One of the UK’s best loved indie exports is set to return to the North West next week, as Wild Beasts play in Manchester for the first time in two and a half years.
The Kendal quartet’s famed falsetto-baritone harmonies lent a sturdy backbone to an exploratory shift in direction on their 2016 album, Boy King (Domino Records), whose breathy synth-led sensuality has been widely welcomed by music critics, including The Line of Beat Fit (“Skeptical? We all were, but it doesn’t take long for the band to prove that the hard-left turn was absolutely the best of plans… it makes Wild Beasts’ back catalogue seem tame” – 10/10) and DIY Magazine (“A fifth album u-turn that few could pull off, Boy King is the sound of a band reborn” – 4/5).
The previous release, 2014’s Present Tense, was considered by many to place them at the pinnacle of their art, so expect a set list of songs old and new, from 2008’s Limbo, Panto onwards.
Their supporting cast for the Manchester Academy show reads like the march of progress if translated to Wild Beasts’ evolutionary path, lining up two more bands destined for greatness.
Taking pole position are MONEY, who themselves released new material at the beginning of 2016 in the form of sophomore selection Suicide Songs. Described by The Guardian as “epic” and leading Pitchfork to add that “Manchester should be proud”, the locally formed foursome who headlined The Ritz on their album tour are back on the big stage.
Opening the show are Ardyn, whose steady rise and rise has seen them prove why they’ve been so hotly tipped. Having turned heads with last year’s debut EP, they assuredly won over the Skinny stage at this year’s Dot To Dot Festival and their second EP, The Valley, is set to drop on 7 October, just before the Manchester Academy gig with Wild Beasts and MONEY.
Wild Beasts, MONEY and Ardyn all perform at Manchester Academy on Sunday 9 October, 2016.
Tickets (£16+bf) are available here.