Miles Kane landed in Riverside in Newcastle tonight – arguably one of Newcastle most illustrious venues – to continue his latest tour which has sold out at numerous venues around the country.
The night kicked off with support band The Mysterines who also hail from Liverpool. The Scousers played a handful of their psych-tinged original tracks ending with ‘I Just Love To Hate You’ which had the ferocity and edginess of a Ramones number – it certainly helped to raise adrenaline levels.
As The Mysterines’ set came to an end, Riverside started to gradually fill up with everybody anticipating Miles Kane’s presence.
Shortly before he started, the lights dimmed and a disco ball hanging above the stage was lit up and Candi Staton’s disco classic ‘Young Hearts, Run Free’ rang out around the venue. Miles walked out in a full white flared suit, minus the shirt. By the time he had come on stage, there was no room to move in the venue and it was certainly at capacity, if not over.
The set was kicked off with ‘Counting Down the Days’ which got the room singing along at the top of their voices and one sharply-dressed fan was hoisted above the heads of the audience to crowd surf.
The set was a mix of tracks from Miles’ previous two solo albums including ‘Rearrange’, ‘Inhaler’ and ‘My Fantasy’ but also included a few from the upcoming ‘Coup De Grace’ album that is released on Friday 10th August.
Throughout the night rang cries of ‘Miles, Miles, Miles fucking Kane’ which were lapped up by Kane.
With sweat dripping from every wall and surface in Riverside, Kane finished the set with the title track from the new album ‘Coup De Grace’ which translates to ‘Blow Of Mercy’ or ‘Stroke Of Grace’ (make of that what you will).
Once off the stage, the crowd waited around for Kane and the band to reappear for an encore and once he returned (of course), the party was able to get started again with him performing one of, if not the biggest hit in his solo collection, ‘Come Closer’; the track got the whole place going wild and the best was definitely kept until last.
As the night came to a close, the band left the stage, enabling Kane to have some more fun with the crowd before leaving the stage shirtless and to a room full of very happy customers knowing that they got more than their money’s worth from the former Rascals and Last Shadow Puppets man.