The JD Set returns to Manchester’s Band On The Wall where Mancunian legend MANI and a host of friends will pay tribute to one of the city’s defining acts on 12th May. Taking songs from across THE SMITHS five albums Mani will be joined by Tom Clarke of The Enemy, Little Barrie and ones to watch The Moons. With so many great tunes to choose from there are sure to be debates about what Mani’s supergroup should play. Mani said of this unique and very special night:

“I chose The Smiths on two levels really, geographically and musically. I am a fiercely proud Mancunian and fiercely proud of the musical output of the great city.

The Smiths are just one of many musical icons that Manchester has provided to the world, weaving a lineage from The Hollies in the ’60s, through the Buzzcocks in the ’70s and The Smiths ruled the ’80s in the same way their predecessors did in previous eras. Razor sharp lyrics, coupled with amazing musicianship and a tremendous pop sensibility, set the standard for subsequent Manchester legends The Stone Roses and Oasis and their influence can definitely be heard in the present day, just check out a band like The Courteneers. It is only fit and proper to attempt to pay homage to one of Manchester’s. greats.

I aim to introduce some of the latest up and coming acts to a wider audience.These acts definitely have something about them, and it will be interesting to see and hear their take on some classic tunes. A little bit of diversity and the magic could flow.

I’m excited let’s get it together!”