Manic Street Preachers live in concert.

Manic Street Preachers

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Critic Consensus

Manic Street Preachers is 'Real Live Certified' and is in the top 5% of all live performers. Based on 194 concert reviews, the critic consensus is that Manic Street Preachers is rated as an excellent live performer, with many notable strengths. Manic Street Preachers concert reviews describe live shows and performances as peerless, lovely, energetic, dynamic, confident, hypnotic, and glorious.


Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen, United Kingdom (June 28); Eden Project, St Austell, United Kingdom (June 29); College Park, Dublin, Ireland (July 2); Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, United Kingdom (July 5); Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, United Kingdom (July 6); Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, United Kingdom (July 10); Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, United Kingdom (July 12); Millennium Square, Leeds, United Kingdom (July 13); Alexandra Palace, London, United Kingdom (July 18); Dreamland, Margate, United Kingdom (July 19); The Trentham Estate, Staffordshire, United Kingdom (August 17)

Latest release

Know Your Enemy (Deluxe Edition) (September 9, 2022)

artist info

Blackwood, United Kingdom (1986 - present)
Manic Street Preachers are an alternative rock band from Blackwood, Wales, formed in 1986. Often referred to as "the Manics", they are James Dean Bradfield (vocals, guitars), Nicky Wire (bass, occasional vocals) and Sean Moore (drums, backing vocals, occasional trumpet).
The Coral, Public Service Broadcasting, The Killers, Suede


Under the Radar (USA)

December 31, 2022
Whatever the reason for Suede leaving America off any touring schedules, it was a pleasant surprise when in September the band announced a co-headlining tour with fellow UK band Manic Street Preachers, who have played America a little more regularly than Suede, but not much more.

V13 (Canada)

November 30, 2022
Manic Street Preachers and Suede Enthrall All at Toronto’s Massey Hall

Dig Boston (USA)

November 28, 2022
Manic Street Preachers Live In Concert

Parklife DC (USA)

November 25, 2022
Brett Anderson fronts Suede at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 18, 2022.

Illinois Entertainer (USA)

November 18, 2022
Despite careers spanning decades and ample respect among music fans in the know, British glam-rock innovators Suede and sociopolitical firebrands Manic Street Preachers are not household names in the United States.

Buzz Bands LA (USA)

November 12, 2022
The bands, co-headlining a U.S. tour, were greeted by ravenous fans eager to revisit their respective heydays as well hear their recent work.


December 6, 2021
December 3, The SSE Arena Wembley: the Welsh rock veterans offset newbies with Christmas crowd-pleasers to re-emphasise their vitality

Past critic reviews published in

NME (UK), Norway Rock Magazine (Norway), Clash Music (UK), Renowned For Sound (UK), The Arts Desk (UK) and more


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