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As the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo arrived in the UK, it was Example who went down a storm this past Tuesday at the Academy in Newcastle.
The support acts on the night came in the form of house DJ Benjamin Please, Delta Heavy (an electronic duo from London) and DJ Wire (Example’s touring DJ). For the most part, the acts played remixes of popular club hits, much to the delight of the onlookers, who were bellowing out the words and getting involved wherever they could.
With the crowd well and truly warmed up, Sheldrake (bass / synths), Kai Kai (guitar / keys) and Chris Maas (drums) took to the stage, closely followed by Example (real name Elliot Gleave), as they broke out into the chart-topping track ‘Stay Awake’. This was followed by the 2012 hit ‘Say Nothing’, which provided the first shiver-down-your-spine moment of the night. The big stadium chorus echoed throughout the venue, before the track made the transition into the Hardwell and Dannic remix.
The onlookers, most of whom were donning Example’s “Not A Salad” merchandise, maintained the energy and liveliness throughout ‘Watch the Sun Come Up’, ‘All the Wrong Places (Quintino remix)’, ‘Perfect Replacement’ and ‘Midnight Run (Flux Pavilion remix)’ before Example slowed proceedings down with ‘Playing in the Shadows’ and ‘Close Enemies (Jakob Liedholm remix)’. At this point, Example acknowledged Newcastle as one of his favourite cities to play, thanking the fans for their continued support throughout the years. This was followed by two tracks from his 2010 album, ‘Won’t Go Quietly’, as ‘Dirty Face’ seamlessly integrated into ‘Hooligans (Spor remix)’.
Audience interaction has always been one of Example’s strong points, and this gig was no different. The rapper-turned-singer regularly encouraged fans to participate by bouncing with the person next to them, clapping along and getting on other people’s shoulders. This interactivity spurred the lively crowd on, as they raved to the Ibiza-esque beats of ‘One More Day (Stay with Me)’ and ‘10 Million People (Kove remix)’, two singles from Example’s latest album, ‘Live Life Living’. That momentum continued through ‘Won’t Go Quietly (DC Breaks remix)’, ‘Take Me As I Am’ and ‘Kids Again’, before Example and the band temporarily left the stage.
After a short break, the encore turned things up a notch, opening with the rather aptly-named ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’. And there was no sign of the onlookers tiring, as the show continued with ‘Kickstarts’ and ‘Natural Disaster (Benny Benassi remix)’, before concluding with Example’s first number one hit ‘Changed the Way You Kiss Me (Chuckie remix)’.
Despite posting a video on Facebook prior to his tour to say that this set of dates would be his “last for a while” (due to the fact that his wife, Australian model, actress and tv personality Erin McNaught is currently pregnant), Example reassured fans that he would be returning, as he posed the question: “Who’s coming to my next tour?” After the energetic performance Example and his band gave, it’s safe to say that I, along with other attendees at the Academy in Newcastle that night, will be first in line for tickets.
Example‘s current massive UK tour rolls on through to the end of November; he plays at York Barbican tonight.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 at 4:00 pm
The latest promo from Geordie stalwarts Maximo Park is for ‘Give, Get, Take’, the opening track from their current album ‘Too Much Information’, released in February.
As noted by the Maximo devoted, their last video for ‘Midnight on the Hill’ didn’t feature the band at all, so this performance video in a space well loved by and truly important to the North East band is a nice change. Somehow, I felt I’d been there before, so I asked the band on Twitter if my gut feeling had any merit. (It did; turns out the venue is the famed Bridge Tavern in Newcastle, just a stone’s throw away from the main railway station in town where our Martin took me the first time I visited Newcastle last year.) Watch the video below the Twitter embed.
Leading into the release of their debut album ‘Islands’, bearded folk trio Bear’s Den have announced a list of live shows in the UK and Ireland for early next year. The band’s European tour will begin and end in England, with a final show at London Shepherds Bush Empire on the 3rd of March. A full listing of live dates, including upcoming North American shows, can be found at the band’s Web site. Presale tickets for the following shows are already available; the general sale will begin on Friday the 10th of October at 10 AM.
