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Johnny Marr announces homecoming headline show in Manchester

“This is a record steeped in both the chilly yearning of Bowie’s “Berlin” albums and Ziggy Stardust’s glam apocalypse, as well as the science-fiction paperbacks by the likes of JG Ballard which inspired them.” 4* – The Independent

Amidst a busy summer of festival appearances and headline dates across the UK and Europe, Johnny Marr has announced a homecoming headline show at Manchester’s Albert Hall for September 4th. Tickets are on general sale here from Friday July 5th, and for pre-sale from July 4th here.

The announcement follows Johnny’s fifth appearance at Glastonbury Festival. As well as a career-spanning Other Stage set, including highlights from latest album ‘Call The Comet’ and new single ‘Armatopia’, dubbed “unshakeable” by the NME, fans were also treated to a surprise appearance with The Killers.

Johnny joined the band’s Saturday night Pyramid Stage headline slot, performing The Smiths’ anthem ‘This Charming Man’ – met with acclaim widely celebrating the collaboration as a festival highlight – before guesting on set closer ‘Mr Brightside’

New 2019 single ‘Armatopia’ arrived evocative of the alternative societies explored on Johnny’s latest album, the critically acclaimed and UK Top Ten-charting ‘Call The Comet’. Speaking of the track, Marr said:
“Armatopia is the odd state we find the ecology and ourselves in today. Have those in control made people feel like there’s only one thing left they can do? ‘We’re smoking till we burn out’, so we dance and party. It’s Eco-Disco for 2019.
Following the release of ‘Armatopia’, 2019 has seen Johnny complete a full tour of North America, performances at All Points East, InMusic and Release Festival in Athens, Greece, which saw a reunion with former Electronic bandmate Bernard Sumner to perform hit 1991 single, ‘Get The Message’.

Fans can expect new music coming soon, and further summer festival appearances including Tramlines, Truck, Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown, Roskilde, Mad Cool, Rock En Seine, Edinburgh Summer Sessions and more, with full dates below.

2018 saw ‘Call The Comet’ achieve both the highest chart position (#7) and the strongest reviews of three albums to date, dubbed “a triumph” by The Guardian and “articulate and direct” by The Line Of Best Fit. Extensive tours throughout Europe and North America followed, with highlights including a memorable reunion with former The The bandmate Matt Johnson for a performance of ‘Summer In The City’, and his first live performance of ‘This Charming Man’ for over thirty years.


19 – Norwich, Waterfront
20 – Sheffield, Tramlines Festival
26 – Cheshire, Carfest North
27 – Oxford, Truck Festival
28 – Birmingham, Inner City Live
31 – Hull, The Welly Club


1 – Middlesborough, Middlesbrough Empire
2 – Inverness, Belladrum
8 – London, Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown Festival
10 – Edinburgh, Edinburgh Summer Sessions


4 – Manchester, Albert Hall