Public Service Broadcasting to open Manchester Science Festival 2016

Space exploration, science and music will collide as Public Service Broadcasting open the 10th Manchester Science Festival with a special one-off gig at the Albert Hall on Thursday 20th October.

On the Festival’s opening night, Public Service Broadcasting will perform their hit album ‘The Race For Space’ in its entirety for the very first time, accompanied by an impressive brass section and musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music, including a string quintet and a 13-piece choir.

This special event will begin with the mastermind behind Public Service Broadcasting, J. Willgoose, Esq. in conversation with Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory as the pair explore the stories of the American and Soviet space race at the heart of the album and discuss the making of the record and the journey it has led them on.

Manchester Science Festival Director, Antonio Benitez comments: “We’re delighted to be working with Public Service Broadcasting for the first time, to launch this year’s event. The Race for Space tells the story of space exploration’s finest hours in such a unique and inventive way and so it is the perfect collaboration for the Manchester Science Festival which also seeks to find exciting and unusual ways to celebrate scientific discoveries. The band’s eclectic and surprising mix of art and science will bring astronautics out of the lab and onto the historic Albert Hall stage. It’s a great fit for our opening night and a fantastic coup for our 10th year.”

Public Service Broadcasting frontman, J Willgoose Esq, comments:We’re absolutely delighted to be playing the album in full for the first time ever in such a brilliant venue and as part of such a fantastic event. We’ll be doing our best to make it a really special evening – we can’t wait.”

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