Friday 28th February
The Albert Hall, Manchester
Certain venues and certain genres of music go hand in hand, the heavy basslines and orchestral style that Bonobo employs certainly fits hand in glove with the gothic interior of the Albert Hall Manchester.
Simon Green has been making music under the alias of Bonobo since 2001 and in that time he has amassed 5 full-length studio albums. Latest offering, The Northern Borders has received critical acclaim since its release and another sold out tour beckoned.
The dusk like sounds and downcast lighting inside The Albert Hall Manchester meant for a very chilled atmosphere, but don’t be fooled into thinking their wasn’t plenty of movement on the balconies and the floor. Especially prevalent was the man in the red on the left hand side of the balcony, who enjoyed himself so much he was flexing some aero-plane and helicopter moves. If this was you, please make yourself known, as several people want to buy you a drink.
Live electronica can sometimes leave an audience in a state of confusion. Songs that take so long to craft in a studio, using various different pieces of equipment are always going to be hard to replicate in the live format. But with a group of musicians who have masters their crafts as well as the players within the live Bonobo outfit, this is not a problem.
Wreathing his way through a setlist that included classics Black Sands and the relatively new, but seismic, Cirrus both of which were greeted warmly by the crowd. Not many artists can successfully make the switch to from studio to live, but Bonobo gave the perfect example of how it should be done on Friday. Apocalyptic vocals, resultful strings and emphatic bass all made for a fantastic night.
Review by Joe Lanigan Smith
Images courtesy of Jack Kirwin