The Decemberists Against an impressive backdrop of a skull with swirling eyes surrounded by serpents the band enter to the accompaniment ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. For the stage play Greig intended the tune as a dream like fantasy to mark Peer Gynt’s entrance into the troll king’s hall. It is an appropriate choice for The Decemberists as they embark on an evening of whimsy, fantasy and irony.


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MC50 MC5 were a massively influential band predating and inspiring the New York punk scene with their blues infused garage rock. A fact evidenced by the calibre of the all-star collection of musicians who have joined original member Wayne Kramer to play this 50th anniversary tour celebrating their music.


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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Built in 1908 and Grade II listed, Manchester’s Albert Hall is another of those cherished Edwardian community buildings that are enjoying new life as a live music venue. The horseshoe gallery of the former Methodist chapel looks out towards a magnificent organ directly below which stand Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.


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Ben Howard Having sold out almost immediately, Ben Howard played to a packed-to-the-rafters Manchester Albert Hall on a hot and sweaty Friday evening on the 29th June. Being the first set of announced dates in support of his highly anticipated new album Noonday Dream, it was the first chance for fans to hear the tracks from the often elusive Totnes born songwriter.


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Kiefer Sutherland This is only my second time attending the Manchester Albert Hall but it certainly strikes me as a beautiful setting for tonight, the light from streaming through the windows which only amplifies the heat that is building in the venue. The crowd is full of mainly middle aged fans who have no doubt followed the career of this icon.


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DJ Shadow It is hard to believe that it has been 21 years since the release of DJ Shadow’s ground-breaking and highly influential experimental hip-hop album Endtroducing. Yet DJ Shadow has not lost an inch of his creative drive, pushing the envelope further yet again with his latest album The Mountain Will Fall. It was on this school night that Shadow was able to play his full set, having previously played cut-down sets at festivals, and hypnotise the packed Albert Hall with a perfectly melange of in-your-face turntablism and spectacular visual displays.


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Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow brought her ‘Be Myself’ tour to Manchester’s Albert Halls and treated everybody in this wonderful venue to a career spanning 2 hour show that had absolutely everything. To say I was looking forward to this show might be an understatement – well... definitely an understatement. I once paid an extortionate amount of money for Rolling Stones tickets purely because Sheryl was supporting them and I’ve traveled the length of the country to see her in the past....


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Kerrang! Tour 2016 Kerrang! has been a part of every rock fans life for the best part of 35 years not to mention helping to breakout and influence a new generation of bands. So as is tradition for the last 10 years Kerrang! have put on a sponsored tour of their own, previously it has seen the likes of Biffy Clyro and Bullet For My Valentine grace the coveted headline slot.


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Leon Bridges Having seen a certain Mr Leon Bridges once before in the tiny room at Birmingham’s Institute, the team at Gig Junkies were particularly excited for their jaunt ‘ooop North’ to Manchester’s Albert Hall to see the hottest prospect hailing from Atlanta Georgia since Kanye West.


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