LIVE REVIEW: Slowdive, Whitelands @ NX Newcastle (22.02.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Slowdive are a shining light of shoegaze, and tonight sees them back in Newcastle after a very long absence. Opening are London’s Whitelands, one of a recent crop of new shoegaze bands whose atmospheric sound provides the perfect warm-up to tonight’s show. Having just released their debut album there is certainly a lot more to come from them.

Slowdive arrive on the back of brilliant new album Everything is Alive, and tonight’s set sees them provide a perfect blend of old and new. Opening with Shanty, it’s a gentle start, but their set is one of carefully balanced intensity and melancholy. Crazy for You is Slowdive at the peak of their powers tonight, powerful visuals mixed with the track’s pulsing wall of sound is incredible.

These heavy moments are fleeting but provide punctuation in between the wonderful delicacy of tracks like Slomo and Kisses, and it comes together perfectly. When The Sun Hits provides the largest reaction from a crowd who appear largely new to Slowdive. It’s this now TikTok-famous track that they’ve all come for. Hundreds of hands shoot into the air, the deafening sound of their voices drowning out the band. However, this moment of frenzy cannot overshadow the rest of the evening as they close out with Golden Hair in suitably brilliant fashion, the perfect ending to an exceptional show.

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