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Esprit D’Air + Diamond Black – Manchester

22 February 2023 @ 7:00 pm 11:00 pm

Esprit D’Air has just announced their new tour dates, including a show at Manchester Academy 3 on 22nd February 2023.

Joining them on main support are dark goth rockers Diamond Black, fronted by Ben Christo of The Sisters of Mercy.

The award-winning band re-entered the Official Charts six times this year following their successful self-promoted tour of the UK in London, Newcastle, Glasgow, and Manchester.

Kai (Esprit D’Air) will be joined by session musicians Jan-Vincent Velazco (Pendragon, Gus G) on drums, Takeshi Tokunaga on bass, and Yusuke Okamoto on guitar.

Esprit D’Air’s most recent album, Oceans was released on 18 February. The album peaked in the Official Charts at #8 in the Rock and Metal Albums Chart and #5 in Independent Albums Breakers. The album includes collaborations with members of the iconic gothic rock group The Sisters of Mercy and Japanese metalcore band Crystal Lake, plus remixes by Heavygrinder, and Shirobon. The new album Oceans is receiving support and praise from LoudwireKerrang! Radio, as well as from members of Cradle of FilthThe Sisters of Mercy, and The Birthday Massacre.

“Catchy and atmospheric, with incredible vocals and an otherworldly guitar solo. What a song!”
– Richard Shaw, Cradle of Filth

“It’s a really unique blend of djent, industrial, electro, goth, emo, metal and much more. I love the dramatics and cinematic quality it has, with haunting, melancholy colors swooping betwixt the cruel, relentless jaws of the machine.”
– Ben Christo, The Sisters of Mercy

“Leviathan is a wonderful song, feels like a modern day opera with heavy guitars set on fire! Melancholic and haunting, the vocals cut deep. A truly inspired song.”
– Michael Falcore, The Birthday Massacre

Reformed in 2016, Esprit D’Air is a Japanese electronic rock/metal solo project led by vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Kai. In 2018, Esprit D’Air won ‘Best Metal Album‘ at The Independent Music Awards in New York, for the release of their debut album, Constellations, judged by an esteemed panel featuring SlayerAmy Lee (Evanescence)Sepultura & more.

Kai is not seeking a major record label but instead, follows a strong DIY ethos and produces everything himself to be as self-sufficient as possible. Consequently, they record and produce their own releases in their own home recording studio, and book and promote their own shows.

Kai adds:

“The Oceans album took almost four years to create. My laptop containing all of my work-in-progress was stolen in 2019 and I had to start all over again from 2020. In the past two years, I worked hard and collaborated with awesome people to finish the album and we also have our fans to thank for crowdfunding it.”

The 20-track album Oceans is out now on Apple MusicSpotify & hmv.

Tickets are available here.

Esprit D’Air 2023 UK Tour Dates:

  • 17 Feb: Cardiff, The Globe
  • 19 Feb: York, The Fulford Arms
  • 20 Feb: Newcastle upon Tyne, The Cluny
  • 21 Feb: Edinburgh, La Belle Angele
  • 22 Feb: Manchester, Academy 3
  • 23 Feb: Birmingham, O2 Academy3
  • 25 Feb: London, The Black Heart (Private Patreon Party)



22 February 2023
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
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Manchester Academy

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PR
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0161 275 2930
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