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Such was the demand for tickets for Carly Rae Jepsen’s European tour that the first night in Manchester was upgraded to the bigger Victoria Warehouse. The tour in support of her fourth studio album, ‘Dedicated’, brought the pop star to Manchester at the start of a full European tour also going under the ‘Dedicated’ banner
On this cold Friday night in February, the opening night saw Jepsen in fine form. The show in Manchester was Jepsen’s first prope tour dates in the UK in support of her fourth album which, since release in May 2019, has seen one solitary date in the UK in London. The tour also comes off the back of an American and Canadian arena tour meaning that, by the time Jepsen arrives in the UK, things are running like clockwork. Playing a twenty-four song set, the show sees the live debut of “Let’s Be Friends” along with a good chunk of the aforementioned ‘Dedicated’ album including dance-pop favourites like “Julien”, “Happy Not Knowing” and “Everything He Needs”.
Decked out in red, Jepsen was all smiles as she bounced around the stage in a red outfit to the delight of her fans. Ignoring the gig protocol of leaving your big hits until the end, early on she got Manchester dancing with her hit single “Call Me Maybe”. Bringing a dance pop party to Manchester, Jepsen made sure that Friday night and the “Dedicated” European tour kicked off in style.