Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Graham Clark
Features Writer
11:26 AM 16th May 2021

The Return Of Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers return with a new album and tour.

A departure from their last release (2018’s Resistance is Futile), The Ultra Vivid Lament is the first Manic Street Preachers album initially conceived on piano rather than guitar. It was recorded over winter 2020/21 in Wales at Rockfield in Monmouth, the band's Door to the River Studio in Newport with longtime collaborator Dave Eringa (The Who), before being mixed by David Wrench (Blossoms, Frank Ocean, Arlo Parks).

The album features two guest vocalists: Julia Cumming (Sunflower Bean) on The Secret He Had Missed and Mark Lanegan on Blank Diary Entry.

There are signed copies, picture disc vinyl and cassette on the official store, a version of the vinyl with alternate artwork available at HMV and a yellow version of the vinyl on Amazon.

Following Manic Street Preachers longest enforced break from playing live, the group will take the album on a 14 date cross-country tour. Prior to these dates, they play some previously announced festival shows. Support on all headline shows comes from The Anchoress (except Wembley).

Concerts in the North:

10th September ​- HALIFAX, Live at Piece Hall
26th September - ​NEWCASTLE, O2 City Hall
2nd October​​ - MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
4th October​​ - YORK, Barbican
7th October​​ - LEEDS, O2 Academy

Pre-order ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ from the official store ( to get early access to tickets for the tour, with a pre-sale starting on Weds 19th May at 10am. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 21st May at 10am –