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What happened at Suedes (not so secret gig) in Manchester?

Less than a week ago I received a tip-off from a colleague at RGM about a little-known (basically unheard of band) called ‘Crushed Kid’.

After some investigation and a fairly hefty ticket price of £20 for an unknown band, we knew something was up. Social media was awash with rumors so I decided to get in on the act and get myself down there. 

Crushed Kid was indeed an Alias for post-punk 90’s veterans Suede who have just announced a new EP and tour dates. This ‘not so secret event’ sold out within days of being announced in the 260-capacity venue and there was a massive buzz at the opportunity to see such a legendary band play in this fabulous intimate institute.  

Stylishly late to the stage, the band described by the venue as “a brand sparkling new post punk band” were met with rapturous applause. The loudest cheers were reserved for Brett Anderson who sauntered onto the stage looking as suave as always. After reuniting in 2013 the indie Brit Pop five-piece certainly hasn’t slowed down, playing a short but memorable fifty-minute set that started off with the high tempo ‘She Still Leads Me On’ which has elements of glam-rock when teamed with Anderson’s eloquent energy. Slowing down the tempo with ‘What Am I Without you’ felt like a personal love song to the audience as Anderson crouched down and sang the whole song from a corner of the stage which was a contrast to his previous high-impact swagger. 

These two surprise intimate gigs announce the return of Suede and were clearly a warm-up for their forthcoming `London dates in October at Electric Ballroom. More information can be located at their official website www.suede.co.uk