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Manic Street Preachers / September, October and November 2010 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 1st June 2010 at 4:30 pm

Manic Street Preachers have announced details about their forthcoming album and an accompanying tour. The album will be called ‘Postcards From A Young Man’ and will be released in September, just prior to the start of an extensive tour of the UK. The jaunt begins 29th September in Glasgow and wraps up on the 1st of November in Cambridge.

Wednesday 29th September 2010 – Glasgow, Academy
Thursday 30th September 2010 – Aberdeen, Music Hall
Saturday 2nd October 2010 – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
Sunday 3rd October 2010 – Carlisle, Sands Centre
Tuesday 5th October 2010 – Hull, City Hall
Wednesday 6th October 2010 – Sheffield, Academy
Friday 8th October 2010 – Liverpool, University
Saturday 9th October 2010 – Blackburn, King Georges Hall
Monday 11th October 2010 – Leeds, Academy
Tuesday 12th October 2010 – Derby, Assembly Rooms
Thursday 14th October 2010 – Manchester, Apollo
Saturday 16th October 2010 – Lincoln, Engine Shed
Sunday 17th October 2010 – Norwich, UEA
Tuesday 19th October 2010 – Southampton, Guildhall
Wednesday 20th October 2010 – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Friday 22nd October 2010 – Bournemouth, Academy
Saturday 23rd October 2010 – Newport, Centre
Monday 25th October 2010 – Bristol, Colston Hall
Tuesday 26th October 2010 – Birmingham, Academy
Thursday 28th October 2010 – London, Brixton Academy
Friday 29th October 2010 – London, Brixton Academy
Sunday 31st October 2010 – Leicester, De Montford Hall
Monday 1st November 2010 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange


Album Review: Manic Street Preachers – Journal for Plague Lovers

By on Tuesday, 26th May 2009 at 12:00 pm

Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers (cover)February 1995 – Richey James Edwards, guitarist and lyricist of one of the most controversial bands of the 90s mysteriously disappears. November 2008 – thirteen years after his disappearance, the flamboyantly beautiful member of Manic Street Preachers is officially confirmed as dead, even though his body is yet to be found.

Richey’s ‘departure’ ultimately ran parallel with the Manic Street Preachers’ withdrawal from their arty post-punk sound that made them so intriguing to all in the early 90s. Instead, the remaining trio matured slightly, producing mediocre rock that saw them become mainstream stadium-favourites across the world.

This 2009, however, sees Manic Street Preachers return to their roots via ninth studio album, ‘Journal for Plague Lovers’. The album took it’s inspiration from a folder which belonged to Richey, and was given to bassist Nicky Wire just a few days before he went missing. Crammed with lyrics, doodles and other musings, the Manics finally decided to take this bundle of Richey goods and turn it into a musical spectacular this May.

Edward’s creative influence on Journal is clear from start to finish. For starters, the band have certainly re-injected a more scorching, punkier sound back into their music. “The more I see, the less I scream” frontman James Dean Bradfield spits amid track one, ‘Peeled Apples’, a snarling number, with deep and heavy penetrating riffs.

‘Jackie Collins Existential Question Time’ is perfectly-preened guitar-pop with genius lyrics to match it’s similarly genius title, with the chorus repetitively asking “Oh Mummy, what’s a Sex Pistol?”. The spiky energy continues on into track three, ‘Me and Stephen Hawking’, a speedy number lead forth by an awesomely addictive riff.

Tracks including ‘This Joke Sport Severed’, ‘Facing Page: Top Left’ and ‘Doors Closing Slowly’ bring the album’s tempo down to a slower notch, with the latter track being a noticeably haunting number due to it’s sullen, repetitive drum beat and equally dark lyrics – “Listen to the selfish ones, they are the voice of accomplishment”.

However, the Manics prevent things from become too mundane by continuing a youthful furore into tracks such as the frantic ‘Marlon J.D’, and the vigorous punk number ‘All is Vanity’, which comes complete with angered guitars and similarly frustrated lyrics – “It’s not ‘What’s wrong?’, It’s ‘What’s right?’, Makes you feel like I’m talking a foreign language sometimes.”. Meanwhile, Bradfield’s forever-distinctive voice is demonstrated perfectly amid the mighty ‘Journal for Plague Lovers’ and the enthusiastic ‘Pretension/Repulsion’.

