Earlier this year, the Staines band confirmed that they’d be reforming for their first gig since 2014. That performance will take place at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London on October 1, and sold out within 10 minutes of going on sale.
During an interview with NME shortly afterwards, frontman Richard Archer explained that Hard-Fi were likely to play more gigs owing to the positive reaction to their comeback. “What that might be, right now I’ve no idea,” he said at the time. “We need to sit down with our promoter and work it all out.”
It’s now been announced that the band will take to the stage at the 800-capacity New Century Hall in Manchester on September 30. Tickets go on general sale at 9am this Thursday (August 18), and you’ll be able to buy yours here.
The upcoming show will serve as the official Neighbourhood Festival Launch Party, which will also host sets from The Pale White and Second Thoughts. Per an announcement post, Neighbourhood ticketholders can access to a pre-sale at 9am tomorrow (August 17).
Hard-Fi live in Manchester – Friday night September 30th 2022. Launch party for the @NBHDFestival at the iconic New Century Hall. Tickets on sale 9am Thursday 18th. https://t.co/PVcnX4af5Q pic.twitter.com/UJVgMvwzaY
— Hard-Fi💙 (@HARD_FI) August 16, 2022
Neighbourhood Launch Party! @HARD_FI will be playing a special show at @NCHMCR on Fri 30 Sept. This show is separate to #NBHD22 but existing NBHD ticket holders will get access to a pre-sale at 9am on Wed.
— Neighbourhood (@NBHDFestival) August 15, 2022
Elsewhere in his interview with NME, Archer explained how “the timing feels right” for a Hard-Fi live return, adding: “The vibe in the room in rehearsals has been really nice and warm.”
He also spoke about the possibility of new music from the band, recalled the pressures of success in the mid-’00s, and opened up about his experience with suffering from imposter syndrome.
The forthcoming shows will mark the belated 15th anniversary of Hard-Fi’s 2005 debut album, ‘Stars Of CCTV’.
Archer and co. went on to release two more studio records – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ (2007) and ‘Killer Sounds’ (2011) – before going on hiatus in 2014 off the back of a best-of compilation, ‘Hard-Fi: Best Of 2004-2014’.