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Sunday night gigs are never the easiest. Dragging yourself out from your cosy home whilst you’re gearing yourself up for  the week ahead is exhausting. Despite this, a brave few risked the stormy weather for P.O.D’s Newcastle show. ’68 opened with a performance I can only describe as interesting. They might look like a no-nonsense punk duo, but their music is entirely nonsensical. This minimalist noise rock is a little confusing, but it’s very entertaining.

Californian nu metal rockers Alien Ant Farm were main support: calling them one-hit-wonders would be unfair, because they have at least two hits. It’d also be unfair because it turns out they actually do have a lot of good songs, besides Movies and their cover of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. And, frankly, they sound fantastic live.

P.O.D finished up the night with a lackluster set played to whoever was left after Smooth Criminal had finished. I’m a fan of rap-metal when it’s done well, but this really isn’t the best example from the genre. Plus, when you hear their bland lyrics, you may have an explanation for the steady stream of attendees filing out the door. Seriously, Rockin’ It With The Best shares too many similarities with comedy folk duo Flight of the Conchords’ Rock The Party, and that’s not something to brag about.

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