The Maccabees bring 6 Music Festival to a close with new material

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The Maccabees headlined the final night of the 6 Music Festival at the Sage in Gateshead last night (22 February) in a set which included four new songs.

Following the withdrawal of Jon Hopkins from the line-up due to illness, The Maccabees were moved to top the bill in the Concourse at the Sage.

Halfway through their headline set, singer Orlando Weeks told the audience that the band had finished their fourth album last Monday and so the performance was a “huge celebration”. He spoke of how the theme running through the new album is celebrating where you are from, where you live and work, before introducing ‘Latchmere’ from the band’s 2007 debut album ‘Colour It In’.

The new songs played in The Maccabees set were ‘Kamakura’, ‘WWI Portraits’, ‘Marks To Prove It’ and ‘Spit It Out’.

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When guitarist Felix White introduced ‘Precious Time’ from their debut album, he said “if you know it, it means you’re a bit old but you have to sing it proper loud”. They closed the festival with ‘Pelican’ from their last album ‘Given to the Wild’, released in 2012.

The Maccabees played:

‘Wall Of Arms’
‘Feel To Follow’
‘Love You Better’
‘Young Lions’
‘Child’
‘Kamakura’
‘WWI Portraits’
‘Latchmere’
‘Precious Time’
‘Can You Give It’
‘Marks To Prove It’
‘Spit It Out’
‘No Kind Words’
‘Grew Up At Midnight’
‘Pelican’

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra also played new music in their set earlier in the evening at the Sage. Singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson thanked the audience for being there and said that it was the first time the band had played their new material in front of a crowd properly.

They played ‘Like Acid Rain’, ‘Multi-Love’, ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ and ‘Stage Or Screen’ from their new album ‘Multi-Love’, which is due for release in May.

Jamie T played before The Charlatans in Hall 1 at the Sage. Entering to the crowd chanting his name, he started with ‘Limits Lie’ and ‘Don’t You Find’ from last year’s comeback album ‘Carry on the Grudge’.

Playing to perhaps the liveliest crowd of the weekend, he left the crowd to sing the end of ‘If You Got The Money’ – the one song played from his 2007 debut album ‘Panic Prevention’ – on their own. He addressed the audience after ‘Rabbit Hole’ to say “hope everyone’s looking after each other down there…make sure you pick each other up if you fall over”. He then slowed the pace as his band left the stage and he took a seat to play ‘Emily’s Heart’.

He later dedicated ‘368’ to headliners The Maccabees. He finished his set with ‘Zombie’, teasing the crowd by pausing for a long time before launching into the first chorus.

Jamie T played:

‘Limits Lie’
‘Don’t You Find’
‘The Man’s Machine’
‘Peter’
‘If You Got The Money’
‘Rabbit Hole’
‘Emily’s Heart’
‘368’
‘British Intelligence’
‘Sticks ‘n’ Stones’
‘Zombie’

Earlier in the day, Wolf Alice returned to the UK from their first tour in Europe to play at The Boiler Shop in Newcastle where 6 Music hosted bands, interviews and an independent record fair throughout the afternoon.
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