KYLIE MINOGUE | 18.09.18 | Newcastle Metro Arena

KYLIE MINOGUE | 18.09.18 | Newcastle Metro Arena

Kylie Minogue – 18th September 2018 – Newcastle Metro Arena

By Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

Golden is dubbed as ‘Kylie gone country’ and true to the style of the album we were graced with dancers in Wild West attire before Kylie herself came from under the centre of the end of the ‘catwalk’ donned in pink and white cowboy boots kicking off the opening night of the tour with title album and tour name to roaring crowds. Those in the Golden Circle got closer in the excitement of seeing the Pop Princess. Of course, this tour is to promote the latest album but many were eager for the old hits and we didn’t have to wait long with Better The Devil you Know making an appearance fourth song in getting those not already on their feet shooting out of their seats.

A Kylie show has EVERYTHING! – dancers, lights…and visuals…we were treated to mini-movies on the screen during costume changes and many other during the show, that is if you could take your eyes off the Pop Princess, we could have been mistaken for watching a movie. An early highlight on the screen is her rendition of Blue Velvet as she sits at a bar by herself. A lovely stripped back version of Confide In Me follows. She then makes her way down the catwalk where a single red rose waits as she sings Where The Wild Roses Grow with no music. Just Kylie. The rose makes it way back into the crowd until one person could not bare to let it go!

Another great movie feature comes with Shelby 68 which features Kylie’s Dads Shelby revving up on the album. And what a car it is that we see driving through the deserted Wild West with her star designed ‘K’ logo on the license plate.

Ending Act 1 is the hit Can’t Get You Out of My Head, which in itself is a classic but towards the end she dons a denim jacket emblazoned with her face with Newcastle written above and Golden on the bottom sending the crowd into a frenzy before the band give us a fantastic rendition of the famous part of The Chain (Fleetwood Mac) which, no pun intended, sends hearts racing as the energy fills the Arena.

Relaxed back in our spots Slow starts Act 2 and changes pace quickly into Kids, which gets the crowd pumped but maybe more of a filler for some. An audience request and an Arena filled singalong comes with Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi. We stay in the late 1980s with Wouldn’t Change a Thing going into Especially For You. No Kylie show would be complete without the latter. The only thing missing was an appearance from Jason Donovan, that actually happened a few weeks prior in Hyde Park.

All The Lovers from the Aphrodite era is something quite spectacular and a big ode to the LBGTQ community that Kylie celebrates with the first hydraulics of the night covering the Golden Circle audience with lights and confetti of the rainbow. A spectacular sight for a spectacular song. A fantastic disco medley follows with Kylie and her singers bursting through the doors of ‘Studio 54’ but strangely omits STEP BACK IN TIME. Too much of an obvious choice maybe? Though New York City, Raining Glitter and On A Night Like This comes with streams of gold ribbon from the ceiling to a laser-filled Arena.

Getting back to the Country & Western theme, the encore of Love At First Sight has her clad in a white shawl before it reveals a green glittery number matching her band and dancers which closes the night with DANCING. The crowd do just that, leaving everyone on a high and the merch stand going crazy as everyone wanted to take more than the memories of the night away with them.

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SIKTH | LOATHE | 13.09.18 | Newcastle Think Tank

SIKTH | LOATHE | 13.09.18 | Newcastle Think Tank

SikTh | Loathe – 13th September 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

Sikth – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

SikTh return to Newcastle Think Tank, they’ve played Newcastle quite regularly over the years and there’s a loyal following in tonight.

Local lads Starve to Survive offered up the perfect support slot fodder for a night of hardcore riffs, I managed to catch a very brief part of their early slot.

 

Up next were hotly tipped Liverpudlian act; Loathe. Along with Employed to Serve they stand as the most interesting and unique bands amongst a new generation of bands that embrace technical metal and hardcore. Proving to be the most exciting to happen to metal since Slipknot arrived almost 20 years ago and changed everything. They have a huge and massively diverse sound. Signed to SharpTone Records this lot are certainly ones to watch out for, they have everything right. The buzz about this band was enough to bring me down early for their set and for once the buzz is bang on! Utterly enthralling to watch.

