May is a busy month for shows at Docks Academy. Read on to find out more…


sunbirds | 05.05.23

Co-founding member of The Beautiful South, Dave Hemingway brings his new band Sunbirds, to Grimsby on Friday 5th May 2023, with support from Alex Henderson.

Having retired from the live scene at the back end of 2016, Dave has been keeping busy together with erstwhile South colleague, guitarist/songwriter Phil Barton, new discovery singer/violinist Laura Wilcockson and drummer Marc Parnell.

The band’s sound predominantly features the instrumentation of traditional American roots music combined with the occasional outburst of guitar-heavy melody more associated with Seattle in the late ’80s / early ’90s.

Supporting Sunbirds is Grimsby-Born, Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer and Songwriter, Alex Henderson. A musician currently studying in Leeds whose influences are drawn from far and wide, from his small-town upbringing to his time living in Leeds. Alex performs regular live sets, both acoustically, as well as with his band on many of the stages in the city.

Guns N' Roses tribute to perform on stage in Grimsby, Lincolnshire

guns 2 roses | 07.05.23

We are thrilled to have the most notorious tribute to Guns N’ Roses, Guns2Roses at Docks Acaademy for the Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday 7th May (Kings Coronation Weekend)!

Guns 2 Roses are the longest-running, closest looking and most internationally recognised GN’R tribute in the world. G2R are one of the few tribute bands of any type to cross over from the mere tribute band circuit to mainstream media and close association with the real Guns N’ Roses band.

G2R are the only GN’R tribute to play live with 4 different members of Guns N’ Roses. TV appearances on BBC, ITV & Channel 5.

Less than 10% tickets remaining are available at £12.50, plus See Tickets commission. Ages 14+ (U18s to be accompanied)


cud + kingsway | 12.05.23

Indie Rock band CUD will take to the stage at Docks Academy on Friday 12th May 2023!

Emerging from the same art/design cauldron that produced fellow Leeds legends Soft Cell, Scritti Politti, and The Mekons, CUD were the pre-Britpop answer to doleful shoegazing bands – fun-loving, light-hearted, romantic and downright catchy.

Alternatively loved or loathed like a yeast extract, CUD is indie rock for the unpretentious pleasure seeker, boasting as they do the rich deep-lunged voice of Carl Puttnam, edgy guitars of Mike Dunphy and tight, funky rhythm section of William Potter, bass and Gogs Byrn, drums.

CUD will be supported by Kingsway, a 5-piece unsigned Rock n’ Roll band from Scunthorpe. They cite iconic acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Strokes and Jimi Hendrix as their biggest influences, with their songs having a distinctive groove element that gets pulses racing and feet moving.

Tickets are running low as we approach the night, so grab your tickets here.


red herring comedy club | 13.05.23

Red Herring Comedy Club continues, bringing 4 hilarious comedians to Grimsby on Saturday 13th May!

May will see four comedians take to the Docks Academy stage, eager to provide a stellar night of comedy. The comedians on the bill: The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Review, Ricky Balshaw, Scott Bennett (whos previously performed a sold-out night on his tour back in October 2022), and Mc Barry Dodds.

Did you know our Red Herring Comedy nights are sponsored by John Roe Toyota? If you are coming to this month’s show, you’ll see them showcasing a selection of their cars!

Tickets are still available, however, our comedy events have almost always sold out, and this is likely to ahead of the day, grab your tickets today!

the soap girls | 20.05.23

The SoapGirls bring their raw and energetic live show to Grimsby on Saturday 20th May, as part of their Love Potion Tour, with support from Suburban Toys!

The SoapGirls, French-born sisters from Cape Town, are often described as the world’s hardest-working duo. They write outsider anthems with grunge-infused guitars overlaid with harmonic vocals, huge melodious overtones and metal growls that are androgynous, audacious and straight from the heart. Their DIY attitude and unbridled work ethic has led to them being named a band to watch out for by music critics around the globe.

Suburban Toys, from Lincoln, has been providing a consistent diet of Punk Ska across a number of festivals and shows since July 2021. They have also supported the likes of Big Country, Dr.Feelgood, Duncan Reid & The Big Heads, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Newtown Neurotics, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, The Ruts (DC), Skids, Tom Robinson Band, UK Subs, and The Wildhearts.

Tickets are still available here, so grab yours and join us!

twin atlantic | 27.05.23

Scottish Alternative Rock band, Twin Atlantic coming to Grimsby for a super intimate festival warm-up at Docks Academy on Saturday 27th May!

Their most recent album, Transparency, is Twin Atlantic as you’ve never known them. Ten candid, funny, funky songs find frontman Sam McTrusty spilling his guts on everything from marriage, male friendship and the absurdity of social media to parenthood, medication and his mum.

Written in strained circumstances and recorded remotely with Sam’s mate and mentor Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers, Taylor Swift). Transparency arrived more by accident than design, an experiment that snowballed when the world went into lockdown.

To date, the band has released six studio albums, with five of those reaching the Top 40 on the UK Charts, with their most recent release Transparency reaching No.11 in the charts.

There are a very small number of tickets left, priced at £25, plus fees. The age requirement for this event is 14+ (U18s to be accompanied).

don't miss out on upcoming announcements!

In the last five weeks, we have announced several high-profile shows: Wheatus, Cockney Rejects, Twin Atlantic, We Are Scientists, Space and Clinton Baptiste. Many of them are already sold out!

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