Sounds of the City is back in September 2021, with headline concerts from Snow Patrol, with very special guests The Lathums and Lucy Blue on 26th September 2021. Plus Irish singer songwriter Dermot Kennedy will also take to the stage on 21st September 2021.
Taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in September, and again in summer 2022 for a series of headline concerts, featuring Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, DMA’S, The Streets and Haçienda Classiçal, as well as new additions Dermot Kennedy and Snow Patrol, plus special guests, Sounds Of The City has established itself as a staple part of the Manchester music scene with some of the most acclaimed live artists taking to the stage. Foals, Crowded House and Lewis Capaldi shows will now take place in 2022.
Foals headline Castlefield Bowl, following the release of their first ever #1 album, the critically acclaimed album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2’. Their most ambitious project of their career, this album follows the equally lauded ‘Part 1’ release, which garnered their third Mercury Music Prize nomination and a Best Album award at the 2019 Q Awards. Foals will be joined by Manchester live favourites, Everything Everything.
Crowded House will be kicking off the next chapter of their story with a new line up for their first headline date in the city in 10 years. Crowded House is a long standing and much-loved vehicle for the song writing talents of Neil Finn. Formed in Melbourne Australia in 1985 their eponymous self-titled debut album went on to global success with the hits Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong.
With 4 studio albums and success worldwide, becoming particularly beloved for their freewheeling and interactive live shows Crowded House were inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2016, at the same time reprising Farewell shows at the Sydney Opera House with 3 nights of stunning performances. Following Neil’s surprise star turn and a very successful world tour with Fleetwood Mac, Neil and Nick Seymour have been energized and inspired to begin a new chapter in the Crowded House story.
Gearing up for their huge UK arena tour, Kaiser Chiefs will be taking over Castlefield Bowl. Having released their seventh studio album ‘Duck’ this summer to wide critical acclaim the record is the sound of one of the most successful British guitar bands of the millennium. This sees them reclaim the creative swagger that underpins their strongest work and harks back to the everyday explorations of their breakthrough early albums.
Fifteen years into their career, the band are hitting new artistic peaks. Kaiser Chiefs will be joined by very special guests, indie-rock elite Razorlight, who will also be touring with them on their arena tour next year.
Lewis Capaldi will return to the city. Continuing to break records and capture the nation, he has been cemented as an international superstar. With his debut album spending six weeks in total at #1, it was certified platinum in just 10 weeks, is fast approaching half a million sales and has just become the biggest selling album of the year.
Becoming the biggest streamed week 1 debut of all time, the album also spawned the smash hit single of the year in ‘Someone You Loved’, which spent 7 weeks at the summit of the Official Singles Chart and has become Lewis’ first ever US number 1, as well as bagging him his first Grammy nomination for Song Of The Year.
Sydney’s DMA’S will headline Castlefield Bowl. Since bursting on the scene back in 2015 they have not stopped with thrilling and anthemic shows all over the world. Following the release of their new single ‘Silver’ in October the band joined Liam Gallagher on the opening seven dates of a huge UK arena tour before heading out on a major UK tour.
Support comes from special guests The Blinders and The Lathums.
Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, is a native of Birmingham/Barnet in the UK - a rapper, producer, DJ, singer, writer, actor who happens to have made some of the most important British music of this millennium. His debut album “Original Pirate Material”, released in 2002 is widely regarded to have changed the face of British rap music, and his second album “A Grand Don’t Come For Free” was a huge worldwide success spawning hit singles like “Fit But You Know It” and “Dry Your Eyes”.
After 5 albums and over 5 million record sales, Skinner quit The Streets and worked on other musical projects as well as reinventing himself as a successful DJ playing Bass and Grime. In 2018 Skinner revived The Streets with his phenomenal touring band (which also features Rob Harvey of The Music on guitar/vox) for a rapturously received tour that continues into 2019 - and in 2021 The Streets will release a new album and his debut feature film, both entitled “The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light”.
Haçienda Classiçal also returns with Manchester Camerata for its fifth event at Castlefield Bowl in what has become an annual and signature event for FAC 51 The Hacienda in its home city. The clubbing classical cross-over concept has proved wildly successful and all the Castlefield dates have all fully sold out well in advance. The complete line up for Hacienda Classical including support and DJ’s will be announced in due course.
As previously announced, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will headline. This sold out show follows the announcement of their fourth studio album ‘Manchester Calling’ and a major UK tour. Paul Heaton is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters, with some 15 million album sales under his belt. Along with Jacqui they have since released three acclaimed albums as a duo: ‘What Have We Become’ (’14) and ‘Wisdom, Laughter and Lines’ (’15) and ‘Crooked Calypso’ (’17). Last year Paul released a career spanning compilation of his biggest hits and more entitled ‘The Last King Of Pop’.
Over the years, Castlefield Bowl has hosted sold out shows from the likes of Kylie, The National, Chic, New Order, Arcade Fire, The Kooks, elbow, The Wombats, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rag N Bone Man, Last Shadow Puppets, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Paolo Nutini, James, Pixies and The Courteeners, right from the heart of Manchester City Centre.
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