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Massive news: Massive Attack are back.

Calling all midnight rockers, city slickers, gunmen and maniacs – this year’s Manchester International Festival sees filmmaker Adam Curtis collaborate with the one and only Massive Attack. The festival, in its fourth year, is the only one in the world purely for performances of new work by established artists. We’re expecting big things.

Although details are scant on this particular show – well, it wouldn’t be a surprise otherwise – we do know it will wed Massive Attack’s intelligent and always lovingly produced sounds with the visual pleasures of acclaimed filmmaker Adam Curtis. And that’s about it for now.

MA’s Robert Del Naja describes the show as a collective hallucination, while Adam Curtis goes for the even more ambiguous description of “a musical entertainment about the power of illusion and the illusion of power.” Sounds arty, huh? Well, if Adam and Rob are serving it up, count us in.

Previous MIF performances include Bjork’s crazy and ambitious Biophilia residency (remember that one?) and Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and Chen Shi-Zheng’s opera, Monkey. If you’re as intrigued as we are, get yourself a ticket at Today!

In the meantime, why not wind down for the weekend with a bit of Paradise Circus?

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts, the performance will run from 4 – 13 July.

Words:Luke Gallin and Paris Lees

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