Preview: Manchester Orchestra at Concorde 2, Brighton

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Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, indie-rock outfit Manchester Orchestra are kickstarting their first European headline tour since the release of 2014 album Cope and its beautifully stripped down and reimagined counterpart, Hope. Their one-off, sold-out show at Brighton’s Concorde 2 will prefigure their performances at Reading and Leeds Festival.

Led by Andy Hull, the quintet first emerged in 2005 with their EP You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs An Editor, on their own label, Favourite Gentlemen Recordings. Their debut album came in the form of 2006’s I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child, followed by Mean Everything To Nothing, Simple Math and last year’s Cope and Hope. 

Hope aside, which showed the “beautiful, slow stuff”, Manchester Orchestra tap into heavy guitars and drums, with intricately worked lyrics and Hull’s glossy vocals. This doesn’t mean that the beautiful, slow stuff isn’t always there, it’s just accompanied by layers of rockiness that packs more of a punch than the chilled out Hope.

Being the first UK performances of 2014’s Hope and Cope, Manchester Orchestra’s performance in Brighton is a sure to be fully charged, and arouse much excitement in fans, especially those who weren’t lucky enough to catch them on their tour dedicated to the two albums in America last year.

Manchester Orchestra’s performance at Brighton’s Concorde 2 is now sold out.

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