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When: 7.30pm on Thursday 14 December 2017
Where: St Michael’s, 36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG

We’re delighted to be bringing Haiku Salut back to Manchester, for a Christmas outing of their Lamp Show!

Two years after they brought their lamp show to Manchester for a glorious night at Hallé St Peters and three years since they staged the lamp show in the swimming baths of Indy Man Beer Con, Haiku Salut return for what is bound to be a magical night: a Christmas Lamp Show!

Haiku Salut are a unique proposition, sweeping between all-manner of genres but never losing the soft focus of the inspired instrumentals that provide their back-bone. Rising from minimal, glitchy pop songs into moments of distinct and awe-inspiring grandiosity, the band match the intensity of their recorded sound with a mightily fetching, and suitably dramatic live show.

If you’ve not seen the lamp show before, you’re in for a dazzling, exhilarating treat. The trio perform with a stageful of vintage lamps which are programmed to flash, fade and flicker in time to the music – and result is utterly spellbinding, like watching electronica come to life.

All of their previous lamp shows have sold out in advance, so getting an advance ticket is advised.

‘A collection of vintage lamps of varying sizes is scattered around the front of the church and flick on and off in time to the music. How it’s done leaves most of the audience scratching their heads and trying to work it all out as they file out of the church an hour or so later’ – Music OMH

‘A bulb bursts into life, followed by another, then another across the room. As parts are introduced the lamps become a flutter of activity, illuminating fretboards, cymbals and touchpads’ – London in Stereo

Special guests are TV ME. TV ME is broadcasting. A three-piece project led by Thomas McConnell with tracks inspired by childhood, Playstations, memories of old computers and regurgitated pop culture. Their intriguing future-pop is inventive, catchy and importantly, audible. Through 2016 Thomas was known as Tom Low. He released the Phone EP on Deltasonic and toured with Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan. However, during the final months of the year he disappeared into recording a new project, composing everything from eccentric pop, musical suites to imaginary soundtracks. After drawing up diagrams for a new machine to release his music and tuning in with Adam Dixon and Frankie Tibbles, TV ME are now transmitting. Debut single Peppercorn Boy is out soon on Deltasonic.

This will be one of the first public concerts in St Michael’s since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats.

AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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