Manic Street Preachers are one of the most influential and iconic rock band to have come out of Wales. Formed in Blackwood in 1986 they have gone on to release 13 studio albums and have headlined countless festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festival and Reading & Leeds. They have won eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards and were also nominated for the Mercury Prize and the MTV Europe Music Awards.
Their first album ‘Generation Terrorists’ released in February 1992 was a hugely ambitious debut, establishing them as unique artists, combining classic rock riffs with the attitude of pop and punk and lyrically setting themselves head and shoulders above their contemporaries. Throughout the years they have collected fans from all over the world, maturing and changing musically whilst always keeping the classic Manics sound. At their live shows early tracks such as ‘You Love Us’ and ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ comfortably sit alongside huge chart hits such as the No. 1 single ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’; other singles ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’ and ‘Design For Life’ mosh alongside newer songs such as ‘International Blue’ and ‘Hold Me Like A Heaven’ (both taken from their most recent album 2018’s ‘Resistance Is Futile).
The band are currently in the studio working on their 14th album
Led by the inimitable and charismatic frontman Johnny Borrell, the chart-topping, multiple platinum-selling band first emerged as darlings of London’s rock n’ roll explosion of 2002, one that saw many a band rise and sink without a trace. The mark left by Razorlight was considerably bigger and significantly longer-lasting.
Hits like “Golden Touch”, “Stumble and Fall” and the smash hit “America” saw the band’s star rise on both sides of the Atlantic in the first decade of the 21st Century, as did huge tours with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Queen + Paul Rodgers and Oasis, as well as a momentous performance in front of a global audience at 2005’s historic Live 8 concert at Hyde Park. Johnny Borrell became a household celebrity, becoming a Vogue cover star and enjoying a playfully fractious relationship with the national press.
Nearly twenty years since their first show at iconic Camden venue Dingwalls, and sixteen years since they appeared at the very first Jersey Live Festival, the year that saw the island join the UK festival circuit. They’ll return to Jersey to discover a festival landscape that’s light years ahead of where it was back then, from the production to the line-up, they’ll find something even bigger and even better at Electric Park. One constant that won’t have changed though, is the incredible atmosphere that the Jersey audience over the years have created every time.
Formed in 2005, Scouting For Girls are Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and James Rowlands. They burst on to the scene with their 2007 self-titled debut, a record that reached number 1 in the UK Album Charts, went on to become triple platinum and birthed the generation-bridging anthems of ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ and ‘Heartbeat’. To date the album has sold over one million copies in the UK. In total, they have sold over two million records, including five albums and thirteen singles.
In the decade since Scouting For Girls, the band have released Everybody Wants To Be On TV (2010), The Light Between Us (2012), Still Thinking About You (2015) and 2019’s The Trouble with Boys, plus the chart-topping mega hit single ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’. They’ve picked up nominations for four Brits, an Ivor Novello and played everywhere from a sold-out Wembley Arena to countless festival stages.
Formed in New Jersey in 1969 – a year that saw the first human steps on the moon, the breakup of The Beatles and the famous “Summer of Love” – Dr Hook were originally comprised of lead singer Locorriere along with George Cummings, Billy Francis and Ray Sawyer. Dr Hook & The Medicine Show (later shortened to “Dr Hook”) would go on to become one of the biggest bands of the next decade-and-a-half. Their eponymous debut album sold over one million copies, and singles like “Sylvia’s Mother”, “Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’”, “A Little Bit More” and UK chart-topper “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman” have entered the musical lexicon as timeless classics. A massive 60 Gold and Platinum-selling albums, and scores of concerts worldwide mark Dr Hook out as icons of their trade. With their blend of rock, country, soul, rhythm n’ blues and even disco, they found universal and enduring appeal, arguably one of the originators of the Americana music genre.
Following the success of the Universal album release in early 2014, Dr Hook Timeless, Dennis Locorriere, the unmistakable voice of the band’s biggest hits and best loved songs, assembled an incredibly talented band of musicians and singers, playing all of the hits at sell-out concerts around the world– something that Locorriere has not done since his Dr Hook Farewell Tour in 1985. Never before have these songs been recreated live to sound just as they did when they were originally recorded in the famous Nashville and Muscle Shoals studios with some of the best session musicians in the world.
Dennis says, “I know that people everywhere love the Dr Hook sound and that’s what we’re bringing back to them, just the way they remember it and want to hear it done live”