Manic Street Preachers return with new single ahead of album and tour

Welsh rock legends Manic Street Preachers are back with a new single – ahead of their 14th studio album and accompanying tour later this year.

Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 2:57 pm
Updated Monday, 26th July 2021, 4:32 pm

The Secret He Had Missed is the second release from the forthcoming album and is described as “three-and-a-half minutes of impossible melody, a track that shimmers and glistens as if caught in the reflections of a gigantic disco mirror-ball”.

A band spokesman said: “The Secret He Had Missed features a gorgeous, glacial vocal from Julia Cumming set over a tumbling Abba-esque piano line and a galloping, restless rhythm track that’s pure summer, pure pop, pure Manics.”

The single is the follow-up to radio hit Orwellian, ahead of the release of new album The Ultra Vivid Lament on September 3 and an autumn tour, featuring shows in Manchester and Leeds.

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The band also have a summer of festivals lined up, although their date at Y Not, in Pikehall, near Matlock, will not go ahead after the festival was cancelled.

They play Manchester’s O2 Apollo on Saturday, October 2, and O2 Academy, Leeds, on October 7. For tickets, see manicstreetpreachers.com/tour

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Welsh rock legends Manic Street Preachers had been due to perform at Y Not later this month, until it was cancelled.