JACK SAVORETTI | THE WANDERING HEARTS | 12.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

JACK SAVORETTI | THE WANDERING HEARTS | 12.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Jack Savoretti | The Wandering Hearts – 12th July 2019 – Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)


Rain was forecast for the evening on the second night of Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Tynemouth but it tried so hard to stay away and it did for the opening act of the night, The Wandering Hearts.

This trio of Tara, Chess and AJ got the party started with the upbeat Fire And Water and then showed Tynemouth what they could really do with their harmonies with Heartbreak Hotel and then stripping it back a little with Wish I Could. They brought everything with their first three songs whereas with most gigs it’s generally one way or the other for two of the first three songs if not all three before changing the vibe. But with The Wandering Hearts there is something special and to start your night with them and their backing band you could not have asked for a better way to see in the weekend.

There were quite a few in the crowd purely there for The Wandering Hearts with added bonus of headliner Jack Savoretti and with the majority doing it the other way round so to hear many be blown away by a support act is quite something. In fact they got genuine boo’s when they introduced their final song Devil and a little chant of ‘we want more’ started. I have seen the majority of live shows The Wandering Hearts have performed in Tyneside since they started to carve a name for themselves so to see their fan base grow and to hear first timers in awe of them as soon as they sing their first note genuinely puts a smile on my face so I can only imagine how they feel when they see it happening before their own eyes.

What also is great to see is that although they are vocal-harmony led, they sure are getting to move on stage that bit more too and with each performance, I have seen they are growing more in their vocals and personalities and keeping their feet on the ground. There is a genuine admiration for anyone who crosses the path of The Wandering Hearts and a truly great compliment for Jack Savoretti to have them open for him on these special dates that have seen him play in the woods to the remains of a castle by the North Sea in Tynemouth.

Jack Savoretti is the headliner this evening and it seemed nature knew what his setlist was as the clouds become darker and the orchestral feel to the opening of Candlelight begins sets the perfect mood, as the crowd roar when they see him step onto the stage. Atmospheric is the word, especially when the heavens finally do open for I Will Follow You. And a huge credit to the staff at the festival walking around giving punters ponchos, however with or without the ponchos everyone was lost in the magic of the music and dancing and singing with the rain. Yes, with and not in! There is definitely something euphoric about letting nature and the music wash all over us and Jack feels this as he tells the crowd he’s never seen so many smiling faces in the rain and that they are warriors for doing so.

“We’ve been travelling a lot…up on stage with me tonight I have a man from Brazil, a man Spain, a man from Scotland and a man from Denmark….and one thing we have in common is that there is a lot more to us than the languages we speak, the flags we wave, the football teams we support, the lives we just happen to be born into,” is the message he brings to the crowd as he goes into the upbeat Tie Me Down.

Jack Savoretti, like The Wandering Hearts, brought everything to the table through the power of music. The people were dancing and the drinks were flowing and people of all ages and races were joining in together. What a special evening and a special message he gave us. To make it more special he takes to the stage with a solo spotlight for the encore to sing, Singing To Strangers, before the rest of the band rejoin him with The Wandering Hearts lending extra harmonies to Going Home and on that note we did go home, or to the pub, and with our musical hearts beating.

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NADINE SHAH | 08.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse | REVIEW and PHOTOS

NADINE SHAH | 08.07.2019 | Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Nadine Shah | Annabel Allum – 8th July 2019 – Mouth Of The Tyne Festival at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

In its 15th year, Mouth Of The Tyne festival kickstarted on the Monday before the string of nights at Tynemouth’s Priory with a headline show from North East’s own Nadine Shah. Nadine’s voice is not only deep, soulful and raw but also a voice of power and a voice to be heard especially as she mixes in old and new material including some from the Mercury nominated Holiday Destination for this night at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay.

