LIVE REVIEW: RNS Rocks – Maxïmo Park, Field Music, Martha Hill with Royal Northern Sinfonia @ Sage Gateshead (21.09.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Royal Northern Sinfonia celebrated its sixtieth birthday at Sage Gateshead with a superb show featuring some special guests.

Replacing Du Blonde as the opening act, the edgy dulcet tones of Martha Hill provided a short but beautiful set which culminated in the performance of her single Spiders, which was beautifully complimented by RNS.

Field Music have experience playing with an orchestra from their time touring with the Open Here orchestra and their set was filled with hits from their pop rock back catalogue. The set was perfect for the occasion and the acoustics took their sound to another level, with the performance ended by the sublime It’s Not The Only Way To Feel Happy.

Maximo Park’s set was nothing short of brilliant. In performing the track North By North East, which was originally written for the Great Exhibition Of The North, they gave a perfect nod to the region as an opening salvo.

Fan favourites Books From Boxes and Midnight On The Hill were warmly received, while Our Velocity got the whole room on their feet dancing and singing. Apply Some Pressure, which sounds great being played anywhere but with the orchestra behind it gave the song an incredible sound, was perfect for such a great occasion.

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