Friday, 20 March 2009

Focus: Manchester International Festival books Kraftwerk, Elbow for July fortnight

Returning for the second year between 2-19th July, the Manchester International Festival yesterday announced it's main musical bill.

To our delight, German electronic pop pioneers Kraftwerk will open the festival with a live performance at Manchester Velodrome, supported by American composer Steve Reich.

Other notable events include Elbow's two night residency at The Bridgewater Hall alongside The Hallé symphony orchestra, Rufus Wainwright's debut opera Prima Donna at the Palace Theatre, De La Soul performing their seminal hip hop album 20 Years High and Rising at The Ritz, Amadou and Miriam's collaboration with the Beating Wing Orchestra and the intriguing It Felt Like A Kiss, a drama featuring music composed by Damon Albarn.

It's not to late to volunteer and put your own stamp on proceedings, while tickets are said to be flying out fast for the Kraftwerk and Elbow shows.

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