As Suede graced the elevated stage of The Albert Hall over the Easter weekend, it was clear that this beautifully converted Wesleyan Chapel was the perfect platform for the resurrected band.
One of our favourite music venues, The Albert Hall presented the Suede front man Brett Anderson to Manchester. As he threw iconic dance silhouettes across the stage, snaking his hips and flaring his arms, the space was filled with his haunting voice and greeted by adoring choruses from the crowds.
“We love this venue”, Anderson declared, perusing his doting fans and drinking-in the passion of the sweltering atmosphere. Opening with ‘As One’ from their 2018 album Blue Hour, the audience were at once cast under a mesmeric spell, enveloped in a mystical mix of smoke and song.
This wasn’t just an evening for promoting their newer numbers, however, as fans were also treated to a night of musical nostalgia. Taking us back to 1993, the set list was littered with Suede classics such as ‘So Young’, ‘Animal Nitrate’ and ‘Metal Mickey’.
Enigmatic and almost preacher-esque, Anderson holds the crowd with such vigour, swinging his microphone above everyone’s head, like a lasso. The magnetism didn’t stop there though, as Anderson joined crowds for ‘The Drowners’, he himself engulfed and consumed whole by his frenzied fans. Swimming back to the surface, the Suede front man re-emerged with his shirt torn to shreds and clinging to his sweat-drenched body.
Before the end of the set, Anderson delivered an acoustic version of ‘Pantomime Horse’, which was as compelling as it was melancholic.
Taking back to the stage after a brief intermission, Suede ripped through ‘Beautiful Ones’ to enraptured crowds, before closing the night with a mood of sentimentality. Anderson reveals that their final number, ‘Life is Golden’, was written for his son, who had recently had an operation on his mouth.
Confiding in the crowd that this was a moment that had truly moved him, he advised the entire Albert Hall, “Sometimes, it’s nice to have people know something about you and the feelings of the soul”, before dedicating the performance to all the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters out there.
We are the pigs
Killing of a Flash Boy
It starts and ends with you
I don’t know how to reach you
Life is Golden