Gigs in Edinburgh: Manic Street Preachers to visit Edinburgh in September

Manic Street Preachers will visit Edinburgh in September as part of a wider UK tour.

By Gary Flockhart
Sunday, 16th May 2021, 8:45 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th May 2021, 9:01 pm

The Welsh rock giants kick off their run of shows in Newcastle on September 6, before travelling north the following evening for a gig at the Capital’s Usher Hall.

The Gwent band then visit Dundee’s Caird Hall on September 2 and, in between shows in England, return north of the border once more for a massive gig at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on October 5.

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The Autumn tour will be in support of forthcoming new album, The Ultra Vivid Lament, which is out on September 3.

The tour announcement comes as the cult band released new single Orwellian – the first track to be taken from the album.

Speaking about the song, bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire said: “The track is about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms leading to a perpetual state of culture war.

James Dean Bradfield performing with Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers.

“As with many songs on the record, it was written on the piano by James Dean Bradfield.

“Musically, it echoes ABBA, the majesty of Alan Rankine’s playing in the Associates and Talk Talk’s It’s My Life with a Lindsey Buckingham guitar solo.”

Wire adds: “It felt like the perfect sonic and lyrical introduction to The Ultra Vivid Lament.”

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