One of our favourite bands of recent years , in one our favourite  venues, Toronto’s Metric brought their Pagans In Vegas tour to Manchester’s Ritz Ballroom and demonstrated that after over 15 years they remain at the top of their game whilst Emily Haines remains one of the most compelling frontwomen in music. One of our gigs of the year without a doubt replete with a spectacular light show that certainly dazzled, but not as much as the music which genuinely seemed to fill the audience with …   joy? hope ? Call it what you will but for an hour and a half Metric gave it their all and got it back from a hugely receptive, appreciative audience and for a time our own day to day problems seemed somehow diminished.  The album itself is arguably the band at their most life -affirming and positive, and those vibes certainly resonated as we left the venue feeling uplifted, with our faith in the power of live music fully restored.


Set List

Lie Lie Lie
Youth Without Youth
Too Bad, So Sad
Help I’m Alive
Black Sheep
Collect Call
Other Side
Monster Hospital
Gold Guns Girls
The Shade
Breathing Underwater

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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