LIVE REVIEW: The Proclaimers - at O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

LIVE REVIEW: The Proclaimers - at O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
Credit: Iam Burn

The Proclaimers kicked off their 35-date UK & Ireland tour at the O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne. It may be 35 years since their first hit single Letter From America, but the Brothers Reid showed the Tyneside audience that they are far from done.

Opening their set with the song "Dentures Out" from their latest and 12th studio album of the same name, Craig and Charlie Reid hit their stride from the first second, much to the crowd's joy. Following up with "Over and Done With" and "There's a Touch", the crowd at the sold-out show were well and truly warmed up. The set bounced around the Leith-born lads' catalogue, with ten of their twelve studio albums represented throughout the show.

LIVE REVIEW: The Proclaimers - at O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne Credit: Iam Burn
Credit: Iam Burn

A whopping 24-song set came at you like musical machine gun fire, with four songs taken from their latest release. Thankfully, there were a few moments of calm when they slipped into ballad mode. Songs such as "Streets of Edinburgh" and "Restless Soul" gave everyone a well-earned rest to relax in their seats and let the music wash over them. Little did I know it was because of the musical onslaught to follow!

The Reid brothers, assisted by their excellent band, moved up the gears, generating much singing, dancing and general flapping of limbs around the venue. The crowd were bouncing as anthems such as "Cap in Hand", "Letter From America", "Sky Takes the Soul ", and "Life With You" was delivered with such passion. I've seen The Proclaimers a few times over the last thirty years, but I have never heard them sound better. The brothers turned 60 recently, but they proved that age is just a number.

LIVE REVIEW: The Proclaimers - at O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
Credit: Iam Burn

Just when I thought the crowd may have run out of juice, Edinburgh's finest decided to hit the turbo button. They had played us good and proper. Time to inhale and go again! "Sunshine on Leith" was sung with such gusto by the 2,000+ crowd (and The Proclaimers). I'm sure they heard it at Easter Road.

It was superb to watch such happiness circulate around the O2 City Hall. You could feel the buzz penetrate through you. As their set concluded with more singalong classics such as "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", you appreciate how much they are loved by their fans. It isn't just a gig; it's a party with mates and the sharing of good times. The Proclaimers are the party hosts serving song after song for your delectation. Judging by their latest album and this polished live performance, the Reid twins have much more left in the tank. Over and done with? Not bloody likely!

LIVE REVIEW: The Proclaimers - at O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
Credit: Iam Burn

A big shout out to John Bramwell, who was the support act. The former I Am Kloot frontman warmed the audience up with his blend of acoustic alt-rock and great banter with the audience between songs.

LIVE REVIEW: The Proclaimers - at O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
Credit: Iam Burn

Setlist

Dentures Out

Over and Done With

There's a Touch

Draw Another Line

Let's Get Married

What Makes You Cry?

Streets of Edinburgh

Born Innocent

Restless Soul

The Recent Past

Cap in Hand

Letter From America

Life With You

Sky Takes the Soul

Angry Cyclist

Spinning Around in the Air

Sean

Feast Your Eyes

Sunshine in Leith

Then I Met You

I'm On My Way

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Encore

Make My Heart Fly

The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues

INTERVIEW: The Proclaimers discuss their 12th studio album 'Dentures Out' - Listen here

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Iam Burn is a photographer based in the North East of England. Fave bands: R.E.M, The Lovely Eggs, Half Man Half Biscuit, Madness, Inspiral Carpets, Billy Bragg, The Pogues, The Proclaimers, The Ukrainians, They Might Be Giants, The Chats, Matt Berry, Lead Belly, Grace Petrie, The Beautiful South, Carter USM… and many more! Favourite album: Impossible to choose but Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys is pretty awesome. Most embarrassing record still in my collection: Hole in my Shoe by Neil.

1 Comment

  1. Nice to hear that other venues had good sound, BUT the sound at Stockton Globe on Saturday was very poor (a “bit” of a mush) when the KEYBOARD came in with increased dynamics on the bass – did the sound engineer not notice how BAD the balance was? I’ve been at lesser-named performers where a sound engineer has gone round with a tablet (iPad?) and checked on sound throughout the audience. I wasn’t the only only one who thought “their hearing was off”.
    Ed

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