‘Islands’ from Bear’s Den is due out on the 20th of October via Communion Records. An acoustic version of the next single from the album, ‘Above the Clouds of Pompeii’ can be found below the tour date listing.
Friday 6th February 2015 – Birmingham Temple
Sunday 8th February 2015 – Dublin Workman’s Club
Monday 9th February 2015 – Belfast Voodoo
Wednesday 11th February 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Thursday 12th February 2015 – Newcastle Cluny
Friday 13th February 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Sunday 15th February 2015 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Monday 16th February 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Wednesday 18th February 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Tuesday 3rd March 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry has just announced a month-long tour of the UK for next spring. This massive list of dates promises to feature classic Roxy Music hits alongside Ferry’s solo efforts, including his new album ‘Avonmore’, which is due for release on the 17th of November. You can take an early listen to album track ‘Loop De Li’ below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows will go on sale this Friday, the 10th of October, at 10 AM.
Friday 8th May 2015 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 9th May 2015 – Oxford New Theatre
Monday 11th May 2015 – Cardiff St. David’s Hall
Tuesday 12th May 2015 – Southend Cliff Pavilion
Thursday 14th May 2015 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Friday 15th May 2015 – Bridlington Spa
Sunday 17th May 2015 – Newcastle City Hall
Monday 18th May 2015 – Manchester Palace Theatre
Wednesday 20th May 2015 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Saturday 23rd May 2015 – Harrogate International Centre
Sunday 24th May 2015 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tuesday 26th May 2015 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wednesday 27th May 2015 – Sheffield City Hall
Friday 29th May 2015 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 30th May 2015 – Blackpool Opera House
Monday 1st June 2015 – London Royal Albert Hall
Thursday 4th June 2015 – Brighton Dome
Friday 5th June 2015 – Portsmouth Guildhall
Sunday 7th June 2015 – Poole Lighthouse
Monday 8th June 2015 – Bristol Colston Hall
Irish brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor, better known simply as Hudson Taylor, will follow their September 2014 tour in support of Jake Bugg with their own headline tour of the UK and Ireland in early 2015.
The 21-date Singing for Strangers Tour will include shows at Shepherds Bush Empire in London and the Olympia Theater in Dublin. Tickets go on general sale today, the 3rd of October. Below the tour date listing, check out a live performance of Hudson Taylor’s upcoming single ‘Chasing Rubies’, due for release on the 19th of October.
Sunday 1st February 2015 – Edinburgh Caves
Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – Newcastle Riverside
Wednesday 4th February 2015 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Sheffield Plug
Saturday 7th February 2015 – Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 8th February 2015 – Birmingham Library
Monday 9th February 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Cambridge Junction 2
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 13th February 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Sunday 15th February 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Monday 16th February 2015 – Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Wednesday 18th February 2015 – Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 19th February 2015 – Bristol Trinity Centre
Friday 20th February 2015 – Liverpool Academy 2
Saturday 21st February 2015 – Belfast Mandela Hall
Monday 23rd February 2015 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Tuesday 24th February 2015 – Dundalk Spirit Store
Thursday 26th February 2015 – Dublin Olympia Theatre
Saturday 28th February 2015 – Limerick Dolans
Sunday 1st March 2015 – Cork Savoy
Catfish and the Bottlemen have announced a headline tour of the UK and Ireland for next spring, following on their already sold out winter 2014 tour. Their debut album ‘The Balcony’ is out now on Island/Communion Records and includes the single ‘Homesick’, featured below the tour date listing. Tickets for the spring tour, which includes two previously announced dates at London Shepherds Bush Empire, will go on sale this Friday the 3rd of October at 9 AM.
Monday 23rd March 2015 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 24th March 2015 – Glasgow ABC
Thursday 26th March 2015 – Newcastle Academy
Friday 27th March 2015 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 28th March 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Tuesday 31st March 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Wednesday 1st April 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 3rd April 2015 – Bristol Academy
Saturday 4th April 2015 – Sheffield Academy
Sunday 5th April 2015 – Liverpool Guild of Students
Tuesday 7th April 2015 – Belfast Limelight
Wednesday 8th April2015 – Dublin Whelan’s