The album comes to a close with ‘William’s Last Words’, which sees a fragile and slightly nervous Wire take over vocal duties on this poignant number that’s surely asking us to think back to Richey. While Nicky may not be the greatest vocalist to have graced your ears, his shakey, gentle voice works perfectly for this incredibly moving number which brims with similarly heartbreaking lyrics – “Wish me some luck as you wave goodbye to me, your the best friends I ever had, goodnight, sleep tight, goodnight, God bless”.

A few minutes of silence later, however, and we soon realise that the Manic Street Preachers aren’t done with us just yet, oh no. Suddenly, amid the quiet, a dark, rumbling bass kicks in, followed by frantic guitars, speedy drums and those trademark epic vocals. ‘Bag Lady’ is the hidden fourteenth track on ‘Journal for Plague Lovers’, gloriously harking back to raw grit of vintage Manics. Indeed, this electric tune is an apt ending to this nostalgic musical trip of an album, which you can go grab now for £8.98 over at


Video of the Day #61: Manic Street Preachers

By on Tuesday, 19th May 2009 at 6:00 pm

You may have heard a bit about the Manic Street Preachers shiny new album, the “Journal for Plague Lovers”, which has been courting a bit of controversy.

Catch the video below for a song off the album, the intriguingly titled “Jackie Collins Existential Question Time”.

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Manic Street Preachers / May 2009 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 24th March 2009 at 4:00 pm

Manic Street Preachers have announced a new tour for late May and early June.

The tour dates will be in support of new album ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’ which comes out on May 18th and is a record composed only of lyrics left behind by missing guitarist Richey Edwards reportedly.

Monday 25th May 2009 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Tuesday 26th May 2009 – Llandudno Cymru Arena
Thursday 28th May 2009 – London Roundhouse
Friday 29th May 2009 – London Roundhouse
Saturday 30th May 2009 – London Roundhouse
Monday 1st June 2009 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
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Hydro Connect: The Complete Review

By on Sunday, 7th September 2008 at 5:41 pm

Hydro Connect Festival was my first proper music festival, and quite possibly one of the furthest away from home we could get. After a 9 hour drive leaving home at 5am on Friday morning, we arrived at one of the most beautiful festival settings I think you’ll find this side of Coachella.

After the horrible trek from car park to campsite (we were warned it was 20 minutes, but we’d suggest you double that if you’re carrying a tent), we set up our tent and went out to explore the main arena.

First up were Noah and the Whale and Ladytron on the Guitars and Other Machines Stage (otherwise known as the second stage for those of you who are Glastonbury / Reading / Leeds fans), before a wander around to see Amy MacDonald sporting a rather fetching kilt. I’ve never been a huge fan of her Radio 2 – lite tunes, but the Scottish crowd certainly loved the Glaswegian girl.

Manic Street Preachers were up next, and were on absolute fire as they did an amazing set. I’d heard people rave about them, but now I really can understand why – they were amazing. Kasabian headlined, but frankly were nothing on the Manics. Tom Meighan is an amazing frontman and certainly can whip everyone up some, but frankly they don’t have the tunes that the Manics do.

After an interesting night in the campsite, we slowly started our Saturday in the Speakeasy cafe on the sofas, listening to some amazing acoustic music. Quickly time rolled around and we had to amble back to the Media tent to catch a quick chat with Paul from Glasvegas and Kele and Matt from Bloc Party. After coming down from that little bit of excitement, we went to catch Friendly Fires on the Guitars and Other Machines Stage. We knew they were good having stumbled across them several times around the blogosphere, but weren’t expecting the amazingly high-energy set they provided us with. Black Lips disappointed, failing to energise the rather small crowd. Glasvegas had one of the biggest mid-afternoon crowds of the weekend, and provided the anthem of the weekend around the campsites.

A bit of food, and back to the main Oyster stage for the evening. We had high hopes for Grinderman, but simply didn’t appreciate Nick Cave’s new project, with it sounding largely inaccessible to us. Paolo Nutini I wasn’t holding out high hopes for, but he plain and simply blew me away, with his songs providing some great sing alongs. Oh, and his cover of Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? AMAZING.

We’d been excited about Bloc Party since their confirmation as Saturday night headliners, and with the announcement of their new album, Intimacy, just 10 days before the festival we were all the more excited. Kele and co didn’t disappoint, blasting through everything we’d hoped for and a bit more.

