Manic Street Preachers to play massive open-air show at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea
Manic Street Preachers have announced they will play a massive open-air show in Swansea next year.
The Manics will take to the stage at their biggest headline gig in Wales since their New Year’s Eve appearance at the Millennium Stadium in 1999, when they play The Liberty Stadium next year.
The concert, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s 1996 album Everything Must Go. The gig will also see them joined by special guests Super Furry Animals and Public Service Broadcasting. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (November 13).
The band will perform two sets - Everything Must Go in full and a second set which will feature rarities, curios, greatest hits and a few brand new songs.
Following a series of critically-acclaimed anniversary marking the release of The Holy Bible, including a special homecoming gig at Cardiff Castle in June, the band decided the logical next step was to give Everything Must Go the same treatment.
“It was easy for us because we had enjoyed the experience of playing The Holy Bible anniversary shows,” said frontman James Dean Bradfield .
“Purely in terms of just playing the songs that was much harder and much more problematic 20 years on because it’s such a vitriolic experience to play that music physically.
“But the difference with Everything Must Go is that it breathes so easily. It has a flow to it and more warmth and humanity to it.
“It was Nicky’s (Wire) idea. There was no indecision in doing something like this because we know that musically, stepping out on stage and playing the songs, it’s a much easier task for us.”
The Manics are currently collaborating with Bafta Award-winning director Kieran Evans, who they worked with on videos for their last two albums, to create a new visual backdrop for the show based around the album’s iconic artwork.
Special guests at the Liberty Stadium will be long-time friends and touring partners Super Furry Animals .
The Furries were regular touring mates of the Manics on many of the original Everything Must Go live shows – they also supported the band at their Millennium Eve gig.
Public Service Broadcasting, who have also played previously with the band will also appear. DJs will be announced soon as will other details of celebrations to mark the album’s anniversary.
“Having the Super Furry Animals on the same bill is gigantic for us,” said James. “Ourselves and the Furries have toured quite a lot down the years.
“The only thing we have in common is that we’re both Welsh bands. Other than that we’re distinctly different, but whenever we’ve toured together, we’ve always really got on.
“People want to see good bill,” he added. “They want to see bands who will give us a run for our money and possibly blow us off stage.
“One of my stand out memories of touring with the Furries is playing with each other in Europe and going to see Holland v Wales at PSV Eindhoven’s ground, a game we lost 7-1 .
“We were all in the Dutch end. After a while the security pulled us out and took us to the Wales end. After every goal they played some terrible Dutch hi-energy dance tune, so it was a relief to get out of there.”
Originally released in spring 1996, Everything Must Go was the band’s first huge commercial success. The record was certified triple platinum in the UK and went on to sell more than a million copies and bag multiple Brit awards. It features four top 10 singles – A Design For Life, Everything Must Go, Kevin Carter and Australia.
Touring the record, the band went from playing an early show in the tiny basement bar at the Haçienda to headlining in front of 20,000 people at Manchester’s Nynex Arena in less than 12 months. Although some songs from Everything Must Go are still cornerstones of Manic Street Preachers’ gigs, several of the album tracks haven’t been played live since 1996.
“We were a much more inclusive band around the time of Everything Must go, which was such a gigantic achievement because, let’s face it, The Holy Bible wasn’t such an inclusive experience,” explained James.
“The memories of the album are of this strange sensation of being a popular cult band, to suddenly going overground and having 20,000 people singing songs back to me for the very first time. It was a shock. A completely new experience.
“I looked down at myself, I was wearing a normal shirt and normal trousers. No military regalia. It was like being transported to a different time, but in the same band.
"It was a bittersweet experience, of course because there was the three of us, instead of four, but nevertheless it was still invigorating and life-affirming. It was affirmation that we could still rely on each other to be a different version of the Manics.”