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NATALIE MERCHANT KOMEDIA, BATH

HOT IN THE CITY! THE NEW YORK SONGSMITH PLAYS TOURIST FOR A UK VISIT TAKING IN A SERIES OF LOW-KEY GIGS THAT ARE OFF HER USUAL BEATEN TRACK

16 JULY

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Natalie Merchant is feeling the heat. On a swelteringly hot July night, even this hushed sit-down gig has turned into a sweatbox. Pleading with Komedia’s behind-thescenes staff, finally the air-con is set in motion. There’s just one problem, though – it sounds like a jet engine taking off and would drown out Slipknot, let alone a delicate night of strippedback acoustic reinventions of the former 10,000 Maniacs’ frontwoman’s back catalogue.

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