First names for Manchester International
United Kingdom | 19 March 2009
Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed are set to perform together for the first time in the UK at the Manchester International Festival, as organisers reveal an imaginative bill of music, art, theatre and experience.
The pair will host and perform at an intimate evening of music, poetry and stories at the Palace Theatre on 18 July.
Elsewhere organisers have confirmed a one-off concert featuring electro pioneers Kraftwerk who will collaborate with American composer Steve Reich on 2 July at the Manchester Velodrome.
Other special performances include Elbow, who will perform with the award-winning orchestra The Halle for two nights, and Anthony and the Johnsons who will be backed by a 36-piece Manchester orchestra and deliver a remarkable light and laser show.
Speaking about Elbow’s appearance, lead singer Guy Garvey said the band’s performance would be, "more than a love song to Manchester," before adding, "I’ve been going to The Halle since I was a kid…this is a dream come true."
De La Soul will be performing the event in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their seminal album ‘3 Feet High And Rising’, while refugee and migrant orchestra The Beating Wing will perform alongside critically-acclaimed Malian blind duo Amadou And Mariam for two evenings.
Mystery Jets, Tim Burgess (DJ Set), Delphic, Karima Francis, The Beep Seals and Run Toto Run are also set to perform at festival which prides itself on commissioning new work by big name stars.
Other exclusives include the debut of Rufus Wainwright’s opera ‘ Prima Donna’, a haunted house exhibition piece about America’s rise to power during 60’s pop culture, which will include music by Damon Albarn, and renowned artist Marina Abramovic who will take over the entire Whitworth Art Gallery for 17 days.
Manchester International 2009 will take place at various venues around Manchester from 2-19 July.
Tickets for certain shows are on sale now and prices vary from concert to concert.
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Event chiefs are making around 30% of the festival free to encourage more of the local community and city visitors to attend the festival.