Animal Collective The fact that weird electro-pop-experimenters Animal Collective have sold out Manchester’s Ritz tonight suggests they have become relatively mainstream. Much of their mass appeal is down to 2009’s highly successful crossover album, ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ and now they are touring to promote their latest album, ‘Painting With’.


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Animal Collective New York-based band Animal Collective are infrequent visitors to the UK. The outstanding success of their 2009 album, “Merriweather Post Pavilion”, has propelled them from a cult band to near mainstream and so they can now draw big crowds. Tonight’s appearance in Manchester has been eagerly awaited by many. The venue is the Warehouse Project, a cavernous tin shed, which normally serves as a dance club, situated near Manchester United Football Club. Interestingly, given Animal Collective are essentially an experimental band, the audience for the gig is one of the most diverse I have seen for a while, particularly in terms of the age range.


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