LIVE REVIEW: The Orielles, The Lounge Society, Witness Protection Programme @ Newcastle University Students’ Union (28.01.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Having previously seen The Orielles at a festival when their microphones broke, I was interested to see what the live performance would be when they weren’t hindered by technical issues; thankfully this time the band managed to turn their gig into what felt like a club night with a warm energy that encapsulated their positive soundscape.

Barely pausing to chat, the lack of breaks made their performance blended and unique. The band has a definitive sound straight from the 90’s, with set highlight including penultimate song Sunflower Seeds, which had the crowd jumping, creating a euphoric atmosphere.

The supports were bizarre yet brilliant; six-piece local group Witness Protection Programme displayed an angsty aggression, typified by the screaming in song Shit Storm; they created so much passionate noise, enthralling and refreshing with such a wide range of instruments, personalities and talent.

Further support came from The Lounge Society, a standard post-punk quintet with an excitable performance from the lead singer (think mixing Ian Brown’s confidence with Jim Carrey craziness). With a broken arm in a cast, yet still managing to play the tambourine and violently throw his entire body around the stage, the audience couldn’t take their eyes away.

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