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“It felt like they were pioneers of something we’d not had before.” – Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) 

“…Dust Junkys probably were the best band in the country at that time” -  Graham Massey (808 State)

“Dust Junkys were a great band and absolutely brilliant live.” – Terry Christian

“Loved the Dust Junkys, Manchester got it. But London didn’t…That’s our loss” – Alan Mcgee

“Av It Tunes” – Bez


Manchester Academy are delighted to welcome back Rap-Rock revolutionaries ….. DUST JUNKYS for a one-off Autumn show. 

Following on from their unmissable comeback performance at Manchester Academy 3 last year and an overwhelming popular demand for more, the pioneering cult band will return to the venue on Saturday 20th October 2018.

Boasting a brand new show, the Mancunian outfit will perform their classic album “Done… And Dusted” live and in full as they mark its 20th Anniversary.

Alongside the band airing ‘Done… And Dusted’ in its entirety, MC Tunes says the crowd at Academy 3 this time can expected a whole lot more than just that and the promise of some new material too:

“Yeah we’re going to play every single track we’ve got. It’ll include Ticket To The Moon – the new one Another Day, and a few new tracks we’ve been working on…. All the members of the band will be in the band for this show in October. The only member we don’t have is DJ Ganiyu (Pierre Gasper) as he’s moved on, but the rest of us are the original line up – we’re still retards who love it, you know what I mean. DJ Vince Vega will be dropping the breaks and scratches himself which is always funny to watch. But yeah, it’s the same boys, same line up, same good vibes. Keep your eyes and ears out out for Ticket to the Moon, we’ve only played it less than half a dozen times live but it’s getting better and better every time. That’s my top tip for the gig.”

Featuring original members including audacious frontman Nicky Lockett (AKA MC Tunes), Guitarist Sam Brox, Bassist Stephen “OJ” Oliver Jones, and drummer Mykey Wilson, plus Manchester DJ Vince Vega, this special show at the Academy will see the band air tracks including “Nothin Personal”, “Middleman”, “Fever”, “Get The Funk Up”, “Wasting Hard Time” and more.

Following a stint fronting 808 State to two Top 20 hit singles (“The Only Rhyme That Bites” and “Tunes Splits the Atom”), Nicky Lockett founded Dust Junkys in Manchester in 1995 as he sought out accomplished guitar-based backing for his bar-spitting excellence.

Boasting top tunes and an enviable live reputation, Dust Junkys quickly established themselves as a cult favourite in the Northwest. Turning heads with striking TV appearances on the likes of TFI Friday, cover splashes across some of the era’s leading pop culture magazines, and not to mention rampant festival sets at Glastonbury and Reading Festival, and soon enough the rest of the nation had caught up.

Snapped up by the Polydor label in 1998 for the release their critically acclaimed “’Done and Dusted” album, the Junkys’ reeled in a loyal and dedicated fanbase with a string of scintillating singles including “What time is it?”, “Nothing Personal” and “Non Stop Operation”.

During their five years together, Dust Junkys toured extensively, supporting artists such as Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Black Grape on their European tours, whilst packing out innumerable headline shows of their own. Over one twelve month period the hard grafting band played no less than 315 live shows, a statistic that no doubt contributed to them being hailed as one of the best live bands in the UK.

Coupling a tireless attitude to touring and an effortless knack for sonic innovation, the trail blazed by Dust Junkys during their short but inspiring career earned them much respect from their musical peers. With a fan in Fatboy Slim, in 1998 the superstar DJ would in turn provide the band with their biggest hit when sampling their Rinse (Beatbox Wash)” as the backbone for his global smash “Gangster Tripping”.

As such, the recent reformation of the Dust Junkys for live shows has been warmly welcomed by the likes of Alan McGee (Creation Records), Bez (Happy Mondays), Terry Christian, Graham Massey (808 State) and many more. Capturing the mood aptly, Inspiral Carpets man and Radio X DJ Clint Boon states:

“The Dust Junkys were, quite simply, one of the best live bands I ever saw. It felt like they were pioneers of something we’d not had before. Rappers just weren’t fronting rock bands in 1995. Nicky Lockett was. Great to have them back. Rinse it boys!”.

Speaking about the band’s two legendary sold out comeback shows at the venue last year and what to expect this time, MC Tunes says:

“We had a few new faces in the crowd the last time, it was boomers and millennials – a good mix. This time the show is going to be a lot more relaxed and we’ve got new tracks to play too. We always like having a giggle and bit of banter, it’s not just a show – it’s a f**king event. I like to have a bit of banter, get as close into the crowd as possible, bit of banter – I love a good heckle!”

For the upcoming Academy 3 date, Dust Junkys will be joined on the night by the exceptional Scuttlers. Blending Rock, Punk & Indie, Scuttlers recently launched their debut EP ‘We Are Scuttlers’ with a scintillating hometown performance at Manchester’s Jimmy’s venue and will be out to impress at this Autumn support slot.

So what does the future hold for Dust Junkys after this year’s only show?

“Well there’s a few new tracks we’ve been working on.” says MC TUNES. “We would have made more this year too but with Sam Brox (Guitarist) in Denmark producing his sister – Kyla Brox’s album, and on top of that I was touring with the Hacienda Classical so although – we’ve been lining everything up but it’s been a busy year. We have a documentary made and coming out this year too fingers crossed and all the songs are re-registered and re-mastered and available online, so people can download the new version of Done… And Dusted now. It holds together well, all put together with superglue and gaffer tape – that’s the true dusty Junkys style – rock’n’roll!”




Plus Special Guests:

@ Manchester Academy 3

Saturday 20th October 2018

Doors 7.30pm

Curfew 11.00pm

Tickets - £14.00 Advance STBF

Available from: http://www.manchesteracademy.net/

On Sale Now

All ages welcome, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18.

Doors 7.30pm – Curfew 11.00pm