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Never miss another 'The Pogues' show
The Pogues + Embers
Since their massive show at London’s The O2 last year for their 30th anniversary, The Pogues are back this December performing their critically acclaimed second album ‘Rum, Sodomy & the Lash’ in its entirety, plus other favourite tracks.
‘Rum, Sodomy & the Lash’ was released 1985 to tremendous acclaim and showcased The Pogues unique mix of traditional Irish folk, punk and classic songwriting. It has since been in Rolling Stone’s top 500 albums of all time and Q Magazine placed it at number 93 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums ever in 2000.
The Pogues formed in 1982 and released seven hugely acclaimed albums before splitting up in 1996. The band re-formed to play live shows in 2001 and have been playing regularly since with reviews from The Telegraph saying ‘The whole experience is utterly uplifting’ and Q applauding that ‘They are as fiery and as potent as ever.’
By demonstrating that the spirit of punk could live in traditional Irish folk music, the Pogues were one of the most radical bands of the mid-80s. Famed for their wild and exciting live acts, lead singer Shane MacGowan's relentless drug and alcohol abuse meant the cult Irish folk punksters were forced to disband in the mid 90s. Now reformed with charismatic rogue MacGowan back in tow, the band are back on the road well over 20 years since their inception.
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Manchester four piece Embers formed at the end of 2011. The band draw on the likes of Hans Zimmer, Brian Eno and John Murphy, blended with the more contemporary influences of Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros and Radiohead. They admit that they "love film music" and it's been an important creative process in their development, with visual projections incorporated into their live show.
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Venue: O2 Apollo Manchester
Phone: 08444 777 677
→ Ardwick 7 min walk