WELSH rock band Manic Street Preachers are heading to York on their latest tour.

The band are returning with their 14th studio album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ on September 3 released on Columbia/Sony and have announced a tour for this autumn that includes York Barbican on October 4.  ‘Orwellian’ - the first track will be released today (May 14).

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 and the bands’ 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 exclusive signed copies, picture disc vinyl and cassette on the official store, an exclusive version of the vinyl with alternate artwork available at HMV and an exclusive 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.
Tickets go on general sale here on Friday, May 21 at 10am.