Bonobo @ The O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK – 2nd March 2017

Posted by Bianca on Thursday Mar 2, 2017 Under Chillwave, Electronica

Gig Review by Olivia Faye Wood with Photography by Megan Levers

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With crowd-pleasing support from Jens Kuross and Daktyl, and a sold-out tour of the newest album Migration, there’s no denying that Bonobo have returned with a bang. Performing to a packed-out O2 Apollo crowd in Manchester, Simon Green (Bonobo), was shrouded in darkness for much of the show, with focal lighting on the stunning vocalist Szjerdene Mulcare and the almost-orchestral 12-piece band consisting of strings, brass, guitar, drums and keys.

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Green’s electronica is beautiful, with a bass that booms, reverberating through the crowd who voices their pleasure in a booming return. Moving between songs, old and new, with favourites: Kerala, Cirrus, Migration and the hazy Kong, Bonobo effortlessly captures the audience. The full band makes the performance fresh, an experience not to be missed, paradoxically energising yet relaxing. The crowd dances as one hazy sway, some sitting on shoulders, others eyes closed, moving with the music, whilst special arm/hand gestures fly in various directions to gesticulate a friend’s location in the crowd, giving the show a festival-like atmosphere. Yet it is the hypnotic lightshow and backing visuals by the photographer Neil Krug, depicting stylised and vividly coloured drone footage and stills of the Mojave Desert in California which place the performance on a new level. Alone, these visuals would be breath-taking, when accompanying the music, the performance becomes a sensory journey, a dream-like experience.

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Everyone applauded, everyone cheered, everyone had their hands in the air, and everyone wished the dream would never end. And yet, the encore came and went, and Green, finally illuminated, graciously thanked the crowd for their support, asking them to applaud his flawless band. How could we refuse?

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One Response to “Bonobo @ The O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK – 2nd March 2017”

  1. Gig attendee Says:

    Bruh, were you tripping? That gig was dead AF.

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