Loathe – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

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It’s hard to believe that Sikth have been going for nearly 20 years. In fact the band is older than some audience members tonight! That said their new material is highly engaging and got some of the biggest crowd reactions of the night, certainly for me I found the music from their latest release The Future in Whose Eyes? to be some of their strongest to date. There is a good turnout tonight and crowd are in good voice, singing and shouting along word for word. Tonight Sikth proved to be just as vital as ever and are on top form.

Setlist:
The Aura
Golden Cufflinks
Cracks of Light
Riddles of Humanity
Pussyfoot
Mermaid Slur
Scent of the Obscene
Skies of Millennium Night
Bland Street Bloom
Sanguine Seas of Bigotry
Summer Rain
Part of the Friction

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PUSSY RIOT | 20.08.18 | Newcastle Riverside

PUSSY RIOT | 20.08.18 | Newcastle Riverside

Pussy Riot – 20th August 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gav Wyatt (G.Wyatt photography)

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ORBITAL | 11.08.18 | Sage Gateshead

ORBITAL | 11.08.18 | Sage Gateshead

Orbital – 11th August 2018 – Sage Gateshead

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Turning the Sage concourse into a huge club for a night certainly paid off tonight! Suitably warming up the clubbers as they arrived and got used to the surroundings 586 Records owner and DJ Anthony Daly played out some wonderful warm vibes tunes.

Then up next were Plaid And The Bee (Warp Records) playing a live set the trio were silhouetted in front of giant video screens pumping out their electronic beats to an appreciative audience


By the time it was time for Orbital to hit the (very high) stage crowd were in full swing and the Hartnolls were given a huge reception as they went into opening track Lush 3-1 . From atop the 25ft riser they kept the party dancing with classics like Halcyon + On +On, Wonky, Satan and slipped in new tracks (P.H.U.K, Tiny Foldable Cities & The End Is Nigh ) from the forthcoming album Monsters Exist along the way amid more crowd pleasers . Belfast and Chime as always get the huge response they deserve and even after a rousing closer of The Box and Doctor? The party keeps going with a Man Power DJ Set into the night

Through the evening the video screens play a huge part of the experience adding visuals to each track along with the light show BUT for me one of the biggest stars of the night was the Sage building itself. It’s shape and structure added so much to the feel of the event the way the windows almost became extra screens reflecting the lights and videos and having the Tyne Bridge and city scape looking on just gave the whole event a unique feel. Having the stage / riser built up to the height of the first level of the building worked perfectly and the sold out crowd was just a sea of smiling dancing happy people!

It’s always odd taking photos of events like this where the artists are essentially playing the tracks from banks of keyboards and technology so I have tried to capture the feel of the night with lots of lights and building

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RUSSO | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

RUSSO | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Russo – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

On tour with Gomez! Here’s a full photo gallery from their set.

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GOMEZ | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

GOMEZ | 24.08.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Review and photos

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Tonight is an unapologetic nostalgia binge. Almost 20 years ago I popped my gig cherry with a chance to go see Six by Seven and Gomez (plus the Bluetones but I left before they came on!) as part of BBC Sound City in 1998 which was hosted in Newcastle. That night would mark a turning point in my life and spawn my new addiction… gigs!

20 years later I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of bands, but I still look back on this one with some warmth, the night was also made special by the fact that we had John Peel, a hero of mine was comparing for the evening. It was in the old Student Union basement at Newcastle Uni. Seeing the gig advertised I couldn’t quite believe that was 20 years ago. Count me in!

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

This marks the third time I’ve seen Gomez, the last being in 1999 and it’s quite a privilege to return to see them and get to photo them. Tonight they’re back in Newcastle after a long long break, last seen here in 2011 I believe. They play the Newcastle O2 Academy main hall, I wasn’t sure of how well they’d be remembered but I needn’t have worried. The gig appears to have sold really well and there of hundreds of adoring fans dancing and singing along word for word to their classic debut Bring It On. Which tonight they will play in full and in order, with a sparkling of other songs as an encore.

Gomez – 24th August 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Get Miles stood out to me 20 years ago and hearing the roar of Ben Ottewell tonight sent shivers down my spine. It’s the big hit Whippin’ Piccadilly that gets the biggest crowd reaction of the night. A tremendous and very welcome return from the Gomez boys.

