Janelle Monae, Manchester Academy
Oh my god! I'm in absolute shock! I've literally just walked out of the Janelle Monae gig at the Manchester Academy and I've still got goosepimples! That woman is smoking. If you don't know who she is then shame on you! Look her up on iTunes now. I was lucky enough to get access to the press pit which I am ever so appreciative of (thank you 2.0!). The sound that comes out of Ms Monae is mindblowing. Her showmanship and stage presence has to be seen to believed. Miles ahead compared to most current artists and that's including the well established ones too. She performed tracks from her latest album ArcAndroid and her superb debut album called Metropolis. Opening with 'Dance or Die' which happened to be one of my favourites the energy on stage is intoxicating. Pint sized she may be but there's nothing small about her music think loud brass bands and a beat that just makes you move like you are James Brown. Its like someone has thrown James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire, The Jacksons, Andre 3000 and countless others in a blender and out comes Ms Monae! Its bizarre that they had good old James playing the moment we stepped into the venue, it just gets you into the mood.
The set was just under 2 hours with a break in the middle. Hey! with all the dancing going on stage I would have taken more of them. The band members all dressed in the same way as Monae. There was something very Brooklyn Circus NY about the whole look which I absolutely love. Overall the night was musically one of the most memorable nights I have ever experienced, her voice was flawless and I'm definitely a FanDroid for life. Scroll all the way to the bottom for a snippet from the show itself. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us and if she ever performs in Manchester again I will be there right in the front, next time in my Black & White.
Ps.. Apologies for the quality of the pictures, my camera refused to work so I had to resort to my iPhone 4.
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