Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Sound of Siblings

Big Hands is one of my favourite little scabby-chic bars in Manchester. The perfect pre-gig/post-gig drinking hole, always with an excellent soundtrack.

After several rounds and some excellent laughs (Stuart is now going by the nickname Thierry Henri…), we head to the Academy for The Magic Numbers.

The last night of a tour can bode for both good and bad, happily for us The Magic Numbers have opted for the never tighter musically and exuberant mood style of doing things.

There is a slight lull mid-gig, but outside of that they deliver a performance large enough to live up to the overshadowing silhouettes on the backdrop.

The crowd roar for an encore and their efforts are rewarded in style, starting with a fantastic cover of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love. Following this the support acts (The Webb Brothers and Loose Salute) and various friends and associates join the band on stage for a fantastic version of their beautifully harmonic Wheels on Fire and then a cover of Dylan’s I Shall Be Released.

A great gig.

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