IDLES | 23.10.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

IDLES | 23.10.2018 | Newcastle Riverside | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Idles – 23rd October 2018 – Newcastle Riverside – Review and photos

Feature by Graeme J Baty

I had a feeling this lot would go far. Their rapid upward trajectory has found them selling out venues across the UK, supporting Foo Fighters at the O2 Arena and a relentless festival bombardment. Whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it right! They’re riding that wave and appear to be loving every minute of it!

IDLES – 23rd October 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Last time I saw them play it was at Think Tank to a small but very enthusiastic audience. Those in attendance raved about the show. I said at the time “Refreshing, clever and essential f**king good time music delivered by a well-honed band. They’ve been going for some years and at last they’re grabbing the attention of a wider audience. I look forward to the day I can say I saw them play to a small crowd… This lot are going places.”. Well, only 18 months later they are back and have exceeded any expectations. A really strong second album and tonight they’ve sold out the Riverside! It really is the busiest I’ve seen the venue since Interpol back when the venue launched. Wall to wall people, you just couldn’t move an inch in there. Many of them singing along word for word and some getting carried away and losing their clothes! I kid you not!

IDLES – 23rd October 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

The setlist is a nice balance of the two albums, largely drawn from the latest release but with a few faves from Brutalism dotted here and there. Danny Nedelko getting a hugely enthusiastic response from the audience. Great is featured, which for me personally is a highlight on the album and the show!

IDLES – 23rd October 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

Bass player Adam Devonshire suitably dressed for the Newcastle show with a retro Newcastle United strip matching pink shorts!

IDLES – 23rd October 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

The time is right for Idles, fingers on the pulse in a social media and press hate filled melting pot. Combing important issues with good old rock ‘n’ roll. It’s just what broken Tory Britain needs. Such a great gig, this is a band at the top of their game, they whip the crowd into a frenzy. Idles are hands-down one of the best live bands in Britain and they will continue to grow, who knows where their career trajectory will take them next.

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IDLES | 22.03.17 |Think Tank Newcastle | REVIEW and PHOTOS

IDLES | 22.03.17 |Think Tank Newcastle | REVIEW and PHOTOS

IDLES – 22nd March 2017 – Think Tank Newcastle

I’ve been very jaded with new music in the last few years. At last here’s a band that can excite a bored gig-goer. Good music, good performance, good crowd and no bullshit. A band visibly enjoying their gigs, indulging in the live experience and of course the tour essential; Buckfast. This is more like it! Local support from Dunes and Mouses impressed too (features on those to follow separately).

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

There’s a distinct vibe of anticipation in the air. Heel/Heal begins the night and you can tell they mean business. Singer Joe Talbot stalking the stage, poised and ready to pounce.

Phlegm stalactites entertained and disgusted in equal measures.  I shan’t go into the grim details!

Idles - March 2017 - Think Tank

Bulk of the set comes from debut Brutalism. Material from the ace ‘Meat’ EP is missing. Or outgrown is probably more accurate.

Talking to the drummer and guitarist before the gig I discovered two top blokes (troopers having braved the Newcastle rain storm to track down Brown Ale on draft!) thoroughly enthralled and blessed to have such a great response to the tour (which included SXSW in Austin just a couple of days before this show) and album. That energy and appreciation was fed directly into the show.

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

Refreshing, clever and essential f**king good time music delivered by a well-honed band. They’ve been going for some years and at last they’re grabbing the attention of a wider audience. I look forward to the day I can say I saw them play to a small crowd. I couldn’t even buy a copy of the LP as they’d sold out 🙁 This lot are going places.

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

The band draw a lot of comparisons, which if I’m honest is starting to bug me. I’ll quote myself from a few months back. “There’s a lot of easy comparisons in their sound (which I won’t make) the sum of it’s parts is equal something far greater and deserves to be recognised as such.”

After getting my shots I packed my gear away and instead of retreating to the bar, stayed stageside and had a f**king blast. The audience were totally swept along, and by the end of the show everyone was dancing away.

Go see them. Best band in Britain at the moment. Mark my words!

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