Who would have imagined at the start of the pandemic that gigs, already rescheduled would need to be moved again. The MANICS are the latest band having to do just that with their charity gigs at the Motorpoint Arena. The dates have been moved to the 19th and 20th September.

Now before you hurry to the box office to get your tickets, they are pretty much sold out. We have just checked however and there is low availability resale tickets right now for the Monday, so get in and be quick (don’t blame us if they’ve already gone).

The MANIC STREET PREACHERS announced this special concert in support of frontline staff working so hard during the current crisis back in April last year. They’ve actually lined up a pair of arena concerts to benefit NHS workers in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Appropriately, they’ll play the shows at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. The band told us at the time…….

“We wanted to do something to show our appreciation, love and respect for the NHS and its amazing brave workers. One free show and one fundraising show seemed the best way for us to express our deep gratitude for all their heroic work.”

“The first show will be free for all UK NHS workers. Tickets are limited to two per worker, with workers allowed to bring a non-NHS guest. Any staff that work within an NHS hospital are eligible, “including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, support workers, porters and cleaners”.

Tickets for the free concert for NHS Staff, now on Sunday 19th September, will be limited to two per person (eligible NHS staff members and one guest). The tickets will be available from here. MANICS (remember these are now fully booked).

Those eligible for tickets will be all NHS staff that work within NHS hospitals in the UK including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, support workers, porters and cleaners. Any staff that work within the hospital will be eligible to apply for tickets. Eligible NHS staff members are entitled to bring one guest with them but will need two tickets (one for them and one for their guest).

The second show, on Monday 20th September, will give us all a chance to see the guys do what they do so brilliantly. All money raised will be in support of NHS Charities, something the band feel really passionate about. Those tickets are on sale here, and there are still a few available CHARITY at £35.75 each and there are currently some resale at £40.25 and £41.11 but they may go by the time you click through.

These gigs now fit nicely around the Manics tour which kicks off later this year. Meanwhile, the guys are set for the release of their fourteenth studio album The Ultra Vivid Lament which is out on 3rd September. The songs were recorded last winter, here in South Wales at Rockfield studios in Monmouth and the band’s own Door To The River studio in Newport with longtime collaborator Dave Eringa.

The first single/preview from the album is the new track Orwellian, which is available to stream now.

Here’s the full track listing for the new album…..

  1. Still Snowing In Sapporo
  2. Orwellian
  3. The Secret He Had Missed
  4. Quest For Ancient Colour
  5. Don’t Let the Night Divide Us
  6. Diapause
  7. Complicated Illusions
  8. Into The Waves of Love
  9. Blank Diary Entry
  10. Happy Bored Alone
  11. Afterending


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