Better Oblivion Community Center: O2 Ritz, Manchester – live photo review

Better Oblivion Community Center © Melanie Smith

Better Oblivion Community Center
O2 Ritz, Manchester
May 12th 2019

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith took a trip to capture the new, yet much acclaimed L.A based outfit which features American singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. The collaborating project, who have a perfect onstage rapport, possess the unusual title of the Better Oblivion Community Center. They are a blend of Americana, rock, indie-folk and are first rate singer/ songwriters.

Despite only recently releasing their debut album in January the crowds flock to witness their first show in Manchester and its a sold out show.

Better Oblivion Community Center 13 © Melanie Smith
Better Oblivion Community Center 10 © Melanie Smith
Better Oblivion Community Center 2© Melanie Smith
Better Oblivion Community Center 15 © Melanie Smith

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Didn’t Know What I Was in For
Big Black Heart
My City
Forest Lawn
Would You Rather
Exception to the Rule
Lime Tree
Dylan Thomas
Service Road
Little Trouble
All the Umbrellas in London

Scott Street

You can find the BOCC at their website here – follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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