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808 State: Castlefield Amphitheatre, Manchester

Dave Simpson, Melody Maker, 6 July 1996

IS THIS THE way the future's really meant to feel? Or just 20,000 mutants standing in a cobbled amphitheatre? Either there's an extremely mad scientist on Manchester's council these days or else the city's youth are living proof that excessive use of Ecstasy or alcohol can destroy or rewire the brain.

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