LIVE REVIEW: Maximo Park, Me Lost Me, Ceitidh Mac @ Virgin Money Unity Arena, Newcastle (05.09.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Image: Maximo Park by Thomas Jackson, Tynesight Photography

Tonight opens in a rather subdued manner, Ceitidh Mac would usually be suited to a much more intimate venue. The vast expanse of Gosforth’s Racecourse was always going to be a tall order to allow her cello-based songs to flourish, but she made it work. The attentive crowd hung off of her words, as the delicate songs filled the early evening air. Me Lost Me fostered a similar atmosphere; powerful songs resonated throughout the park, even with the dour themes that run through many of her tracks there was an underlying beauty to her set.

From the mellow openings, things quickly changed. Opening with the incredible Signal And Sign, Maximo Park, with frontman Paul Smith on typically upbeat form, tear through their back catalogue in impressive fashion. Risk To Exist feels particularly poignant tonight when you look at the current political situation; the power and passion flows through this song.

There are, of course, an abundance of hits that have the whole crowd in full song, especially the likes of Books From Boxes, Girls Who Play Guitars and Our Velocity. Maximo Park generated an impressive atmosphere, even when debuting an excellent new song in Why Must The Building Burn.

Rounding off the night’s set with Get High (No I Don’t) and the always wonderful Apply Some Pressure, capped off an epic evening.

Me Lost Me performs at Virgin Money Unity Arena, image by Amelia Read

Image: Me Lost Me by Amelia Read

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