Django Django‘s meteoric rise came on the back of 2012’s self-titled debut, a top 40 hit that saw a Mercury Music Prize nomination and tracks like ‘Waveforms’ and ‘Default’ even making it into blockbuster videogames. That success seemed to take them by surprise however, and it has taken three years for them to release the follow up, Born Under Saturn.
On the last date of their UK tour, they take to a relatively small stage in the centre of the grandiose surroundings of Manchester Cathedral, lending the evening the feel of a pop-up event or a mini festival. The huge open space seems ready-made to amplify their electronic sounds, with opener with ‘Hail Bop’ setting out a course that sees them – surprisingly – lean heavily on that debut at the expense of their newer material.
Mid-way through the set, and part way through ‘Waveforms’, the sound cuts out but the audience carries on singing regardless. A quick recovery and they try again, but the gods of electricity are not smiling on them. The power is out for a full half hour and as time creeps on, audience members start to drift away. The group are clearly stressed, pacing around at the side of the stage, but it’s out of their control. It’s a strange echo of a similarly problematic Manchester show back in 2012.
Eventually, the power returns but the momentum has all but gone. They over run the curfew, squeezing in another six songs to make up for lost time. A shame then, but clearly someone, somewhere was looking down on this sacred place and didn’t care for what they saw.