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Review: Hyde & Beast @ Surfcafe Tynemouth

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Sunderland-based band Hyde & Beast rocked up at the Surfcafe Tynemouth in North Shields on Friday night (April 17), playing to a packed-out house.

The old-fashioned soft rock band were supported by the young, infectious guitarist Tom Smith, who despite only being 11 has already supported Catfish & the Bottlemen & The Little Comets.

The venue proved to be a quirky, crowded setting with colourful flags, hammocks, surfboards and other tropical beach paraphernalia dotted everywhere you looked.

Hyde & Beast performed a variety of songs on a 14-song set list, mixing brand new songs in with the popular Keep Moving, Animals, Blue and their penultimate song Open Your Heart, which went down a treat with the Tyneside crowd.

Lead vocalist Dave Hyde was his usual amusing self, interacting with fans between songs and producing his trademark hand flourishes when singing.

The song, Blown Away, summed up the gig well, the opening guitar notes gave off those relaxing-in-a-tropical-beach-bar vibes before you get that 60s psychedelic laid-back style that gives the band its charisma. Even the title could arguably describe the onlooker’s reaction.

What was nice to see was the diversity of ages in the audience. Young, old, students, wives, dads and kids all smiling and swaying such is the band’s charm, even the pint-sized barmaid was stood on the bar getting lost in the fuzzy guitar lines.

The band, with their impressive array of beards, seem to be getting quite the loyal cult following, with Dave encouraging the spectators to sing along to the likes of Blue and the dense crowd responded with gusto.

It is hard to find a fault with the band or their performance, in the same way it is difficult to criticise a charming intern in the staff office because they forgot to put the coffee back in the cupboard. The music is irresistible as shown by the reception of it from all ages.

To finish, a very enjoyable Friday night gig that only further enhances the band’s growing reputation. The band are preparing for their summer of festivals which includes headlining Newcastle’s showpiece of local talent event Evolution Emerging. Tickets can be purchased here at a reasonable price of £5 per ticket: http://www.musicglue.com/evolution-emerging/

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