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Summer In The City: Pixies + Maximo Park + Royal Blood
This summer some of the most acclaimed live artists are taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in July for the first ever Summer In The City.
Following their sold out world tour Pixies will headline Thursday 10th July and legendary Manchester band James will be performing one of their renowned headline sets on Friday 11th July.
Pixies will be joined by hotly tipped Brighton duo Royal Blood and James will be joined by special guests Starsailor, with more special guest supports to be announced soon.
After months of rumours the Pixies finally announced a reunion in 2004, more than 10 years after their bitter split. They had an enormous influence on alternative rock music, despite their relatively modest commercial success. Their intensely dark sound, often referred to as 'post-punk', pre-dated the huge mainstream success of the grunge scene that they clearly laid the foundations for. It certainly wouldn't be exaggerating the importance of the Pixies' in the late 80s and early 90s to ask whether seminal tracks such as 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' would ever have seen the light of day without their influence.
Founding member Kim Deal left the band in 2013, shortly before the band released their first new music in nearly a decade. Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering are continuing to tour, with Paz Lenchantin - whose CV includes A Perfect Circle, ZWAN and The Entrance Band - stepping in on bass for the 2014 live shows. Paz is now the band’s official bassist.
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Indie-Rock band from Newcastle, fronted by the ever charming Paul Smith, whose tightly-wound songs are biting, contemporary takes on the familiar feelings of being trapped in a small town and desperately needing to escape. Their tunes vibrate with contained energy, and the anger more than occasionally spills out into faster, harder pop-rock. With three UK top 10 albums, two top 20 albums, along with eight UK top 40 singles, the boys continue to 'apply some pressure' to their sound and success.
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Riff-heavy alt-rock duo Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher are Royal Blood from Brighton. Their explosive guitar and drums sound has inevitably likened them to the White Stripes, along with Queens of the Stone Age. The boys have picked up a slew of awards, perhaps most notably winning 'Best British Group' at the 2015 Brit Awards, along with winning both 'Best Live Act' from Q Magazine and 'Best Live Band' from the NME.
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Venue: Castlefield Bowl
Phone: 0161 834 4026
→ Deansgate 8 min walk
→ Salford Central 9 min walk