Nadine has never been shy of speaking her own mind. From the moment she is in front of the microphone you feel her words pull you in and are immediately transfixed on the messages in her music. She tells us about how Holiday Destination ‘got legs and gained momentum’ but there is still so much more to do’ and urges the audience to ‘leave the gig with positivity and charge your activism.’ Watching some of the audience members in the crowd you could see that they were taking on this message. Nadine engages her audience for every second she is on the stage with her band. She has a ‘power stance’ as she performs and sometimes sways like a heavyweight boxer ready for the fight, a bit like shall we say, floating like a butterfly and a sting of a bee, as she stares out into the audience. It’s a stare that locks you in and engage with the message she is sending out.

The performance is very honest and open throughout the evening. We get to see the other side of Nadine in her warm, down to earth and personal approach in making sure everyone has a drink and toilet break to a shout out the nurses from the NHS who are there this night. She also tells us about the cancellation of her last tour as she needed time out and she recognises many ticket holders from those dates are in the audience but there are also many faces that she does not recognise, proving that Holiday Destination, although it didn’t have the ‘Adele factor’ of reaching the masses, it was definitely getting the message out there. That is how strong music is and seeing it performed by someone with such a genuine passion for every word she sings sends out a more powerful message.

The crowd is stirred by this and in this dark room you can see the outlines of bodies standing up echoing the performer before them. Roars are loud between songs especially when she dedicates Mother Fighter to the most inspiring and bravest woman she knows, her mother, and to Raghda who spurred on the song. Nadine is pumped throughout the night and as she closes it out with Out The Way she jumps off the stage and runs through the audience to the back of the room then back down onto a speaker on the stage. You can feel the energy and it pulsates through everyone witnessing it.

The same can be said of her support Annabel Allum (unfortunately I missed opening act The Dawdler). Most of the audience are in their seats and some rush back from the bar to catch her set as she and her band take to the stage in their boiler suits not too dissimilar to how you would imagine Maverick, Goose and I guess Ice Man from Top Gun but they carry it off with confidence. I am guessing most of the audience actually have no idea who Annabel Allum is but getting to take photos from the aisle for the third number you could feel they were taken by her and the energetic deliverance of the music.
Energy, power and passion. If I had to sum up this night of music those are the three words that would do it.

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EMMY THE GREAT | BISHI | 29.05.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

EMMY THE GREAT | BISHI | 29.05.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Emmy The Great | Bishi – 29th May 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

It was a night of everything from people drawing, to human keyboard stands and lyric prompters to even someone telling the audience that The Pixies were on the phone (well the ring tone was them!) but before all this we had an electrofused sitar set in the form musician Bishi donning a somewhat Morticia Adams/Cruella De Vil hairstyle. She’s got style, she’s got substance and she mesmerised us with things I never thought could be heard from a sitar.

The crowd were somewhat dumbfounded and some, once they finished telling each other about their evening meal, were under the spell of Bishi who loop pedals her vocals and commands the audience with power stances and stares which are quite a contrast for what was to come but one thing for sure, if you witness Bishi live, it is one name you won’t forget and I am imagining that maybe her own headline show will be something big and bolder than what we had on this night.

So, Emmy The Great. I was actually going to start this review with pure cheesiness by saying that yes, she is great and well, thank fook for that but what is it that makes her great?

This tour is the 10th Anniversary celebration of Emmy’s first album, First Love. In those ten years she’s had a Second Love and other releases and is celebrating coming off maternity leave from having her first child and returned to Newcastle to play the first venue she ever played in this city. The night is all about celebration and reminiscing that there are some in the crowd that mouth every word that is sung by Emmy keeping her in check. If you follow Emmy on the socials, she’s made no secret that she has been somewhat suffering baby brain. She has also stated that she doesn’t like calling her fans ‘fans’ and this is what the night feels like. She’s connecting with those friends that you don’t see for a long time and when you do you just pick it up from where you left off, even for the 2-3 people in the crowd that have never seen or heard her play.

