FRANK TURNER | THE WILDHEARTS | 13.07.2019 | Wasteland Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

FRANK TURNER | THE WILDHEARTS | 13.07.2019 | Wasteland Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls | The Wildhearts | Holy Moly and The Crackers | Beans on Toast – 13th July 2019 – Wasteland Festival

Review by Lee Hammond and photos by Graeme J Baty

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls – 12th July 2019 – Wasteland Festival

The second day of Wasteland festival had also been moved at short notice, tonight though the venue feels significantly cooler than last nights sweat box. Arriving in time for local band Holy Moly and The Crackers, they set about starting the party as early as possible. A fun packed set as they entertain this exuberant early crowd with their own brand of folk punk. Bounding round the stage in enthusiastic fashion it sets a huge precedent for everyone who is to follow them.

From a local band of reprobates to a lone man, Beans On Toast slopes on to the stage to an excited reception. Straight into tearing a strip off Donald and Boris it’s clear Beans On Toast is in the mood for a party, he rattles off a plethora of his better known tracks including the chant-along MDMAmazing, which never fails to induce a brilliant reaction. He then offers it out to the audience to request tracks, only to find most of those they’re after he can’t play.

It provides a fun end to a brilliant set, completely different to those that went before him, yet still no less compelling. There is no set style or genre tonight as next up are local legends The Wildhearts, personally requested by Frank Turner to play a special hometown show tonight. They’re a band who waste very little time in chatting, instead it’s heads down for this short set as they crank out riff after riff and hit after hit.

It’s a jam packed set, early on the brilliant Everlone has a multitude of heads nodding along in unison. With the likes of Suckerpunch quickly following after, new track Let ‘Em Go sees Frank Turner hopping on stage and bounding around in suitably ecstatic fashion as he helps out with this track. They power through to the end of this insatiable set, you’d be forgiven for assuming they were tonight’s headliners with a set as tight as this.

As the lights dim for the final time at this years Wasteland festival, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls file out on to the stage and immediately take the roof off with an astounding rendition of Get Better. It kick starts a hit filled set in which you can barely hear Frank and his band as Long Live The Queen, Photosynthesis, Polaroid Picture, Plain Sailing Weather all invoke massive sing-alongs.

There are few artists that can control a crowd in the way Frank Turner does, tonight he is on top form. Creating a circle pit, inciting deafening chants filled with heartfelt passion, for a moment it brings about that ecstatic feeling that takes you away from everything else. The odd track from Be More Kind softening the tone ever so slightly but he soon picks the pace back up.

The end of his set is an exceptional run through some of his most angst filled work, The Next Storm, Try This At Home, Recovery, I Still Believe and finally the ever brilliant Four Simple Words. It’s insane from start to finish this crowd moving as one, bouncing up and down to every beat. All lead in song by Frank, it is truly a sight to behold as we leave hoarse wishing it wasn’t over. Once again Frank Turner proving why he is one of the finest live acts in the country if not the world.

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BLOC PARTY | CIRCA WAVES | MYSTERY JETS | 12.07.2019 | Wasteland Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

BLOC PARTY | CIRCA WAVES | MYSTERY JETS | 12.07.2019 | Wasteland Festival | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Bloc Party | Circa Waves | Mystery Jets – 12th July 2019 – Wasteland Festival

Review by Lee Hammond and photos by Graeme J Baty

Bloc Party – 12th July 2019 – Wasteland Festival

After moving venue at the last minute, the show must go on and tonight the O2 Academy Newcastle throws its doors open to a horde of people expecting the best in nostalgic mid noughties indie. Opening the show The Mystery Jets kick things off to a lively start, their excitable style mixed with infectious choruses has everyone up and dancing. Their set mainly filled with newer tracks but the appearance of Young Love is a welcome addition to this short set.

Continuing on a theme of insatiable groove ridden choruses and spritely Indie Rock, Circa Waves hit the stage next. The relatively young band sandwiched between two stalwarts of the indie scene, they put on an excitable set. They appear to be as excited as everyone else, it’s not long before they have the ever-swelling crowd in full verse. Frontman Kieran is quick to get everyone clapping and singing as best as he can.

The likes of Fossils and Stuck in my Teeth are instant highlights in this energetic set, but they save the best until last. Finishing off in style with a riotous rendition of T-Shirt Weather, which has this entire crowd in song. An impressive way to finish any set, as they set this now packed out crowd up for Bloc Party.

