GIGANTIC ALL DAYER VOL. 5 A BIG, BIG LOVE… Manchester Academy, Bank Holiday Monday fun.
Returning revitalised after something of a year’s holiday, please welcome back the festival that always believed bigger was better…
THE GIGANTIC ALL DAYER Back for a fifth volume and boasting a line-up fit-to-bursting with indie rock colossi, the bumper one-day music bash will take over the iconic Manchester Academy once more on Bank Holiday Saturday, 25th May 2019.
Offering a cornucopia of delights for the vintage indie connoisseur, the festival returns with some big surprises and familiar faces in what looks to be its biggest ever line up…. HEADLINERS
After their incendiary set in 2015, Gigantic is thrilled to welcome back the inimitable ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN to headline in 2019. With a glittering career spanning over five decades and Seven Seas, the Bunnymen have richly deserved festival headline status the world over. Fronted as-ever by the irreplaceable Ian McCulloch, prepare your ears to plunder a treasure trove of splendorous indie songs as the band unearth the likes of ‘The Cutter’, ‘The Back of Love’, ‘The Killing Moon’, ‘Bring On The Dancing Horses’ and more for this unmissable bill-topping set.
PLUS, VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
Acquaintances of the Gigantic All Dayer who are of course always welcome back, THE WONDER STUFF return as Very Special Guests in 2019 to perform their seminal second album ‘HUP’ in full. Released exactly thirty years ago to this year, their sophomore effort stands up as a landmark piece to this day. Chock-a block with Miles Hunt’s arch lyricism and writhing with ear-worm worthy hooks, the album birthed classic singles including ‘Golden Green’, ‘Piece of Sky’ and ‘Circle Square’ and so much more, earning cult status forevermore amongst their adoring fanbase. Confirmed to be dipping into the innumerable Top 40 hits that adorn their impressive back catalogue too, Stourbridge’s finest will be pulling out all the stops.
With a reputation for whopper bills, the Gigantic All Dayer’s will of course be ensuring you have plenty more throughout the day to sink your teeth into.
Making a ‘Slight Return’ after his rapturously received solo set at the festival in 2015, the affable Mark Morriss will be bringing his pals THE BLUETONES along to Gigantic for the first time. Back together and on the form of their career, the Hounslow Britpop champs have notched up thirteen glorious Top 40 singles and three Top 10 and will be here to remind you exactly why. As a member of The Lemonheads, Blake Babies, Some Girls, Minor Alps, and well… The Juliana Hatfield Three, Gigantic Vol.5 is delighted to welcome the one and only JULIANA HATFIELD. She may have been in more bands than The Fall have had members, but in 2019 Juliana will be gracing the Manchester Academy with current outfit THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE for a set of her sparkling indie pop. An all-time favourite of Gigantic crowds, the ever immovable, often questionable, but always loveable: JIM BOB of Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, is back for more. Now flying solo, but still completely doing what he always does best, Jim will be lifting Carter favourites the likes of ‘Sheriff Fatman’ and ‘The Only Living Boy In New Cross’, plus choice cuts from his engaging and entertaining superlative own material in a set rammed with rollicking electro punk thrills.
“Real Real Real”? “Right Here Right Now”? “International Bright Young Thing”? Yes indeed, Wiltshire’s alt-rock warriors JESUS JONES will be bringing the feel-good factor earlier in the day for a set charged with their international charting wondrousness.
And if that wasn’t enough the recently reformed CRAZYHEAD are back in business after a 17-year hiatus and will be kick-starting proceedings with a set of their ‘urban bastard blues’ and adrenaline-laced garage punk. Mega.
And of course there’ll be plenty to see and do from the get-go at Gigantic Indie All Dayer Vol. 5.
With doors opening at 1pm, keeping you entertained throughout the day in the way Robbie Williams could most likely never do, revellers will be in the capable hands of hosts and MC’s Marc & Jason Jones who will be supplying all the ripe gags and top tunes you could wish for. To quench that inevitable festival thirst, the Manchester Academy will also be popping up the Real Ale & Cider Tent to ensure even the most arid attendee is satisfied with only the finest local brews throughout the day.
Plus back by popular demand, many will surely be delighted to see the return of the now-legendary Gigantic Indie All Dayer Raffle (taking place at 2pm), some habits die hard eh?