Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls recently made a welcome return to Hartlepool, their first show in the area since 2006.

Upon arrival at the venue, the queue was huge, the anticipation for the show was at fever pitch level. Frank, brandishing his trusty acoustic guitar, glided around the stage as the band blasted their way through their set. The audience could see he was enjoying himself, and his energy was contagious.

The sold-out crowd sang, danced, and clapped along to his unique brand of punk rock, hanging on to his every word. During “Photosynthesis” the show turned into a giant hoe-down as Frank invited the crowd to take part in a dance contest, the winner of which got to join the band on stage.

There was certainly a unique sense of community in the room, as the tour flag was unveiled by a member of the crowd on the balcony. The flag has been carried show to show by fans of the band who had organized for its safe voyage across the country.

The show comprised of a career-spanning set, featuring hits such as “Peggy Sang The Blues,” “The Road,” and “The Way I Tend To Be” along with three new songs from Frank’s upcoming, yet untitled, album.

A memorable rendition of “Recovery” saw one of the members of the crew becoming the crowd’s personal dance instructor for the evening leading the audience through a series of star jumps during the chorus. The main set was brought to a close with “Long Live The Queen.”

The crowd stomped their feet, chanting for more, as Frank returned to the stage to rapturous applause. Closing the evening with new song “Angel of Islington” before rocking their way through fan favorites “I knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous,” “I Still Believe,” and “Four Simple Words.”

Frank Turner is certainly going from strength to strength and building a formidable following in the process.

Frank releases his new album of previously unreleased rarities “The Third Three Years” on Xtra Mile Recordings on the 24th November.

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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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