Emmy has her setlist ready which is simply a playback of First Love. She gives us a commentary of most songs including the MIA encounter which she says should have led to a sticky on the album as “cute but offensive!” The ‘interlude’ song, Easter Parade Part 2, follows where she jokingly invites the audience to top up their drinks and even exchange sketches as one gig goer, Jim, actually sketches throughout her set. She engages the audience as much as she can throughout on a personal level leading to great short exchanges, otherwise people are just living the album like they did ten years ago with many singing along especially that one audience member, Helen,  right in her line of view nailing every word with the exception of Emmy just getting right into it and sings ‘fuck on your grave’ rather than ‘piss on your grave’ during the title track which then leads the room singing in chorus for the rest.

Closing the night she invites Gary on stage who at her show the previous night in Sheffield to take on the roll to steady her keyboard for the closing track of the night, Everything Reminds Me Of You. And as she goes to step off the stage to a thunderous roar she returns to sing the last song from the album which is City Song and then into three of the four bonus songs on the album. The album has a few extras in sound but tonight it is Emmy, her guitars, a keyboard and a roomful of ‘friends’ reminiscing the good times through heartbreak to celebrity references. It was one of the most relaxed and fun nights of music I have had and this is the first time in her 10year plus career that I got to experience the greatness of Emmy The Great live and surely it won’t be another ten until I get to do this all over again.

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THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 3 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 3 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

This is Tomorrow Festival Day 3 – May 2019 – Newcastle Exhibition Park

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THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 2 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 2 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

This is Tomorrow Festival Day 2 – May 2019 – Newcastle Exhibition Park

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THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 1 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

THIS IS TOMORROW FESTIVAL Day 1 | May 2019 | Newcastle Exhibition Park | PHOTOS

This is Tomorrow Festival Day 1 – May 2019 – Newcastle Exhibition Park

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WILDWOOD KIN | FERRIS AND SYLVESTER | CALLUM PITT | 03.05.2019 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

WILDWOOD KIN | FERRIS AND SYLVESTER | CALLUM PITT | 03.05.2019 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Wildwood Kin | Ferris and Sylvester | Callum Pitt – 3rd May 2019 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

Under The Apple Tree (UTAT) is the brainchild of Bob Harris, AKA Whispering Bob Harris. You might actually know him from The Old Grey Whistle Test. UTAT is a “music brand that focuses on bringing attention to amazing artists who deserve to be heard by everyone,” with sessions recorded at a studio nestled under an apple tree and now hitting the road, with artists handpicked by Harris himself and this year it’s the wonderful trio Wildwood Kin supported by Ferris and Sylvester and to add to the already fantastic bill local acts were also picked to open the night and in Newcastle we had Callum Pitt with a stripped back band of keys and backing vocals (Jonny and Annie).

It was an early start down o2 Academy in room 2 as the night would coincide with an ‘opening party’ of a festival and we would get to hear the contrasting sounds later, however, Callum and his band gave us a wonderful soothing start. If you are familiar with Callum’s music you may have heard many people talk of those vocals and damn those vocals for they sure can give Mariah Carey a run for her money. Seriously check him out and have your jaw dropped to the floor. He has local artist Annie Griffiths guest with him on backing vocals and just hearing them together is just as spellbinding. A wonderful stripped back set showcasing his sounds to many that have never heard of him before includes his big hits Rabbits to his most recent single Forgotten Kids.

Ferris and Sylvester are a duo I managed to catch literally the last number of when they supported another act about a year ago and it seems they have just gone from strength to strength with some of the audience gathered as big fans of theirs. Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester are an ‘alt folk blues soul’ duo with personalities as big as their sound. They sure brought the party to town and got the somewhat reserved crowd warmed up and even mimicking ‘vikings.’ Yup, you read that right, I just wish their were pints of SKOL and long beards there to complete this vision. My personal fave was when they swapped places on stage especially as the stage is on the small size and Issy takes over the kick drum from Archie and the crowd really get ‘in the moment’ then Archie gets up close and personal by coming to the foot of the stage which is literally in the face of the audience. Ferris and Sylvester give us everything as they even strip it back with their newest release of Flying Visit.

