Excitement was in the air in Newcastle as the locals were out in force as the Black Veil Brides rolled into town with Attila, Fearless Vampire Killers, and Drama Club.

US electro outfit, Drama Club, opened the show, bringing their big beats to a packed room. Dressed in suits and theatrical masks while climbing aloft their podium, they saluted the North East crowd. An impressive array of visuals behind them, they laid down their take on The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up,” along with the likes of the impressive Halloween 365. The crowd had the floor bouncing to their mix of electro and hip hop.

Next up was, Fearless Vampire Killers, who much of the audience had been waiting to see. The crowd was loving “Neon in the Dance Hall” and “At War With The Thirst.” The band left the stage to rapturous applause, leaving the crowd suitably warmed for metalcore heavy hitters, Attila from Atlanta, Georgia.

Attila performed with such confidence and authority, front man Chris Fonzak constantly engaging the crowd, instructing them to form circle pits on the floor. They had Pantera-esque vibe about them. The crowd singing back the chorus to “Party with the Devil.” They will be returning the UK early next year.

Anticipation was high for the Black Veil Brides to take the stage. Long before the band was ready to perform, the crowd was chanting their name. A huge stage set in tow, complete with visuals, drum risers, and ramps brought an arena production to a more intimate theatre setting.

The band opened their set with “Heart of Fire,” before a rare performance of “Coffin.” The crowd hung on every word of each new song that was played. It was undoubtedly a tight performance from the band as charismatic frontman, Andy Biersack, charmed the Newcastle audience.

Drummer Christian “CC” Coma stole the lime light during his amazing drum solo. Their set was packed with fan favorites like “Knives and Pens,” “Perfect Weapon,” and closing their main set with “Fallen Angels” leaving the crowd wanting more.

There were many new fans in the crowd, which goes to show the band are building a strong following. After their incredible performance, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to any of their fans if they started filling arenas before long.

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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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