Newly announced talent for the Gigantic Indie All Dayer Festival Vol 4 at Manchester Academy on 27 May features show stoppers The Wedding Present, EMF, Pop Will Eat Itself, Jim Bob (Carter USM), The Primitives, Thousand Yard Stare & Mark Morriss (The BlueTones) for a 10 hour extravaganza.
Event organizing titans Gigantic are at it again, this time orchestrating a festival that brings a whole stack of talent to Manchester Academy on Saturday 27 May. The festival that will forever believe that “bigger is better” return with an all new lineup. Headlined by The Wedding Present with special guests EMF, the festival will be fleshed out by artists Pop Will Eat Itself, Jim Bob (Carter USM), The Primitives, Thousand Yard Stare & Mark Morris (The BlueTones). Given the exciting shenanigans in store from some of Yorkshires finest talent, tickets are priced at a generous £31 which will grant access to what is sure to be a memorable festival
Headlining the festival are British Indie Rockers The Wedding Present who boast a career spanning over 30 years that has seen a constantly revolving line-up around centre-peice member David Gedge. Forming in Leeds in 1985, the face-changing band are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their influential album George Best which was released by their very own record company Reception Records in 1987. The self-release birthed anthems ‘What Did Your Last Servant Die Of’ and ‘My Favourite Dress’, proving that the group are fully capable performing as the hallmarking headliners of the festival. With a career spanning this long so successfully, their 30th anniversary performance at the festival will surely be something to remember
Joining The Wedding Present are very special guests EMF, also referred to as ‘Epsom Mad Funkers’. The band found incredible success in the ’90s with their oppositely titled tracks ‘Unbelievable’ and ‘I Believe’. EMF dropped an EMP on mainstream music, having memorably blitzed their way to a number 3 UK Singles Chart position, and to a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. With success not sedated by oceans or genre, EMF are fully poised for a memorable show at Manchester Academy. This year will also mark the last of Mark Decloedt’s time as drummer, so make sure to head on down for what is sure to be an emotional send off.
English Alternative Rock band Pop Will Eat Itself are also showing up to please the Manchester Masses. They Stourbridge band have also welcomed charted success, their hit single ‘Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!’ climbing all the way up to the top 10 in 1993 and will no doubt resonate just as well in 2017 at Manchester Academy. Growing from a grebo background, they’ve had just as many funky tunes as they have exclamation marks in their track titles. Fans can expect the band to whip out charted tunes like ‘Wise Up! Sucker’ and ‘This Is The Day… This Is The Hour… This is This!’ during the explosive festival.
Furthermore, Jim Bob will be stopping by the Manchester Academy, who is the lead singer of South London based Indie Rock band CARTER USM. He boasts four top 10 albums over a 10 year career as part of the band, and his performance at Manchester Academy will be a magnificent mesh of CARTER USM tunes mixed in with his very own solo material. Dedicated fans can expect hits like ‘Sheriff Fatman’ and ‘The Only Living Boy In New Cross’ to add some additional zest to Jim Bob’s fantastic festival set.
From Coventry come The Primitives to further flesh out the line up, the indie pop band having also been attributed to the pop, new wave and pop punk music scenes. Just like the other acts, the band has also charted high with their material and, moreover, have had their work featured on the soundtrack to movie cult classic Dumb and Dumber. This band are anything but primitive with their efforts, blasting out ‘Stop Killing Me’, ‘Out of Reach’ and ‘Crash’ as hits that will stand the test of time. No doubt their eagerly anticipated performance at Manchester Academy will prove this.
Shoulder to shoulder with The Primitives come Thousand Yard Stare from Berkshire, who also share touring history with CARTER USM as a slick supporting act. Famed for their riffs and legendary Keepsake EP, the band found fame in the early 1990’s and reformed in 2015 for a second bout of success. They are pegged as one of the most popular supporting acts on the early ’90s indie circuit, and will play Manchester Academy with music that surely will transport gig-goers back to the nifty ’90s.
Rounding out the line up is Mark Morriss of The Bluetones fame, a singer-songwriter racking up 14 top ten singles, 3 top ten albums and many global tours over the span of a bombastic 15 year career. Indie-rock band The Bluetones formed in 1993 under the lead of Morriss, his musicianship charting unprecedented paths to success in both his group efforts and his very own solo endeavors. Morriss has built a robust relationship with audiences of the Indie All Dayer at Manchester Academy, and this rapport looks set to fully flourish for his 2017 stint at the venue.
Tickets for the Gigantic Indie All Dayer Festival Vol 4 can be purchased here.