THERION – February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Therion – 6th February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

For 2018 I’ve set myself the goal of seeing bands and genres that I wouldn’t normally see. Therion and their symphonic metal seemed to fit that goal perfectly. A hugely enjoyable act to photo. There’s always something happening and dramatic performances to try and capture. Somewhat overwhelming and I hope I’ve managed to do them justice in this selection of images. 

I was shocked at the poor attendance for the gig. Despite this, the band performed impeccably giving the fans a show that they’d remember and cherish.

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IMPERIAL AGE – February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Imperial Age – 6th February 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

On a European tour with Therion, here’s a full photo gallery from their Newcastle stop.

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MOGWAI – February 2018 – Northumbria Institute – PHOTO FEATURE

Mogwai – 1st February 2018 – Northumbria Institute

My first gig of the year after a rather quiet winter due to illness and lack of gigs! I couldn’t have asked for a better gig to make my return. I’ve been a fan since I first heard Tracy on a Total Guitar CD back in 97/98 ish. I’d never heard anything like it.

Since then they’ve innovated like no other instrumental act, each album growing and diversifying the Mogwai sound.

Mogwai - Northumbria Institute - February 2018

Mogwai – Northumbria Institute – February 2018

We were treated to a great, but compact 90-minute set. With new songs rubbing shoulders with back catalogue classics very nicely.

  • Crossing the Road Material
  • I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead
  • Party in the Dark
  • New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1
  • Ithica 27ø9
  • Rano Pano
  • Battered at a Scramble
  • Every Country’s Sun
  • Don’t Believe the Fife
  • Remurdered
  • Mogwai Fear Satan
  • Old Poisons
  • I Know You Are But What Am I?
  • We’re No Here

It’s the stuff of dreams to be able to photo the band. I feel really honoured 🙂 Not surprisingly I got carried away, so here’s loads and loads of photos. Enjoy 🙂

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Hot Snakes – January 2018 – Newcastle Cluny – PHOTO FEATURE

Hot Snakes –  27th January 2018 – The Cluny Newcastle

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Apologies for the grainy photos in this one but Speedo and his cohorts don’t need any fancy lights to raise the roof when they play!!! And what a gig. Just pure simple garage rock ‘n’ roll, sweaty loud as fuck and above all bloody good fun!!!

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OUT LINES – February 2018 – Northumbria Institute – PHOTO FEATURE

Out Lines – 1st February 2018 – Northumbria Institute

My first gig of the year after a rather quiet winter. I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard Out Lines were opening for Mogwai. Those who know me will know that Mogwai are one of my favourite bands, I’m forever at gigs in Mogwai tees! They have a knack of bringing the best support acts. Back in 2010/11 ish they played Gateshead Sage, with some band called The Twilight Sad given the honour of opening on that tour. That night, incredibly they stole the show and I became a huge fan, seeing them all over the UK. The rest is history and you probably don’t care anyway 🙂

During some TTS downtime vocalist James Graham teamed up with some rather spectacular musical talents; Kathryn Joseph and Marcus Mackay. They’re a distinctly different kettle of fish to Mogwai. This is my first time seeing them and they seemed to go down rather well with the sold-out Northumbria Uni crowd.

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THE HUNNA – January 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – REVIEW and PHOTOS

The Hunna – 8th January 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Since May 2016 I’ve watched this band climb up the Newcastle venue ranks, from Think Tank, O2 Academy 2, the Boiler Shop (as part of Hit The North festival) and to the Riverside. The crowd growing bigger and bigger with each gig, culminating in tonights’ main hall Academy O2 sellout show.

The band had posted earlier in the day that they had the last 27 tickets and a lot of the time this kind of publicity is just that, publicity to create interest but not with this show. Both main room and balcony were absolutely rammed and had been from the first of the three band bill. The Hunna come out and the crowd treat them like returning heroes throughout the show.

The Hunna - 8th January 2018 - Newcastle O2 Academy

The Hunna – 8th January 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

They look and sound great backed up with a great stage production. As well as the already known tunes the new songs from the upcoming album are blistering and the fans react as if they are old favourites. And it’s this fan base that is heart and soul of the band, the first time I saw them the kids knew the words to every song even though they hadn’t released them yet. This crowd were ten times bigger but just as fervent. It’s going to be interesting to watch the next eighteen months, having seen their rise in the previous!

