Manic Street Preachers - Return from exile

Manic Street Preachers

From feather boa-swinging, vitriolic misfits in eyeliner to masses-pleasing masters of the soaring rock anthem, it's been a long and rocky road for the Manic Street Preachers during their staggering 22-year career.

The band are currently on a well-deserved high after 2007's Send Away the Tigers was widely hailed as a return to form, and in February this year the Welsh trio triumphantly received a Godlike Genius Award from NME, throwing in a cover of Rihanna's 'Umbrella' by way of celebration.

Since then they've been holed up in a studio with long-time producer Dave Eringa (the man who first brought strings to the MSP sound), working on their ninth album, which will be their last under contract with Sony. This Hydro Connect show may provide the perfect opportunity to air these new tracks, which James Dean Bradfield has described as Holy Bible-esque, complete with heavy, angular riffs, but you can be sure they'll pack a fair few old classics into their setlist too. All we need now is for Nicky Wire to trot out gleefully in one of his trademark skirts and the performance will be complete. (CP)
n Oyster Stage, Fri.

Manic Street Preachers

The anthemic Welsh rockers return to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Everything Must Go.


Returning for a second year after its successful debut the boutique festival has corralled headliners Kasabian, Manic Street Preachers, Bloc Party, Paolo Nutini, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros and Goldfrapp. There will be five stages: 'The Oyster stage', 'Guitars and other Machines', 'Manicured Noise', 'Unknown…


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