Damon Albarn talks about next week's live shows

Damon Albarn has spoken about next week’s Gorillaz live shows – which will see the band attempt to recreate the animated characters in 3-D live on stage.

Speaking this morning, the Gorillaz creator said that the shows at the Manchester Opera House (November 1-5) will break new ground.

He said: “It is the only time we’re ever going to play this record in its entirety. We felt that ‘Demon Days’ was such a complete record that it could really be played in one sitting. Almost in the same way you’d recreate a film score.”

Speaking to Radio 4 the singer said that up to 80 performers will be on stage each night. He continued: “The children’s choir is 30, the gospel choir is 20, 15 strings, the guests, and then a core band of seven. You’re not going to be able to see (the core band) on stage, the whole thing would be pointless to do a conventional concert.

“We’re doing something that has never been done before where we’re getting 3-D animation on stage, with people, so we’re in the middle of a technical, logistical nightmare with that. And it might, or might not work. If it works it’s going to be very magic.”

’Demon Days’ is the band’s second album.