THE second single from the new album by Welsh rockers the Manic Street Preachers features more than a little taste of Newport.

The video for The Secret He Had Missed features Newport-born actress Aimee Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders, The Detectorists, Skins) - and was partially filmed at Newport’s Dolman Theatre.

This is the second release from the Blackwood band's forthcoming album The Ultra Vivid Lament, which will be released on September 3, 2021.

The video delves into the lives of bohemian Augustus and internalised Gwen John - Welsh sibling artists who were opposites united by blood yet driven apart by divergent lifestyles. 

After several festival dates, the band will play two re-scheduled Cardiff shows for the NHS in September and then embark on a tour.


Musically, The Ultra Vivid Lament is inspired by a formative years record box - ABBA, post-Eno Roxy, the Bunnymen, Fables-era REM, Lodger - though the end result could only be the unique union of James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore, collectively one of the UK’s most consistently brilliant rock’n’roll bands for over three decades.

Following Manic Street Preachers longest enforced break from playing live, the group will take the album on a 14 date cross-country tour.

Prior to these dates, they play some previously announced festival shows. Support on all headline shows comes from The Anchoress - except Wembley.