6 Music Festival, Manchester, review – Telegraph.co.uk

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If anything, Kelis, the US R&B
singer, upped the energy. The singer belted out soulful gems in a
full-length gold lamé dress backed by an 11-piece band. Milkshake and Trick
Me were treats.

Kelis’s temperature-raising antics left Texan band Midlake
sounding decidedly midpaced. It was only when former collaborator John Grant
joined them that their textured folk-rock sparkled.

There were surreal nuggets. Playing to a sparse audience including Level 42’s
Mark King and Tom «Glad to be Gay» Robinson in the fringe venue,
original members of the BBC’s
Radiophonic Workshop group
played the Dr Who theme on the
original instruments. Now in their 80s, these granddads are electronic
pioneers.

Damon Albarns
a brave man for playing his unreleased solo album for the first time, live
on radio, during a headline slot on a Friday night in Manchester.

The Blur and Gorillaz frontman was justifiably nervous as he played all of
Everyday Robots with new band The Heavy Seas. The music was by turns
haunting, funky and warming. It rarely wasn’t beautiful; no-one does sublime
melody like Albarn.

But it was too subtle and failed to connect. Although he played Gorillaz’s On
Melancholy Hill, Albarn didn’t help himself. With hundreds of Blur songs to
chose from, the one he played was a B-Side to Beetlebum. Someone should
remind him that there is a difference between having nothing left to prove
and giving the audience what they want.

Then again, an easy option would have been for 6 Music to book a local hero
such as Noel Gallagher. It felt rather fitting that, not for the first time,
the station took the alternative route.

WATCH: A
TEASER OF DAMON ALBARN’S NEW SOLO ALBUM, OUT ON APRIL 28

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