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The cheaper way of seeing the gig of the festival: Elbow and the Hallé

Charlene McAuley uncovers a plan which beats the Ebay profiteers

Published on June 8th 2009.

The cheaper way of seeing the gig of the festival: Elbow and the Hallé

The Manchester International Festival (MIF) is almost upon us (July 2 - 19), and those creative souls at MIF have sprung another little surprise through the good people at Manchester City Council.

Billed as the most anticipated event of the festival, tickets for the collaboration between Elbow and the Hallé Orchestra sold out within 24 hours of their release, with some now on Ebay for a whopping £300. However the surprise is contained not in how successful the original sale was or even how demand has pushed the tout price up.

No, the surprise is the one orchestrated by Manchester City Council, in the form of a FREE live screening of the show at the Castlefield Arena.

The collaboration between Manchester's favourite sons and the Mancunian multi-award-winning symphony orchestra on 8/9 July is set to be a defining moment of the 2009 Festival. An unmissable event.

So if paying £300 a ticket to watch the crème de la crème of Manchester talent would lead to a month without food, put 10am, Tuesday 23 June in your diary.

This is when ‘more information’ goes live about 5,000 free tickets for an open-air screening at Castlefield Arena. This will take the form of live streaming from the Bridgewater Hall of the Elbow and Hallé gig on 9 July. It'll almost be as good as being there.

Visit www.mif.co.uk for more information.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

basil zigglerJune 8th 2009.

God help us, it's such a self regarding, pompous and indulgent act to regard, what are in effect fairly average pop songs to be played by a whole orchestra. It's like buying heat magazine in hardback.

DigJune 8th 2009.

Elbow with The BBC Orchestra and Chantage Choir is the best rock/classical crossover since Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd.

Quality ControlJune 8th 2009.

'Average' is an opinion. But 'self-regarding, pompous and indulgent' misses the fact that most 'pop' records don't make use of the many orchestral parts employed by Elbow. It makes perfect sense for them to perform with a live orchestra. Not to mention the dazzling logic evident in a collaboration by two great Manchester music acts for the Manchester International Festival. Inverted snob by any chance, Basil Ziggler? Or just desperate to be different? Never mind. You can always have a angry little private w@nk behind the bushes in Castlefield. No one will notice.

SuzeJune 8th 2009.

Well said DaBurg

stephen walshJune 8th 2009.

I'm sure that who ever goes were to see elbow will enjoy them selves.That is why elbow perform.

shinealightJune 8th 2009.

if anyone wants to pay me £600 for a pair of tickets, I'll be happy to watch it on the big screen!

Matt ArrowsmithJune 8th 2009.

to Kev P: Although I agree with you this time you're still a knob.

AnonymousJune 8th 2009.

"It'll almost be as good as being there."I've got front row seats - nothing will be as good as being there. Elbow are amazing live and whilst I'm sure for those who can't get tickets it will be a compromise, I don't think the atmosphere will be anywhere near the same.Enjoy, all the same!

Elbow from me a***June 8th 2009.

Well, Basil, it'll be self-regarding, pompous and indulgent if it doesn't work. Where I can't agree with you is that you think that they are fairly average pop songs. That is what having an opinion is all about, and especially when it comes to one's choice of music. "Fairly average pop songs", to my mind, conjures up - ugh!! - Robbie Flippin' Williams.

CastlefieldJune 8th 2009.

Bloody hell anon, and I thought I was arrogant!

DaBurgJune 8th 2009.

Anonymous, what a tosser. I will be trying for tickets for the screen

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