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Sounds Of The City 2020 has been postponed. Fans who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster will be contacted by our Customer Services team with more information.

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Sounds Of The City will return from 30 June – 11 July 2021 for its fifth amazing edition. Original tickets are still valid.

The festival will take over Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl for a series of headline concerts featuring Foals, Crowded House, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Lewis Capaldi, DMA’S, The Streets and Haçienda Classiçal.

Sounds Of The City has established itself as a staple part of the Manchester music scene with some of the most acclaimed live artists taking to the stage.  

Foals will headline Castlefield Bowl on 30 June 2021 in support of the release of their first ever No.1 album, the critically acclaimed Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2. Their most ambitious project of their career, this album follows the equally lauded Part 1 release, which garnered their third Mercury Music Prize nomination and a Best Album award at the 2019 Q Awards. 

Crowded House will be kicking off the next chapter of their story with a new line-up on 1 July 2021 for their first headline date in the city in 11 years. Crowded House is a long standing and much-loved vehicle for the songwriting talents of Neil Finn. Formed in Melbourne Australia in 1985 their eponymous self-titled debut album went on to global success with the hits Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong

Kaiser Chiefs will be taking over Castlefield Bowl on Friday 2 July 2021. Having released their seventh studio album Duck to wide critical acclaim, the record is the sound of one of the most successful British guitar bands of the millennium. This sees them reclaim the creative swagger that underpins their strongest work and harks back to the everyday explorations of their breakthrough early albums. Fifteen years into their career, the band are hitting new artistic peaks. Kaiser Chiefs will be joined by very special guests, indie-rock elite Razorlight.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will headline on 3 July 2021. Paul Heaton is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters, with some 15 million album sales under his belt. Along with Jacqui they have released three acclaimed albums as a duo: What Have We Become And Wisdom, Laughter And Lines and Crooked Calypso. Last year Paul released a career-spanning compilation of his biggest hits and more entitled The Last King Of Pop.

Lewis Capaldi will return to the city on 8 July 2021. Continuing to break records and capture the nation 2019 cemented him as an international superstar. With his debut album spending six weeks in total at No.1, it was certified platinum in just 10 weeks. Becoming the biggest streamed week 1 debut of all time, the album also spawned the smash hit single of the year in Someone You Loved, which spent seven weeks at the summit of the Official Singles Chart and has become Lewis’ first ever US No.1. 

Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, is a native of Birmingham. A rapper, producer, DJ, singer, writer and actor, he's made some of the most important British music of this millennium. His debut album Original Pirate Material, released in 2002 is widely regarded to have changed the face of British rap music, and his second album A Grand Don’t Come For Free was a huge worldwide success spawning hit singles like Fit But You Know It and Dry Your Eyes. After five albums and over 5 million record sales, Skinner quit The Streets and worked on other musical projects as well as reinventing himself as a successful DJ playing bass and grime. In 2018 Skinner revived The Streets with his phenomenal touring band (which also features Rob Harvey of The Music on guitar/vox) for a rapturously received tour that continues into 2019 – and in 2021 The Streets will release a new album and his debut feature film, both entitled The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light. The Streets come to the Bowl on 9 July 2021. 

Haçienda Classiçal also returns with Manchester Camerata on 10 July 2021 for its fifth event at Castlefield Bowl in what has become an annual and signature event. The clubbing classical cross-over concept has proved wildly successful and all the Castlefield dates have fully sold out well in advance. 

Ending the concert series, Sydney’s DMA’S will headline Castlefield Bowl on 11 July 2021. Since bursting on the scene back in 2015 they have not stopped with thrilling and anthemic shows all over the world. The released the new single Silver in October 2019. DMA’S are poised to make a major breakthrough with their third album, The Glow, which will be released in July 2020. Their most recent record, For Now, achieved their highest UK chart position at No.13. 

Over the years, Castlefield Bowl has hosted sold out shows from the likes of Kylie, The National, Chic, New Order, Arcade Fire, The Kooks, elbow, The Wombats, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Rag N Bone Man, Last Shadow Puppets, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Paolo Nutini, James, Pixies and The Courteeners, right from the heart of Manchester City Centre. 

Here’s the 2021 line-up as it stands:

30 June 2021 – Foals 
1 July 2021 – Crowded House 
2 July 2021 – Kaiser Chiefs + Razorlight
3 July 2021 – Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
8 July 2021 – Lewis Capaldi 
9 July 2021 – The Streets
10 July 2021 – Hacienda Classical  
11 July 2021 – DMA’s

Also you can read more about Sounds Of The City 2021 here.