Canadian alternative rock outfit Walk Off The Earth arrive in the North East of England hot off the back of a much-celebrated performance at the Royal Albert Hall earlier in the week.

Following a show at the O2 Academy Newcastle five years back the band makes a welcome return to the region whilst performing in front of a packed out crowd at the Sage Gateshead.

Having amassed a significant following online, including over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, Walk Off The Earth has become well renowned for putting their own unique take on a whole raft of contemporary hits. Tonight the versatile ensemble delivers a well-balanced set of covers and original material.

As the house lights dim, the group appears at the top of a staircase at the rear of the stage, where a table decorated with some of the most original instruments we’ve ever seen is laid out before them. Utilising their rhythmic contraptions the group deliver their rather unique interpretation of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, to great effect.

Several other covers feature in the band’s marathon set, including their upbeat take on Pharrell Williams “Happy”, a beautiful airing of Adele’s “Hello” along with a spellbinding performance of The Chainsmokers “Closer”.

The band’s original compositions are so incredibly infectious and laden with beautiful vocal harmonies and catchy hooks that they simply sweep you away. This includes the likes of the larger than life “Taekwondo”, the rhythm-heavy “NOMAD” and the funky “5th Avenue”. Each of the band’s own tracks has wide-reaching appeal.

Such is the draw of the band that they bring together all ages, both young and old. For the duration of the show, it doesn’t feel like this is a seated venue at all as the group collectively unites the Gateshead faithful through their music. This, in turn, creates a special atmosphere inside of the room.

One of the many highlights of the show is the group’s five people, one guitar medley whereby each member of this incredibly talented outfit congregates around the instrument in question whilst each taking a different part of the acoustic guitar’s body to collectively perform a myriad of chart-topping covers. The likes of “Somebody That I Used To Know”, “My Girl” and even Lorde’s “Royals” are seamlessly segued together during this thoroughly entertaining section of the show.

Walk Off The Earth close out their main set with a crowd-pleasing performance of Queen’s classic rock anthem “Bohemian Rhapsody” that has the audience singing wholeheartedly at the tops of their voice.

Having teased the crowd with a few bars of “Sing It All Away” on more than one occasion during the course of the show, the night is brought to a fitting finale with a triumphant performance of the song itself. Walk Off The Earth leaves the stage to a standing ovation from the Sage Gateshead audience.

Throughout Walk Off The Earth’s sensational live show you can’t help but smile. With a live production that would rival any arena show, the stage becomes their playground. Armed with a variety of props and instruments tonight the high energy group channels their creativity to craft a show like no other.

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Event Date: 02-May-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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