Following one of the stand out sets at last year’s Hit The North Festival in Newcastle, indie rock quartet Black Honey makes a welcome return to Tyneside.

Over the last four years, the Brighton-based four-piece has been honing their craft both on the road and in the studio. The band’s continuous flurry of radio airplay garnering singles along with tours with the likes of hard rock heavyweights Royal Blood has seen Black Honey become somewhat of a household name.

Last month Black Honey released their eagerly anticipated eponymous debut studio album and subsequently the group are currently out on an extensive UK tour in support of the release. A strong crowd in attendance tonight at the Riverside in Newcastle to witness the return of these rising stars of the Indie rock world.

With a shimmering backdrop embellished with neon lights portraying the group’s latest album cover, Black Honey takes to the stage and waste no time at all showcasing their latest offering. The British four-piece open their set with an emphatic airing of “I Only Hurt the Ones I Love”, which in turn sets the tone for the night ahead.

Lead singer Izzy B Phillips who is bedecked in a red feathered skirt, black boots and grasping her Gibson Flying V looks the epitome of cool. Izzy prowls the edge of the stage whilst simultaneously engaging the fans positioned at the front all night long.

Throughout the course of their set, Black Honey performs the lion’s share of their UK top 40 album, with 11 of the 12 tracks on the record featuring. Highlights from this include the likes of the band’s shoegaze tinged next single “Crowded City”, Black Honey’s ethereal 2017 release “Dig” along with the incredibly infectious slice of indie rock “Just Calling”.

Black Honey released 5 singles in the run-up to the release of their debut album, however, only two of those tracks made it onto the record. Some of these earlier cuts feature in the setlist tonight including both a spellbinding airing of “Corrine” and crowd pleaser “Somebody Better”. The latter of which results in the band’s fans enthusiastically and wholeheartedly pogoing along.

One of the stand out moments of the set has to be the old favourite “Spinning Wheel”. With only modest atmospheric stage illumination Phillips opens the song with just guitar and vocals before the track builds into an all-out fuzz fuelled garage rock anthem that certainly gets the crowd moving.

As the group heads into the final third of their set the likes of “What Happened to You” with its heavy grunge infused groove highlight’s Black Honey’s vast musical landscape. On the other hand the band’s 2016 single “Hello Today” has a retro-Britpop vibe that immediately transports the listener back to the summer of ’98.

The evening is brought to a close with the synth-heavy, disco-pop anthem “Midnight”, which in turn leaves the crowd wanting more.

It’s fair to say that Black Honey has firmly established themselves as one of the most exciting British indie rock bands to emerge in recent times. On the strength of tonight’s performance, the Tyneside faithful would definitely agree.

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Event Date: 19-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.

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