Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

Maxïmo Park played two tiny JD Roots homecoming gigs last night for the Small Venues campaign

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

Jack Daniels’ JD Roots put on the very special JD Roots Homecoming concert at the 300-capacity Cluny in Newcastle

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

The day of JD Roots shows began with a stripped-back secret show at The Cumberland Arms, a small pub outside the city centre which the band cite as being an influential small venue

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

"I saw Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth play a gig here last month, a hundred people, and his 21-string guitar. It was mesmerising," explained frontman Paul Smith

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

The band then moved on to The Cluny, where JD Roots competition winners enjoyed a 20-song set

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

"I think I've finally gone deaf," exclaimed Smith as the setlist came to a close

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

The gig marked the first time fans in their hometown had seen the band's fourth album 'The National Health' live

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

"It was great to get such a huge response for the new songs. No-one was going to the bar or moving at the back. I think we gave everyone a good reason to stay where they were in the end," said Smith

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

Miles Kane will be also playing the second of the JD Roots homecoming gigs at Liverpool’s Zanzibar on May 16

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

NME's annual search for Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniels JD Roots in the UK began in 2011

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Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig

Fans can vote for any backroom or space with a capacity of 500 or under with regional winners announced before an overall winner is revealed in June.

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