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Pretenders

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Monday 26 February - Monday 28 October 2024
The British Alt-Rock/New Wave outfit led by American Chrissie Hynde have scored thirteen UK Top 40 singles since 1979, including the chart-topping "Brass in Pocket" and Top 10 hits "I Go To Sleep", "Talk of the Town", "Hymn to Her", "Don't ...

OMD - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

O2 Apollo, Manchester
Friday 1 - Saturday 2 March 2024
Four decades has seen - give or take a decade break - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) sell an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums, establishing them as electronic synthesiser pioneers and one of Britain's best-loved...

Simple Minds

AO Arena, Manchester
Saturday 16 March 2024
Glaswegian rockers Simple Minds are one of the UK's most successful and inspirational bands, having achieved five No.1 albums and eight Top 10 singles at home, as well as landing numerous chart-topping positions around the world. In additi...

The Liquid Engineers - Gary Numan Tribute

Rebellion, Manchester
Saturday 23 March 2024
Gary Numan has been cited as a major influence on acts such as Nine Inch Nails to Prince,his music has been covered by acts from Beck,Blur, Basement Jaxx, Africa Bambatta Marilyn Manson, Little Boots and many more. Standing within th...

EXTC

Band On The Wall, Manchester
Friday 29 March 2024
It's been a long time coming (over 40 years, in fact) but Terry Chambers, the drummer for XTC, is back on the road with his new band, EXTC (named and approved by Andy Partridge), bringing the XTC songbook to audiences worldwide - including ...

Martin McAloon (Prefab Sprout)

The Citadel Theatre, St Helens
Friday 29 March 2024
Martin McAloon will be performing a large selection of hit songs from Prefab Sprout's extensive archive celebrating over 40 years of his brother, Paddy McAloon's writing. This will be a rare opportunity to hear these incredible songs perfor...

EMPATHY TEST

Rebellion, Manchester
Thursday 4 April 2024
Formed in London by childhood friends Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf, the band's "big dramatic sound swoons ecstatically between the nostalgic and immediate" (KCRW), earning them comparisons with classic acts such as Depeche Mode and A Flock o...

China Crisis

Gorilla, Manchester
Friday 12 April 2024
Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly are the founder members of the band which started in Kirkby, Merseyside back in 1979. China Crisis found major success in the UK with five Top 40 singles, ten Top 50 singles and three Top 40 albums and hits across...

China Crisis

The Citadel Theatre, St Helens
Friday 19 April - Friday 3 May 2024
Eddie Lundon and Gary Daly are the founder members of the band which started in Kirkby, Merseyside back in 1979. China Crisis found major success in the UK with five Top 40 singles, ten Top 50 singles and three Top 40 albums and hits across...

Calling Planet Earth

St Helens Theatre Royal, St Helens
Saturday 20 April 2024
Symphonically new on stage, the music of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Human League, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, OMD, Japan, ABC, Soft Cell and more... "The Show that Defines a Decade" ...

The Beat featuring Ranking Jnr

The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham
Saturday 20 April 2024
With 1980's Top 10 hits like "Can't Get Used To Losing You", "Mirror In The Bathroom", "Tears Of A Clown", "Ranking Full Stop", "Too Nice To Talk To", "Hands Off, She's Mine", and "Twist & Crawl", the Birmingham ska legends fused Latin, s...

Calling Planet Earth

Middleton Arena, Manchester
Friday 3 May 2024
Symphonically new on stage, the music of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Human League, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, OMD, Japan, ABC, Soft Cell and more... "The Show that Defines a Decade" ...

Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey

New Century Hall, Manchester
Monday 13 May 2024
Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the release of The double Platinum, UK chart-topping, 1984 album "Into The Gap", which spawned the hits "Hold Me Now", "You Take Me Up", and "Doctor! Doctor!" ...

The Liquid Engineers - Gary Numan Tribute

Windle Labour Club, St Helens
Saturday 18 May 2024
Gary Numan has been cited as a major influence on acts such as Nine Inch Nails to Prince,his music has been covered by acts from Beck,Blur, Basement Jaxx, Africa Bambatta Marilyn Manson, Little Boots and many more. Standing within th...

