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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Manic night in store as Preachers return to Belfast

James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers

Welsh rockers The Manic Street Preachers have announced they will be playing at the refurbished Ulster Hall later this year after the launch of their new album.

Journal For Plague Lovers is the band’s ninth studio album and follows from their critically acclaimed 2007 release, Send Away The Tigers, and the band’s induction in the NME’s Hall Of Fame as the ‘NME Godlike Genius’ in 2008.

The album, released on May 18, will feature lyrics left behind by former guitarist Richey Edwards who disappeared in February 1995.

The new album draws on their classic, Holy Bible, which sold 250,000 copies, and will feature elements of Edwards who was the driving force behind the lyrical masterpiece released in 1994.

Band member Nicky Wire, who had his own solo album in 2006, titled I Killed The Zeitgeist, said of the decision to use Richey’s words: “The brilliance and intelligence of the lyrics dictated that we had to finally use them. The use of language is stunning and topics include Le Grande Odalisque by Ingres, Marlon Brando, Giant Haystacks, celebrity, consumerism and dysmorphia, all reiterating the genius and intellect of Richard James Edwards.”

Belfast’s Ulster Hall will welcome the band on June 6 after their performance at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on June 4.

The Manic Street Preachers last performed in Belfast at Tennent's ViTal at Ormeau Park in 2007, attracting a crowd of over 35,000.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, 27 March at 9.30am, available through Ticketmaster and priced at £27.50.

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