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A Beautiful Day Out : Levellers, New Model Army, The Wildhearts, The Membranes
Sounds of the City is back taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in summer 2018. Some of the most acclaimed live artists and shows including Shed Seven, Haçienda Classiçal, A Beautiful Day Out featuring The Levellers, Rag’n’Bone Man and Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will be taking the helm of what has become a staple part of the Manchester music scene.
**Please note Elvis Costello will no longer be performing due to ill health**
Brighton's seminal folk-rock outfit formed by Mark Chadwick and Jeremy Cunningham in the late 80s who take their name from the 17th century radical democracy movement. Over the years they've become a staple on festival bills with their crowd pleasing blend of fiddles, guitars and biting political lyrics. Their 14 top 40 singles include the perennial anthems 'One Way', 'Hope Street' and 'What A Beautiful Day', which inspired the name for their annual curated music festival; 'Beautiful Days'.
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New Model Army are a legendary global underground cult band. Formed by Justin Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, their beginnings were inspired by Northern Soul, Punk Rock and the incendiary atmosphere of the times. Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential in 'post-punk’, 'folk-rock’, 'politico-rock’, 'goth’, 'metal’ and all kinds of musical sub-cultures but, like Groucho Marx, they have steadfastly refused to belong to any club that would have them as members.
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For almost 2 decades The Wildhearts have remained at the forefront of the British rock scene and their legendary live shows have been second to none. The Wildhearts, with the line up of Ginger and CJ on guitars and vocals, bassist Jon Poole and Ritch Battersby on drums, continue to hold firm with their motto "Louder than llfe and better than everything else."
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Reformed '77 post-punk band, featuring Goldblade's John Robb. A key influence on bands like Big Black and the US underground, The Membranes are a melting pot of post punk, psychedelic rock, noise and drone, and neo classical pieces. The band claim they are "not a rock n roll project, but a high decibel orchestra playing discordant death disco symphonies about life and the universe and beyond. With music that varies from classic Membranes discordant noise, to drone rock epics, to neo classical orchestrated pieces to psych outs, to a walk on the dark side exercise in post punk with dark dub exercises…”
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