LIVE REVIEW: Pale Waves @ Central Park, Times Square, Newcastle (24.11.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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This gig had been a long time coming, after being postponed in the summer the prospect of an outdoor gig at the end of November must have worried a few. With the first night of the tour being held here in Newcastle it had to start with a bang.

With her long flowing coat that could have been pulled straight from the Matrix, Pale Waveslead singer and front woman Heather Baron-Gracie commanded all eyes on her with her unique style and powerful vocals. Despite the uncommon gap between album release and the follow-up tour, their absence from the scene hadn’t dulled their exceptional performance on stage. Balancing songs from the latest album Who Am I with lesser known album tracks and crowd pleasing singles felt effortless as they managed to satisfy longterm fans and the ones new to the party.

Watching Pale Waves live is an absolute joy; the whole group have a great synchronised connection that resonates throughout the whole room, or tent in our case. They have emerged from the pandemic as one of the best indie rock bands in the UK, and from this performance I can’t see that fire diminishing any time soon. In fact, I expect them to just get bigger and bigger.

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