Somehow getting almost 6 hours sleep on Saturday night, we were woken by the pouring rain on Sunday morning, and took the decision to put our tent back in the car to prevent it from floating away in the increasingly boggy waters around our tent. Making the way back to the main arena we couldn’t decide who to catch, so caught snippets of a few different bands. Santagold looked rather out of place in a metallic blue dance suit compared to the muddy audience, but none the less was amazingly good, with her indenti-kit backing singers coupled with her backing band providing some surprisingly good tunes.

I’d heard about the Levellers from friends, but never actually caught them live. They were a true festival band, getting everyone moving, and really warming things up a bit. Elbow I’ve never been a huge fan of, however they again surprised me. Lead singer Guy Garvey was decidedly chatty, commenting that “this is my sort of weather – I don’t like the hot weather ‘cos people take off their clothes and it isn’t pretty from here! In Manchester just about every beer garden looks like it has about 2 dozen red eggs in it anytime there’s a mildly warm day!”

Goldfrapp were so-so. I’ve never been a huge fan of their stuff, on the basis lots of it is a bit too arty-farty for my liking. Plus, I was simply excited for Sigur Ros, who were next up and closing Hydro Connect 2008 for us. They didn’t disappoint.

With that, we left leaving Franz Ferdinand to do probably much what they did last time I caught them, and to make an exit from the car park (with the help of some amazingly nice girls who pushed us out of the mud).

What was hot:

  • Amazing setting
  • Great food at good prices
  • The lineup… simply amazing for a festival so young and small
  • The speakeasy tent with its comfy sofas and free newspapers
  • Friendly and helpful security

What was not:

  • Mobile reception was always hampered by “network busy” responses… if Hyde Park can cope with having upwards of 40,000 people all with mobiles, why can’t Connect? This was also the reason for a big lack of live updates from Connect – we didn’t take a laptop, and had been planning on there not
  • The hideously long trek to and from the carpark
  • A massive lack of toilets and washing facilities on the campsites.


“I now know where they let the oldies out to: we were by far the youngest in that tent!” (joked two mid-20 somethings on the walk back to the campsite)
“When you fail to perform, it really knocks your confidence… then you just can’t perform next time!” (overheard one morning at the campsite… you can only guess what it’s regarding!)
“This is SO overrated!” said by a guy completely covered in mud after wrestling his mate

Want more coverage?
Why not check out these Flickr Streams:
jjbuchan’s flickr stream
Taburetka’s flickr stream
Foofango’s flickr stream
Aaron Bassett’s flickr stream

… or these other reviews:’s review
Sunday Herald’s review
The Lancashire Herald
The Independent
The Times

Thanks go to:
Lee and all at Burt Greener Communications for looking after us so well and sorting out the tickets.
Dan for the photos and putting up with me for a weekend.

Roll on Hydro Connect 2009 is all we can say!


Hydro Connect: Day 1 review: Manic Street Preachers

By on Saturday, 30th August 2008 at 10:03 am

Closing the Friday for us was the Manic Street Preachers. Kasabian were technically the headliners but for us the Manics were the highlight – Kasabian pale in comparison, and have nowhere near the number of hits that the Manics do.

Clearly loving the beautiful setting for the festival, James Dean Bradfield and co treated us to a greatest hits set which showed off their amazing back-catalogue. Opening with “Faster” JDB echoed the sentiments of many bands over the weekend: “this is the last festival of the season for us, and it’s amazing to be in such a beautiful place as this!” he smiled before launching into a high velocity “Motorcycle Emptiness”.

“You Stole the Sun From My Heart” provided the first genuine festival sing-along, with the natural ampitheatre of the Oyster main stage providing amazing acoustics for the anthemic sing-along.

JDB introduced “Walking Abortion” from their generation-defining “Holy Bible” by joking that “those who are expecting one of our newer ones with strings can go to the bar for this one!”

“They said this was like an older version of T in the Park…I may need a hip replacement but that’s so not true – you’re all looking amazing tonight!” he smiled before launching into a cover of Rhianna’s Umberlla, which was one of the most inspired (or stupidest) choices of cover, dependent on your level of Manics fanaticism.

Motown Junk was dedicated to Richie Edwards, their missing guitarist and lyricist who has now been missing for over 13 years, and provided a reminder of the bands early days, and shows just how far they’ve come in their career.

Large photos and setlist after the jump.
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