Gig review: Bipolar Sunshine @ Great Northern, Deansgate

A rising star in the alternative-pop universe Bipolar Sunshine played to a lucky crowd at Deansgate’s The Great Northern in an exclusive open air BOSE event.

The Chorlton artist performed as part of the BOSE Urban Conductor event in which people were invited to remix the collaboration of singer-songwriter Ella Eyre and composer David Arnold on Bastille’s hit Pompeii.

At the gig a stack of containers piled on top of one another on a tiny, makeshift stage and four musicians with independently eccentric hairstyles, who dropped a load of charm-infused indie-pop made for an oddly appealing sight.

Right in the middle was Adio Marchant wearing a long red coat that had more in common with Santa Claus’ attire than your day-to-day wintry coat.

His bleached, spiked haircut hung over him as his dulcet tones broke through the Manchester cold, filling the air with warmth.

It might have been an odd sight, but the music was as colourful as its musicians.

Marchant gathered the crowd in his palm and brought them close with his effortless charisma and penchant to ‘bring the vibes’ to the people.

His music is that which feels right no matter what the situation – the guitars bounce in unison whilst the drums echo Marchant’s voice around the Great Northern square.

It was a truly industrial performance of creative will and infectious charm in the home of northern industry.

There’s no real genre-boxing for this king of music. It’s tasteful, chirpy and somehow at the same time quite melancholy – a blended mix of the more emotional alternative artists with an underground beat that forms a crisp centre of refreshing sounds that are feet-tapping but also sing-along heartbreakers.

In this era of music we hear a lot of the same stuff being churned out by seeminly factory produced artists.

But when it comes to Bipolar Sunshine, you may have heard the genre before, but it certianly did not look or sound like this and that is rare.

And the crowd loved it, unable to restrain themselves from swaying their hips and swigging their drinks.

Marchant played an eight-song set with the two most well-known tracks Deckchairs on the Moon and Future steering the course of the evening with verve and an electric energy.

Deckchairs is a deliciously tantalzing taste of sunshine pop that brought some musical rays into Central Manchester whilst the northern cold whipped up a fog beneath the containers.

The set reached its crescendo when crowd favourite Where Did The Love Go breezed out into the square, with the poetically absorbing lyrics and story-telling song-writing creating an infectious atmosphere.

This is clearly a performer that is aware of how much his music means to him and whilst his cheeky-chappy persona works well when entertaining cold crowds, his passion in his performance is what really brings a bite to the night.

There is an unquenchable thirst for the music in Marchant and his music’s sleight of hand lies in its ability to bring out tangible emotions in his audience despite the façade of his outrageous attire and the swaggering attitude on display.

After channeling his bouncy spirit to the Manchester streets it seems about right that the Chorlton-born indie talent will begin to make his name on bigger stages.

To find out more about Bipolar Sunshine and his upcoming gigs click here.

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