Manic Street Preachers announce ‘Everything Must Go’ 20th anniversary stadium gig in Swansea

The Manic's biggest headline show since 1999 will take place on May 28 at Swansea City's Liberty Stadium

Manic Street Preachers have announced a stadium gig at Swansea City Football Club’s Liberty Stadium, their largest headline show since a Millennium Stadium gig in Cardiff in 1999.

Scheduled for May 28, 2016, the show will be split into two parts. The first is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their fourth album ‘Everything Must Go’, the first post-Richey Edwards record. The album is to be performed in full.

The second half promises “b-sides, rarities and curios, greatest hits and a few brand-new songs”.


Support on the day will include Super Furry Animals, Public Service Broadcasting and DJs who are yet to be announced. Super Furry Animals toured regularly with the Manic Street Preachers around the time of the release of ‘Everything Must Go’, on May 20, 1996.

Nicky Wire had previously said that the band might “do a couple of gigs” to celebrate the anniversary.

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Several tracks from ‘Everything Must Go’ haven’t been performed live since 1996.

‘Everything Must Go’ has sold more than a million copies, and won a Brit Award for ‘Best British Album’, while Manic Street Preachers won ‘Best British Group’ the year after the album’s release. NME honoured the Manics with ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Best Live Act’ and ‘Best Single’ (for ‘Design For Life’). The album was also shortlisted for a Mercury Prize, losing out to Pulp’s ‘A Different Class’.

‘Kevin Carter’, ‘A Design For Life’, ‘Everything Must Go’ and ‘Australia’ were all UK Top 10 singles. The album itself peaked at number two in the UK album charts.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 13 at 9am, and are priced at £39.50 and £55.