The atmosphere was bumbling, although not the sort of hustle and bustle that you typically envisage pre-gig. Chatter was brimming with excitement ahead of the highly anticipated return of the North East’s most beloved musical heroes, an abundance of freshly churned tunes under their belt and an audience who had been hankering for them since the word ‘Worhead’ was first uttered out of the band’s mouths.
Newcastle’s Student Union overflowing at the walls with fans old and new, they were kept on their toes just a little while longer, as London quintet Eliza And The Bear opened the night with a sprightly set. Bouncing through ditties such as Lion Heart and Friends, their infectious charm, youthful exuberance and anthemic choruses cohered the vitality for the night, and their capability of creating those fraction of pop songs that will be whirling continuously in your brain whilst you’re pondering about the supermarket for weeks to come is an admirable feat.
Little Comets, an outfit once renowned for causing a polite havoc in public equipped with only banjos and a thirsty determination, still haven’t disoriented from the charm that won the hearts of the region and beyond over the past 8 years. A setlist shaped like a walk with an old friend, A Little Opus and One Night in October showcased the awe-inspiring lyricism and mesmerising harmonies that are still so distinctive to the group, whilst new track ‘Common Things’ edges on their trademark effervescent quirk of kitchen sink indie. A surprise exhibition of Bridge Burn and a conclusion of Dancing Song leaves the crowd sweaty, ecstatic and even more infatuated with the lads, who have never lost their unique, and oh so very Northern, spirit.