I have a bit of a soft spot for hearing good synth pop played very loud, and live. In recent years I’ve had the pleasure of seeing OMD, John Foxx, Heaven 17 and Depeche Mode do just that. I’ve never seen Sir Gareth of Numan even though he plays in Manchester on an annual basis. I’ll be honest I’ve always seen that as something a hermetically sealed world, Gary Numan will always sell out (as he does tonight) whether I show up or not. Nevertheless something nags at me that I ought to see him, and this show, doffing a cap to the 25th birthday of Mcr Academy which he has sold out countless times, seems him revisiting his imperial phase (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle and Telekon). So I enter the Church of Numan – it is a bit like that -the Numanoids are out in force, clad head to toe in black and all sporting Numan t-shirts of varying vintage – they all seem to know each other but nevertheless there is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and I guess new converts are always welcome.
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