EL VY Manchester Gorilla is Sold Out for EL VY who are essentially a collaboration between Matt Beninger (from The National) and Brent Knopf (from the defunct Menomena and Ramona Falls). The event and album themselves raise the question, what is a side project for many I’m sure? With The National being the quietly huge band it’s very cool to like (and understandable) they can’t be doing this for the money surely.


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Charlotte Carpenter

Moody moog sounds of Break begin the headline set from Charlotte Carpenter and band. The three-piece, two guitars, drums and a mass of effects draw the nicely filled venue into respectful silence immediately. The questioning emotive track builds with brewing, swirling soundscapes before it dissolves into a deserved round of applause. Meantime, also from the new E.P. The Fault Line follows and with heads beginning to nod approval amongst the crowd - it’s quickly apparent the new songs are as good, if not better, than music from the four previous E.P.’s.



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Joanna Newsom Joanna Newsom on the back of the recently released 4th studio album Divers plays her first UK date for some three years and the setting of the gothic Manchester Albert Hall is fitting on this Halloween evening. The serene building, cool and stark quickly becomes filled with life and colour as the Sold Out show paints its own picture of what will become a very special evening and performance.


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Charlotte Carpenter The two support slots set up the headliner nicely and Charlotte Carpenter takes to stage initially in a trio backed by guitar and drums. "Woes" from the October 2014 released EP "Take It All" kicks of the headliner's set in soft yet enchanting style.


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