A REVIEW OF…BLAENAVON IN NEWCASTLE

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BLAENAVON opened for Sundara Karma in Newcastle

BLAENAVON played a six song set of new and old material at Newcastle’s Think Tank?

They are a band that I have loved for two years and have now seen twice since November – a delightful stage presence and full of energy, you must catch them live at some point!

It was the last night of their tour with Sundara Karma and Beach Baby and fans that headed down early were treated to an energetic display from the Hampshire trio. Their last performance at this venue was supporting Oscar in November.

Opening with Miss World EP favourite Hell Is My Head, the packed out crowd enjoyed what was put before them. Many of the crowd seemed unfamiliar with Blaenavon, but danced along nonetheless.

Into The Night followed Hell Is My Head and went down a treat. Another track that was familiar to me because it was on their Denim Patches/Into The Night single. They did not play it with Oscar so I am glad I have finally heard it.

Orthodox Man is a new track that will no doubt feature on the album. Playing it back in November and still playing it now, it is a fantastic track that combines blissful mellowness with slick riffs and sharp hooks. Their debut album is sure to be amazing.

Two new songs that I did not manage to catch the name of filled tracks four and five.

Front-man Ben Gregory and bassist Frank Wright sported Newcastle United shirts while drummer Harris McMillan repped a 90’s Barcelona jersey.

The short but sweet set ended when their biggest hit Prague. By this time, the venue was bouncing and the crowd were fully into Blaenavon.

Speaking with Harris after the gig, he said an album is on the way around August time and the majority of the tracks will be new material. He told me Prague has been re-recorded and will feature – other than that, details are pretty blurred.

Blaenavon return to Newcastle’s Think Tank? on May 30. Get tickets here: Blaenavon tickets.

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