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The Dinner Party in Manchester, What went on at YES?

The Dinner Party Live in The Pink Room Yes, Manchester. 1st October 2022

If this was the caliber of the first band on at Yes’s Pink Room yesterday, taking part in Neighbourhood Festival 2022 – then I hate to think what I missed later. From the get-go, they had the room intrigued… To say they were on at 2pm they packed out the Pink Room and I’m pretty certain not one single person left. In fact, if this were 1692 I’ve no doubt each member of this all-female 5-piece would be burnt at the stake, such is the spell they cast over their audience.

Imagine the theatrics of Bowie or Karen O mixed with the strength of Polly Jean – The Dinner Party, hailing from London, bring us a delicious mixture of rock, funky bass, and stunning vocals in their first ever Manchester gig.

I’m really not about to try and describe the music – all I’ll say is they had us moving and feeling the music with them. With no releases as yet, this band is quickly gaining a following and I have no doubt that this time next year we’ll have lots of lovely music from them to dance and sing to. For now though – go see them, if you get the chance. But be prepared to be bewitched.

Words and pictures by Shari Denson