More performances from Festival Square, MIF

More views from Festival Square at Manchester International Festival 2011

Sunday 10th July. First up, on the decks is Dom Sotgiu from Manchester’s finest reggae label, Blood and Fire. Dom dropped his usual mix of righteous dub, roots and reggae on a hot summer’s afternoon in Festival Pavilion. A perfect soundtrack to the mellow warmth outside…

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Next, an evening view of Festival Square, with gorgeous fading light providing a wonderful close to an afternoon of perfect warm summer sunshine. Manchester felt just that little bit more continental, and plenty of people took advantage of the conditions to sit out and enjoy a drink and a chat, surrounded by music and mellowness.

I only realised when I was stitching this together that I’d caught Damon Albarn, who’d been starring in Dr Dee, as he bobbed out of the Pavilion. Paparazzi pano 🙂

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Also on Sunday 10th, the wonderful Candi Staton (in her second performance of the Festival), live in the Theatre. She held the crowd utterly enraptured with her sweet soulful voice. I was really impressed by the sheer presence she commanded, leading a very tight band and backing singers and rocking the place. A very special moment from a gospel / soul legend.

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Below is the ever-sophisticated Barry Adamson, in conversation with Dave Haslam. An intimate, enlightening and often hilarious insight into the history and motivations of this Mancunian musical luminary.

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Finally, I had genuine difficulty standing still during this set by the Disco Mums, Manchester’s very own maternal disco & boogie posse. Five ladies with children, attitude, funk… and record boxes stuffed with pure dancefloor gold! Sunshine outside, and sunny vibes inside, on a family-friendly Sunday afternoon in the Festival Pavilion.

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