As the lights dim, the band make their way on to the stage to a rapturous reception from this packed crowd. The heat inside the venue is soaring as outside the rain continues to pour (I bet you’re glad it’s been moved inside now). Opening with Compliments, the band have opted for a different take on playing their debut album in full, where most bands would play from start to finish.

Bloc Party decide to play from the end through to the beginning, it’s a slow build as the first few tracks lack the energy of the hits that otherwise litter the album. However, they hit their stride during This Modern Love and from there they’re firing on all cylinders. Hit after hit follows, you really cannot fault Bloc Party on this occasion, Blue Light, Banquet, Helicopter, Like Eating Glass everything sounds exceptional.

There is the obvious miss of the fact that this isn’t the original lineup but that matters less and less as Kele’s signature style permeates throughout the venue. Leaving the stage after the main event they return for a few tracks mainly those from Weekend In The City, all of which are welcome additions to this blistering set. Hunting For Witches and The Prayer are obvious favourites as they cap off an incredible set in style.

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GJB 2018 music roundup – FEATURE

GJB 2018 music roundup – FEATURE

GJB selects his music and photo highlights of 2018

This year has been incredibly difficult to make my choices, despite my huge decrease in shows I’ve attended. Poor health has restricted me, that said it has also made me appreciate the gigs I can get to all the more.

I’ve had my incredible team to support and encourage me. They’ve churned out some simply stunning photos this year and we’re aiming to do more of the same in 2019. They’ve kept me busy and made me very proud.

We’ve also lost so many amazing people this year. It’s not been an easy one. My first gig of 2019 will be the tribute to my pal Aran at the Cluny on 12th January in support of a great cause www.ifucareshare.co.uk.

A musical hero and a lovely bloke. Miss you matey.

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Top 10 photos

Melvins - 26th October 2018 - Leeds Stylus
Melvins – 26th October 2018 – Leeds Stylus
Sepultura - March 2018 - Glasgow
Sepultura – March 2018 – Glasgow
Mogwai - Northumbria Institute - February 2018
Mogwai – Northumbria Institute – February 2018
Superchunk – 27th May 2018 – Stereo Glasgow
Superchunk – 27th May 2018 – Stereo Glasgow
The Twilight Sad – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy
The Twilight Sad – 24th Nov 2018 – Leeds O2 Academy
Killing Joke - 4th Nov 2018 - Newcastle Northumbria Institute
Killing Joke – 4th Nov 2018 – Newcastle Northumbria Institute
IDLES - 23rd October 2018 - Newcastle Riverside
IDLES – 23rd October 2018 – Newcastle Riverside
Russian Circles - May 2018 - Leeds Stylus
Russian Circles – May 2018 – Leeds Stylus
Oh Sees (Thee Oh Sees) - 12th July 2018 - Boiler Shop Newcastle
Oh Sees (Thee Oh Sees) – 12th July 2018 – Boiler Shop Newcastle
British Sea Power - Glasgow Garage - Feb 2018
British Sea Power – Glasgow Garage – Feb 2018

Top 10 gigs

I’ve been open about my mental health battle this year and came close to losing that fight, music has truly saved me and looking back there are some really special shows that I’ll cherish for the rest of my days.

