Live Review – BLOSSOMS, Riverside Newcastle

FRESH from festival season and supporting The Stone Roses during the summer, Blossoms continued their first UK Tour after the release of their first No.1 album at a sold out Riverside in Newcastle.

The Stockport band played a sub hour set that consisted of all of the songs on their self-titled LP ‘Blossoms’ excluding ‘Onto Her Bed’.

Walking on to Black Skinhead and then immediately starting the gig off with ‘At Most A Kiss’ made for a promising start and sent the sold out Riverside bouncing.

The indie pop outfit had everyone singing, from the teens at the front, to the old Oasis and Paul Weller wannabes at the back of the venue.

What seemed to be a wave of hit after hit, the set was halted just after halfway when frontman Tom Ogden played ‘My Favourite Room’ and segments of ‘You’re Gorgeous’ by Babybird and ‘Half the World Away’ whilst the rest of the band left the stage.

They came back with a version of ‘Texia’ that had a remixed intro, reminiscent of Black Skinhead and it certainly pleased the crowd. From here on, like the rest of the gig, Blossoms owned the stage. From beginning to end and they let us have our moment by keeping quiet during the sing-a-long choruses of ‘Blow’ and ‘Blown Rose’.

Hitting us at the end with ‘Charlemagne’ was obviously what everyone expected, but it didn’t stop the crowd from going mad.

A sea of hands and mini mosh pits could be seen from the balcony above and it was the icing on top of a perfect live performance.

The most revealing thing about this gig was how Blossoms showed us that they are not just a one hit wonder.

Charlemagne is a catchy tune that has no doubt exposed them to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, but half of the songs on their album are just as good, if not better than it.

If you can get tickets, go.

Support came from Cabbage and Declan McKenna who, at 17 year old, didn’t seemed phase by the occasion at all. He played, Paracetamol, Brazil and his new single Isombard.
There are still some tickets left for their UK Tour here:


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