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A Manic Sunday: Welsh rockers play first Peterborough gig

Peterborough has hosted a number of famous faces over the years, from Craig David to Tom Jones, and now Manic Street Preachers are set to add their name to the list this weekend.
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The group will play the Embankment on Sunday, June 12, having headlined countless festivals including Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading Festival.

Manic Street Preachers are synonymous with 90s alternative rock and are known for hits including Design For Life and Everything Must Go, as well as UK no.1 singles If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next, and The Masses Against The Classes.

The band have 14 studio albums to their name, including recent official UK no.1. The Ultra Vivid Lament, released in September last year.

They have won eleven NME Awards, eight Q Awards and four BRIT Awards, and were also nominated for the Mercury Prize and the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Their first album, 'Generation Terrorists', released in February 1992, was an ambitious debut which established them as unique artists - combining classic rock riffs with the attitude of pop and punk.

The group lyrically set themselves ahead of their contemporaries, and throughout the years they have developed a huge worldwide fan base, keeping their classic Manics sound as they mature and change musically.

Lead man James Dean Bradfield spoke to PCRfm DJ Kev Lawrence, and he said: "I think it is our first gig in Peterborough, and as you get older all these experiences become all the more richer. Whenever we do something new it feels great; I've been doing this all my life!

"You'll get the full Manics experience and we always do the hits everyone wants, with a few surprises as well. So we'll get people moving with Motorcycle Emptiness, If you tolerate this then your children will be next,  Design for Life - there'll be all of those.

"I think we're very connected on stage because we've known each other all our lives; we played the same halls, played in the same sports teams, scrambled around the same discos as teenagers - so there is a raw kinetic connection."

In a response to reader Mark from Huntingdon James picked Everything must Go as the album that meant the most to the band, as it lyrics from bandmate Richie James who sadly went missing soon after it was released, and also the first album when it was the group 'against the world'.

And Lizzie from Sawtry asked how the group has remained strong for three decades and James put it down to the band being friends for so long. 

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