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Introducing Live will be "ace"
Lucien Caine
Lucien Caine headlines the final night of 2009

The final BBC Manchester Introducing Live of 2009 will be "ace", according to the show's producer.

Chris Long, who puts together both the live gigs and the radio show, says he expects it to be "one of the best yet and a fine way to round off the year."

Headlining at the Ruby Lounge will be Lucien Caine, who has received praise from Elbow's Guy Garvey for his new EP.

Also playing will be Salford's The Mekkits and Bolton's Islands Lost At Sea.

The night has been running on the last Friday of every month since May, when Airship, who have since been out on the road with Editors, headlined the inaugural event.

Since then, bands like indie pop stars The Answering Machine, young ska funsters Kid British and hard rockers To The Bones have all taken the top slot, while support has come from a variety of brilliant new acts, including the hotly tipped May68 and garage blues duo The Black Knights.

We're expecting it to turn into something of an early Christmas party
Chris Long, BBC Manchester Introducing

Chris thinks that the show on Friday 27 November can easily stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the fine line-ups he's already put on at the venue this year.

"It's going to be tough for them to top the sweaty madness that was the Kid British show or the mesmerising wonder of John Fairhurst's performance, but I reckon all three acts are more than capable of hitting similar highs.

"Lucien Caine's music is just beautiful, Islands Lost At Sea are brilliantly mental and The Mekkits inhabit the space somewhere in-between, so it's going to be an ace show."

Adding: "Friday is about more than just the bands though, it's about celebrating our first full year of BBC Manchester Introducing and the success of all our live nights.

"We've invited down everyone that's already played and loads of our Introducing friends, so we're expecting it to turn into something of an early Christmas party."

BBC Manchester Introducing Live with Lucien Caine, The Mekkits and Islands Lost At Sea is at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on Friday 27 November at 8pm. Entry is free (arrive early to ensure entry).

All three sets will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester Introducing





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