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Sounds of the City returns to Castlefield Bowl, Manchester in 2018

In Events by Emily Fitzgibbons0 Comments


Sounds of the City is back taking over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in summer 2018.  Some of the most acclaimed live artists and shows including Shed Seven, Haçienda Classiçal, A Beautiful Day Out featuring The Levellers, Rag’n’Bone Man, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott + Elvis Costello & The Imposters will be taking the helm of what has become a staple part of the Manchester music scene.

Shed Seven made one of indie-rock’s most triumphant returns this year having released their first new album in 16 years.  Featuring thunderous singles ‘Room In my House’ and ‘It’s Not Easy’ the album ‘Instant Pleasures’ went straight into the charts at No.8. Having sold over 50,000 tickets across the country for their current Shedcember tour, they will headline their biggest ever show at Sounds of The City on Friday 29th June and will be joined by special guests Reverend And the Makers + The Twang.

Following last year’s A Beautiful Day Out, Brighton folk punk band and live favourites Levellers will be back to play the Bowl on Sunday 1st July. The show billed as is a sister event to Beautiful Days, will see Levellers perform their classic tracks from their 30 year career. Joining Levellers will be New Model Army and a whole host of acts to be announced soon.

For One Night Only Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott + Elvis Costello & The Imposters will take over Castlefield Bowl on Friday 6th July for an incredible show. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott released their latest album ‘Crooked Calypso’, which debuted at No.2 earlier this year. They will be performing tracks from their phenomenal 30 year back catalogue including classics from The Beautiful South, The Housemartins and songs from their acclaimed three albums as a duo. Acclaimed singer-songwriter and record producer Elvis Costello will play the Bowl following a major Las Vegas residency. There will be timeless pop melodies, dramatic piano ballads and solo narrative interludes, all framed by The Imposters renowned rock and soul rave-ups.

Following a monumental 12 months, the biggest UK breakout star Rag’n’Bone Man will headline Castlefield Bowl for the very first time on Wednesday 4th July. Without doubt 2017 has been the year of Rag’n’Bone Man. His debut album ‘Human’ has been a huge hit worldwide and has sold nearly 900,000 copies in the UK alone and was the fastest-selling debut album by a male soloist this decade. Live, the double Brit Award winner has played sold out shows across Europe.

An image of RagnboneHaçienda Classiçal will be back at the Bowl on Saturday 30th June.  Following great critical acclaim and phenomenal demand FAC 51 The Haçienda and Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra are bringing back Haçienda Classiçal with a brand new soundtrack. The incredible show sees the DJ’s who shaped The Haçienda’s sound – Mike Pickering and Graeme Park – collaborate with the Camerata for a night of classic dance music,  innovatively adapted and arranged especially for the occasion. Special guests Stereo MCs also join the line-up.

Castlefield Bowl in the heart of Manchester City Centre has played host to sold out shows from Arcade Fire, Richard Ashcroft, Blossoms, James, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Stereophonics, James Bay, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Charlatans, Paolo Nutini, Pixies and The Courteeners over the past five years.

Tickets on sale 10AM Friday 8th December / /

0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826 / 0844 888 9991 

Fri 29 June     SHED SEVEN + special guests Reverend & The Makers + The Twang

Sat 30 June    HAÇIENDA CLASSIÇAL + special guests Stereo MCs

Sun 1 July      A BEAUTIFUL DAY OUT featuring LEVELLERS + New Model Army + many more acts to be announced

Wed 4 July    RAG’N’BONE MAN plus special guests

Fri 6 July        PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT + ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS – For one night only! 


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