When: 7.30pm on Thursday 30 October
Where: Mint Lounge, 46 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
Twenty-one-year-old Ã“lafur Arnalds hails from the suburban Icelandic town, MosfellsbÃ¦r, near ReykjavÃk. Despite his young age he has been crafting fine classically influenced music for several years now. Manchester-based music shop Boomkat made comparisons to JÃ³hann JÃ³hannsson and Max Richter when describing his debut album, Eulogy for Evolution, on Erased Tapes. We’d add Sigur Ros, Amiina, MÃºm, Library Tapes, Efterklang and Yndi Halda to those distinguished artists.
Since last winter Ã“lafur and his live string quartet have been playing mostly sold-out shows throughout Europe. In June they performed before 1,000 people at London’s Barbican Hall and they recently joined fellow Icelanders Sigur RÃ³s for some of their European show. In August Ã“lafur stole the show at Manchester’s new one-day festival, A Day At The Races. This Mint Lounge show will be his first Manchester headlining slot.
Support comes from London’s Finn, whose new album, The Best Low-Priced Heartbreakers, is now out on Pias/Rough Trade, plus local band Run Toto Run, who feature Rachel Kitchenside and sound a bit like this.
Tickets from WeGotTickets.com, Ticketline.co.uk, SeeTickets.com, Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street, Zavvi in the Arndale Centre, Ticketline Box Office in St Johnâ€™s Centre, Liverpool, and on 0161 832 1111.