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Guy Garvey Live In London

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Venue: Shepherd's Bush Empire

Elbow frontman flies solo

At just 41, Guy Garvey is well on the way to becoming a national cultural icon. As if the gradual two-decade rise of Elbow to arena fillers wasn’t endearing enough, his radio and TV presenting shine another beacon on his gruff, loveable northern charm. Now his first solo album has hit the perfect mark between experimentalism and familiarity. Courting The Squall went in at No.3 in the charts, pipped only by Elvis Presley and Rod Stewart. And while ‘down to earth’ is his stock in trade, his music often does fly us to Earth’s only natural satellite.

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