Death Of A Digital Ghost and See It Like Sutherland and a live version of the Holy Bible single She Is Suffering excellent 11th album Rewind The Film continues a run of material that might be the band s best since the early 1990 s Guardian tonight both the Manics and their fans have rediscovered their passionate ire and brimstone KKKK Kerrang There is still something incredibly romantic about the Manics Morning Star Bradfield still covers miles onstage moving in response to Sean Moore s tireless drumming Wire still pogos with his bass like a teenager in from of his bedroom mirror NME as vital and energetic as they ever were a most satisfying varied show Independent the Manics have made their most emotionally raw record since Everything Must Go Q New single Anthem

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    of the upheaval of the industry The video for Anthem for a Lost Cause is heroic emotional and defiant a timely reminder of the power of support women gave their communities And it looks beautiful too Nicky Wire Being one of the very few British bands to stay with the same record label long enough to take their album count into double figures the new record gained the band some of the best reviews of their careers proving their longevity has not dissipated their vitality The album showed a different side to the band with a more melancholic and acoustic sound whist retaining their unique lyrical abilities The music press and broadsheets claimed the Manics have made their most emotionally raw record since Everything Must Go Q There s an often harrowing conviction to Rewind The Film s primarily acoustic arrangements and elegant melodies heralding a new level of artistry for this unique band Mojo whilst the Independent in a 5 review said the album reveals a broader musical palette than they ve exposed before The single will be accompanied by two brand new tracks Death Of A Digital Cause and See It Like Sutherland and a live version of the Holy Bible single She Is Suffering recorded at the band s career defining O2 show in London where they played all 38 of their previously released singles Kieran Evans director described the new film After Show Me The Wonder we started talking about extending the story into the 80s and about bringing in something more political It was the era we all grew up in and the backdrop for what was really a modern British civil war The heroic battle that wives of miners and the women s support groups waged against an oppressive state hell bent on destroying

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