Manchester Academy celebrates 25 years

Posted on 24 February 2015
By Faye Smith
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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.

For 25 years, the Academy has been the beating heart of Manchester’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 Manchester Academy have been privileged to host them all.

After all this time, their unquenchable thirst for live music will be celebrated in their 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.

They’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. They’ve opened their 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 the 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.

Manchester Academy are delighted to announce to you the first four of these specially curated celebration shows will feature:

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


On sale now!

More Festivities

The Manchester Academy has never done entertainment in half measures and they don’t intend to let you down now.

Over the next few months they 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, Manchester Academy are hugely grateful to everyone who has helped the Academy outlast even our host city’s very finest venues since 1990.

They 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.

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

For more information visit: Manchester Academy Official

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Tickets for the first four events are on sale now.