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Manchester's Bipolar Sunshine plays a special hometown show in October. The project of Manchester lad Adio Marchant is set to hit The Ritz on 18th October. The show is part of a UK tour that also takes in a date at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. The tour comes in the wake of a busy summer of festival appearances that include spots at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Reading and Leeds. Bipolar Sunshine has cemented his place as one of the year's most exciting new acts with a string of well-received singles and the Ritz show should see him step up into an even higher gear.
In between gigs, Marchant, who was once in Manchester ska band Kid British, is working on his debut album. He has been writing with Kid Harpoon (Jessie Ware, Florence And The Machine) and Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Craig David) along with producer Jazz Purple. The as yet untitled album will be released later this year.
At Texas new music festival SXSW Bipolar Sunshine caught the attention of the US scene and tightened his grip on the minds of UK tastemakers. His music, an eclectic brand of pop that touches on dance and indie, has provoked comparisons with Sky Ferreira and Solange collaborator Dev Hynes as well as bands including Bombay Bicycle Club. Having become a regular on the live circuit - he's toured with French disco crew Phoenix and played with Rudimental - t will be captivating to watch Marchant step onto bigger stages this autumn. The 29-year-old grew up liking hip-hop and Oasis, "a rare thing" he has said. After a stint working in an underperforming furniture store and a while making music with Kid British, he allowed his instincts to take over and started to make the music he was most passionate about.
Marchant's rise has been fast, catch him on the crest of a wave in October.