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H&M, Manchester Market Street Store, Thursday, April 18
Placing tonight’s show in that context, it makes sense that Tribes are here, cranking out ‘Sappho’ while curious window-shoppers peer at the chaos and wonder whether to call the police. Manchester’s Market Street H&M has been given a thorough makeover, with an impressive sound system making the crowd feel so at ease that three songs in people are throwing themselves around with all the energy and vigour you’d expect at any traditional venue.
No-one quite goes so far as to grab the ample supplies of frilly bras stocked within arm’s reach to chuck at Johnny Lloyd and co (a missed opportunity), and though he admits “playing a gig in a shop is a bit weird”, by the time they reach new single ‘Dancehall’ he’s changed his tune, deciding that “actually, this is pretty fun”. Mixing the best of their debut ‘Baby’ with a smattering of new songs, including ‘How The Other Half Live’, by closer ‘Coming Of Age’ kids are strewn across the shop floor like ill-fitting changing-room try-ons – proving that rock’n’roll is all about passion, no matter which rack you hang on.
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