THE DICKIES | 21.07.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

THE DICKIES | 21.07.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

The Dickies – 21st July 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

After a scorching hot afternoon out and about I met up with some friends and set off to see punk legends The Dickies. I exited the lift into the venue and could not move any further! It was rammed, even saying excuse me to try and get behind people not even in front was no use. This is why the photos have literally one angle as I just could not get anywhere else 🙂 Which to be fair is brilliant!!

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ARCITE | 16.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

ARCITE | 16.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Arcite – 16th May 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – The final gig

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Two things;

  1. This is probably the biggest gallery I have posted on here but point 2 will kinda explain why…
  2. Apologies to the Arcite boys for the length of time in getting these done, this was for a couple of reasons the first being; at first look i thought I had taken a load of dogs**t pics as they were very very dark. The second reason was as I took further looks I started liking some of the images as although not the best crispest quality of photo I thought they started to resemble the feel of that last gig so I have made this gallery bigger than usual as it ended up I had more photos I liked than I thought I ever would have!!

Right ..on to the gig. Perceptions & The NX were absolutely perfect openers tonight Both bringing their own brutal style of metal to the party

I have watched Arcite for many years now both supporting and headlining, so it was a sad day when I read the announcement of this final gig.They rightly come ou t to a very receptive crowd of friends and fans alike and they absolutely tear it up on every song . Kev leaning out over the crowd with his trademark mic in hand Scott and Martin trading riffs and solos and Matthew and Brian pummelling out the drums and bass keeping the tunes going.

Tonight is about saying goodbye though and the guys are doing it in style and with massive smiles on their faces even though it must be an emotional task.

They tip their hats to past members and collaborators bringing on guests Gary and Carl who filled in on bass for Brian while ill and original guitarist Newton steps up too to play a song or two. Laura Henderson shares the vocal at one point with Kev. It’s all just a big metal leaving party atmosphere rounded off with the NX lads firing off unexpected confetti cannons during the last song from the side of the stage.

With the crowd all singing the refrain from The Escape Key well after it had finished it was over… literally!! The guys can be proud of what they released, played and achieved and I am sure they all have things they will be bringing to the city in various guises very soon

In the meantime though bang the CD on have a flick through these photos and hopefully they’ll remind of a great night…

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TERRORVISION | 20.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

TERRORVISION | 20.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Terrorvision – 20th May 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Extended photo gallery

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

To add to Kevs review for Britrock Must Be Destroyed; someone must have forgotten to tell Tony and the boys it was only 6:30pm on a Sunday night the way they took the place apart!!

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REEF | 20.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

REEF | 20.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Reef – 20th May 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Extended photo gallery

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

To add to Kevs review for Britrock Must Be Destroyed here are some photos from Reef. They played a cracking set if somewhat a different paced one!

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THE WILDHEARTS | 20.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

THE WILDHEARTS | 20.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

The Wildhearts – 20th May 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Extended photo gallery

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

To add to Kevs review for Britrock Must Be Destroyed; Ginger and the boys played an absolute banger filled set for the home gig !! ‘Nuff said here’s a ton of photos 😉

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THE WILDHEARTS, REEF, TERRORVISION and DODGY | Britrock Must Be Destroyed | 20.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

THE WILDHEARTS, REEF, TERRORVISION and DODGY | Britrock Must Be Destroyed | 20.05.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

The Wildhearts, Reef, Terrorvision and Dodgy – Britrock Must Be Destroyed – 20th May 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Review by Kevin Burdon, photos by Gordon Armstrong 

While I don’t recall “Britrock” ever actually being an actual thing back in the 90s and 00s, the label serves as a canny promotional tactic to package up four of the most prominent rock acts of the era on a single tour. Let’s face it, if the banner has brought together a lineup consisting of The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Reef (rotating as headliners across the tour) with support from Dodgy, who’s complaining?! The strategy seems to have paid off nicely, with a very healthy turnout in the Academy on Sunday night.

On paper, Dodgy seemed to be a bit of a lightweight addition to the bill when compared to the rest of the lineup, but they performed well and got the night off to a good start.  It certainly didn’t hurt that they have a couple of classic hits (Staying Out for the Summer and Good Enough) in the arsenal to kick off the nostalgia vibe and get the party started and they got a really warm response from the steadily growing crowd.

Terrorvision frontman Tony Wright is probably one of the most energetic performers you’re likely to witness. He never stopped bouncing around the stage for the entire set, never seeming out of breath even when delivering the rapid-fire lyrics of Perseverance. The band were on great form and the audience were in fine voice too, assisting Tony heartily with the likes Alice What’s the Matter, Celebrity Hit List and Josephine. They powered through a set of hits (plentiful enough that they were able to leave out the chart-busting pop of Tequila in favour of some of the more hard rocking tracks), before spectacularly bouncy rendition of Oblivion brought a close to their phenomenal set, which on any other night would have justifiably worthy of the headline slot.

There had been a few critical voices in some online communities when Reef had been announced for this gig, and there was a sense that in certain quarters they had been written off before playing a single note. While they might not have been everyone’s proverbial cuppa at the start of the night, a confident performance of their groove-laden alt-rock certainly seemed to win over their doubters and the band got a great response from the crowd. The old songs Place your Hands and Come Back Brighter were very well received, but also the new material such as Revelation was impressive, with a much more straight up classic rock kind of vibe to it. Even some of the slower songs like My Sweet Love went down very well with what was a predominantly hard rock crowd, with frontman Gary Stringer impressing with his versatile vocal abilities throughout the set.

