Gav Wyatt 2018 music roundup – FEATURE

Gav Wyatt 2018 music roundup – FEATURE

Gav Wyatt selects his highlights of 2018!

2018… What a year! I joined Blank Slate right at the end of 2017, accepted into something which was a personal stepping up in levels for myself. I’d previously cut my gig photography teeth working with the local charity Oxjam across the Northeast covering small gigs and the festival they hold in October, but Blank Slate was an opportunity to move up a gear and I wasn’t going to say no!

Top gig photos of 2018

My end of year review mostly focuses on the images I’ve captured from the gigs I’ve attended, I didn’t move into the world of reviews until right at the end of the year with Sumo Cyco and whilst I’ve only managed to actually get to eight gigs but it feels like so much more, so lets begin.

Don Broco – 19th February – Northumbria University

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My first introduction into ‘the pit’, and what an introduction! me and four other photographers clambering over each other for position all trying to capture the best angle. I was nervous if I’m honest, to begin with but once the band came on stage you can’t help but to fall in love with your position and Enjoy the show. The band themselves played to a young crowd with an energetic frontman filled with a dazzling light show which included everything the crowd came to see them for.

Belly – 14th June – Whitley Bay Playhouse

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90’s indie band Belly visited the northeast and played in front of a sell out crowd at the Whitley Bay Playhouse, another first for me for venues. A good crowd, Mostly middle-aged saw belly perform music from the 90’s, you could feel the sense of nostalgia in the air and the band performed a well-rehearsed set which you could tell they had done a thousand times before interacting well with the crowd.

There was a small hiccup when Tanya dDonellystopped the show with an issue with her monitor which she thought she’d fixed only to stop everything a further two times until she knew it was perfect, I liked that touch and the crowd gave her and the band all the patience they needed to get it right to continue.

Pussy Riot – 21st August – Newcastle Riverside

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Pussy Riot, famous for all the right or wrong reasons, depending on your opinion, arrived in Newcastle just after performing at the Edinburgh Fringe. I didn’t know what to expect with this but what the crowd got was a wonderful piece of performance art centred around the performance drawn from band founder Maria Alyokhina’s memoir; Riot Days, about her imprisonment in the Gulag following a protest action in 2012 in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

Rudimental – 19th October – Newcastle O2 Academy

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A band that’s been together now for eight years brought their drum and bass act to the Newcastle Academy, a step up in size for venues for me, if I’m completely honest I thought I had struggled with this one photography wise however the band were as good as they’d sound in your living room and the crowd loved them, they got everything they came to see.

Glasvegas – 24th October – Boiler Shop

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The Boiler Shop! A stunning venue. Filled with a two-tone light show and the haunting melodies of Glasvegas on the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Glasvegas’. The band were sublime

Soul ll Soul – 4th November – Sage Gateshead

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Soul ll soul arrived in Gateshead to perform for the thirty-year anniversary tour, thirty years on from Back to Life and the band still sounded just as good. A night for many to reminisce on where they were thirty years ago with the crowd mostly dancing along, finishing the set with Back to Life.

Jon Hopkins – 18th November – Boiler Shop

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Without question my gig of the year, I had been introduced to Hopkins earlier in the year by a good friend and I was blown away with what I heard. So when I heard that he would be making his way into Newcastle for a Gig I had to go and I was not disappointed accompanied by a stunning display of visuals projected onto the screen behind Hopkins his heavy bass and electronic synths echoed and permeated through the boiler shop crowd. If you haven’t seen the review on Blank slate then check it out because no amount of what I say will ever match it.

Sumo Cyco – 3rd December –  Newcastle University

Finishing the year with the Canadian Punk metal band Sumo Cyco, My first review of the year, and having never had the chance to see this band perform all I can say is that I’d jump at the chance to see them again, Skye Sweetnam leading the line of the four-piece band that were providing support for the headliners CKY, a perfect finish to a great year being able to work with some great people!