The Twilight Sad - 16th June 2018 - Leeds Brudenell
The Twilight Sad – 16th June 2018 – Leeds Brudenell
  • The Twilight Sad – June 2018 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club. Emotionally supercharged one-off UK summer show in a great venue. This one made me cry. Beautiful and cathartic. They are thee best live band in Britain, untouchable. There’s no love too small <3
Mastersystem - April 2018 - Cluny Newcastle
Mastersystem – April 2018 – Cluny Newcastle
  • Mastersystem – April 2018 – The Cluny. This one was a welcome surprise, both the album and the UK tour. I was really struggling with my mental health at this point and nearly didn’t go due to a panic attack. Speaking to Scott before the gig he made me laugh with his great sense of humour, he filled me with enthusiasm which gave me confidence that to go to the show and have a great time. I did just that and it was amazing. They played the whole album track by track, the band were visibly having a great time playing these songs. I’m eternally grateful I got to see these live. 
Mogwai - Northumbria Institute - February 2018
Mogwai – Northumbria Institute – February 2018
  • Mogwai – Feb 2018 – Northumbria Uni. My heroes in my hometown. I’ve seen them a few times this year but that was truly special. Great setlist and stunning sounds and lights. Just perfect. 
British Sea Power - Glasgow Garage - Feb 2018 - bears
British Sea Power – Glasgow Garage – Feb 2018
  • British Sea Power – Feb 2018 – Glasgow Garage. This gig gave me hope in a very dark period of my life. I smiled I danced and I discovered that I can be happy again. Music is amazing! BSP should be available on the NHS. Just lovely!
Superchunk – 27th May 2018 – Stereo Glasgow
Superchunk – 27th May 2018 – Stereo Glasgow
  • Superchunk – May 2018 – Glasgow Stereo. A bucketlist band for many years but I’ve never had the chance to see them. They came back in 2018 with a great new album. I took a trip to Glasgow to catch them in a lovely little venue. So much energy on that stage and a lot of love in the crowd with the audience singing along word for word. I REALLY loved this gig!
Mono - 4th October 2018 - Newcastle Cluny
Mono – 4th October 2018 – Newcastle Cluny
  • Mono – Oct 2018 – The Cluny. The Loudest show of the year without a doubt, also a remarkable gig and yet another band I didn’t think would play little Newcastle.
Melvins - 26th October 2018 - Leeds Stylus
Melvins – 26th October 2018 – Leeds Stylus
  • Melvins – 26th Oct 2018 – Leeds Stylus. Another incredibly loud bucketlist band. Riff fucking city! Dual basses and one of the greatest frontmen on the planet. 
Chelsea Wolfe - 18th July 2018 - Glasgow SWG3
Chelsea Wolfe – 18th July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3
  • Chelsea Wolfe – July 2018 – Glasgow SWG3. On tour with Ministry (who were also great) the sheer power of the songs performed live left a lasting impression.
Russian Circles - May 2018 - Leeds Stylus
Russian Circles – May 2018 – Leeds Stylus
  • Russian Circles – May 2018 – Leeds Stylus. The masters. Nothing more I can add. Just brilliant!
Code Orange - April 2018 - Newcastle Cluny
Code Orange – April 2018 – Newcastle Cluny
  • Code Orange/Employed to Serve – April 2018 – The Cluny. ETS are easily the best thing to happen to British Metal in recent years, that coupled with the riot that is Code Orange made for a scary and awesome night.

Top 10 albums

I must admit I haven’t really listened to much new music this year, just old ones. Perhaps that’ll be my new year resolution for 2019. So this list isn’t very researched, more a list of albums I’ve bought this year!

  • Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
  • Mastersystem – Dance Music
  • Will Haven – Muerte
  • Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens
  • Jeff Tweedy – Warm
  • Mogwai – Kin
  • Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings The Hits
  • Superchunk – What a Time to Be Alive
  • Rat the Magnificent – The Body As Pleasure
  • Soulfly – Rituals

Most seen band

Mogwai of course

Mogwai – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre, Edinburgh
Mogwai – 22nd August 2018 – Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Best new northeast band

Ten Eighty Trees. Mark my words! This lot are mint! Go see them and find out why.

Ten Eighty Trees - 17th Nov 2018 - Newcastle Think Tank
Ten Eighty Trees – 17th Nov 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank

Band to watch out for

Loathe. Devastatingly brilliant live, make sure you catch them in smaller venues while you can!

Loathe - 13th Sept 2018 - Newcastle Think Tank
Loathe – 13th Sept 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank
LoGOz video by Blank Slate Creative Anti-Social Media

LoGOz video by Blank Slate Creative Anti-Social Media

LoGOz have just released a brand new video for their upcoming single; Anti – Social Media

Shot by Blank Slate Creative during a snowstorm in only 3 hours!

Download single available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer etc from APRIL 1st 2018!!

Shot by Graeme J. Baty and Matthew Dix.
Edited by GJB

Peesh – Lead Vocals & Guitar. Paul – Guitar & Backing Vocals. Carlos – Drums. Track recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ally Lee at Mill Studios in Alnwick – September 2017.

