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Live Review: 5 Seconds of Summer with Hey Violet at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena – 2nd June 2015

By on Thursday, 4th June 2015 at 2:00 pm

Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford make up 5 Seconds of Summer, a multi-award-winning Australian pop punk/rock band. Having previously supported One Direction at the Metro Radio Arena in 2013, the quartet returned to Newcastle on this past Tuesday for their own headline show, as part of the Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour.

Support on the night came from Hey Violet, recent signees to 5 Seconds of Summer’s own record label Hi or Hey Records. The American pop rockers (formerly known as Cherri Bomb) warmed the crowd up with tracks such as ‘You Don’t Love Me Like You Should’, ‘I’m There’ and a pop-punk cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’. They are certainly one to keep an eye on in the future.

Following a half-hour interval, the house lights went down once more and a countdown was projected onto the stage as the excitement built in the sold-out Metro Radio Arena. As the clock struck zero, deafening screams echoed around the room and the four boys of 5SOS broke out into ‘End Up Here’, ‘Out of My Limit’, ‘Heartbreak Girl’ and ‘Voodoo Doll’.

The 18-song set list comprised of hits from 5 Seconds of Summer’s self-titled debut album and EPs, though the group also offered a taste of their upcoming second album in the form of ‘Permanent Vacation’. The up-tempo track channels Green Day (one of the band’s major influences) and features a highly catchy chorus: “Frustration, desperation / you say you need some counter medication / situation, no motivation, destination / what you need is a permanent vacation.” Fans, who were already donning merchandise such as t-shirts and foam fingers, didn’t have to wait long before the band returned to familiar territory, with the infectious riffs of ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Disconnected’, ‘Long Way Home’ and ‘Rejects’. For the duration of the 90-minute set, there was an ecstatic energy in the room, which bounced back and forth between the band and the crowd like a game of table tennis.


After the highly energetic opening, 5 Seconds of Summer slowed down proceedings for ‘Heartache on the Big Screen’ and ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’, before breaking into the shiver-down-your-spine, tear-inducing ‘Amnesia’. For the latter, onlookers shined the torches on their mobile phones and swayed in harmony. It was a truly stunning sight to behold, and one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. With the end of the night quickly approaching, 5 Seconds of Summer picked up the pace with ‘Beside You’, ‘Everything I Didn’t Say’ and a cover of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’, before concluding their set with ‘Kiss Me Kiss Me’ and their chart-topping debut single ‘She Looks So Perfect’.

Unsurprisingly, the 11,000-strong crowd demanded more, and they didn’t have to wait long before the encore. Following a short break, the boys returned to the stage to perform two last tracks, ‘Good Girls’ and a cover of The Romantics’ ‘What I Like About You’. As 5 Seconds of Summer took their final bow and thanked their fans for their continued support, the Metro Radio Arena burst into thunderous applause, and deservedly so.

The band has managed to claw their way out of One Direction’s shadow to headline a sell-out European tour and to form their own loyal fanbase. Despite their boyband credentials, 5 Seconds of Summer have a sound that is highly reminiscent of Blink-182 and Sum 41. This could be the revival the pop-punk genre has been waiting for.

5 Seconds of Summer’s Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour concludes at Wembley this Saturday, the 13th of June. Limited tickets are available from the Ticketmaster.


Natalie Prass / June and September 2015 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 29th April 2015 at 9:00 am

Header photo by Shawn Brackbill

American alt-country ingenue Natalie Prass will play two sets of headline dates in the UK later this year after touring earlier in the year with alt-rocker Ryan Adams.  You can read my previous glowing review of Prass’ live set at SXSW 2015 right here, and an equally enthusiastic recap of her show with Adams at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona.

The following June shows are part of a short European tour, while the September dates will precede Prass’ scheduled appearance at the End of the Road Festival. A full listing of Prass’ live dates can be found on her official Web site. Tickets for the dates listed below are available now.

Monday 22nd June 2015 – Glasgow Mono
Wednesday 24th June 2015 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Thursday 25th June 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Friday 27th June 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 – Edinburgh Electric Circus
Thursday 3rd September 2015 – Brighton Haunt


Sarah Cracknell / June 2015 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 14th April 2015 at 8:00 am

English singer/songwriter Sarah Cracknell, best known as the singer for electronic music band Saint Etienne, will tour the UK this June, including an already sold out show at London’s Bush Hall. The live shows will be in support of Cracknell’s new solo album ‘Red Kite’, due out on the 15th of June.

Cracknell’s Manchester show, originally scheduled to be held at the Deaf Institute, has recently been upgraded to the Gorilla after a “bizarre double booking” involving a wedding at the Deaf Institute. Cracknell was gracious enough to switch her show, and fans who missed out on tickets for the Deaf Institute show will now have a chance at a few extra tickets to the larger venue, which are available now.

Tuesday 16th June 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 17th June 2015 – London Bush Hall (sold out)
Friday 19th June 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Saturday 20th June 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Sunday 21st June 2015 – Leeds City Varieties Music Hall


Coasts / June 2015 UK Tour

By on Monday, 13th April 2015 at 8:00 am

Bristol indie pop quintet Coasts will embark on a summer headline tour of “Coastal” seaside towns and riverside cities in the UK this June, culminating with their biggest headline show to date at the London Koko. They are also scheduled to make summer festival appearances at Isle of Wight, T in the Park, and Reading and Leeds.

Coasts’ new single ‘Modern Love’ will be released on the 27th of April, but you can view the official video for the track just below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now. For previous TGTF coverage of Coasts, go here.

Tuesday 2nd June 2015 – Sunderland Independent
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 – Hull Fruit
Thursday 4th June 2015 – Liverpool Academy 2
Saturday 6th June 2015 – Aberystwyth University
Sunday 7th June 2015 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Tuesday 9th June 2015 – Ramsgate Music Hall
Friday 19th June 2015 – Southend Chinnerys
Saturday 20th June 2015 – London Koko



East India Youth / May and June 2015 UK Tour

By on Friday, 10th April 2015 at 9:00 am

Following a North American tour in April and May and an appearance at Hay on Wye’s How the Light Gets In festival on the 24th of May, East India Youth has scheduled a UK tour to take place from the end of May into early June. William Doyle will be touring in support of his newest album ‘Culture of Volume’, which was just released on Monday on XL Recordings. (Read my review of it here.) Opening for Doyle on this tour will be Hannah Peel, who guested on the new East India Youth album. Tickets are available now.

For past TGTF coverage on East India Youth including my interview with Will at SXSW 2015, go here.

Wednesday 27th May 2015 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Thursday 28th May 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Saturday 30th May 2015 – Sheffield Plug
Sunday 31st May 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre
Tuesday 2nd June 2015 – Bristol Exchange
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 – Brighton Haunt
Thursday 4th June 2015 – London Village Underground
Friday 5th June 2015 – Ramsgate Music Hall


JD McPherson / June 2015 English Tour

By on Wednesday, 1st April 2015 at 9:00 am

Oklahoma singer/songwriter JD McPherson has announced three live dates in the UK, following the release of his latest album ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, released back in February on Rounder Records. Below the tour date listing, you can watch the video for album track ‘It’s All Over but the Shouting’.

Tickets for the following live dates are available now. Previous TGTF coverage of JD McPherson can be found here.

Tuesday 16th June 2015 – London Koko
Wednesday 17th June 2015 – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 18th June 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2



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