London based doom pop quartet The Courtesans bring their Subspecies tour to Tyneside for the penultimate show of their current UK run.

The Courtesans arrive in the North East this evening hot off the back of a recent tour with The Godfather of Ghoul himself Wednesday 13. The four-piece is currently touring in support of their Better Safe Than Sober EP which was released in the spring of this year.

Opening the show this evening is Berlin-based duo Bullet Height. The group features the enigmatic Sammi Doll on keys/vocals and Jon Courtney on guitar/vocals. Throughout the course of their short but sweet set, they captivate the Geordie faithful with their unique blend of synth-heavy, melodic, electronic rock.

The likes of Bullet Height’s current single “Break Our Hearts Down” and “Hold Together” really stand out in the set. The industrial undertones of the latter is reminiscent in places of Nine Inch Nails. The pair sinks their heart and soul into their energetic set. Bullet Height are certainly one to watch out for in the future.

As The Courtesans hit the Jumpin Jacks stage, the vast majority of their fans are congregated around the stage upfront. Throughout the course of their set, the four-piece showcase their latest EP with the likes of “Knowhere” and the anthemic “Mesmerized” featuring early in the performance.

The Courtesans rock so hard during “John Doe” that they blow the in-house PA blows causing a brief mid-set ‘sausage roll’ break as the band puts it. However, that doesn’t bother the fans, who take the opportunity to charge their glasses or have a brief natter with the band before the show is reprised with “Liberate”.

Middlesbrough based pub/venue Doctor Brown’s controversially placed a ban on female-fronted bands this week which has been met with fierce opposition from both the music industry and the general public alike. Subsequently, this evening both The Courtesans and Bullet Height speak of their disgust towards the proposed ban. Of course, those in attendance are wholeheartedly in agreement with the objections of both bands.

As the show progresses the set ebbs and flows from deeply emotive numbers like “Lullaby” and “The Tide” with its beautiful vocal harmonies through to full on infectious alt-rock numbers like “Genius”.

The Courtesans latest single “Feel The Same” takes their sound in a bit of a different course. The track traverses a vast musical landscape. As the band hurtles towards the end of their set they deliver an emphatic rendition of “Monkey Logic”.

The Courtesans bring to a close an incredible night at Jumpin’ Jacks in Newcastle by putting their own unique bass heavy stamp on DJ Luck and MC Neat’s UK garage classic “A Little Bit of Luck”. This genre-defying cover has the floor bouncing; it’s certainly refreshing to see a band pushing their creative boundaries and doing something a bit different.

As the group exits the stage, bass player Agnes makes a celebratory stage dive and is propelled into the middle of the room. On the strength of tonight’s show and the band’s latest offering, a bright future most certainly awaits this exciting four-piece.

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Event Date: 09-Dec-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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