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Drake/The Weeknd: Manchester Arena

Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 12 March 2014

ABEL TESFAYE, aka the Weeknd, is receiving the kind of cheers you rarely hear for what is technically a support act. The fast-rising 22-year-old Toronto wunderkind is Michael Jackson drenched in echo, an R&B producer experimental enough to incorporate a Siouxsie and the Banshees tune and a Smiths lyric into a tantalising fog of sound. His songs may drift out of focus and into uncomfortable descriptions of naughty things with drunken, vulnerable females, but a sea of sparkling audience phones suggests his next appearance here will be as a headline.

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