Despite the rain and general gloominess of this autumnal Thursday night, there is still a queue for Blessthefall when I arrive shortly after doors at Newcastle’s Think Tank? (one of my favourite venues in the toon).
The night is kicked off by local support The NX, who describe themselves as ‘the new wave of British party Rock ‘n’ Roll’. Whilst their energy and commitment to their performance is impressive, their whole set would be lifted if they could keep up this enthusiasm between songs as well.
Five minutes before Yorkshire lads Blood Youth are due to take the stage, the atmosphere has completely changed; the crowd has clearly shaken off those September blues and there are significant numbers gathered around the stage – and for good reason. Blood Youth’s set is blistering, and the crowd loves it. The crowd is the most energetic they’ve been all night, with onslaughts of crowd surfers and stage divers. There is no doubt that this band is set for big things, especially if they carry on storming their way through the scene.
Unfortunately, this sense of anticipation and excitement doesn’t continue. In fact, I’d say there are fewer people gathered in front of the stage for the headliners. However, that’s not to say Blessthefall don’t put on an impressive show.
Opening with ‘2.0/What’s Left of Me’ from 2009 album, ‘Witness’, the Arizona five-piece storm through a well-rounded setlist from multiple albums spanning their career. Lead singer Beau Bokan is no stranger to crowd interaction, even jumping into the crowd and leading them into a circle pit. Highlights from the set include fan favourites such as ‘You Wear a Crown But You’re No King’ and ‘See You on the Outside’. The only downside is that the set seems slightly short but I expect that this is something beyond the control of the band.
The choice of venue was perfect for this show: the lack of barrier at Think Tank? really allowed for a sweaty, intimate and energetic show and one that fans won’t forget for a while.