My highlight gigs this year, so far (Uploaded 06/04/2014)

So, after being up and running with the site for just over a month, I’m absolutely thrilled with how it’s all going, and I hope you, the reader, are too.

We’ve been interviewing local bands, keeping you up to date with happenings across the region, reviewing brand new albums/EPs and singles from a number of bands from across the North East and we’ve also been out reviewing a vast number of gigs at prestigious and underground venues including the likes of the 02 Academy in Newcastle, Mink in Middlesbrough, and the Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees.

Although I’ve been to a whole host of gigs already this year, my highlight gigs so far have to be Maximo Park at the 02 Academy in Newcastle, and also The Moons at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees.

Maximo Park are, of course, one of the stand-out bands from the North East music scene, and have been for a number of years. They may have been going now for some years (their debut album A Certain trigger was released almost 10 years ago now!) but they are still passionate about what they do, Paul Smith is a true entertainer, and their live shows are just something else.

I was adrenaline-fuelled from start to finish, they played a number of old and new tracks, and their entire set was truly inspirational and sentimental and created one of the most powerful atmospheres I have ever witnessed. Check out my gig review right here:

And The Moons, at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton – how did Grass Route gigs even managed to pull this off?! The Moons have played with the likes of Paul Weller and Beady Eye over recent months, and have played at prestigious venues such as The Royal Albert Hall; yet they were playing to a crowd of just a few hundred in a small, intimate venue, in the heart of Teesside. The gig was of course a sell-out, and sadly I think this will be the last opportunity anyone from across the North East will have of seeing The Moons in such a small setting.

The crowd went absolutely berserk from start to finish (myself included), crowd favourites ‘Jennifer’ and ‘Something Soon’ received raucous applause throughout, each lyric was screamed back with heartfelt sentiment, and they truly showcased why they deserve to stand beside the likes of Mod-God Paul Weller and Oasis legend Liam Gallagher. Check out my gig review right here:

I can’t wait to see what other incredible gigs will be happening across the North East this year, and I’m already thrilled to be seeing Palma Violets again, at The Georgian Theatre, as they head to Teesside on the 17th of April. Check out our news piece right here:

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