The launch event of this year’s Manchester Science Festival will feature a special one-off performance by electronic outfit Public Service Broadcasting. The group will play their latest album, The Race for Space, in its entirety for the first time at Albert Hall on Thursday 20 October – MSF 2016’s opening night. The band will be supplemented by brass and string players, plus a 13-piece choir from the Royal Northern College of Music. Beforehand, PSB’s J. Willgoose, Esq. will be joined by Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, for an exploration of the stories of the American and Soviet space race at the heart of the album. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 19 August. Manchester Science Festival 2016, which is now in its 10th outing and runs from Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 October this year, also features Henning Kraggerud’s Equinox, a trailblazer event with Manchester Camerata, at Albert Hall on Sunday 16 October, plus The Music of Star Wars, performed by the Hallé, on Saturday 29 October at the Bridgewater Hall. Look out for our full festival preview in early September.

Thu 20 Oct, Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR, Tel: 0844 858 8521, 7.30pm, £25 adv – on sale 10am Fri 19 Aug via

Thu 20 Oct
Joshua Gordon
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Wed 17 Aug 2016