Blackpool five-piece pop punk band Boston Manor are performing the show of a lifetime, at the top of Blackpool Tower, to a crowd of zero.
The performance will be broadcast from the tower on the 15th October, with three ticketed showings at 8pm BST, 9pm EDT, 8pm AEST to cater for their global fanbase. Having released their highly-charged and critically-acclaimed third album GLUE, in the midst of lockdown, the band have been itching to perform it in a live setting. They’re gearing up to perform in mid-capacity venues including Manchester Academy 2 and Leeds Stylus in March, but are keen to play their hometown in the interim.
“Since Boston Manor formed in 2013 we have never played a hometown show,” says vocalist Henry Cox. “One of the main issues surrounding having a hometown show was Blackpool being a little off the beaten track – we didn’t know how many of our fans would be able to make it to a show there.
“When lockdown happened and our headline tour got rescheduled twice we decided the perfect way to do a livestream event would be to bring the world our first ever hometown headline show, to play our new album live for the first time and to show our fans where we come from and why Blackpool means so much to us.”
Joining Cox at the top of the tower are bandmates Michael Cunniff and Ash Wilson (both guitar), Dan Cunniff (bass) and Jordan Pugh (drums). The five formed Boston Manor in Blackpool in 2013 and after tirelessly gigging, and self-releasing two EPs, signed with Pure Noise records. Their 2016 debut EP Be Nothing was reminiscent of the early noughties post-hardcore bands that informed their musical coming-of-age but each subsequent record has demonstrated a discernible evolution for the band. GLUE is their most mature and singular work to date, earning them plaudits from the likes of Kerrang! which called the “the voice of a new generation” and Gigwise which said “not only do Boston Manor play for salvation, they hit the right notes for unity.”
The band will perform a full set on the 15th October at the top of the Tower, which Cox calls a “500ft symbol of Blackpool”.
“It’s something we’ve been staring up at since we were kids. It’s pretty unbelievable that we’ve been allowed to play here in all honesty. We’ve spent the last few months working on this show and we hope you can join us; it’s something that won’t be repeated.”
Tickets for Boston Manor’s livestreamed show at Blackpool Tower are £10 and available now at bostonmanorband.com
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