Last tickets remaining for Sheffield stalwarts’ Bristol date

Last tickets remaining for Sheffield stalwarts’ Bristol date

Posted on: 20 Jan 2023

South Yorkshire indie rock outfit Reverend and the Makers are gearing up to release their seventh studio album, Heatwave in the Cold North.


Reverend and the Makers will play O2 Academy Bristol on Friday 10 February.


The band’s first album, The State of Things, peaked at number five in the charts and spawned the top ten single, ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’. Now, six years later, they are back and gearing up to showcase a batch of new material to fans all over the UK.





Forming in 2005, Reverend and the Makers made a name for themselves thanks to their radical blend of classic indie rock and dance-orientated rhythm. The band were brought together by the group’s frontman and spiritual leader Jon McClure, who was already a mainstay of Sheffield’s thriving music scene.


Known as a mentor of Arctic Monkey’s frontman Alex Turner, McClure conceived the band with Tom Jarvis (guitar), Ed Cosens (bass), Joe Moskow and Laura Manuel (keyboard), Richy Westley (drums) and Stuart Doughty (percussion).


Following a slew of local live shows, the band supported Arctic Monkeys on tour; eventually becoming something of a cult group in the UK indie scene. The band signed for Wall of Sound and their debut single ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ - which featured a B side from McClure’s idol John Cooper Clarke.



The single proved an immense success and was quickly followed by debut record, The State of Things in 2007 – a release that secured Reverend and the Makers’ reputation as indie stalwarts.


The proceeding years saw several lineup changes, six more albums and unprecedented success. The band supported Oasis on a sold-out tour in 2009 as well as receiving widespread critical acclaim for their released material.


Their seventh record, Heatwave in the Cold North, is set to be released on 28 April this year with two singles, the album’s title track and ‘High’, released late last year.

The upcoming UK tour will see the band play venues in Brighton, Northampton, Cardiff, Norwich, Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Sheffield as well as Bristol. Visit the band’s website for more information.


Reverend and the Makers will drop by O2 Academy Bristol on Friday 10 February. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.