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File Photo** Lily Allen is set to celebrate her 30th birthday this Saturday, May 2nd (2015) Lily Allen performing live in concert at Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England - 05.03.10 Featuring: file lily allen turns 30 300415 Where: Manchester, United Kingdom When: 04 Mar 2010

Picture - Paul Simon, Sting and Gordon... Manchester United Kingdom, Monday 13th April 2015

Paul Simon, Sting and Gordon Sumner - Photographs of British singer songwriter Sting along with American musician Paul Simon as ther performed live together in concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 13th April 2015

Paul Simon
Paul Simon, Sting and Gordon Sumner
Paul Simon, Sting and Gordon Sumner
Paul Simon, Sting and Gordon Sumner
Paul Simon, Sting and Gordon Sumner

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Tim Carter and Kasabian - Kasabian perform at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester at Manchester Arena - Manchester, United Kingdom - Friday 12th December 2014

Tom Meighan and Kasabian
Tom Meighan and Kasabian
Tim Carter and Kasabian
Chris Edwards and Kasabian
Sergio Pizzorno and Kasabian

Embrace, Live Review, Manchester Evening News Arena, 16/12/05


Manchester Evening News Arena

The question that was glossed onto everybody's lips like Bet Lynch lippy, was can the down to earth Yorkshireman pull it off in front of a large crowd in an arena? The early utilization of the steady and favourite 'All You Good, Good People' embodied the crooning spirit and uplifting nature of the band and it rubbed off on the crowd early on.

Despite teething technical difficulties that had the amps cackling at each other, as if to say; "what the f*@k are we doing here?" The Danny McNamara led quintet fought off these Gremlins to produce a vibrant and heartfelt version of 'Someday' from the gripping 'Out Of Nothing' album. This song gave the first impression that they may just pull it off in a strange surroundings for them, as no matter what people say about Embrace, no one can claim that they don't put heart and soul into everything they do.

Not content to rest on their laurels having managed to bag a gig in a venue that Danny himself thought would never be possible for a band like Embrace, it turns out that this has given the band renewed vigour. They proudly paraded a new number; 'No Use Crying' that was as frenetic as Embrace get, serving as one of many examples of tight and faultless guitar stroking from Richard McNamara. The Chris Martin penned 'Gravity', featured catchy angelic imagery on the monitors to create a serene mood to a peaceful song. Another new offering 'Nature's Law' that was doused in mancunian influences from the Smith's to the haunted cries of Ian Brown; implying that the doomsayers may have a little longer to wait before they see the end of Embrace.

Everyone rose up in the encore for 'Ashes' that saw 10,500 people yelling with all their might, to visibly touch the humble Mr. McNamara. The floating and sombre 'The Good Will Out' put a lid on one of the most important and dare I say it: successful evenings in Embrace's intriguing career.

Catch Embrace on their Forest tour this spring;

June 2006
10 - HIGH LODGE, Thetford Forest, Santon Downham, Suffolk
11 - BEDGEBURY PINETUM, Nr Goudhurst, Kent
16 - WESTONBIRT ARBORETUM, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
17 - DELAMERE FOREST, Nr Linmere, Delamere, Cheshire
23 - SHERWOOD PINES FOREST PARK, Edwinstowe, Nr Mansfield, Notts
24 - CANNOCK CHASE FOREST, Nr Rugeley, Staffs
25 - DALBY FOREST, North York Moors, Nr Thornton-Le-Dale, N. Yorks