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Friday, October 14, 2016

Dancing in the dark: the growing trend of gigs with the lights off

Events like Pitch Black Playback are taking music into the shadows, and bringing the shared experience back to live performance

Jamie Lidell is purring words of welcome in our ears, but we can’t see him. We can’t see much, because we’re all wearing blindfolds emblazoned with the words “Pitch Black Playback”. Lidell isn’t actually here but the Transatlantic soul artist has chosen to unveil his latest album, Building A Beginning, at this lights-off event. The atmosphere shifts in the shadows, as his new songs start playing; the concrete bunker bar at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel even feels warmer. Basslines go deeper in the dark; voices make you tingle; the silences hit you harder.

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