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When: 7pm on Friday 29 & Saturday 30 November 2019
Where: YES (The Pink Room), 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB

PLEASE NOTE: Both shows have now sold out! Watch this space for details of future BC Camplight dates.

We’re delighted to be working with BC Camplight again – this time, at YES.

BC Camplight is the moniker of maverick songsmith Brian Christinzio. The Philadelphian turned Mancunian is considered one of indie music’s most forward-thinking artists with a discography which acts as a soundtrack to a life rife with bad fortune, mental illness, running afoul of the law, and ultimately absolute redemption. Whilst living in Philadelphia Christinzio performed live with The War On Drugs in between releasing two critically successful yet commercially ignored records. He was also a coveted session pianist lending his talents to scores of albums, perhaps most notably Sharon Van Etten’s Epic. After a period of homelessness and running on fumes creatively Christinzio made a move across the Atlantic to Manchester, UK in an effort take control of his life and reshuffle his musical deck. The result was the recording of 2015’s ode to Manchester and baroque pop tour de force, How To Die In The North. The recordings resulted in a record deal with Bella Union and placed Christinzio on a path towards artistic fulfilment. However, a severe leg injury landed Christinzio in hospital where he was forced to remain whilst his UK work visa expired. Despite pleas to the Home Office to allow the ailing artist to apply for an extension a decision was made that would forever alter Brian personally and artistically. The day after his record was released Christinzio was deported from the UK and banned from returning. How To Die In The North was essentially shelved.

After 16 months of separation from the UK the resilient Christinzio was reunited with his beloved Manchester, gaining entry through newly acquired Italian citizenship. His most recent, and most lauded album Deportation Blues is an exhilarating dynamic document of calamity and stress, relayed through richly melodic arrangements spanning songwriter classicism, gnarled synth pop, 50’s filth-rock, and various odd junctions in between mirroring the creators fractured mindset. It is an immensely powerful diary chronicling an impossible set of life circumstances whilst shining a white-hot spotlight on the composer’s off-kilter brilliance. The album has since been revered by critics, become a stalwart on the BBC Radio 6 Music playlist (BBC 6 Music 2018 album of the year as voted by Marc Riley), and put BC Camplight back on the stage where he belongs. With a slew of tours and festivals on the horizon Christinzio, a remarkably relentless entertainer, will bring his immense new live show to the UK and Europe. ‘It’s no fun giving an audience a standard show that they can get elsewhere,’ explains Christinzio. ‘Sometimes it’s intense, sometimes it’s emotional, sometimes it’s basically a fucking stand-up routine. I always like to involve the audience and make it memorable for everyone involved.  I think we are one of the best live bands in the world and it’s an odd feeling finally getting an opportunity to get in front of loads of ears and eyes. In a perfect world I’d be able to organise a concert on the roof of the Home Office one day.’

‘Utterly compelling… Taking the fractured pop of Van Dyke Parks into a realm of synth–deep neurosis, droning chords and stoned piano jazz, managing to somehow square a circle connecting Prince, Suicide and Dennis Wilson‘ – Uncut

‘An absorbing aural journey… Deportation Blues melds nods to Randy Newman, doo wop-pop, rococo Rundgren-isms, Air-evoking electronics and late night jazz’ – MOJO

FRIDAY: This show has sold out! Support comes from Brighton-based quartet Porridge Radio.

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SATURDAY: This show has sold out! Support comes from Dilettante – an art-rock collective led by multi-instrumentalist Francesca Pidgeon.

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