Manic Street Preachers ponder potential ‘Holy Bible’ anniversary shows

Band performed at Hungary’s Sziget Festival last night

Manic Street Preachers returned to Hungary’s Sziget Festival for the third time last night (August 15).

The Welsh band played a 19-song set on the festival’s main stage that included two tracks from their 1994 album ‘The Holy Bible’, which sees its 20th anniversary later this month.

Speaking to NME before their performance, bassist Nicky Wire revealed that the band will soon make a final decision about whether to mark the anniversary by playing the album in its entirety at a series of shows later this year.

“We’ve got to decide soon as we’ll have to book some gigs,” said Wire. “We’ll definitely know by the end of September. It’s been a road test all year – that album was always about something more, so we’ve got to get that in our psyche. This is the first year that we’ve played those songs and felt comfortable, we’ve been doing six or seven. If there’s ever a time to do it, then it’s now.”

‘Holy Bible’ tracks ‘Die in the Summertime’, ‘Revol’, ‘Archives of Pain’, ‘This is Yesterday’, ‘P.C.P’ and ‘Faster’ have all been aired in 2014. Wire explained that the positive reaction to their latest album Futurology, released last month, has made the band seriously consider playing the anniversary shows.

“One of the reasons we might do it is because of the reviews for ‘Futurology’. If we’d been on a downturn people might have said we’re doing it to make some money or credibility, but we’ve done that already. For a twelfth album, I think most people have been pretty impressed. Is still matters to us [what people think]. Some of the best reviews actually said ‘It’s like a pop-up museum’, and that’s exactly how I felt about The Holy Bible, too.”

Wire dedicated ‘Revol’ to guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards, who went missing in 1995, telling the crowd: “This is for my beautiful friend, I wish he could be here with us tonight”.

He also described the Budapest-based Sziget Festival as being “in the Champions League qualifying places, if you were doing a Premier League table of festivals, up there with Glastonbury. It’s an amazing place, and I love this city”.

Sziget continues this weekend with performances from La Roux, The Prodigy, Outkast, Jagwar Ma, Wild Beasts and Darkside.

Manic Street Preachers played:

‘Motorcycle Emptiness’
‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’
‘Walk Me to the Bridge’
‘You Stole the Sun From My Heart’
‘Everything Must Go’
‘Suicide Is Painless (Theme from MASH)’
‘Let’s Go to War’
‘Ocean Spray’
‘Europa Geht Durch Mich’
‘A Design for Life’
‘The Everlasting’
‘You Love Us’
‘(It’s Not War) Just the End of Love’
‘Show Me the Wonder’
‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’