Manic Street Preachers Announce New Album & Tour

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Manic Street Preachers are back, announcing their 14th studio album, ‘The Utra Vivid Lament’ – released 3rd September 2021. The band have also released the first single from the album, ‘Orwellian’, as well as announcing an autumn tour for later this year.

Speaking about the new single, the Manics have said: “The track is about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms leading to a perpetual state of culture war. As with many songs on the record, it was written on the piano by James Dean Bradfield. Musically, it echoes ABBA, the majesty of Alan Rankine’s playing in the Associates and Talk Talk’s ‘It’s My Life’ with a Lindsey Buckingham guitar solo. It felt like the perfect sonic and lyrical introduction to The Ultra Vivid Lament”.

You’ll be able to hear the new material on a 14 date UK tour post-release, with previously announced festival dates also providing the band with a platform to play the new tracks live. The tour dates are as follows:

26 September             NEWCASTLE, O2 City Hall
28 September             EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
29 September             DUNDEE, Caird Hall
  1 October                  STOKE-ON-TRENT, Victoria Hall
  2 October                  MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
  4 October                  YORK, Barbican
  5 October                  GLASGOW, Barrowland
  7 October                  LEEDS, O2 Academy
  8 October                  PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall
10 October                  BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
11 October                  CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
13 October                  BATH, Forum
14 October                  BRIGHTON, Dome
3 December              LONDON, The SSE Arena, Wembley

Previously Announced Live Shows:
16 July                         CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena (NHS workers show)
17 July                         CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena (NHS public show)
30 July                        PIKEHALL, Y Not Festival
7 August                      LINLITHGOW, Party At The Palace
29 August                    ALCESTER, Camper Calling Music Festival
10 September             HALIFAX, Live at Piece Hall
18 September             JERSEY, Electric Park Festival

You can pre-order ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ from the official store ( to get early access to tickets for the tour, with a pre-sale starting on Wednesday 19th May at 10am. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 21st May at 10am

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