Details of James Dean Bradfield’s Cardiff solo gig revealed

The Manics frontman is set to play Brickstock later this month

Details of Manic Street Preachers‘ frontman James Dean Bradfield’s upcoming headline set at Brickstock have been revealed.

Last month, the singer was revealed to be topping the bill, playing a solo show featuring Therapy? singer Andy Cairns at the festival on 22 October at Cardiff Brickworks.

Fans have since been speculating whether this would be a set of Manics material, songs from his 2006 solo debut ‘The Great Western’, or a new project. However, now Manics director and collaborator Kieran Evans has shed some light on what to expect from the show.


“He’s basically doing a small little acoustic show, maybe singing Manics songs, maybe a couple of covers,” Evans told NME. “It’s an arts festival close to where their old studio is and I think James is raising for Velindre, which is a cancer hospital that he’s a patron of. He’s just doing that with his mate Andy Cairns from Therapy. He’s a lovely guy and Therapy were really good back in the day.

“It will be intimate and it will be great. James on acoustic guitar is mesmerising, whatever he plays. I imagine he’ll drop in ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ or something like that.”

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Last night saw Manic Street Preachers premiere their new film Be Pure Be Vigilant Behave – a concert movie of their 2014 anniversary tour celebrating ‘The Holy Bible’.

Explaining the lo-fi DIY ethos of the film, Evans added: “Wire and I were discussing how we’d pitch it, and we settled on ‘The Sex Pistols directed by Gaspar Noé’.”
Others on the Brickstock bill include Captain Accident And The Disasters, Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Grove, Goan Dogs, Featherjaw and Milk. The festival takes place over two weekends, with Cassetteboy Vs DJ Rubbish headlining on November 6. For tickets and information, visit here.