American Head Charge – September 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTO FEATURE

American Head Charge
September 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

AHC are back in brutal style giving the Toon crowd plenty to mosh about to! An eleven year gap between albums could have deterred some punters but not this lot, diehard fans are here in force!!

Good to see that the band are not afraid to throw in the classics early in the set. ‘A Violent Reaction’ was the second song in the set causing quite the reaction!

Circle pits stage diving guitarists bullwhips and all by the 3rd song a hot loud sweaty night was had by all!!

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Nothing But Thieves – April 2017 – Hit The North festival Newcastle Boiler Shop – PHOTO FEATURE

Nothing But Thieves
April 2017 – Hit The North festival Newcastle Boiler Shop

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

One of the biggest and most ambitious projects in Newcastle Hit The North was spread out across the city at 15 venues showcasing approx 120 bands. I managed 4 venues over the night and here are some of the photos of the fantastic Nothing But Thieves. Another band I have watched go from Think Tank to Riv and more and just get better every time!

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The Hunna – April 2017 – Hit The North festival Newcastle Boiler Shop – PHOTO FEATURE

The Hunna
April 2017, Hit The North festival Newcastle Boiler Shop

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Another fast growing band selling out bigger and bigger venues up and down the UK. The first time I saw these I was instantly impressed by the fact they had no record out yet but the kids in the crowd knew every word they sang and weren’t shy about screaming them! Tonight they were on before Nothing But Thieves but that didn’t stop them playing like arena headliners.

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Cheap Trick – June 2017 – Manchester Academy – PHOTOS and REVIEW

Cheap Trick
28th June 2017 – Manchester Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Cheap Trick are a band I have loved for decades and seen a few times and they never cease to amaze me with their dedication! For example, they played three shows in the UK and performed about seventy-five songs over the three gigs BUT only repeated 5 songs across them! Now that is some serious rehearsing!

I was totally buzzing, having only confirmed the pass a day or so before the gig and was worried that nerves may get the better of me and I might just stand there and sing at Rick Neilson when they came on! Well, that kinda happened I definitely sang my head off but remembered to take some photos 🙂

Cheap Trick - June 2017 - Manchester Academy

Cheap Trick – June 2017 – Manchester Academy

Instead of the usual “Hello there” they opened with ‘Just Got Back’ one of my favourites so I was already off to a good start as I wasn’t sure what set we would get! But belter after belter had my grin fixed for the full set.

There were a couple from the new album but that’s okay as it’s a great album. The expected ‘I Want You To Want Me’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Dream Police’ were all in there along with a Velvet Underground cover loads of album tracks and my particular high light Stop This Game. Robin Zander still looks and sounds fantastic (tonight in the white Dream Police outfit) and Rick Neilson still keeps plectrum manufacturers in business trying to make sure almost everyone at the gig gets one!!!! Tom Peterson is still that cool as owt bass player but with Daxx (Ricks son) on drums these days they are as great a rhythm section as they have ever been. Looked like Rick found it funny me singing in the pit too 🙂 So much fun to photograph!

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Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – July 2017 – Newcastle Metro Arena – PHOTO FEATURE

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
July 2017 – Newcastle Arena

Circle pits, crowd surfing, ten songs spanning five albums… hang on… only ten songs?! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Frank was actually supporting Blink 182 tonight. That didn’t stop him nor the band coming out and giving it 110% though and the arena crowd loved it getting them properly warmed up for Blink.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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Voivod – June 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Voivod
June 2017, Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Canadian thrash metallers showing Newcastle how it’s done. So much fun to shoot a band who were having a ball with a very, very receptive Toon metal crowd!

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Stone Broken – June 2017 – Manchester Academy 2017 – PHOTOS and REVIEW

Stone Broken
Manchester Academy, 28th June  2017

UK band Stone Broken were opening up for legends Cheap Trick but came out confident and took the crowd through a thirty minute introduction to their songs old and new. The quartet

Stone Broken - June 2017 - Manchester Academy 2017

Stone Broken – June 2017 – Manchester Academy 2017

The quartet are no strangers to being out with rock heroes, having supported Glenn Hughes earlier this year and we will see them again later in the year with Living Colour. They have the confidence and enthusiasm and the tunes to get a crowd behind them with their take on twin guitar classic rock.

Fans of Black Stone Cherry and the like will get behind these guys hopefully giving them the success they deserve. The rock crowd need to be bringing new bands through the ranks as the older ones are now thinning out and unless newer bands are championed there’ll be no future headliners for festivals.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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Live Burial – June 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – PHOTO FEATURE

Live Burial
June 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Opening up for Voivod local guys; Live Burial got the crowd on their side with a short, sharp, brutal set.

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Dirty King – June 2017 – Newcastle O2 Academy- PHOTO FEATURE

Dirty King
19th June 2017, Newcastle O2 Academy

When the O2 asked us to recommend a local act to open for the Bat Sabbath show they said they were looking for a heavy riff based band in keeping with the Sabbath vibe. Here at BSC we said straight away give Dirty King a shout they’d be ideal!

Dirty King - June 2017 Newcastle Academy

Dirty King – June 2017 Newcastle Academy

So on possibly the hottest Monday in years DK took to the stage first band on early doors probably thinking that a lot of the crowd would still be outside in beer gardens staying cool before the sweat pit of the Cancer Bats doing Sabbath main set. How wrong they were!! The room was already pretty full and by the time the guys played their short but ferocious set they had definitely won a lot more fans. So much so that both God Damn and Bat Sabbath following them gave credit where credit was due, giving them a big shout out.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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Fat Freddys Drop – June 2017 – Boiler Shop Newcastle – PHOTO FEATURE

Fat Freddys Drop
Boiler Shop Newcastle – June 2017

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

A sold out show for their debut Toon gig can’t be bad, can it?! I’d heard a lot of good reports about these guys. I have never seen before and they didn’t fail to please.

Fat Freddys Drop - June 2017 - Boilershop Newcastle

Fat Freddys Drop – June 2017 – Boilershop Newcastle

The crowd who were already warmed up by the bands’ DJ and they brought a fantastic beach style festival vibe of reggae, ska and jazz all fused together.

Fat Freddys Drop - June 2017 - Boilershop Newcastle

Fat Freddys Drop – June 2017 – Boilershop Newcastle

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