North East gigs of 2014 – the Twitter verdict

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2014 was quite a year for music in our region. From up-and-coming acts like Royal Blood selling out Riverside to legends The Who and Glastonbury headliners Kasabian rocking the Metro Radio Arena, we’ve never been short of some exciting live music to watch.

Here’s what some North East Twitter users have to say about their favourite gig memories from over the year…

@emma_oneill – Watsky at Riverside. Great show playing the best songs from his new album. Plus a really good opening act which was a nice change.

@LauraChapman_ – Paolo Nutini. Even though it was in an arena there was an intimate feel and the lighting and production was amazing.

@poppyj94 – Carnabells at The Dog and Parrot was really cool because it was so intimate and there was a great music-orientated crowd.

@TheTwistedTom – Avalanche Party at Mixtape. They’re a very good and tight band. The dynamics of their vocals is ridiculous and the overall sound they produce is pleasing.

@adele_ejohnson – I’d say The Courteeners at the Academy. They always have a crowd of dedicated fans so the atmosphere was brilliant. Plus Liam was on form as usual!

@JamStevenson – Public Enemy at Stockton Weekender because, aside from being utterly awe-struck at such a massive influential Hip Hop act performing in Stockton-on-Tees, they brought so much energy and delivered the best North East gig of 2014.

@stephgibsonnn – Passenger at the o2 Newcastle, hands down. So, so, so good!


@WhatBeckiDid – Fat White Family at The Georgian Theatre. Their singer covered himself in butter and the Fleckt Pets singer did a full on forward roll off the stage… Frontmanship at its finest.

@chloewinter – Ed Sheeran! Just one man, his guitar and his loop pedal in front of a packed out arena. It was amazing.

@Matty_Hearfield – Chvrches at Newcastle, though it’s probably the only North East gig I went to last year I’m sure it’s up there with the best.

@cariadfiddy – The Lake Poets at Independent was my favourite gig of the year. Martin’s angelic tones seriously gave me chills.

@HannahMahon – I went to see One Direction and McBusted and McBusted were a million times better if that counts!

@jakethehotdog – Franz Ferdinand were unreal at Pop Recs last year. Their old stuff always makes me feel nostalgic and it was amazing to see them in such a small venue.

@Hugill – Larry and His Flask live at The Cluny. Everyone was dancing around to punky bluegrass, it was really cool.

And that’s just to name a few of the many amazing shows put on in our region in 2014. With acts such as Queen and Adam Lambert, Take That, Slipknot and Foo Fighters already lined up for 2015, we’ve got plenty to look forward to in what’s sure to be another stunning year of live music.