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LIVE REVIEW – CHVRCHES LIVE AT THE APOLLO MANCHESTER

Chvrches took to a sold out Apollo on a Saturday night with their current tour to celebrate the launch of their latest album ‘Screen Violence’. 

Hailing from Glasgow, the synth-pop trio formed in 2011 and are still going strong with a huge following, which going by Saturday night’s turn out in Manchester is still on the rise. 

Front woman Lauren Mayberry made quite an entrance, gliding onto the stage in red leather and gravity defying platforms, yet still managed to pull of some impressive dance moves and give an electric vocal performance. 

The band, also featuring Iain Cook and Martin Doherty (both multi-instrumentalists) kicked off the evening with track ‘He said She Said’ from ‘screen Violence’ an album which was created during lockdown and recorded remotely. The set featured some of their better know hits including ‘Good Girls’ and ‘How Not to Drown’ (which also features The Cures Robert Smith). There were rumours circulating that Smith may make a surprise appearance having done so previously in the week at Brixton Academy, however it was not to be, but a lack of appearance from Smith certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd. 

The band finished on a high with the pop anthem  ‘Clearest Blue’ from their 2015 album ‘Every Open eye’. Their UK tour comes to an end this month before the band embark on a world tour starting across the pond towards the end of April. 

WORDS AND PHOTO CREDIT – HELEN MILLINGTON

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