SNOW PATROL | 05.12.2018 | Newcastle Metro Arena | REVIEW and PHOTOS

SNOW PATROL | 05.12.2018 | Newcastle Metro Arena | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Snow Patrol – 5th December 2018 – Newcastle Metro Arena

Review and photos by Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

The last time Snow Patrol played Newcastle back in 2012 was my first time seeing them live. Back then I remembered lights, lights and lights. Fast forward to December 2018 for their latest album Wildness and if you were as impressed as me, then were not let down.

The Earth catching the Sun is what greets us on screen then Chocolate from the 2004 album Final Straw has the crowd roaring their approval. Take Back The City follows and the strong crowd sings back in unison on this opening night of the tour.

You cannot fault anything with a Snow Patrol gig. They take everything into consideration. There are no big screens blocking any view, just one big projection that gives one spectacular visual after another for each song. There are times where it looks as though the band are in a box but the show designer(s) are definitely aware of where the audience are and make sure everyone gets their money worth. The setlist covers everything for every Snow Patrol fan that we are even treated with songs that they ‘haven’t played in a long, long, long time,’ including How To Be Dead.

Set Fire To The Third Bar stuns the arena into almost silence as Martha Wainwright appears magnified and flickering on the screen behind the band and Gary Lightbody gets to duet with her. If this doesn’t give you goosebumps I am not sure what gig you were at.

Snow Patrol - 5th December 2018 - Newcastle Metro Arena
Snow Patrol – 5th December 2018 – Newcastle Metro Arena

This tour definitely was given a run over with a fine tooth comb, as the show we get seems to be the work of a perfectionist. The visuals on the screen to the lights and to how each song followed each other gives us the perfect run of emotions. We knew when to be silent and we knew when we could really belt out a tune as Open Your Eyes followed to the more mellow Run; the song that really put Snow Patrol on the map with thanks to Jo Whiley giving it its full 6minute spin all those years ago on BBC Radio 1.

Snow Patrol - 5th December 2018 - Newcastle Metro Arena
Snow Patrol – 5th December 2018 – Newcastle Metro Arena

Perfect and time are the words I have described this night and more so with Life On Earth as Gary tells us, it’s the song that ‘kicked his arse’ in the five years it took writing it but with that time we get to see it performed in all its glory as red light fills the arena like a red mist over us as a spaceship orbits the Earth on the screen. It is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever witnessed at a live show. Of course, Chasing Cars makes the setlist and everything about it is stadium-worthy.

Snow Patrol - 5th December 2018 - Newcastle Metro Arena
Snow Patrol – 5th December 2018 – Newcastle Metro Arena

What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get? comes after an encore. I mentioned the word perfect but the night is not without hitches, first off there was the 20minute delay to the show starting and then Gary’s falsetto goes during this encore, but to me, those hitches make the show more real. You felt how he was singing! And then just like that we are back to perfect as the show closes with Just Say Yes and it definitely felt like a YES moment what I was seeing on stage and on the screen to the lights filling the arena magnified how I felt listening and seeing Snow Patrol right before me in the same room.

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KYLIE MINOGUE | 18.09.2018 | Newcastle Metro Arena | REVIEW and PHOTOS

KYLIE MINOGUE | 18.09.2018 | Newcastle Metro Arena | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Kylie Minogue – 18th September 2018 – Newcastle Metro Arena

By Victoria Wai (Victoria Wai)

Golden is dubbed as ‘Kylie gone country’ and true to the style of the album we were graced with dancers in Wild West attire before Kylie herself came from under the centre of the end of the ‘catwalk’ donned in pink and white cowboy boots kicking off the opening night of the tour with title album and tour name to roaring crowds. Those in the Golden Circle got closer in the excitement of seeing the Pop Princess. Of course, this tour is to promote the latest album but many were eager for the old hits and we didn’t have to wait long with Better The Devil you Know making an appearance fourth song in getting those not already on their feet shooting out of their seats.

A Kylie show has EVERYTHING! – dancers, lights…and visuals…we were treated to mini-movies on the screen during costume changes and many other during the show, that is if you could take your eyes off the Pop Princess, we could have been mistaken for watching a movie. An early highlight on the screen is her rendition of Blue Velvet as she sits at a bar by herself. A lovely stripped back version of Confide In Me follows. She then makes her way down the catwalk where a single red rose waits as she sings Where The Wild Roses Grow with no music. Just Kylie. The rose makes it way back into the crowd until one person could not bare to let it go!

Another great movie feature comes with Shelby 68 which features Kylie’s Dads Shelby revving up on the album. And what a car it is that we see driving through the deserted Wild West with her star designed ‘K’ logo on the license plate.

Ending Act 1 is the hit Can’t Get You Out of My Head, which in itself is a classic but towards the end she dons a denim jacket emblazoned with her face with Newcastle written above and Golden on the bottom sending the crowd into a frenzy before the band give us a fantastic rendition of the famous part of The Chain (Fleetwood Mac) which, no pun intended, sends hearts racing as the energy fills the Arena.

Relaxed back in our spots Slow starts Act 2 and changes pace quickly into Kids, which gets the crowd pumped but maybe more of a filler for some. An audience request and an Arena filled singalong comes with Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi. We stay in the late 1980s with Wouldn’t Change a Thing going into Especially For You. No Kylie show would be complete without the latter. The only thing missing was an appearance from Jason Donovan, that actually happened a few weeks prior in Hyde Park.

All The Lovers from the Aphrodite era is something quite spectacular and a big ode to the LBGTQ community that Kylie celebrates with the first hydraulics of the night covering the Golden Circle audience with lights and confetti of the rainbow. A spectacular sight for a spectacular song. A fantastic disco medley follows with Kylie and her singers bursting through the doors of ‘Studio 54’ but strangely omits STEP BACK IN TIME. Too much of an obvious choice maybe? Though New York City, Raining Glitter and On A Night Like This comes with streams of gold ribbon from the ceiling to a laser-filled Arena.

Getting back to the Country & Western theme, the encore of Love At First Sight has her clad in a white shawl before it reveals a green glittery number matching her band and dancers which closes the night with DANCING. The crowd do just that, leaving everyone on a high and the merch stand going crazy as everyone wanted to take more than the memories of the night away with them.

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Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – July 2017 – Newcastle Metro Arena – PHOTO FEATURE

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – July 2017 – Newcastle Metro Arena – PHOTO FEATURE

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls – July 2017 – Newcastle Arena

Circle pits, crowd surfing, ten songs spanning five albums… hang on… only ten songs?! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Frank was actually supporting Blink 182 tonight. That didn’t stop him nor the band coming out and giving it 110% though and the arena crowd loved it getting them properly warmed up for Blink.

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD | 12.01.17 | Newcastle Metro Arena

AVENGED SEVENFOLD | 12.01.17 | Newcastle Metro Arena

Avenged Sevenfold – 12th January 2017 – Newcastle Metro Arena

Kicking off 2017 with a big show! It’s been such a busy start to the year that I haven’t had a chance to post these. So here we go…

Avenged Sevenfold - January 2017 - Newcastle Arena
Avenged Sevenfold – January 2017 – Newcastle Arena

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DISTURBED – January 2017 – Newcastle Metro Arena – PHOTO FEATURE

DISTURBED – January 2017 – Newcastle Metro Arena – PHOTO FEATURE

Disturbed 12th January 2017 – Newcastle Metro Arena

Kicking off 2017 with a big show! First gig shoot of the year 🙂

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