Indie Heroes Reunite for Gigantic All Dayer at Manchester Academy

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Gigantic All Dayer, Volume 5


by Victoria Holdsworth

Dust off you fishing hats and flares and slip into something a little more floral in the shirt department for what is going to be one of the best all day music events of 2019.

Next year the ‘Gigantic All Dayer – Volume 5’ takes place Manchester Academy, with an unrivalled line up of indie pop/rock royalty. It takes place on Bank Holiday Saturday, 25th May 2019.

‘Gigantic All Dayer – Volume 5’ is a must for any indie music connoisseur, young and old and will showcase some of the best acts you will ever see live. The organisers have promised that there will also be some surprise appearances, and if any of the other volumes are to go by, then everyone will be in for a treat.

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Echo & the Bunnymen

Festival headliners will be the puppet masters of post punk poetics and new wave soundscapes, Echo & The Bunnymen, who will fill your ears with their unmissable and extensive back catalogue of hits such as ‘The Cutter’, ‘The Killing Moon’ and ‘Bring on the Dancing Horses’.

“Classic hits”

The Wonder Stuff will be performing as very special guests, to belt out their seminal second album Hup in its entirety – an album bursting at the seams with classics like ‘Circlesquare’, ‘Golden Green’ and the hook worthy anthem ‘Piece Of Sky’. Miles Hunt and his band have earned cult-like status over the decades, and their fan base is legendary – so bring your dancing shoes. They will also be dipping into their repertoire of classic hits, and making sure they stop at nothing to make sure everyone has a good time.

Making a slight return to this year’s line-up will be Hounslow’s princes of Britpop, The Bluetones, who are back with a bluetonic bang, bigger and cheekier than ever. Mark Morris et al will be cutting some rug and keeping the home fires burning, and if you have never had chance to see these guys live, you’re missing out.

Also rising like a phoenix from the ashes, are the international bright, but a little bit older things, Jesus Jones. Following a successful world tour this year, and with a brand new album, Passages, the band have returned to the music scene with fantastic gusto and aplomb, playing and rocking out much harder than you will have ever seen them, with memorable tunes such as ‘Real, Real, Real’, ‘Zeroes And Ones’, and ‘International Bright Young Thing’, to name but a few.

gigantic indie all dayer volume 5 manchester academy poster“Going to be huge”

Musical royalty will also be gracing the Manchester Academy for Volume 5, with the very talented Juliana Hatfield. Over the years Hatfield has been a constant force in music, playing with many different bands, such as The Lemonheads, Blake Babies and Some Girls, adapting her styles to match her musical moods and temperaments, but whichever genre she has turned her vocal talents to over the decades, she is cited by many musicians as being a pivotal force in the industry.

If that was not enough for you, Leicester’s very own grebo-garage rockers, Crazyhead are back in business after a seventeen year hiatus, and performing a set consisting of their ‘urban bast*rd blues’ and adrenaline-laced garage punk tunes.

The doors will be open at 1pm and MC’s Marc and Jason Jones will be kicking off proceedings and playing some top notch tunes. This year see some fine local brews being served throughout the day to quench your thirsts, with the inclusion of the real ale and cider tent. Also back, by popular demand is the Gigantic All Dayer Raffle, which has now received legendary status, so make sure you grab a ticket. There will of course be an official after party which is going to be huge!

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