Friday night (16th May) saw Marco Carola return to Manchester to headline the Albert Hall, a venue that has quickly shot up alongside some of the premier jaunts in the area. With the freedom to play a mammoth 5-hour set, this was always going to a marathon rather than a sprint and so it proved.
The word pioneer is used a lot in reviews and articles to describe the influence a certain DJ has had on their genre, but with Marco Carola Italy simply wouldn’t have a Techno scene. Born in Naples, the house scene in the early 90’s was already booming at that time but he singly handily built it from scratch and took it around the world.
With such a massive reputation within the scene as a figure head, the clamor to see Carola play at such a special venue was always going to be big. If you haven’t been to the Albert Hall yet, find a night you will enjoy (which there are plenty) and get down. A chapel in the center of Manchester that had lay dormant for 40 years has now been converted into a magnificent amphitheater like arena, which matches anything I’ve ever watched live music in.
With five albums worth of his own material and countless remixes to sift through, the Music On label head wouldn’t have much trouble filling five hours. Notable reactions were saved for outings from Daniel Avery – Free Floating and his very own Black Box.
The gothic and enclosing walls inside the place make it an eerie place to watch electronic music, but this adds to the both presence and personality of the venue. The late night sessions at the Albert Hall has already seen some stellar names take to its gothic surroundings and with after parties planned for after Parklife, the interest in the venue seems like it is yet to wain. The DJ, the acoustics coupled with an audience who clearly came for an appreciation of good techno made for a great night all round.
Words by Joe Lanigan-Smith
Images courtesy of Jack Kirwin