Recorded at First Avenue Studios Newcastle

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A few behind the scenes stills

 

MCLUSKY | 19.12.17 | Cluny Newcastle

MCLUSKY | 19.12.17 | Cluny Newcastle

Mclusky – December 2017 – Cluny Newcastle

Mclusky (or mclusky*) return for a one-off gig. If ever there was a gig that can not be missed, this is it!!

mclusky poster 2017

I last saw Mclusky around 2004/2005 ish. They played upstairs in the Student Union on Kings Walk. Sadly there were only a handful of people there that night. Still, it was a great gig. I recall feeling some tension in the band, which made the performance awesome but slightly venomous. They split not long after.

So a decade and a half later they return for 19 songs (+ Kkkitchens!) of pure nostalgia. The band are on top form and are having a great time. Bass duties filled by St Pierre Snake Invasion vocalist Damien Sayell. A brilliant night. I hope they do more gigs!

Apologies for the lack of angles on this. It was, of course, sold out and I didn’t want to get in the way of other punters. Plus I was there as a punter myself, taking my camera along just for ‘a couple of memento shots’. I think I got carried away. Here are ALL of the photos I took. Since it’s a special gig 🙂

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GJB picks his best music shots of 2017 – PHOTO FEATURE

GJB picks his best music shots of 2017 – PHOTO FEATURE

GJB picks his best music photos of 2017 in this special photo feature

This year has been a fairly quiet one for me. I haven’t had as much time to go to shows as I used to, videos and weddings have taken over my spare time and I have to admit I love doing those too. I love my job!

Despite the lack of gigs in my life (only about seventy in 2017!). I’m still struggling to pick only 10 photos.

My highlight of the year is no doubt seeing my heroes; Gojira at long last, after many years of missing them through poor timing and lack of cash! 2017 I got to see them twice, including a pilgrimage to Paris and I managed to get to photo them in Newcastle

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I’ve seen my work evolve and change again this year. I found my editing getting a bit too soft and commercial looking. I suppose the change is largely due to working on editing videos, it’s had a direct influence on how I look at photos. Looking at levels and contrast to make more subtle but edgier photos. Also, I’ve spent more time looking at the subject and their actions, rather than going for that clinical/technically perfect shot. I’m never happy. You can always improve. I can’t wait to see how my work evolves in 2018.

Anyway, less chat and more pictures! Here are my picks, in no particular order.

Gojira – Newcastle O2 Academy

Gojira - March 2017 - Newcastle Academy
Gojira – March 2017 – Newcastle Academy

Well they had to be in, didn’t they? I love this shot of Christian Andreu rocking out. Taken with my 15mm fisheye lens on a full frame camera, so it’s super wide. In reality, I was about 1-2 feet from him when I took this.

I have this printed and framed in my studio. The thing I love is the detail. When editing I didn’t notice the decals on the guitar until the print arrived and that blew my mind. The twelfth fret has a G from the Gorjira logo and there’s an awesome rat decal between the bridge and the neck. There were so many good shots from that gig, but this one is a standout for me.

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Anthrax – Northumbria University

Anthrax - February 2017 - Northumbria Students Union
Anthrax – February 2017 – Northumbria Students Union

I could pick any photo from this gig. They know how to put on a show. Lighting was perfect and of course, they love a bit of showboating for the camera. Simply put this is thee most fun gig I’ve ever shot. Scott Ian lives and breathes heavy metal. Such a great icon. It’s another fisheye shot. That tatty, battered little second hand Sigma has never left my kit bag since I bought it. It’s been dropped, scratched, beer spilt on it, the paint has all come off so you can’t tell the settings but it’s the best £150 I’ve ever spent!

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Liars – Boiler Shop

Liars - October 2017 - Boiler Shop Newcastle
Liars – October 2017 – Boiler Shop Newcastle

Remarkable show and brilliant venue. I’ve had Liars on my bucket-list for donkeys years. I couldn’t believe my eyes when this was gig announced. Sadly the crowd was fairly thin. That didn’t deter the band. So many memorable shots. Made more memorable by the impact of the gig. At this point, I was a bit down and fed up with music photography. It gave me the boost I needed. One of my fave gigs of the year.

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British Sea Power – Newcastle Riverside

British Sea Power - April 2017 - Newcastle Riverside
British Sea Power – April 2017 – Newcastle Riverside

I’ve seen BSP a million times but this was the first time photoing them. The band were really nice and their manager allowed us to shoot the whole set rather than the usual 3 songs and out. So I had a field day! I think I came away with something like 500 photos, which is silly but is a good indicator of how much I love this band and how much fun I was having!