So far so good with the two gigs coinciding under the same roof this night and then it is time for the headliners and a huge credit to Wildwood Kin. We are off to a flying start as they open with new a new song Headed For The Water which showcases their spellbinding harmonies and then it is straight into familiar territory with Steady My Heart. The crowd is captivated from the get-go; only when the unfortunate moments of the balcony doors that adjoin Academy 1 to Academy 2 open and we hear the louder sounds of the other gig downstairs spoil it. Luckily the sounds of Wildwood Kin is at a great volume during the songs and the mood is not dampened. There is great interaction with the crowd and Run even gets a singalong. It is really hard not to get into this gig as the girls really do gel off each other which is lucky as they say never work with family. If you are unfamiliar with Wildwood Kin, the trio is made up of sisters Beth and Emilie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney.

Meghann takes the lead with most of the onstage banter especially during the somewhat frustrating moment for Beth and the failure of her bouzouki which leads to a quick set change and we jump ahead to another new track called Wake Up Sleeper but we do then get a pretty hilarious rundown of the bouzouki and their “pleasantly awkward” conversation, however I think it gives them a certain edge and even their sound engineer Josh gets a special appearance due to it! If things go wrong in a show then take notes from Wildwood Kin in how to get a show back on track!  The bouzouki is fixed and the girls do not need to rejig the set as much as we thought and we are back on track with Warrior Daughter.

Plagued with technical problems and battling with sound from the other venue, the girls are running against curfew but the crowd are having none of it. Security look a bit worried as the chants are pretty loud for an encore and do not waver so not to disappoint Beth, Emilie and Meghann return and give us a warm rendition of Valley allowing the gig-goers to leave happier which shows as they then pretty much engulf them at the merch stand afterwards.

It was my first time seeing Wildwood Kin I would definitely would see them again and if we were faced with the same problems I would be happy. In fact, they could decide to leave all their instruments at home and do the whole gig with just their voices and chat here and there, though the way they play their instruments definitely does add a certain touch more.

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TOM WALKER | JADE BIRD | 24.04.2019 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

TOM WALKER | JADE BIRD | 24.04.2019 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Tom Walker | Jade Bird – 24th April 2019 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Tom Walker - 24th April 2019 - Newcastle O2 Academy
Tom Walker – 24th April 2019 – Newcastle O2 Academy

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

When you have to upgrade your venue because the demand is high and you could have upgraded again you know the show is going to be a pretty mental one and this is what happened for Tom Walker on tour for his debut album, What A Time To Be Alive, and everyone with a ticket knew it as the queue to get in nearly wrapped itself around the venue and come showtime for Tom himself most of the venue was toasting his success and Tom himself lapped it up from start to the finish.

Looking at the set up it feels he and his band were not ready to upscale the venue as the instruments and screen pillars were packed tightly in on the stage but what a set up and what a band as a slow intro builds into Angels and he appears to a thundering roar with the first glimpse. He goes in between taking control of the mic and then to a guitar as he goes through songs from his early days to the big hits and I think most of the crowd were there from his early days as there was no lull in the energy from them throughout.

The vibe was pretty constant throughout with big thumping sing-alongs but midway through it seemed to step up a notch as Cry Out seems to bring a slight element of rock sounds and the lights are bright and epic and then Tom walks over to a drum towards the end of Dominoes and the venue, if possible, feels that touch more alive.

Tom is very much a musician in his own right, particularly when he gets the chance to shine on his lonesome. Which he does spectacularly on Blessings, which is a really special moment. Slightly eclipsing this, as cheesy as it sounds, a sea of mobile lights come on for his biggest hit to date; Leave A Light On which closes the night and it is a beautiful ending to the set.

However, welcoming this highly excitable crowd to the Wednesday nights entertainment is Jade Bird. Many people had gathered for this night as they saw her name added to the bill but there were also many people there who did not have a clue who she was but as soon as she took to the stage people took note from the get-go. Kicking off with Uh Huh from her recently released self-titled album and showing off her vocal and lyrical ability to the crowd’s amazement, she had this sold-out crowd in the palm of her hand and most were in the building to witness it. It was great to see many people singing and bouncing along from the first second and literally shutting people up who normally overlook support acts.

