This weekend the UK has been battered by Storm Ciara. However, tonight nothing was going to stop the Tyneside locals from heading to region’s favourite rock bar to witness the return of music legends Girlschool.

The band’s arrival in the North East is even more special since bass player Tracey Lamb is also a local lass originally hailing from Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

With a career dating back to the late 70s, Girlschool has a long history with the city. In fact, during the show, frontwoman Kim McAuliffe reminisces playing at the Newcastle City Hall alongside Motorhead in 1979. The aforementioned concert hall being a mere stone’s throw away from tonight’s venue – Trillians in Newcastle.

Many in attendance recollect their favourite Girlschool gigs from over the years, and one or two even still have their prized ticket stubs as souvenirs.

Tonight the locals see out the remaining hours of their weekend with Girlschool as they showcase a setlist that encapsulates the very best of their forty-plus year career. The room is packed to capacity for what is an up-close and personal, as well as a memorable night at Trillians.

Having passed their landmark 40th anniversary Girlschool are one of the longest-running all-female rock bands of all time. And throughout their career, the band has amassed a whole raft of classics, many of which you still hear frequently played on rock radio today.

The band kick off the show Demolition Boys, along with the thunderous C’mon Let’s Go and The Hunter. And although there are a few gremlins in the system at the beginning, it doesn’t seem to phase the fans who wholeheartedly embrace everything the band has to offer.

The four-piece belt their way through Guilty As Sin. The latter being the title track of the album of the same name. They joke that it is their latest album, in that it had been recorded in the last decade.

Anthems such as Hit and Run and the unmistakable Race With The Devil are truly timeless. Whilst the inclusion of Action takes the fans back to a time when Tracey Lamb was previously in the band.

Tonight the crowd are more than up for getting involved and clap along from the off to Nothing To Lose. On the other hand, guitarist Jackie Chambers prowls the front of stage grasping an extended microphone stand allowing the audience to sing along during a nostalgic rendition of debut single Take It All Away.

Of course, Girlschool has a long association and history with Motorhead. Tonight the band pays homage to the group and Lemmy in their own way with Take It Like A Band. Whilst a crowd-pleasing airing of Bomber is a nice touch to the proceedings in the later stages of the show. The night comes to its explosive finale with fan favourite Emergency and Girlschool’s take on the ZZ Top classic Tush.

Tonight Girlschool proves that forty years on and they are still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down.

About The Author

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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