Rising from the ashes of punk The Smiths proved you could protest with musicianship as well as just raw passion. Their third album The Queen Is Dead is widely cited by critics as The Smiths’ best studio album. Released in a Thatcherite Britain in the midst of privatisation and the miners strike The Queen is Dead provided a raucous voice of opposition with the monarchy, the government and even record label boss Geoff Travis all feeling Morrissey’s wrath via the  flawless pop brilliance of The Smiths.

The Queen is Dead was The Smiths at the peak of their power and provided a huge catalyst for the Britpop movement of the 90’s. Noel Gallagher would later comment that although he loved The Beatles, The Smiths were his band. Read more about the album here.

Join us at one of our sessions around the world to hear the album in it’s full glory.


Sunday June 12th  4 – 7pm

Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE

Tickets: £10 online here and £12 on the door if available

Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and special guest Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, Rock N Roll Historian & Fandom Expert

Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike’s new book ‘Joy Devotion:  The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture’ is out on what would have been Ian’s 60th, July 15th!

Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableSimaudio Moon 310LP Phono StageAudio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers

New York City

Sunday, June 12th, 4 – 7 pm

Good Room 98 Meserole, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Tickets: $8 online here / $10 on the door

Presenters: Paul Raffaele & Barbie Bertisch (Love Injection Magazine)

Audio Menu: Rega Apheta MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableAudio Note UK pre-amplification and power amplificationAudioQuest Interconnects and cablingKlipsch LoudspeakersKlipsch SW-115 Subwoofers


Sunday, 12th June, 5 to 8 pm

Venue: Le Cercle des Voyageurs, 18 Lievevrouwbroersstraat/ Rue des Grands Carmes 18, 1000 Brussels

Tickets: 10 Euros online here

Presenter: Davyth Hicks – As guitarist and vocals with Revenge with Peter Hook (New Order, Joy Division in the late 80s/ early 90s), and having played with members of The Smiths himself, Davyth will be sharing with us his unique perspective on this landmark album, as well as the burgeoning indie scene of 1980s Manchester.

Audio menu: Acoustic Signature Challenger MkIII turntable, Ortofon SPU Royal N cartridge, Audio Innovations Series 800 step-up, Audio Note M1 RIAA (modified) phono preamp, Avantgarde Acoustic XA Integrated amplifier, Avantgarde Duo XD horn loudspeakers.

Kansas City

Sunday, June 26th, 1 – 4 pm

Waldo Pizza Tap Room, 7433 Broadway Street, Kansas City, MO 64114

Tickets: $5 in advance here and $8 on the door if there are any available.

Presenter: Kelsyn Rooks

Audio Menu: Audio Note Turntable setup – TT2 TurntableDeluxe Arm 3IQ3 cartridge; Audio Note Ankoru Amplifiers and M6 Phono pre-amplifier; Audio Note interconnects and cabling, Klipsch La Scala II loudspeakersKlipsch R-115SW subwoofers


Sunday, June 26th, 6 to 9 pm

Venue: Cafè Mono

Tickets: NOK100 in the door or in advance here, Students/Seniors half price.

Presenters: Kent Horne with author Frode Grytten.

Audio Menu installed by Duet Audio and Midas ReferenceCartridge: Ortofon Cadenza BlackTurntable: Dr. Feickert Woodpecker, Tone arm: Jelco 750 LB,Preamp: Auralic Merak 4x200W Monoblock, Integrated Amp with phono stage: Soulution 520Loudspeakers: Piega Classic 80.2Interconnects: Midas Reference SiljeSpeaker Cable: Midas Reference SiljePower Conditioner: Oyaide


Date and Time: Sunday June 26th 18:00 – 21:00

Venue: Transistor – 3441 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60657

Tickets: $5 in advance here

Presenter: Sam Willett

Audio Menu: provided by Saturday Audio and will include McIntosh Tube amps and Monitor Audio Gold tower speakers


Date and Time: Sunday June 26th 17:00 – 20:00

Venue: Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Tickets: $5 in advance here

Presenter: TBC

Audio Menu: Audio Note T1 Turntable, Audio Note 1Q1 cartridge, Audio Note M2 Phono Preamplifier, Audio Note Conqueror SET Amplifier, Deja Vu Audio Custom Genoa Vintage Speakers, Audio Note Lexus Cables

Los Angeles

Sunday 26th June 4 – 7pm

Flora Chang, 607 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (this is a private venue, ticketed attendees only)

Tickets: $15 in advance here

Presenter: Zach Cowie

Audio Menu: Audio Note Jinro Shochu Amplifier, Audio Note M5 Phono Preamplifier, Audio Note S3 Step Up Transformer, Audio Note TT2 Turntable w/ Audio Note Tonearm 3 & Audio Note IO1 Cartridge, Klipschorn Loudspeakers, All interconnects & cabling by Audio Note

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