Jade and her band played an amazing short but very tightly packed set with a great variety of sounds from the album which really does show off her abilities from the big numbers to the slightly more stripped backed ones as she immediately follows the opener with Good At It. And as if the set couldn’t be any more fun for both her on stage and the audience, she throws in the 1980s hit Walk Like An Egyptian from The Bangles which definitely shows the difference of age gaps in the crowd. However, even if you didn’t know the song her infectious performance definitely had you dancing along if not singing along.

I have seen Jade a few times live now but this would be the first time I have seen her a band. Seeing her with an extra three bodies on stage just highlights her personality more as she interacts with each band member while engaging with the packed out crowd and not losing any connection with either. There’s not one moment where the crowd are running off to the bar. In fact, in this short set, it seemed more people wanted in on the action.

When Jade sings I Get No Joy many look on in amazement as she wraps her words around that catchy tongue-twisting chorus. She then has the majority clapping along to the hoe-down track that is Going Gone and as she exits the stage many are gasping, “that was amazing!”

It was basically the hottest ticket in town on Wednesday night and value for money. Tom Walker has had to upgrade his sell-out shows to sell out again and with that performance and many more getting to witness Jade Bird, if they hadn’t heard of her before, you know that her upcoming shows in November are going to be following the same direction.

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WARD THOMAS | THE WANDERING HEARTS | 06.04.2019 | Gateshead Sage | REVIEW and PHOTOS

WARD THOMAS | THE WANDERING HEARTS | 06.04.2019 | Gateshead Sage | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Ward Thomas | The Wandering Hearts – 6th April 2019 – Gateshead Sage

Ward Thomas – 6th April 2019 – Gateshead Sage

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

“It looks like heaven….It’s picture perfect paradise.” The first and third lines of Lie Like Me from country-pop twins Ward Thomas opens the show and this is what it feels like and definitely doesn’t “feel(s) like hell” like the second line of the song suggests as everyone that took up the standing area were packed in tight to get close to the action and from the get-go nearly everyone is singing as loudly as they can to the new numbers blending into the older ones with ease.

A lovely moment (with no disrespect to the amazing band) is when Catherine and Lizzy have the stage to themselves to give a heart wrenching stripped backed performances of Cartwheels, No Fooling Me and Deepest You; the latter welcoming Billy their guitarist back. You get to really feel the emotions in their harmonies. It really is a testament to singers when they can sing in this way and sound pitch perfect to the recorded versions or better in the case of Ward Thomas. But if you are familiar with Ward Thomas you know they can’t keep you sitting down for long and the upbeat numbers are dotted around the setlist which works brilliantly. The majority of the crowd came to dance there cares away and even those that had to settle for the upper tiers were on their feet as crazy as those in the standing area. Credit to those guys, as I wouldn’t want to be on my feet that high up! I am unsure how we could have cranked up the atmosphere any more but we did with I Believe In You as claps tripled in volume and more audience members lent their voices to the singalong.

Another medley comes but this time with songs from their first album From Where We Stand with The Good And The Right, A Town Called Ugley and Push For The Stride, which is probably as close to honkey-tonk country as we get. And oh, you could just feel the power more so in their vocals with the last song of this medley. It sure got my heart thumping as mad as the beat of the drum. You could definitely feel those who were seated were ready to get on their feet.

My personal highlight came with Rather Be Breathing. Since getting their latest album it’s one of the songs that really gets to every bone of my body. From the beat and the ‘whistles’ in the darkness of the room before the lights came on I actually had to hold back the tears. I can’t describe the actual feeling but it’s definitely one of those songs for me.

You really couldn’t fault the setlist. Catherine and Lizzy brought everything to the table and covered what they could from all three albums in this hour and twenty minutes with Carry You Home not only closing the night but the whole of the UK Restless Minds tour. If you wanted to witness perfection this would be close to it.

