Dust Junkys have announced a hometown gig at Manchester Academy for April 2017.  The rap-rock revolutionaries return following their comeback performance at last year’s Moving Festival.

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, the show will be home to one of the outfit’s first live performances together in nearly two decades.

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.

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.

The reformation of the Dust Junkys for live shows in 2017 has already 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 commented, “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!”.

Tickets for Dust Junkys performing at Manchester Academy on 22 April 2017 go on sale at 10am on Friday 20 January.  Support comes from The Brakes.