I decided enough was enough and that I’d taken way too many photos already. So I headed upstairs to the guest area. For some reason I didn’t put my camera away, I can’t remember why. I think I was going to zoom in to get a setlist photo. Then this fluke of a shot happened. I caught Yan’s eye as he was leaning back and rocking out. Right place right time. Another photographer was standing next to me, so I tapped him on the shoulder and showed him it. “Jammy twat!” was his reply, which made me chuckle. I adore this photo!

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Car Bomb – Newcastle O2 Academy

Car Bomb (band) - March 2017 - Newcastle Academy
Car Bomb (band) – March 2017 – Newcastle Academy

As all music togs will know, drum shots are a chore to get. Drummers are usually far away, hidden in smoke and piss poor lighting. But when bands bring the kit to the front it’s an absolute joy! My fisheye lens meant I could get right up close and still get the other members in the shot. Phenomenal drummer. I could feel the power and the air of the double kicks hitting me. Thank f**k for earplugs =D

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Idles – Think Tank

Idles - March 2017 - Think Tank
Idles – March 2017 – Think Tank

Hooked from day one with this band. They came to our little Newcastle and played a brilliant show at Think Tank. Lovely chaps too and the drummer loves Brown Ale. Fond memories of this gig. They’ve since gone on to conquer the festivals and played with some band called the Foo Fighters at O2 Arena in London. Canny.

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Electric Wizard

Electric Wizard - Riverside Newcastle - August 2017
Electric Wizard – Riverside Newcastle – August 2017

Amazing to photo. Can’t say much more than that! Loud as f**k and brilliant.

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Melt Banana

Melt Banana – June 2017 – Newcastle UK

They came back! This time with the Cluny’s brand new lighting rig. Worth the beating I got in the pit. Mental show and amazing gig!

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I’ll Play The Villain – Newcastle O2 Academy

I'll Play The Villain - Newcastle O2 Academy - June 2017
I’ll Play The Villain – Newcastle O2 Academy – June 2017

Another right place, right time deal. I was chilling stageside enjoying their set and happened to have a 105mm lens with me. Dark stage lights but the highlights just hit the right spot as the singer let rip a mighty roar.

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65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017
65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

I had to pick this one, it was such a challenge to photo. The whole gig was a battle but I excelled and game away with some of my best work of the year. Pat myself on the back there 🙂

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65DAYSOFSTATIC | 05.12.17 | Newcastle Boiler Shop

65DAYSOFSTATIC | 05.12.17 | Newcastle Boiler Shop

65daysofstatic – December 2017 – Newcastle Boiler Shop – Review and photos

The boiler shop keeps up the run of tremendous gig bookings with UK post-math/rock legends 65daysofstatic.

They’ve played Newcastle countless times, yet I am jinxed when it comes to them and I’ve always managed to miss their shows, gig clashes, lack of funds, bad luck, you name it! That run of luck nearly extended to this gig, nearly, although with the help of some strong painkillers I managed to make it. I’m writing this thinking it probably wasn’t the best idea given my fuzzy mental state but I was determined to see them. No regrets!

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017
65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

65daysofstatic are well known for their epic moody shows with smoke machines and strobe lighting. I felt like I was at a rave with the lighting. Sheer darkness interrupted with strobing explosions, which looked amazing but played hell with my anxiety and painkiller combo! I left the venue frustrated, thinking I’d blown it, no usable photos! It was really like machine gun strobes. Point, shoot and hold the trigger hoping just hoping that one of those exposures would be ok. I needn’t have worried. The shots were tough to get but so bloody worth it!

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017
65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

Their latest release ‘No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe’ proved there is life in them yet. They’re carving their own path with a soundtrack for a rather different game. Not only that they’ve been performing a project they call ‘Decomposition Theory’ which is claimed they “harness algorithmic music techniques” to create new music. Quite remarkable stuff. It’s back to business as usual for this gig.

65daysofstatic - Boiler Shop Newcastle - December 2017
65daysofstatic – Boiler Shop Newcastle – December 2017

A fully pummeling sensual experience. I must admit the painkillers meant I can barely remember what was going on, an overwhelming immersive world of sound and light. Bloody remarkable band. I’m glad I made it to this one!

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