Speaking of perfection, as if Ward Thomas fans would not be satisfied enough with just seeing Ward Thomas, I would say they made about half the room more ecstatic with Americana’s other sweethearts The Wandering Hearts as their support act. AJ Dean, Chess Whiffin and Tara Wilcox played a solid harmony blazoned set with songs from their critically acclaimed debut album Wild Silence. They played last years concourse stage at SummerTyne festival in the same venue and just like that day the queue to meet them was crazy. I believe it was still quite a length as showtime for the headliners was getting closer. Let’s just say if you WANT an audience just put both Ward Thomas and The Wandering Hearts on the bill and you WILL get those numbers and one helluva atmosphere.

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ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND | ELIZABETH LIDDLE | 05.04.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

ART SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND | ELIZABETH LIDDLE | 05.04.2019 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Art School Girlfriend | Elizabeth Liddle – 5th April 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

Have you ever been to a gig where everything feels complete and then at the end of it you think, ‘what just happened?’ I have been to gigs where I have had ‘moments’ and there are only a handful, yes I can actually count them on one hand, where I have become so immersed in the gig that I have forgotten most of it because each second was perfect. I had people come talk to me before and after the support act and headliner. I remember those parts but tell me to describe the gig for you and I am a bit lost for words. Thankfully I managed to grab a setlist to trigger some moments.

So, Friday 5th April at Cluny 2, what can I tell you?

Local girl Elizabeth Liddle opened the night. She quietly took her place behind the keyboard where her fingers glided over the keys giving us gorgeous melodies with her silky powerhouse vocals. They held the audience captivated and most of them hidden in the seated area at the back of the venue. It was a dreamy set so why would you not want to sit back and relax but as her name gets known there’s no doubt in my mind there will be more bodies in the room that they will want to get closer to the action.

Elizabeth Liddle – 5th April 2019 – Newcastle Cluny

Credit to all that turned up to this venue to see this artist on this date as before Art School Girlfriend was announced I had my heart set on another show that was rescheduled, then another was announced and a few more that I would have loved to have gone to but as soon as I saw this show scheduled I knew that there was only one I would and could attend and those that joined me also knew that there was only one show to be at especially after hearing what they had to say afterwards.

The room took a moment’s silence as the electro pulsating beats of Distance opened the show as Art School Girlfriend, AKA Polly Mackey, and her band settled on stage and a few more bodies took to the floor area. After each song the audience sent rapturous applause and a few thumping yells of ‘yes!’. We are a relatively smaller crowd than I anticipated but we made sure our appreciation was heard as ASG sends us into a whirl of electro dreamscapes from the opening number to the last note. We get the tracks from her previous two EPs, Measures and Into The Blue Hour, and are also introduced to the latest single Come Back To Me and an even newer one called Diving.

I realised during Uncomfortable Month that I was actually singing along at a mild volume to every word besides Diving. Until this night for a while I have skilled the art of lip-syncing as I have noticed at a few gigs my fellow gig-goers can over-sing the artist which can get annoying but the sound was loud enough that I didn’t realise I was actually singing until I mouthed my favourite lyrics of ASG’s which is, “You’re so shy, I could kill you out of love.” I even caught myself smiling at this point too. It’s a lyric that just GETS me!

There have been a few gigs I have been looking forward to going into 2019 but this gig was the one that I anticipated the most and I don’t know why but after the night I knew I was right to trust that gut feeling. A few I spoke to afterwards eagerly waited to try and talk to Polly after the show. I say try as some then left without a word as she left them speechless.

I am unsure if these words are really a ‘review’ so to speak but what I can say is that from having  seen Art School Girlfriend at a festival and a rowdy showcase where people were queuing to get in (and many missing her set due to the numbers) to a solo support show for another artist and two headlines of decent audience numbers in Newcastle, every performance has been quite euphoric and the most recent one tops them all. Art School Girlfriend will soon be mouthed from the lips of more people and the best thing about it is that she is so humble that I don’t think she realises just how great she is and how the music captures others souls.

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