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LIVE REVIEW: The Fratellis @ O2 Academy, Newcastle

April 9, 2018 2:00 pm

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Review by Gemma Clausen

As a huge of The Frattelis, I was over the moon to be seeing them live this weekend after missing out on their 10th anniversary tour back in 2016.

The gig began with the support act Black Pistol Fire, a Canadian rock band that really got the crowed warmed up. They played some of theirs songs like Where You Been Before and Cold Sun. The band really got the crowd’s energy levels to rise, even to the point where the main singer climbed through the crowed and performed a whole guitar solo stood on top of the bar.

The suspense built, increasingly emphasised by flashing lights and a long rendition of a song often associated with the can-can, before The Fratellis arrived on stage.

They opened with their first single Henrietta and then followed on with some other older songs such as We Need Medicine and Baby Fratellis. The band then played a few songs from their newest album before moving onto the classics like Whistle For The Choir and Creeping Up The Backstairs. The fans were left shocked after the band had left stage before performing their most famous song Chelsea Dagger but, like most gigs, surprised the audience with an encore and performed the noughties classic. A sense of nostalgia passed through the room, along with a few plastic cups tossed here and there. The band then ended the show with a cover of Run Around Sue. The crowd was bouncing throughout the whole gig – if you weren’t already singing and dancing you were by the time Chelsea Dagger began.

All Fratellis fans would have been chuffed with the set list, however I was disappointed that they didn’t play Mistress Mabel, nevertheless the Scottish rockers gave a brilliant performance of both old and new material. Overall, an amazing and memorable night.

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