American country star Kacey Musgraves brings her Oh, What a World Tour to the North East of England.

Due to the rising popularity of country music in the UK, there’s been somewhat of an influx of Americana stars who are now making frequent transatlantic visits. Tonight marks Kacey Musgraves second appearance at the Sage Gateshead in the last three years. Such was the demand for tonight’s return date on Tyneside that it has long since sold out.

Played onto the stage by her six-piece band to appreciative applause Musgraves appears on a podium against the rear wall bedecked in shimmering silver trousers and a black top and grasping an acoustic guitar as she gets things underway with the beautiful “Slow Burn”. This being the first song of many to feature from the Texan singer/songwriter’s new album Golden Hour, which in turn sets the tone for the night ahead.

During the course of her 21 song setlist, the US-based country star performs her latest offering in full, with Golden Hour forming the core of tonight’s show. With tracks from the record such as “Wonder Woman”, “Lonely Weekend” and “Velvet Elvis” Musgraves strays towards more of a mainstream pop sound than what her fans have become previously accustomed to. However, with all of these tracks, there is still an underlying country sound at the core due to the incorporation of traditional elements such as the pedal steel guitar and banjo.

One of the characteristics which set the great singer-songwriters apart from the rest is their storytelling ability and this is something which Musgraves has in spades in both her lyricism and her informative onstage narrative.

Despite the emphasis on Kacey’s latest record, there is still plenty of room for some old country favourites. This includes crowd-pleasing airings of “Merry Go Round”, “High Time”, and “Die Fun”. Musgraves angelic voice sounds incredible in this acoustically perfect room.

With Kacey Musgraves recent upbeat floor filler “Space Cowboy” the Sage Gateshead is momentarily turned into Studio 54; the whole room filled with reflective mirror ball light throughout.

Musgraves brings her astounding main set to a close with a foot-stomping rendition of “Follow Your Arrow” that has her fans singing along wholeheartedly.

Following a standing ovation from the full house in attendance Kacey Musgraves returns to the stage to close out the evening with a three-song encore that includes a beautiful airing of the heartfelt ballad “Rainbow”, the somewhat funky and Daft Punk tinged “High Horse” along with her take on NSYNC’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart” featuring opening act Soccer Mommy.

With Kacey Musgraves new album she is pushing country music forward into the 21st century by delivering a more contemporary sound that appeals to the purists and pop music fans alike. Tonight the Grammy Award-winning artist plays to and pleases both camps in equal measures.

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Event Date: 01-Nov-2018

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