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Johnny Marr Announces Exclusive December Orchestral Shows At Manchester’s Factory International

The iconic Johnny Marr has announced two special Manchester shows to round out a busy 2023. Get all the details on the two shows here…



Johnny Marr by Dan Massie

The legendary Johnny Marr has announced two very special homecoming shows for Factory International at their landmark new cultural venue Aviva Studios in Manchester, taking place on December 7th/8th, 2023.

For the first time, Johnny Marr and his band will be joined by a 30-piece orchestra for an expansive celebration of the last decade of Johnny’s solo body of work – 10 prolific years since the release of his 2013 debut solo album, The Messenger.

Led by conductor Fiona Brice, the orchestra has been assembled by Johnny Marr specially for the event and is composed of musicians from across the North. Fans can expect to hear songs from across Johnny’s revered catalogue in what is set to be an emotional and epic finale to Johnny Marr’s 2023 live performances.

Speaking ahead of the Factory International shows, Johnny said:


“I’ve had two experiences of playing with an orchestra – Hans Zimmer, obviously, and also with Pet Shop Boys – but to actually sing in front of an orchestra playing my own work, that’s a first. You can’t help feeling a little bit emotional. It’s been really enjoyable working on the arrangements. I’ve been doing a lot of pre-orchestration work, and some of the songs have taken on a sort of highly pumped symphonic feel.”

The two exclusive concerts will follow a busy year of activity that has already seen Johnny debut as yet unreleased new music at shows across the UK and Europe this summer. Tickets are on sale from September 15th, 2023 from here.

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