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REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh – Photos

Here’s a full photo gallery from Rev Magnetics’s support slot with Mogwai (review here)

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MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

MOGWAI | REV MAGNETIC | 22.08.18 | Leith Theatre Edinburgh

Mogwai and Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh – Review and photos

Mogwai – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Mogwai play the first of two nights at Leith Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, both nights appear to be sold out or at least very near sold out. Tonight I decided to drive up from Newcastle for the gig and drive back straight after. They’ve only played Festival slots recently and this was the only proper chance to catch a full set. It was worth every effort. As they approach the end of the touring for their latest album; Every Country’s Sun (not including the extensive soundtrack work they’ve done). 

I was happy to see they’ve picked some gems for support acts, Kathryn Williams supports on the 23rd but tonight I get to see Rev Magnetic perform again. Stuart was in attendance at their Glasgow show with Superchunk. Tonight they are in a much more comfortable setting and you can really sense a band coming together nicely, their confidence is beaming as they stalk a much bigger stage tonight. They are a remarkable act, brimming with talent. I noted the last time I saw them that their music might require a few listens to fully appreciate and understand. Tonight I really enjoyed their set, as did the audience in attendance. A band to watch out for! We’ll have a separate photo gallery coming for their set soon

Rev Magnetic - 22nd August 2018 - Leith Theatre Edinburgh
Rev Magnetic – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre Edinburgh

As Mogwai took to the stage, I got a first glance of just how full the venue was. A sea of fans to greet Scottish music Royalty, the venue appears is packed! They came out to a really dark and smoke filled stage, the atmosphere was quite tense with anticipation.

We were treated to a rather brilliant set, largely drawn from ECS but with a dose of old classics mixed in for good measure. I was hoping that we might get a preview of some of the KIN material but it wasn’t to be. That said, we did get a rather rare and utterly stunning performance of My Father My King, which I’ve only ever heard them play once before at Glasgow Barrowlands for their 20th-anniversary shows. Don’t Believe the Fife is also a highlight, such a strong song.

Setlist;

  • Heard About You Last Night
  • Crossing the Road Material
  • Party in the Dark
  • Cody 
  • Kids Will Be Skeletons 
  • Don’t Believe the Fife 
  • I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead 
  • Coolverine 
  • Old Poisons 
  • Remurdered 
  • Like Herod 
  • New Paths to Helicon, Pt. 1 
  • My Father, My King

I walked away ecstatic and slightly deaf for hearing My Father My King and kicking myself for not buying tickets for the following days show. However, it’s not too long to wait until the next outing, they recently announced a November UK tour with our favourites The Twilight Sad! 

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THE WILDHEARTS | RAGING SPEEDHORN | 03.08.18 | The Plug Sheffield

THE WILDHEARTS | RAGING SPEEDHORN | 03.08.18 | The Plug Sheffield

The Wildhearts and Raging Speedhorn – 3rd August 2018 – The Plug Sheffield

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

 

You can’t beat a good road trip gig, and you can’t beat a good Wildhearts gig… so when the band announced a couple of their own shows in between their summer festival appearances and then a road trip down to Sheffield was a no-brainer!

Raging Speedhorn live at Plug, Sheffield

Support band for the evening are the brilliantly named Raging Speedhorn, a band that have for some reason never crossed my radar despite their long history. That is something I will endeavour to put right in future though, as they put on a hell of a set. They may have possibly been a bit on the heavy side for some in the Wildhearts’ faithful, but the ferocity and precision of their set soon won over a good proportion of the crowd. Their impressive dual frontmen stalked the stage with ruthless intensity, while the band relentlessly delivered powerhouse riffs ranging from chaotically frantic to slow and doom-laden. Definitely a band worth checking out if you haven’t seen them before.

The Wildhearts were in awesome form, the band seeming to relish every moment of being on stage. Ginger was in particularly fine spirits, joking with the crowd and feeding off their energy and warmth. As always, the diehard crowd were in excellent voice and it seems you can always guarantee that there’s going to be party atmosphere at a Wildhearts gig.

