Gig Review: Matt Cardle, The Hippodrome

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It’s been a while since Matt has performed his own headline gig, and with this event being billed as a showcase for album four, there was plenty of anticipation in the air at the prospect of hearing new material with an electronic feel. The first previews of this change of direction were well received at The Lowry last May, where Higher Power, Hallelujah and Don’t Hold Back were unveiled. Subsequently, Matt took to the stage with an award winning debut as Huey Calhoun in Memphis, starring opposite Beverley Knight, showing his versatility as an artist. It’s been a confusing time for fans, who had been told that this album would be released in October, but the Memphis schedule clearly had a delaying effect on this. There was a fair amount of heckling from the Hippodrome crowd on the subject, which was dealt with in good humour by Matt (although he…

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