By Rob Jones

Manic Steeet Preachers are a Welsh Rock band formed in Blackwood, Caerphilly, in 1986. The band consists of cousins James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Sean Moore (drums, percussion, soundscapes), plus Nicky Wire (bass guitar, lyrics). They form a key part of the 1990s Welsh Cool Cymru cultural movement.

Following the release of their debut single “Suicide Alley”, Manic Street Preachers were joined by Richey Edwards as co-lyricist and rhythm guitarist, the band became a quartet. The band’s early albums were in a punk vein, eventually broadening to a greater alternative rock sound, whilst retaining a leftist political outlook. Their early combination of androgynous glam imagery and lyrics about “culture, alienation, boredom and despair” gained them a loyal following.

Cardiff Castle can look forward to a hit-filled night, as the Manics will be joined by co-headliners Suede. Formed in 1989 by singer Brett Anderson and guitarist Bernard Butler, Suede kick-started the Brit-pop revolution of the 1990’s. There has been much excitement surrounding the success of Suede’s ninth studio album Autofiction, and their entirely sold-out UK headline tour earlier this year. Debuting at #2 in the UK Albums Chart, the release marked Suede’s highest charting LP since 1999’s Head Music.

2023 has seen the release of Suede30 – Suede’s eponymous debut which shot to #1 in the UK Album Charts upon its release selling over 100,000 copies in its first week, winning the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and becoming the fastest-selling debut album ever in the UK at that time.

The gigs are on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, with doors at 5pm.

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