Shockwaves NME Awards Tour continues in Newcastle
The Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2008 continued in Newcastle at the Academy last night (February 3).
Getting the party started were The Ting Tings, and although the crowd were still filing in to the venue when the band kicked off with ‘Great DJ’, their set was still well-received.
However, Katie White wanted to see some more movement from the crowd: “I think you should have a little dance,” she quipped, and some of the crowd duly obliged as the band ended their set with ‘That’s Not My Name’.
The crowd were far more lively for Does It Offend You, Yeah?, with the front rows becoming a heaving mass of jumping fans from their very first track, ‘Weird Science’. Morgan Yeah? played up to the crowd brilliantly, encouraging them to wave their arms in the air during ‘Doomed Now’ and strutting his stuff across the stage as he performed vocals on ‘Lets Make Out’.
“This is your last chance to dance!” exclaimed Morgan before the band played their final song, ‘We Are Rockstars’, and the crowd didn’t need to be told twice. Triumphant, the band held their instruments aloft above their heads before leaving the stage.
Following them were Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, and as seems to be customary for their shows, Joe Lean himself remained offstage for their first song. Only towards the end of this instrumental ‘theme tune’ did the singer signal his arrival with some wiry dancing and tom-tom bashing.
The band then played a set of catchy indie-pop numbers, the most well-received of which was single ‘Lucio Starts Fires’.
Lean‘s stage banter was somewhat lost in the expanse of the Academy, but his jerky dance moves were still entertaining nonetheless. The band’s songs had the crowd moving too, with their set also seeing the first crowdsurfers of the night.
Finally, headliners The Cribs took to the stage to a massive cheer, before blasting through ‘Don’t You Wanna Be Relevant?’ and ‘Our Bovine Public’ in quick succession.
The band then played a varied set, mixing new songs such as ‘Moving Pictures’, ‘I’m A Realist’ and ‘Women’s Needs’ with old favourites such as ‘Martell’, ‘Hey Scenesters!’ and ‘Direction’.
At one point a jacket was thrown onto the stage, which frontman Ryan Jarman proceeded to wear for the rest of the gig despite it being comically too small for him.
The crowd were energetic throughout the set, particularly when they chanted out the riffs of ‘Men’s Needs’ and ‘Another Number’, before Ryan and Gary had even begun singing.
Ryan also stagedived at the end of ‘The Wrong Way To Be’, stripping off his shirt and leaping over the heads of the bouncers into the crowd.
The band then closed the night with ‘Be Safe’, with Sonic Youth‘s Lee Ranaldo delivering his monologue courtesy of a recorded video.
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