Photography courtsey of Magnus Blikeng (

Metronomy: Eccentric synths, trippy lighting and quirky lyrics. The Deaf Institute, with its traditional yet obscure decor wouldn’t seem the obvious choice of venue, but it proved to be a fitting stage for Metronomy, Connan Mockasin and Get People to showcase their equally unconventional styles.

Get People

Get People offered a very 80's reminiscent assortment of songs; electronic pop with a new-wave twist. Get People describe their own music as 'tropical', which would perhaps be the most fitting description, on-stage the three-piece produced a clean and joyful sound. Connan Mockasin produce psychedelic / dream-pop -a sound that differs vastly from Metronomy; an odd choice of booking and a very unique band. At times Connan Mockasin completely lack any kind of structure or melody, and are in no ways captivating, nevertheless, within their stronger songs are signs of very distinctive potential, up-tempo riffs and powerful falsetto vocals.

Connan Mockasin

With third album The English Riviera scheduled for release later this year, it's understandable that Metronomy played a range of new material. The newer tracks tended to have more of a resemblance to their debut, 'Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)' as opposed to the captivating choruses ever-present on 'Nights Out'.

Gbenga Adelkan, Metronomy

The opening half of the gig was somewhat unsuccessful in terms of crowd interaction, mainly due to the diversity of the track list. Cheers were omnipresent as the opening riffs of 'My Heart Rate Rapid' were played; however, the down-tempo nature of the following tracks did nothing to boost energy levels. Mid-way through the gig the fully instrumental track 'The End Of You Too' was introduced, a song perfect for live execution. From this point onwards the small yet dense crowd came to life, embracing following tracks 'Heartbreaker' and 'A Thing For Me'.

Joe and Gbenga, Metronomy

Thirty minutes past the supposed curfew, the four-piece decided to break tradition and progress straight into their encore without leaving the stage. 'Radio Ladio' was an emphatic finale to the opening gig of the Metronomy 2011 tour, the full Manchester crowd singing along to the chorus. Overall, some of the future Metronomy tracks sound promising, but unsurprisingly their earlier singles remain the prominent crowd pleasers on-stage.

Oscar Cash, Metronomy