The Wildhearts to play Liverpool for the first time in 15 years

The ‘Renaissance Men’ will play Grand Central Hall on the 18th of July

The Wildhearts have released ‘Renaissance Men’, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, on May 3rd on Graphite Records. To celebrate the release, the band will revisit Europe & Scandinavia in October and continue to grace various venues around the UK as part of the ‘The Renaissance Men Tour Part 2’, during which they will hit Liverpool for the first time in 15 year – their last time being April 2004. For the occasion, they have chosen a unique venue: the Grand Central Hall, a Victorian Theatre whose architecture and decor offer a perfect backdrop for our ‘Renaissance Men’.

Creatively brilliant, The Wildhearts play a distinctive fusion of hard rock, perfectly complimented by contemporary melodies. With a career spanning 30 years, The Wildhearts helped change the landscape of British rock throughout the 90’s, and to this day they haven’t shown any sign of slowing down. Miss this show at your peril.

“Well fuck me it’s only been 10 years since our last release and ‘Renaissance Men’ is a monster album. Danny is back in the band and we’ll be touring all year round, playing new tunes and all the old hits. Can’t wait and I know the boys are super bloody excited for this. ROCK!” – CJ Wildheart

The Wildhearts

For 3 decades The Wildhearts have remained at the forefront of the British rock scene. From their classic debut album ‘Earth Vs’ (voted album of the year in Kerrang! back in 1993, and number 20 in the best rock albums of all time in a Kerrang! Special in 2006), through to now with the release of ‘Renaissance Men’, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, their creative output and legendary live shows have been second to none.

Although the 90’s saw the band covered like a living soap opera in the press with tales of sex, drugs, bust ups, fights (both with labels and themselves), splits, more drugs and a lot more controversy (one such incident including entering and then proceeding to trash the Kerrang! Offices!), the recent years have seen the band more focused than ever before and firing on all cylinders. The Wildhearts and their incendiary shows have cemented their reputation and legacy as one of the best bands the UK has ever produced.

Welcoming back their long-time bandmate and brother Danny McCormack on bass; Ginger and CJ on guitars and vocals, with Ritch Battersby on drums released their new album ‘Renaissance Men’ on May 3rd to critical acclaim.

‘Renaissance Men’

The Wildhearts’ classic line up recorded the energetic and diverse ‘Renaissance Men’ at the Treehouse Studio with Jim Pinder. It finds The Wildhearts at their full creative tilt delivering hard-hitting, retooled classic rock with a modern and urgent twist. Bristling riffs and jagged, riotous hooks are their poison and the 10 songs are the perfect manifestation of the band’s immutable wit, charm and righteous anger.

Eliran Kantor (Testament, Iced Earth, Sodom) painted the exceptional album cover for ‘Renaissance Men’ and this honest and irresistible new album is an unequivocal triumph, which encapsulates and distills perfectly The Wildhearts’ live energy.

The album was welcomed to critical acclaim and entering the UK charts within a week of release:

  • #11 UK Album chart
  • #2 UK Indie Chart
  • 3 UK Vinyl Chart
  • “The best thing they’ve made since their genius / batshit crazy debut. Actually, that’s not true.
    It might be better.” Metal Hammer
  • 9/10 –  Classic Rock: “It’s The Wildhearts remembering what they do best”
  • 4Ks – Kerrang!
  • 5 stars – Planet Rock
  • 10/10 – Vive Le Rock

To celebrate the release, The Wildhearts will play festivals, short runs internationally and big as well as intimate venues across the UK. The album is available in standard CD and vinyl, with T-Shirt bundles available, plus in limited edition orange tape cassette format.

To order ‘Renaissance Men’ go to: 

The show

The venue chosen by The Wildhearts to celebrate their return to Liverpool after 15 years is the picturesque Grand Central Hall.

Located on Renshaw Street, in the heart of the city, this grade II Listed building represents the perfect backdrop for our ‘Renaissance Men’: the hall is a stunning Victorian theatre, featuring a dome, an original Grand Pipe Organ and opulent decor. The band will be playing a tight setlist featuring old and new material, including instant classics such as “Dislocated”, “Let ‘em go” and the title track “The Renaissance Men”.


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