As they did with their exceptional set at the Britrock Must Be Destroyed shows earlier in the year, the band decided to cram as many of their biggest songs into the setlist as possible (no mean feat given the quality of their back catalogue). Opening with Sick of Drugs and TV Tan, the band then stormed through a triple whammy of My Baby is a Headfuck, Suckerpunch and Caffeine Bomb.  Bassist Danny McCormack took the lead vocals on Anthem, which was a very nice inclusion in the set, and The Revolution Will Be Televised from the self-titled ‘white’ album seems even more lyrically relevant to the world of 2018 than it was when it was first released a decade ago. This evening’s show had a celebratory vibe to it, and the crowd sang along with virtually every lyric from beginning to end, particularly in the singalong section of Weekend and Geordie in Wonderland.

The classic encore of Greetings From Shitsville, 29x The Pain and I Wanna Go Where the People Go was a great way to finish the night and made the long drive back to Newcastle worthwhile!

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the Wildhearts live, but this gig was up there with the best of them. The band are tighter than ever before, and you get a sense that they’re genuinely enjoying every minute of playing live together again.

  1. Sick of Drugs
  2. TV Tan
  3. My Baby Is a Headfuck
  4. Suckerpunch
  5. Caffeine Bomb
  6. Vanilla Radio
  7. Nothing Ever Changes But the Shoes
  8. Red Light Green Light
  9. Everlone
  10. Nita Nitro
  11. The Revolution Will Be Televised
  12. Weekend (Five Long Days)
  13. Anthem
  14. Geordie in Wonderland
  15. Love U ’til I Don’t
    Encore:
  16. Greetings From Shitsville
  17. 29 x the Pain
  18. I Wanna Go Where the People Go

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SOULFLY  | 09.08.18 | Newcastle Riverside

SOULFLY | 09.08.18 | Newcastle Riverside

Soulfly – 9th August 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Review and photos

Feature by Graeme J Baty

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Soulfly make a very welcome return to Newcastle, the last time was at the Riverside just over four years ago (see photos from that show here). They’re back ahead of the release of a brand new album Ritual (which is out on Nuclear Blast later in 2018). Tonight the band are celebrating 20 years of Soulfly! As you can imagine the set feels like a ‘best of’. Which is fine by me and everyone else in attendance! There’s a really good vibe in the crowd tonight.

It’s a really hot night at the Riverside. Before the show, I was worried it might not sell that well, due to a lot of local metalheads being at Bloodstock Festival. Local bands Yersin and Ashes of Iron helped to draw in a few punters and the venue was packed. Easily the best metal crowd I’ve ever seen at the Riverside, the kids were wild, circle pits and good old-fashioned moshing, great to see people having the best time. That energy seemed to encourage the band even more, they were really enjoying themselves.

One of the new tracks (I didn’t catch the name, please comment below if you know it) was an absolute thrash masterpiece and for me was one of the standout performances of the night. There is life in them yet and tonight they prove just as vital as ever. That unmistakable Cavalera groove is what makes them so enjoyable.

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

They played classics like Eye for an Eye, Umbabarauma, Blood Fire War Hate, Back to the Primitive. They dipped into other Max projects with a brilliant version of Wasting Away (Nailbomb). Max’s grandson came out from a very brief but fun appearance, it was over in a flash, pretty sure it was a Napalm Death song!

A ridiculously good extended guitar solo from shredder Marc Rizzo saw the band leave the stage and allow him to melt the ears of punters, throwing a very welcomed slice of Slayer too! After the solo Max returned to the stage wearing a Venom t-shirt with a nice tribute to the Newcastle metal heritage \m/

What a night. Easily the best I’ve seen Soulfly. A short but perfectly executed 85 minutes of sonic pummelling, hits the spot and I’m left wanting more. 20 years on they’re just as great as ever. Bands come and go but Soulfly have 20 years of killer riffs in their armoury. They are living legends! 

Soulfly – 9th Aug 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Apologies for the lack of angles on the shots, I was shooting from the edge of the pit and in the crowd with my superzoom =D Buzzing with what I managed to get though \m/ The Riverside remains my favourite venue for heavy bands and it’s great to see them back here!

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