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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EVERY TIME I DIE – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Every Time I Die – November 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

What is now becoming an annual masterclass in gig carnage without injury or damage ETID once again played a barrierless show and appeared to tear the place apart!

There was less crowd on stage moments this year for some reason even though the invites and no restrictions were there! That didn’t stop the show being a mass of stage diving/crowd surfing/circle pitting madness though! Sadly boss Graeme was ill so there was no tag team BSC for this one but enjoy the gallery.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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MCLUSKY – December 2017 – Cluny Newcastle – PHOTO FEATURE

Mclusky – December 2017 – Cluny Newcastle

Mclusky (or mclusky*) return for a one-off gig. If ever there was a gig that can not be missed, this is it!!

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I last saw Mclusky around 2004/2005 ish. They played upstairs in the Student Union on Kings Walk. Sadly there were only a handful of people there that night. Still, it was a great gig. I recall feeling some tension in the band, which made the performance awesome but slightly venomous. They split not long after.

So a decade and a half later they return for 19 songs (+ Kkkitchens!) of pure nostalgia. The band are on top form and are having a great time. Bass duties filled by St Pierre Snake Invasion vocalist Damien Sayell. A brilliant night. I hope they do more gigs!

Apologies for the lack of angles on this. It was, of course, sold out and I didn’t want to get in the way of other punters. Plus I was there as a punter myself, taking my camera along just for ‘a couple of memento shots’. I think I got carried away. Here are ALL of the photos I took. Since it’s a special gig 🙂

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EXTREME – December 2017 – Newcastle Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

Extreme – 13th December 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

I’ve put more in this gallery than normal as I just couldn’t whittle them down any further! Extreme are one of those bands who are just fantastic to photograph with something going on at all times. The audience were treated to a set of classic funk rock, throwing in one of their biggest tunes “Get The Funk Out” only the third song in.

Nuno Bettencourt is undoubtedly the star for most people, his playing is still phenomenal and stage presence is just sheer rock star!! yep, they did ‘More Than Words’ as expected along with a couple of deeper cuts like ‘Kid Ego’ and ‘Play With Me’ keeping the set nicely balanced.

This was the first night of the UK tour but the band looked so relaxed and having a good time you’d think they were getting ready to go on holiday the next day!!

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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65DAYSOFSTATIC – December 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop – REVIEW and PHOTOS

65daysofstatic – December 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

The boiler shop keeps up the run of tremendous gig bookings with UK post-math/rock legends 65daysofstatic.

They’ve played Newcastle countless times, yet I am jinxed when it comes to them and I’ve always managed to miss their shows, gig clashes, lack of funds, bad luck, you name it! That run of luck nearly extended to this gig, nearly, although with the help of some strong painkillers I managed to make it. I’m writing this thinking it probably wasn’t the best idea given my fuzzy mental state but I was determined to see them. No regrets!

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017

65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

65daysofstatic are well known for their epic moody shows with smoke machines and strobe lighting. I felt like I was at a rave with the lighting. Sheer darkness interrupted with strobing explosions, which looked amazing but played hell with my anxiety and painkiller combo! I left the venue frustrated, thinking I’d blown it, no usable photos! It was really like machine gun strobes. Point, shoot and hold the trigger hoping just hoping that one of those exposures would be ok. I needn’t have worried. The shots were tough to get but so bloody worth it!

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017

65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

Their latest release ‘No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe’ proved there is life in them yet. They’re carving their own path with a soundtrack for a rather different game. Not only that they’ve been performing a project they call ‘Decomposition Theory’ which is claimed they “harness algorithmic music techniques” to create new music. Quite remarkable stuff. It’s back to business as usual for this gig.

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017

65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

A fully pummeling sensual experience. I must admit the painkillers meant I can barely remember what was going on, an overwhelming immersive world of sound and light. Bloody remarkable band. I’m glad I made it to this one!

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