Nicky Wire says Manics’ Swansea gig will be ‘a bit more Springsteen-esque’, with extended show

Manic Street Preachers play their biggest headline show since 1999 on May 28, 2016

Manic Street Preachers‘ Nicky Wire has told NME that the one-off nature of their 2016 headline show at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium will allow the band to play an extended, “Springsteen-esque” set.

The show, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the band’s hit 1996 album ‘Everything Must Go’, will be the band’s biggest headline show since they topped the bill at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium in 1999.

Talking of plans for the show, Wire said the band intend to play for “maybe one hour 45. They’re really enjoyable gigs to do as a one-off like that, you haven’t got to worry about the next day, you haven’t got to worry about James’ voice or my legs and my knees, you just throw it all into that one night so I think you can be a bit more Springsteen-esque about it and play for a lot longer really.”


Wire, talking about early rehearsals, also revealed a few of the lesser-known tracks that might appear in Swansea.

“We’ve been practising ‘Natwest-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds’, which I don’t think we’ve done for 25 years, and ‘Prologue To History’, probably our best ever B-side,” he said.

As for adding further shows to the Swansea date, Wire suggested plans are still up in the air.

“If it feels like there’s massive demand then we’ll consider it,” Wire said, “but at the moment all our focus is on this. I’m not going to say never, but I don’t really know at the moment. You book 25-30,000 people – that’s a lot of people.”

The Manics previously played a tour in celebration of ‘The Holy Bible’, and had said that they were considering a tour in connection with ‘Everything Must Go’ as early as May this year.

Tickets for the Liberty Stadium show go on sale on Friday, November 13 at 9am, and are priced at £39.50 and £55.