MANCHESTER’S ELECTRONIC ICONS
RESCHEDULE O2 RITZ HOMECOMING SHOW
– SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 2021: 9PM – 2AM –
w/ SUPPORT FROM:
AFRODEUTSCHE + JACKSON MASSEY & PORCHCRAWLER
Originally scheduled for 18th December 2020, the show will now take place on Saturday 16th October 2021. But don’t worry, the line-up and late-show will remain the same, all tickets purchased for the initial show remain valid. We will dance again soon.
Acid House originals turned pioneering electronic icons, 808 State AKA Messrs Graham Massey and Andrew Barker accompanied by live drummer Carl Sharrocks will play a full headline set. Additional supporting performances from Manchester-based Ghanaian/Russian/German DJ & producer maverick Afrodeutsche plus DJ sets from Jackson Massey + Porchcrawler.
In anticipation of the show, 808 State say:
“Missing full frequency, unpredictable, atom shaking, mind bending, dangerous live music? Commune with the State of 808 at Manchester O2 Ritz in 2021.”
Remaining Tickets Are On Sale Now Here:
808 State’s appearance in 2021 will follow their phenomenal appearance at Manchester Academy in December 2018 and mesmeric live sets at Bluedot Festival and at the Warehouse Project last year. The show also follows a surge in activity for the band since their last Manchester appearance; a period that most notably witnessed the release of their seventh album: ‘Transmission Suite’ in late 2019.
Recorded in the former nerve centre of the Granada broadcasting empire, ‘Transmission Suite’ became the band’s first new material since 2002’s ‘Outpost Transmission’ and arrived as a long overdue and enthusiastically welcomed addition to their catalogue. More stripped-back and conscious of space than the music that first made their name in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the new record draws a line between their home city and the original Detroit scene that birthed techno, and reflects on the pivotal roles they played in defining electronic music as we know it. Evoking the past, present and future, the album pays homage to the musical heritage of the genre 808 State continue to push the boundaries of, while confirming their own vital place within it.
Speaking about ‘Transmission Suite’ and the role Manchester especially has played in shaping the record, Graham Massey of 808 State says:
“We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in, that’s always been a big part of 808 State: these kind of landscapes of futurism…. We’re at this moment now, when Manchester is starting to feel like Singapore or something… There are so many cranes. People come back and it’s like, ‘Wow – it’s all doubled’. Everything’s going vertical, and certain parts of history are being buried. It’s an interesting moment.”
Cementing their reputation as an essential act, both as scene forefathers and as torchbearers for boundless avant-garde electronica, the album was released to critical acclaim, with The Wire Magazine praising: “808 State’s music has lost none of its foreboding, finesse and power.”
Their upcoming gig at the Manchester O2 Ritz, promises to be an unmissable opportunity to hear new material configured for the live stage and in the city of its creation for the very first time, alongside seminal cuts from their rich history.
808 STATE – LIVE! @ MANCHESTER O2 RITZ – 16 OCTOBER 2021
w/ AFRODEUTSCHE + JACKSON MASSEY & PORCHCRAWLER
Doors: 9pm – 2pm
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Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.