The March Violets have announced a live reunion with an appearance scheduled for Manchester Academy 3 in June.
The date comes 41 years since the band formed and marks their return to the stage for the first time since 2015.
Comprising founding members Rosie Garland (performer, poet and author) and Tom Ashton (Guitarist, producer and studio owner), plus William Faith (musician and vocalist with Faith & the Muse, Conflict, The Bellwether Syndicate), the band are intending the shows to be a celebration of The March Violets’ legacy, while also honouring the irreplaceable contribution of friend and founding member Simon Denbigh.
Speaking about a live reunion, The March Violets explained, “Since the last March Violets tour in 2015 we’ve been shocked at how many musical friends have passed over and out. And after Simon Denbigh’s life-changing stroke, it’s no surprise we all thought that was it for the Violets. When, in 2021, Jungle Records released Big Soul Kiss (The BBC Sessions double album) for Record Store Day 2021 it sold out its entire pressing in 24 hours. We were amazed at the response, absolutely amazed. We faced a choice – to fade away quietly or go out with a celebration.
“We feel for Simon, and honour his massive artistic contribution & intense vision as one of The March Violets founding members. He’s irreplaceable, so we’re not going to try. We believe the legacy of The March Violets deserves a far better conclusion than sinking into silence, and now is the right time to do it.”
The March Violets most recently confirmed the release of their full back catalogue together with two compilations Play Loud Play Purple and The Palace of Infinite Darkness. They are currently in the studio with a new album set for release in the summer.
The Manchester Academy 3 gig will feature support from Kristeen Young and Vision Video.
When do The March Violets headline at Manchester Academy 3?
The March Violets headline at Manchester Academy 3 on 2 June 2023.