Frank Turner is no stranger to Newcastle, having performed numerous times in the region throughout his extensive career.

Tonight marks show number 2,157 for Frank Turner, and a sold-out crowd is in attendance at the O2 Academy Newcastle to witness his return. So much was the demand for this evening’s concert that it has long since been sold out. 

Frank Turner is getting ready to release a brand new studio album titled Be More Kind on the 4th May via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor. As the band erupts onto the stage they kick off the proceedings with “1933” – one of four new tracks to feature in the set tonight, which in turn sets the tone for the night ahead. Turner also previews the poignant “Make America Great Again”, his rather funky 6Music playlisted new single “Blackout” along with the title track itself. 

Despite this, there is plenty of room for old favourites from throughout his expansive songbook with the inclusion of an arsenal of crowd-pleasing anthems in the setlist. The audience sings along wholeheartedly to the likes of “Recovery”, “I Am Disappeared”, “The Road” and “If I Ever Stray”, to name but a few. The Geordie choir in attendance tonight are in fine voice.

In the latter stages of the show, Turner takes a solo acoustic spot that includes a rare airing of “Anymore”, this being the first time the song has been performed live since 2014, along with an emotive performance of “The Way I Tend To Be” and “The Ballad of Me and My Friends”.

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls picks up the pace with a frantic rendition of “Out of Breath” that results in a huge circle pit forming in the center of the room, before concluding the main set with the classic “Photosynthesis”.

As the band leaves the stage, cheers of ‘one more tune’ reverberate around the room. However, Turner declares that it will be not one but rather four further songs that the crowd will be receiving, much to the audiences pleasing. During an emphatic rendition of “I Still Believe” Turner even manages to impressively crowd surf his way around two laps of the O2 Academy Newcastle.

Tonight Frank Turner sinks his heart and soul into his passionate performance. Based upon the recent announcement of a follow-up arena tour early next year, it looks like, playing venues of this size will be a thing of the past very soon and deservedly so.

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Event Date: 22-April-2018

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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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