DJ Dave Haslam and Vini Reilly “Close Up” Manchester Town Hall 3rd March 2013 Words and Photographs by Elspeth Moore Last sunday Dave Haslam interviewed Vini Reilly onstage about his life. Vini was given the time he needed to tell of his depression and about his life which, at times, had been very violent. He wanted to do this, it was important for him to share his experiences. The Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall is a majestic, breath-taking and humbling space, a space which held Vini’s words beautifully. To talk of being so near to killing himself was obviously hard for Vinni to do & it made for uncomfortable listening. The audience of 500 sat in complete and utter silence as they took in the traumatic stories. They were also, however, warmed by the tales of love he told us about, the love he found in remarkable friendships. This gentle man who always hears music in his head is still recovering from 3 strokes. His hands are still not doing what his head tells them to do all the time but despite that, following the conversation with Dave he played his “Encore Song IN E” for the first time for nearly two years, a song never before recorded or released. His fragile frame left the stage meaning he missed seeing the tear stained faces, and the standing ovation given by the audience. JP Cooper and John Bramwell, of I Am Kloot, followed him onstage to play a few songs in the hall with it’s church-like atmosphere & rounded the evening off in a caring and uplifting way. The taboo of suicide is often hidden. Thank you for your honesty Vini, the more people talk about this, the more future hurt can hopefully be avoided. The event marks the final days of sale for the Thirty One Songs, a compilation album released in February 2012 to raise money for CALM, the charity that helps to prevent male suicide. Among the artists featured on the album are Elbow, Everything Everything, I Am Kloot, Delphic, JP Cooper and Durutti Column. For more information on CALM please visit www.thecalmzone.net. All words & photo’s by Elspeth Moore. More features by Elspeth on Louder Than War can be read here. The photo gallery below features lots of other photo’s from the evening. I recommend you check them out as they’re really good!