Love From Stourbridge – The Wonder Stuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin at o2 Academy

Love From Stourbridge – The Wonder Stuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin at o2 Academy

The Wonderstuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin are on a double- headline tour.  The last time the two local bands toured together was 27 years ago…some of us at Birmingham Live remember that well.

This weekend they return for a 2 nights at the o2 Academy (14th and 15th April).

The two bands grew up alongside one another, in the heyday of the ‘Stourbridge Scene’ and their first ever live show together was on The Wonder Stuff’s ‘Disco King’ tour at the legendary Hummingbird in Birmingham.

With a career spanning more than three decades, The Wonder Stuff have sold millions of albums worldwide with eight studio releases to date. The band continue to record and tour internationally and led by the inimitable Miles Hunt, The Wonder Stuff has achieved vast critical acclaim with hit singles and early releases from The Eight Legged Groove Machine(1988), Hup (1989), Never Loved Elvis (1991) to Construction for the Modern Idiot (1994) and their latest album, 30 Goes Around The Sun (2016) entered the UK Top 30 and made Top 3 in the Indie Chart. Miles has also recently penned a collection of books, The Wonder Stuff Diaries.

Formed thirty years ago in 1987, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin quickly gained momentum and a huge fan base after those initial shows with The Wonder Stuff and shot straight to Number 1 in the Indie Singles Chart in July 1990 with the monumental hit, ‘Kill Your Television’. Being their huge ‘crossover’ single, the song, the slogan, and the distinctive t-shirt stands as the deepest footprint the band left on the indie rock planet. The Ned’s saw their first Sony single ‘Happy’ (1991) storm into the Top 20 of the UK charts and their seminal debut album, God Fodder, landed with a thud in the Top 5 as well as achieving enormous success in the USA.

Joining this very special double-bill will be fellow Stourbridge guest tour DJ, Graham Crabb from Pop Will Eat Itself.

Both bands will each be performing full-length, 75-minute sets and will feature a greatest hits collection, with The Wonder Stuff playing such favourites as ‘Unbearable’, ‘Red Berry Joy Town’ and ‘On The Ropes’, and all original members of the Ned’s playing ‘Happy’, ‘Grey Cell Green’ and ‘Kill Your Television’ among others.

“Im less inclined to use the word hits because we had none, and I dont know about best of…. so let’s call it live favourites” – Jonn Penney, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin.

“Its going to be a great tour for sure. I think there are a lot of people out there that have waited a long time to see the two bands together again.  Im looking forward to seeing the Ned’s because they’ll give me a kick up the backside. Theyre such a great live band. Ive never seen them less than on it” – Miles Hunt, The Wonder Stuff.

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