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In 2018 Yungblud played upstairs in what was Newcastle’s O2 Academy 2. The tiny venue saw a crowded congregation of adolescents shuffle in and party, relentlessly. Spearheaded by Dom, the face of Yungblud, the night was a riot.

A firecracker of energy, Dom darted from each end of the stage, dedicating 100% to each second of the performance. Each bead of sweat, each yelp and each jump into the heavens, helped create a wonderfully exciting concert, that above all highlighted the potential of this young performer.

Four years later, a lot has changed. The guitar-centric, indie hits that defined Yungblud’s sound have evolved into lively pop tracks imbued with big synths and bigger choruses, and a recent BBC interview with the indomitable Louis Theroux has widened Yungblud’s fanbase even further (even if it did make for uncomfortable viewing at times). The 2022 self-titled album sees Yungblud as a defined pop star, and he’ll return to Newcastle for a massive show at Utilita Arena on Tuesday 21st February.

While the sounds might have changed since my last encounter with the band, what is sure to remain is their unflappable energy which ensures everyone is giddy and connected. A special support slot from pop punk icons Neck Deep will ensure a fun show all round

Yungblud and Neck Deep perform at Utilita Arena, Newcastle on Tuesday 21st February.


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