02 Academy Newcastle is rammed to the roof as melodic hardcore band, Rise Against, bring their ‘Wolves’ tour to the UK for what is their first show in the region for 6 years.
Chants of “Rise” echo throughout the Academy as Rise Against burst onto the stage, taking their positions and immediately breaking into ‘Chamber the Cartridge’, with the crowd immediately thrashing around so hard the floor of the academy shakes.
Throughout the band’s set, lead singer McIIrath makes it no secret that they’ve been looking forward to playing in front of Newcastle’s rowdy crowd.
McIlrath leads fist-pumping chants of “Rise” as he towers the audience from the riser at the front of the stage, grasping a megaphone. ‘Give It All’ has everyone absolutely bouncing, which see’s McIlrath leap onto the barrier upon the front row.
The room is just bursting with energy during ‘The Violence’, which goes down a storm and is one of the best songs of the night. Whilst their catchy melodic number, ‘House on Fire’, is surprisingly one of only three songs played from latest album, ‘Wolves’.
Rise Against give us the best part of the evening as they slow down proceedings, giving us time, as fans, to reflect. During a short solo acoustic segment, we were treated to ‘Swing Life Away’ ‘People Live Here’ and ‘Hero of War.’
Rise Against round off their explosive set with ‘Satellite’, pouring every ounce into a solid performance – their energy is truly relentless.The band briefly leave the stage whilst the crowd clearly want more, as chants of “one more song” echo throughout the venue.
For the encore, Rise Against close with ‘Saviour’ and ‘Make It Stop (September’s Children)’ – two songs filled with outspoken and touching lyrics.
There’s just something so incredibly beautiful about a room full of people, singing along to every word, allowing McIIrath to really connect with the crowd tonight.