Idles – 23rd October 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Review and photos
Feature by Graeme J Baty
I had a feeling this lot would go far. Their rapid upward trajectory has found them selling out venues across the UK, supporting Foo Fighters at the O2 Arena and a relentless festival bombardment. Whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it right! They’re riding that wave and appear to be loving every minute of it!
Last time I saw them play it was at Think Tank to a small but very enthusiastic audience. Those in attendance raved about the show. I said at the time “Refreshing, clever and essential f**king good time music delivered by a well-honed band. They’ve been going for some years and at last they’re grabbing the attention of a wider audience. I look forward to the day I can say I saw them play to a small crowd… This lot are going places.”. Well, only 18 months later they are back and have exceeded any expectations. A really strong second album and tonight they’ve sold out the Riverside! It really is the busiest I’ve seen the venue since Interpol back when the venue launched. Wall to wall people, you just couldn’t move an inch in there. Many of them singing along word for word and some getting carried away and losing their clothes! I kid you not!
The setlist is a nice balance of the two albums, largely drawn from the latest release but with a few faves from Brutalism dotted here and there. Danny Nedelko getting a hugely enthusiastic response from the audience. Great is featured, which for me personally is a highlight on the album and the show!
Bass player Adam Devonshire suitably dressed for the Newcastle show with a retro Newcastle United strip matching pink shorts!
The time is right for Idles, fingers on the pulse in a social media and press hate filled melting pot. Combing important issues with good old rock ‘n’ roll. It’s just what broken Tory Britain needs. Such a great gig, this is a band at the top of their game, they whip the crowd into a frenzy. Idles are hands-down one of the best live bands in Britain and they will continue to grow, who knows where their career trajectory will take them next.
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