Wu Lyf watched by Johnny Marr at Manchester tunnel gig

Secretive band play as part of Manchester International Festival

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Wu Lyf were watched by Johnny Marr as they played in a tunnel as part of the Manchester International Festival last night (July 16).

The former guitarist with The Smiths and The Cribs was spotted among the crowd at the specially-constructed venue on Great Bridgewater Street.

It was the secretive band's only UK festival show of 2011 - and their first of the year in their adoptive hometown.



The four-piece performed tracks from their recently released debut album 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain', along with a new untitled song which had a garage-rock feel.

Kicking off with 'L Y F', the band continued with the aptly-titled 'Cave Song' and also played recent single 'Dirt'.

They later played two encores, the first consisting of 'Heavy Pop' and 'We Bros' and the latter seeing them debut their new song.

Wu Lyf played:

'L Y F'
'Cave Song'
'Such A Sad Puppy Dog'
'Summas Bliss'
'Spitting Blood'
'Dirt'
'Concrete Gold'
'14 Crowns For Me & Your Friends'
'We Bros'
'Heavy Pop'
'Untitled New Song'


Wu Lyf are due to head to the US later this month to play dates in New York and Los Angeles before moving on to festival slots in Japan, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and France.

Manchester International Festival closes today (17) - see MIF.co.uk for more details.

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