From09 July 2019to09 July 2019



Hailing from Ramsbottom, Bury, England, Elbow made a place for themselves in the indie guitar driven rock circuit but distinguished themselves from their peers by incorporating emotive lyrics seeping with a rare vulnerability and orchestrated flourishes that other forms of indie rock so often banished from their sound.

Though Elbow did not take on full form until 1997, it’s rooted were firmly planted in 1990, the year when lead singer Guy Harvey struck a friendship with guitarist Mark Porter during their attendance at Bury College. Potter was in a band with Elbow members drummer Richard Jupp and bassist Pete Turner. Potter eventually invited Garvey to take the role as lead vocalist. The group titled themselves as Mr. Soft, later shortening it to Soft and eventually assuming the name Elbow in 1997. The band recruited keyboardist Craig Potter in the lineup and before long they were booking gigs around town. The quintet perfected their chops as live touring musicians and won a local battle of the bands’ competition, securing them a recording contract with Island Records.

Elbow recorded and prepped their debut album for release in the late 90s; however, once Universal bought out Island records the group was dropped from the label and subsequently scratched the release of their debut.

Elbow put out its first official release “The Noisebox EP” through their label Soft and through the independent label Ugly Man Records they issued two more EPs “The Newborn EP” and “Any Day Now EP”. They finally released their first studio album “Asleep in the Back” in 2001. The album did not pick up commercially until they released the highly successful title-track on an alternative edition of it; however, it received high praise and went on to be shortlisted for the Mercury Prize. The band supported this release with a tour opening for Pete Yorn.

Elbows follow up album “Asleep in the Back” was released in the Summer of 2003 in the UK and in early 2004 in the US. Like its predecessor it received strong critical praise and was supported by a tour; however, this time the band showcased their new material in Cuba in addition to their regular touring route. “Leaders of Free World” appeared in the UK in 2005 and in the US in early 2006. The album’s cover art, as well as its overall tone, is largely influenced by the work of Genesis (a group who is one of the band’s greatest influences). The album did reasonably well on the market and received a Gold certification in the UK in 2009.

Elbow’s 4th studio album and perhaps their most commercially prominent release “The Seldom Seen Kid” came out in 2006. It was their first album to come out on Fiction Records and since its release, it has sold more than 1 million copies. This album earned the group their first Mercury Music Prize and also led to their accolade of Best International Band at the Meteor Awards. This album also gave the band a huge presence in Europe and saw them playing to thousands worldwide at such venues as the Wembley Arena, Rock Werchter, and Denmark’s Roskilde Festival.

In 2009 The South Bank Show produced an hour documentary on Elbow, detailing their start as a band (particularly trying to get a record deal). It also incorporated live concert footage and interviews of the group’s members. Elbow released it’s the 5th album “Build a Rocket Boys” in 2011 and launched a 2-year tour promoting the album. During this extensive tour, they played alongside acts like DeVotchKa, Bombay Bicycle Club, Snow Patrol, and the Black Keys.

This release was proceeded by the melancholic “The Take-Off and Landing Everything”, which came out through Fiction Records in the UK and Concord Records in the US. The album is one of the band’s most positively reviewed releases and currently holds an 81 on the website Metacritic indicating Universal Acclaim.

Tuesday 09 July 2019


with Sounds of the City

Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, UK

December 5, 2018 in