Frontiers Records label mates The Treatment and Airrace arrive at The Cluny in Newcastle for the penultimate date of a formidable triple bill tour featuring Anglo-Australian rockers Tequila Mockingbyrd.

The beauty of tonight’s show is that each of the three groups featured on the bill brings something a bit different to the proceedings.

Melbourne’s Tequila Mockingbyrd have been touring relentlessly this year. Although the summer got off to a bumpy start when the band had their van broken into in Barcelona and all of their equipment stolen, the hard rocking trio refused to let this setback slow them down.

Tequila Mockingbyrd is currently putting the finishing touches to their eagerly anticipated new album. Tonight’s short but sweet set gives the Geordie faithful an appreciation of what the T-Byrds are all about. With their no messing approach, the three-piece belts their way through the likes of “Money Tree”, “Never Go Home” as well as reminding the crowd that Saturday night is always a good time for a “Jägerbomb”.

The group gives the crowd a taste of their new material with the inclusion of recent release “Tell Me” as well as their current social-media inspired single “Pretty Picture”. The T-Byrds put the cherry on the top of an incredible opening set with the anthemic “I Smell Rock and Roll”, which in turn leaves the crowd wanting more.

Following the release of their 1984 debut album British AOR veterans, Airrace toured with legends such as Queen, AC/DC and Meat Loaf. Despite this the band bowed out of the spotlight one year later. The 25th-anniversary reissue of Shaft Of Light spurred a regrouped Airrace to re-enter the studio and record the eagerly anticipated follow-up – the aptly titled Back To The Start.

Tonight the British five-piece delivers a set which plucks key cuts from their debut long player as well showcasing songs from their brand new album Untold Stories.

Opening with the first track from their debut album in the shape of “I Don’t Care” sets the tone for the night ahead. With its catchy hooks and uplifting melody, the crowd is transfixed from the off. Classics such as “Caught In The Game” with its driving rhythm and infectious chorus, and the groove-heavy “Not Really Me” immediately transports the band’s fans back to the early 80s.

Songs from Untold Stories such as the synth-heavy “Eyes Like Ice” and recent single “New Skin” really stand out in the set, and showcase just how the band’s distinctive musical imprint has grown and evolved over the years. These tracks sound good on record, but they really come to life when performed live.

Vocalist Adam Payne, lead guitarist Laurie Mansworth and bass player Rocky Newton are frequently found up front with one foot up on their monitors whilst simultaneously engaging their fans. Keyboard player Linda Kelsey Foster and drummer Dhani Mansworth are tucked away in the darker corners of the stage and complete this uber-talented lineup. Collectively Airrace comes together seamlessly all night long.

The band closes out their hour-long set with old favourite “Brief Encounter”, which in turn rounds out a nostalgic performance on Tyneside. It may have taken almost seven years for a new Airrace album, but it was certainly worth the wait.

British hard rock outfit The Treatment is getting ready to release a new album via Frontiers Records in early 2019.

The Treatment has graced stages across the world opening for the likes of rock legends Kiss, Motley Crue and much more. However, things haven’t always been easy for the British five-piece. Following the recent departure of frontman Mitchell Emm, The Treatment is now on their third lead vocalist.

The band’s last album Generation Me was arguably their strongest release to date, and it is no surprise that the group dive straight into it opening the show with the frantic “Let It Begin”, which very quickly lights the blue touch paper in the room.

Several tracks from Generation Me feature in the setlist including both “Cry Tough” and the title track itself. Despite this, tonight’s high octane 60-minute set covers all of the bases. Fist pumping fan favourites like “The Doctor” from their debut album This Might Hurt and “I Bleed Rock & Roll” from their sophomore album Running With The Dogs, certainly hit the spot.

The Treatment also gives the crowd a taste of what is to come with an incredible airing of their brand-new single “Let’s Get Dirty”. On the strength of this song alone we eagerly look forward to more of what is to come from this hard-rocking five-piece when their new album lands next year.

The Treatment’s new lead vocalist Tom Rampton has been causing quite a stir since joining the band, drawing comparisons to the late great Bon Scott himself. The band believes they’ve finally found the right man for the job and based on tonight’s performance we would certainly agree. As the old saying goes third time’s a charm.

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Event Date: 29-Oct-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.