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Elbow and the Hallé: review

Bridgewater Hall & Castlefield
08 & 09 July 2009


Elbow and the Halle's second show was relayed live to the Castlefield Arena

One of the highlights of the festival was surely Elbow's collaboration with the Hallé Orchestra (08 & 09 July 2009).

The Bury band had only limited time to work with the Manchester orchestra ahead of their two shows for the Festival, but they mixed together to great effect on the first night.

According to our reviewer Mike Nuttall, it was so good, it was "like they played together every week."

The second night was relayed live to a giant screen in Castlefield watched by thousands of fans on a chilled out summer evening.

Mike Nuttall is an Elbow fan from Stretford who has barely missed a show in their career, so was ideally placed to tell whether the combination worked.

He told BBC Radio Manchester that his fear "was that the songs could be almost peripheral with that size of orchestra on stage."

"But the best compliment I can give is that they looked like they played together every week."

Listen to Mike's full review on BBC Radio Manchester by clicking on the player.



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