Gary Numan

O2 Ritz, Manchester
Friday 24 May 2024
London-born Gary Anthony James Webb helped turn the UK's budding new wave scene on its head in the late '70s. He launched his music career by starting the band Tubeway Army, who released their eponymous debut in 1978. At the time, he adopte...

Blancmange

Manchester Academy, Manchester
Saturday 25 May 2024
The London electronic duo Neil Arthur (vocals, guitar) and Stephen Luscombe (keyboards) interlaced the arty, exotic dance rhythms of Talking Heads with the quirky melodrama of early-'80s British synth pop, enjoying success with four UK t...

Calling Planet Earth

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Friday 19 July 2024
Symphonically new on stage, the music of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Human League, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, OMD, Japan, ABC, Soft Cell and more... "The Show that Defines a Decade" ...

From Gold To Rio - The Greatest Hits of Spandau Ballet & Duran Duran

Middleton Arena, Manchester
Friday 19 July 2024
Two of the UK's most iconic bands will be brought to life in one power packed tribute show. With over twenty Top 10 hits, the show will feature two hours of non-stop classics including Gold, Rio, True, and The Reflex, to name a few, guarant...

Squeeze

King George's Hall, Blackburn
Saturday 3 August 2024
As one of the most traditional pop bands of the new wave, London's Squeeze provided one of the links between classic British guitar pop and post-punk providing the vehicle for the wry, subtle lyric writing of Chris Difford and traditiona...

Elvis Costello & Steve Nieve

Manchester Opera House, Manchester
Sunday 8 September 2024
Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve have announced a 15 date tour of the UK & Ireland for September 2024, playing selections from a songbook that is fifty years long and twice as deep. The collaboration of Elvis Costello and Steve Nieve has span...

Tubeway Days - The Gary Numan Live Experience 1979/80

Manchester Academy, Manchester
Saturday 14 September 2024
The UK's best Gary Numan Tribute show delivers an evening of scintillating electronic music concentrating on the 1979/80 "Electronic" segment of Numan's career. A six piece band fronted by Chris Fielding, they will transport you back to th...

From Gold To Rio - The Greatest Hits of Spandau Ballet & Duran Duran

The Albert Halls, Bolton
Friday 27 September 2024
Two of the UK's most iconic bands will be brought to life in one power packed tribute show. With over twenty Top 10 hits, the show will feature two hours of non-stop classics including Gold, Rio, True, and The Reflex, to name a few, guarant...

The The

O2 Apollo, Manchester
Monday 30 September 2024
Matt Johnson's new wave / post-punk outfit The The spent 30 weeks on the UK chart with their 1986 album, Infected, following it up with the top-ten studio albums Mind Bomb (1989) and Dusk (1993). Lauded with critical acclaim, their ever-cha...

Nik Kershaw

Manchester Academy, Manchester
Wednesday 9 October 2024
One of the most popular pop stars and talented songwriters of the '80s, Ipswich-raised Nik Kershaw served his apprenticeship playing guitar in jazz fusion and functions bands before shooting to fame worldwide in 1984 with the UK Top 5 singl...

Squeeze

O2 Apollo, Manchester
Saturday 12 October 2024
As one of the most traditional pop bands of the new wave, London's Squeeze provided one of the links between classic British guitar pop and post-punk providing the vehicle for the wry, subtle lyric writing of Chris Difford and traditiona...

Adam Ant

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Sunday 3 November 2024
Pop icon Adam Ant returns with his UK Antics tour, with a set list that promises to get everyone on their feet. Performing his classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites, audiences will be thrilled with the return of live musi...

Calling Planet Earth

The Albert Halls, Bolton
Thursday 20 March 2025
Symphonically new on stage, the music of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Human League, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, OMD, Japan, ABC, Soft Cell and more... "The Show that Defines a Decade" ...
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