As a hometown show for Ginger & Danny, the Wildhearts were the obvious choice of headliner for the Newcastle date and as such got an additional 15 minutes of stage time. In an interview prior to the gig Ginger had promised to “only play the songs that will make the audience sing and dance”, and true to his word the next 75 minutes were stacked with the riffs and infectious melodies the band are renowned for. Hit followed hit followed hit without reprieve, and even the double whammy of Suckerpunch straight into Caffeine Bomb didn’t tire the crowd, who bounced and sang along loudly to every word throughout the set. The band have recently reformed after a few years’ hiatus, during which they’ve had to overcome several of their own individual personal battles (while still finding time to record some superb solo projects), and they seemed to be reinvigorated with renewed enthusiasm on stage. If this energy can be carried over into the recording of the new album then it promises to be an absolute belter. It was also a pleasure to see original member Danny McCormack return to the fold on bass duties, and he seemed to genuinely love being back on stage with the band. The hits continued, before finally the band closed out the superb set with fan favourite 29x the Pain and the anthemic I Wanna Go Where the People Go to a raucous reaction from the crowd. The Wildhearts have never been a band where you can predict what will happen next in their story, but you can guarantee that when they’re on stage and firing on all cylinders they’re unassailable.

Overall, the strategy of combining all of these bands paid off; it got a lot of punters through the door and made for a hell of a gig for those in attendance. Yet while there was an element of reminiscence and a nod to the 90s heyday about the tour’s marketing, there was nothing to suggest that any of these bands are mere nostalgia acts; They are all still exceptional live performers with plenty of new music still to offer.

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ARKELLS | 22.04.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

ARKELLS | 22.04.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Arkells – 22nd April 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Photos

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

Supporting Frank Turner, Arkells deliver a deservedly confident performance. Their pop-rock approach going down well with the crowd. A nice touch was getting an audience member out of the crowd and getting him to play guitar for a song.

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FRANK TURNER | 22.04.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

FRANK TURNER | 22.04.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Frank Turner – 22nd April 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Review and photos

By Kevin Burdon (Kevin Burdon Photography)

 

Frank Turner points out early in the set that there’s a bit of plague doing the rounds on their tour bus, but as far as the audience are concerned there is no depletion of energy on stage and you wouldn’t be able to tell. The band storm through a set of favourites and new songs with aplomb.

Opening with ‘1933’ from the new album is a bold choice, but worth it on attitude alone.  The song rails against the general chaos of the world of the moment, a warning of history repeating itself:  “Be suspicious of simple answers, that shit’s for teenagers… you can’t fix the world if all you have is a hammer…”

The new songs from upcoming album Be More Kind fit into the set well. Drawing on the influence of the general shite that is happening in the world now, Frank tries to at least to attack it from a positive perspective on with his lyrics on ‘Make America Great Again’ and the title track.

Frank admits that the new album’s title track ‘Be More Kind’ was written to himself, but it also works as a rallying call to those who are struggling to deal with the general negativity which is prevalent in 2018 to least improve their own little corner of the world and hope it spreads further.

Even though there are a few new songs on exhibition, there are plenty of uptempo earlier anthems in the set, such as ‘The Road’, ‘Recovery’, and ‘If I Ever Stray’, and at the times the crowd give the Academy’s PA a system a challenge in terms of sheer volume.

A short solo acoustic section sees a very rare live airing of Anymore, a beautiful and poignant admission of falling out of love with someone, which is followed up with crowd favourites of ‘The Way I Tend to Be’ and ‘The Ballad of Me and My Friends’.

The new tune ‘Blackout’ has such a strong hook that even though it was the first time I’d heard the song I was singing along by the second chorus.

The encore includes a medley of ‘I Still Believe’ and ‘Four Simple Words’, two songs which encapsulate the life-affirming power of experiencing great live music with your mates, and the sheer volume of this sold out Sunday night singalong suggests that they’re all on the same wavelength tonight.

Setlist:

1933
Get Better
The Next Storm
Recovery
Make America Great Again
Be More Kind
I Am Disappeared
The Road
If I Ever Stray
Reasons Not to Be An idiot
Glory Hallelujah
The Opening Act of Spring
Glorious You
Anymore
The Way I Tend To Be
Blackout
Out of Breath
Photosynthesis

I Knew Prifrock Before He Got Famous
I Still Believe
Four Simple Words
Polaroid Picture

The night is rounded off by ‘Polaroid Picture’, a beautiful song about cherishing the good times with your loved ones because you don’t know what circumstance will bring down the line.

 

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NADA SURF | 24.04.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

NADA SURF | 24.04.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

An evening with Nada Surf – 24th April 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

I couldn’t believe my eyes when this one was announced! I never thought I’d get to see Nada Surf, also I was very pleased that they’d included a Newcastle show on the tour. A brilliant evening of reminiscing about good times. I used to listen to these often during my backpacking days. Strangely, I’ve not listened to them much in the 10 years that have since passed. Making tonight all the more special. So many brilliant, beautiful songs. I’m a happy (older) kid!

They played two sets to a really appreciative audience. Starting off the evening with Let Go in full and following up with a selection of favourites songs.

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SAVAGE MESSIAH | 17.04.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

SAVAGE MESSIAH | 17.04.18 | Newcastle O2 Academy

Savage Messiah – 17th April 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy – Photo feature

A good old metal band rolled into Newcastle this week. They put on a mighty show despite the technical issues! They overcame guitar rig failure halfway through the first song with good old-fashioned fuck it lets crack on attitude!

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