St Vincent Live in Manchester, What Happened?

Fresh from slaying a prime spot on the ‘other stage’ at this years Glastonbury festival, Dallas born St Vincent headed North to ensure that us Mancunians sans tickets also got a piece of the action.

There was a Bowie-esque feel to the evening as St Vincent adorned the stage in a retro 50’s style air hostess suit and cooly greeted the crowd in the southern American twang. St Vincent (AKA Annie Clark) oozed style with a slick stage set up including a group of talented musicians and well-choreographed dance moves. 

With all this swagger and aesthetic appeal I almost forgot what a talented guitarist Clark is in her own right. Elements of Prince and Bowie are present in her riff laden guitar solos performed on a custom made signature sterling by Music Man.

Clark performed songs from an impressive back catalogue including her debut album Marry Me and of course a number of tracks including the title track and tour name from her most recent album “Daddy’s Home”. 

Although the evening was an upbeat pop/jazz/funk spectacle of huge proportions, Clark showed her vulnerable side during the more sombre numbers such as “Your Lips are Red” and “Pay Your Way in Pain”. Clark also broke character a number of times mid-set to tell quirky anecdotes between tracks which certainly endeared her to the large audience which had hardly dwindled despite the threat of Glastonbury and a train strike. 

The ‘Daddy’s Home’ tour continues in the UK this week before Clark and the band head home to perform a number of dates across the pond starting in Boston and supporting The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.