New album – ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ + U.K. Tour Pre-Sale

We’re pleased to announce Manic Street Preachers’ 14th studio album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’, will be released on September 3rd via Columbia/Sony. Available on CD, vinyl and digital formats, along with exclusive signed copies, picture disc vinyl and cassette via the official store, an exclusive vinyl with alternate artwork at HMV and an exclusive yellow vinyl on Amazon. The first track, ‘Orwellian’, is streaming now. Listen / pre-order here. Pre-order from Rough Trade to get an exclusive 7” of ‘Orwellian’ bundled with the vinyl.

The Manics will also take the album on a 14 date cross-country tour this autumn (dates below). Support comes from The Anchoress. 

Pre-order ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ from the official store to get early access to tickets for the tour, with a pre-sale starting on Weds 19th May at 10am. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 21st May at 10am. 

Manic Street Preachers on Orwellian: “The track is about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms leading to a perpetual state of culture war. As with many songs on the record, it was written on the piano by James Dean Bradfield. Musically, it echoes ABBA, the majesty of Alan Rankine’s playing in the Associates and Talk Talk’s ‘It’s My Life’ with a Lindsey Buckingham guitar solo. It felt like the perfect sonic and lyrical introduction to ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’.”

‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is both reflection and reaction; a record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged by often painful memories, to focus on an open window framing a gleaming vista of land melting into sea and endless sky. 

1. Still Snowing In Sapporo
2. Orwellian
3. The Secret He Had Missed
4. Quest For Ancient Colour
5. Don’t Let the Night Divide Us
6. Diapause
7. Complicated Illusions
8. Into The Waves of Love
9. Blank Diary Entry
10. Happy Bored Alone
11. Afterending

The full list of tour dates is as follows:  

26th September NEWCASTLE, O2 City Hall 
28th September EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
29th September DUNDEE, Caird Hall
1st October STOKE-ON-TRENT, Victoria Hall
2nd October MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
4th October YORK, Barbican
5th October GLASGOW, Barrowland
7th October LEEDS, O2 Academy
8th October PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall
10th October BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
11th October CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
13th October BATH, Forum
14th October BRIGHTON, Dome
3rd December LONDON, The SSE Arena, Wembley* 

*support TBC

Previously announced live dates:

16th July CARDIFF, Arena (NHS workers show)
17th July CARDIFF, Arena (NHS public show)
30th July DERBYSHIRE, Y Not Festival 
7th August LINLITHGOW, Party At The Palace
29th August ALCESTER, Camper Calling Music Festival
10th September HALIFAX, Live at Piece Hall
18th September JERSEY, Electric Park Festival