In the new issue of Q, out Tuesday 10 April, the end looks nigh for Manic Street Preachers as they prepare to release their magnificent 13th album. Sylvia Patterson travels back to the scene of their earliest triumph to discover Nicky Wire standing on the precipice of an almighty midlife crisis. “Nicky’s retreated before. After the mega success of Everything Must Go, he was happier in his garden. But he is quite fragile. This could be final. This could be final,” says James Dean Bradfield.
Also in the issue, Laura Barton joins precocious indie trio Girl Ray in LA, Courteeners give Niall Doherty a tour of the Manchester landmarks that inspired their debut album and Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman tells Eve Barlow about how therapy, physics and motherhood have all fed into her debut solo album. Rupert Howe celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Second Summer Of Love with an A-Z guide of Acid House and Dave Everley joins this month’s Q Maverick Steven Wilson in Belgium and Luxembourg to hear the tale of the relatively unknown psychedelic prog-rock voyager who’s had a Top 5 hit and sells out arenas around the world.
The subject of this month’s Cash For Questions is Plan B, Martin Freeman tells us about the albums that changed his life and Sean Paul outlines his 10 Commandments. We run through the summer’s must-go-to events in the Q Festival Guide, while in the Q Review we appraise new albums from Jon Hopkins, Iceage, Novelist, James Bay and more, as well as joining Noel Gallagher on his US tour in San Francisco.
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