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SUMO CYCO | 03.12.2018 | Newcastle University | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SUMO CYCO | 03.12.2018 | Newcastle University | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Sumo Cyco – 3rd December 2018 – Newcastle University

Review and photos by Gav Wyatt (G.Wyatt photography)

Monday 3rd of December and we see Canadian punk rock band Sumo Cyco return to Newcastle to play in front of a growing crowd as one half of a double support for CKY. the headliners. They followed Bullets and Octane who themselves warmed the crowd up with some heavy riffs and great vocals. They got out into the crowd and at one point were stood performing on the bar.

A brief turnaround and Sumo Cyco catapulted themselves onto the stage. I’ve never seen Sumo Cyco before and I’d been told that they are great to photograph and I wasn’t disappointed, the opening song ‘Sleep Tight’ sees them launch into a quick guitar riff accompanied with bass before lead vocalist Sky ‘sever ’Sweetman walks onto stage in a full-length Black catsuit and contrasting long blonde hair which, by the chorus, she’s thrashing about on stage.

Third song in and they give the crowd their cover of System of a Sown’s B.O.Y.B which is well received, however the crowd isn’t fully on board just yet and it takes Sever venturing into the crowd to create her own mosh pit around her.

A few songs later and she’s crowd bound again, this time on the shoulders of one of the members of the audience and directing him to the bar, where she orders herself a shot to down. When she’s returned to the front, she’s not quite finished yet and she returns to the centre of the floor to instruct the crowd to get down low with her,  by this point the crowd are well on board and happily go along jumping up when the beat kicks back in with her.

Their finale is ‘Fighter’ which ends an energetic set that was faultless, you can tell that they are an award-winning line up and that is why they’ve been asked to support some of the greatest bands on the scene, though personally, I feel that they would quite easily sell out shows as headliners in themselves, with kicking riffs and an enigmatic and energetic frontwoman that knows how to work a crowd.

Setlist:

  • Sleep Tight
  • Anti-Anthem
  • B.Y.O.B.
  • Undefeated
  • Rivalry
  • The Broadcasters
  • Free Yourself
  • Move Mountains
  • Fighter

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stick around to see CKY but if you have to follow that then you better be bloody good and if you get the chance to go and see them then do so, because if they are up this far north again I will be!

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SOUL II SOUL | 04.11.2018 | Gateshead Sage | PHOTOS

SOUL II SOUL | 04.11.2018 | Gateshead Sage | PHOTOS

Soul II Soul – 4th November 2018 – Gateshead Sage

Soul II Soul - 4th November 2018 - Gateshead Sage
Soul II Soul – 4th November 2018 – Gateshead Sage

By Gav Wyatt (G.Wyatt photography)

Soul II Soul celebrated a huge milestone with their 30th Anniversary. Gav Wyatt was there to capture the spectacular show!

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GLASVEGAS | 24.10.2018 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | PHOTOS

GLASVEGAS | 24.10.2018 | Newcastle Boiler Shop | PHOTOS

Glasvegas – 24th October 2018 – Newcastle Boiler Shop

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Glasvegas made their second appearance in Newcastle this year, following their surprise slot at this years Hit The North Festival. This time around they played the Boiler Shop to mark their 10th Anniversary. Gav Wyatt was there to capture it!

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RUDIMENTAL | 19.10.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTOS

RUDIMENTAL | 19.10.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy – PHOTOS

Rudimental – 19th October 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

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Here’s a photo feature by Gav from Rudimental’s recent Newcastle gig!

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PUSSY RIOT | 20.08.2018 | Newcastle Riverside

PUSSY RIOT | 20.08.2018 | Newcastle Riverside

Pussy Riot – 20th August 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

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BELLY | 14.06.2018 | Whitley Bay Playhouse

BELLY | 14.06.2018 | Whitley Bay Playhouse

Belly – 14th June 2018 – Whitley Bay Playhouse – Photos

By Gav Wyatt (G.Wyatt photography)

Gavin captures 90s legends Belly as they hit The Whitley Playhouse earlier this month!

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DON BROCO – Feb 2018 – Northumbria Institute – FEATURE

DON BROCO – Feb 2018 – Northumbria Institute – FEATURE

Don Broco – 19th February 2018 – Northumbria Institute

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Gav headed down to the Uni for his first BSC gig and what a great show to cover!! High energy set by Don Broco!

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