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Upcoming shows: Ultimate Painting... Meilyr Jones... Skinny Lister... Vinny Peculiar... Freakwater... Angel Olsen... Simone Felice... Stephen Steinbrink... Jenny Hval... Tom Brosseau... Public Service Broadcasting... Peter Broderick... Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker... Amber Arcades... Haley Bonar... Emanuel and The Fear... Merchandise... The Wave Pictures... Alabaster DePlume... The Lovely Eggs... Will Varley... Avec Sans... Kristin Hersh... Ryley Walker... BC Camplight... Robert Ellis... Steve Gunn... Man & The Echo... Weyes Blood... Jesca Hoop... Beans on Toast... Whyte Horses... The Burning Hell... The Handsome Family...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 30 October
Where: Mint Lounge, 46 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Olafur Arnalds, Mint Lounge, ManchesterTwenty-one-year-old Ólafur Arnalds hails from the suburban Icelandic town, Mosfellsbær, near Reykjavík. Despite his young age he has been crafting fine classically influenced music for several years now. Manchester-based music shop Boomkat made comparisons to Jóhann Jóhannsson and Max Richter when describing his debut album, Eulogy for Evolution, on Erased Tapes. We’d add Sigur Ros, Amiina, Múm, Library Tapes, Efterklang and Yndi Halda to those distinguished artists.

Since last winter Ólafur 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 Rós for some of their European show. In August Ólafur 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 John’s Centre, Liverpool, and on 0161 832 1111.

All shows are 18+ unless otherwise stated.

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