THE VAMPS: Metro Radio Arena Newcastle: May 1, 2017.

It’s become a tradition now for me and my friends to get together and see The Vamps when they come to Newcastle for a show, four consecutive tours in a row now and I’m still not sick of seeing them.

On Monday, May 1, I went to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle to see them again, with support from The Tide, New Hope Club and Sabrina Carpenter.

The Tide supporting The Vamps in Newcastle

It was obvious from the beginning that The Tide have left their mark on The Vamps’ fanbase, as they had most of the arena up on their feet and singing to their songs word for word (I wasn’t one of them, sorry, I don’t really listen to them), although this may be that they’re an American all-boy band that have supported The Vamps on their last three tours, much like New Hope Club, who have supported them on their last two.

New Hope Club supporting The Vamps in Newcastle

New Hope Club were a lot slower and also had the crowd on their feet, singing and clapping along – this time I was one of them, I think their stage presence and vocals were what got me, in short – they were good and I really liked them.

Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re both very good bands and clearly their fanbases have grown significantly since being on tour and signed to The Vamps’ record label, but I hope next time we get to see someone new – after all, that’s the magic of support acts, it gives you the chance to experience new music, many of my favourite bands have been support acts once upon a time!

Sabrina Carpenter supporting The Vamps in Newcastle

Next up was Sabrina Carpenter, who blew me away with her vocal skills, seriously… that girl can sing. As well as her own set, she came on stage with The Vamps to sing Demi Lovato’s part in ‘Somebody To You’, which I thought was a nice touch. The only thing I wished is that she came first in the support line-up, as her tone and music was a lot different to that of The Tide and New Hope Club, also, I felt like a lot more of the crowd were up and singing along to them more than her because of the sheer fact a lot of people in the crowd didn’t know her… But other than that, good job Sabrina.

The Vamps on stage in Newcastle

And last, but certainly not least, the stars of the show, The Vamps. I swear I never have a bad word to say about this band when I see them and I don’t think I ever will. They came on and sang classics like ‘Can We Dance’, ‘Wildheart’ and ‘Last Night’, along with some new songs – which were amazing, I just know that this album is going to be incredible.

Here’s a video I took during their new song ‘Paper Hearts’:

As always they were full of energy at all the right times and when they sang slow songs, the room lit up so beautifully.

The Vamps at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

It was an incredible night, with an amazing atmosphere and good live music – what more could you ask for? Take me back!

Are you going to any shows soon? Let me know who and where in the comments!

Until next time,

C x (2)


YOU ME AT SIX: Night People Tour Newcastle: April 3, 2017.

You Me At Six are back, and they are better than ever.

On Monday, April 3, I saw You Me At Six on their return to Newcastle for their Night People tour, after having to travel up and down the country to see them for the last couple of tours, it was nice to see them back in the North-East.

They brought along with them Black Foxxes, a rock band from Exeter, that were alright, they didn’t excite me all that much, as well as Tonight Alive, a rock band from Sydney, Australia. TA really got the crowd going, playing their more well-known songs like ‘The Edge’ and ‘Lonely Girl’.

I’d listened to Tonight Alive prior to this show, but had never seen them live. However, I expected a good show from them, and they exceeded my expectations! They were a perfect fit among the nights line up and got the crowd ready for YMAS.

When Tonight Alive came onto stage, they were fronted by not only an angelic voice, but a literal angelic Jenna McDougall sporting all white and angel wings. Why does her outfit matter you may ask? It doesn’t, but hey, it looked good and all my eyes wanted to do was focus on her, so I thought it was worth a mention.

Now what we all came for, You Me At Six. They came on stage with their opener Night People, followed by Loverboy, which made the crowd go insane (aka the first pit of the night). They also played old favourites like Save It For The Bedroom and Stay With Me, which I know made the older fans (like myself) extremely happy.

Anyway, in their setlist was a mix of their albums old and new, although I think everyone was a little disappointed in the lack of Take Off Your Colours, until the mention of a possible 10 year anniversary tour (I can’t say I didn’t feel like crying in that moment… my early teen emo heart).

This band for me will always be one of the best live bands out there, they play shows with so much passion and charisma. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them live and not been impressed.

What really set the night off though, despite it being an amazing performance and atmosphere, was the inspiring speech from their frontman, Josh Franceschi. A speech where he spoke very passionately about accepting each other, no matter what skin colour, culture, sexuality, etc. For me, I thought that it was one of the best parts of the night. To hear your favourite band standing up and taking a stand really is quite beautiful.
They shared this speech across social media, so you can watch and listen here.

Overall, it was incredible to see them again and see how much they’ve developed their seemily pop-punk sound to complete soulful rock music over these years. Although I think they always have and always will be incredible performers, this show topped it for me!

If you’ve never seen them before, I can’t tell you enough to run and get tickets next time they’re playing near you, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Keep rockin’.

Until next time,

C x (2)