Legendary Manchester band Inspiral Carpets are reuniting for a 2023 tour

The group went on an indefinite hiatus in 2015 shortly after the death of their friend and drummer

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Manc legends Inspiral Carpets have announced details of a live tour next spring.

The group, who were an integral part of the Madchester movement, are heading out for their first live shows since 2015.

They say it will be a ‘celebration of the music we created, which has brought so much joy to people over the last 34 years’.

The tour will, of course, include a date in their home city here in Manchester, where they will perform at the Albert Hall.

Inspiral Carpets first formed in Oldham in 1980, and are loved for singles including This is How it Feels, Saturn 5, and She Comes in the Fall.


Their keyboard player Clint Boon is a familiar face on Manchester’s music and nightlife circuit, DJing at venues and festivals across the region.

The group last performed at the Leeds O2 Academy, but went on an indefinite hiatus after the death of their close friend and drummer Craig Gill.


A statement from the group said: “Craig’s death had a profound effect on many people.

“The outpouring of love from around the world at the time gave some comfort to his family and friends as we all tried to come to terms with what had happened.”

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The shows will both celebrate the band’s history and commemorate the life of Craig.


They continued: “We know this will be an emotional journey for a lot of people, not least Craig’s family.

“We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate some of the music we created, and which has brought so much joy to people over the last 34 years.”

Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 10am on Friday 21 October at

Full Inspiral Carpets 2023 tour dates

March 2023
Thurs 23 – Northampton roadmenders
Fri 24 – Newcastle Boiler Shop
Sat 25 – Oxford Academy
Sun 26 – Brighton Concorde 2
Fri 31 – Cambridge Junction


April 2023
Sat 1 – Manchester Albert Hall
Sun 2 – Notts Rescue Rooms
Sat 8 – Leeds O2 Academy
Thurs 13 – Glasgow SWG3 Galvanisers
Fri 14 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sat 15 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 21 – Coventry HMV empire
Sat 22 – Frome Cheese & Grain

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