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Every act draws a different audience, yet not all crowds are a reflection of the artists on stage. This much became clear to Manchester’s Virginia Wing during an uncomfortable Spring tour with Hookworms, where their projected ‘END RAPE CULTURE’ banner received a hostile reception from a vocal, laddish minority.

It was a response as shameful as it was baffling – not least given vocalist Alice Merida Richards’s considerable contribution to the Leeds band’s latest record, Microshift – yet she and bandmate Sam Pillay can at least expect a friendlier welcome on Saturday 6th October, when they return to The Cluny before their own audience.

Certainly, the duo’s profile has risen considerably in the six months since, with the fallout from that ordeal offset by a string of rave reviews for their superb third studio album, Ecstatic Arrow. With a gorgeous sonic palette incorporating everything from synthpop and folk to sax and eastern influences, it’s the most colourful and accomplished realisation of their musical mantra to date; an engrossing yet understated wonder driven by imagination and Richards’ poised, ice-cool vocal. It’s an essential listen, and with locals Shamu in support, should form the basis of one of this Autumn’s most exciting shows. Let’s give them a proper North East welcome!

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