Sounds of the City is back in July 2020, taking 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 headline Castlefield Bowl on Wednesday 1st July following the release of their first ever number one album, the critically acclaimed album 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. Foals will be joined by Manchester live favourites, Everything Everything.

Crowded House will be kicking off the next chapter of their story with a new line up on Thursday 2nd July for their first headline date in the city in ten years. Crowded House is a long standing and much-loved vehicle for the song writing 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. With four studio albums and success worldwide, becoming particularly beloved for their freewheeling and interactive live shows Crowded House were inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2016, at the same time reprising Farewell shows at the Sydney Opera House with three nights of stunning performances. Following Neil’s surprise star turn and a very successful world tour with Fleetwood Mac, Neil and Nick Seymour have been energized and inspired to begin a new chapter in the Crowded House story.

Gearing up for their huge UK arena tour in January Kaiser Chiefs will be taking over Castlefield Bowl on Friday 3rd July. Having released their seventh studio album Duck last summer 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 is hitting new artistic peaks. Kaiser Chiefs will be joined by very special guests, indie-rock elite Razorlight.

As previously announced Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott will headline on Saturday 4th July. This sold out show follows the announcement of their fourth studio album Manchester Calling and a major UK tour. Paul Heaton is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters, with some fifteen million album sales under his belt

Lewis Capaldi will return to the city on Wednesday 8th July. 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 number one, it was certified platinum in just ten weeks, is fast approaching half a million sales and has just become the biggest selling album of the year. Becoming the biggest streamed week one 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 number one, as well as bagging him his first Grammy nomination for Song Of The Year.

Sydney’s DMA’S will headline Castlefield Bowl on Thursday 9th July. Since bursting on the scene back in 2015 they have not stopped with thrilling and anthemic shows all over the world. Following the release of their new single Silver last October the band joined Liam Gallagher on the opening seven dates of his last huge UK arena tour. Support comes from special guests The Blinders and The Lathums.

Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, is a native of Birmingham/Barnet in the UK, a rapper, producer, DJ, singer, writer, actor who happens to have 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. The Streets come to the Bowl on Friday 10th July.

Ending the concert series Haçienda Classiçal also returns with Manchester Camerata on Saturday 11th July for its fifth event at Castlefield Bowl in what has becoming an annual and signature event for FAC 51 The Hacienda in its home city. The clubbing classical cross-over concept has proved wildly successful and all the Castlefield dates have all fully sold out well in advance. The complete line up for Hacienda Classical Castlefield 2020 including support and DJ’s will be announced in due course.



Date Venue
Wed 1st Foals & Everything Everything
Thu 2nd Crowded House
Fri 3rd Kaiser Chiefs & Razorlight
Sat 4th Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Wed 8th Lewis Capaldi
Thu 9th DMA’s
Fri 10th The Streets
Sat 11th Hacienda Classical

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