It may well be Sunday night, but Tyneside’s dance music fraternity make the most of the final hours of their weekend as Moloko’s Róisín Murphy turns up the heat at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle.

Tonight’s show being Róisín Murphy’s second appearance in the region inside of twelve months, having also performed at the Sage Gateshead last July as part of the Great Northern Soundtrack curated by Lauren Laverne. This evening’s concert being part of a small run of exclusive UK dates, and what better venue to host it than Newcastle’s historic Boiler Shop.

Following a roughly 10-minute anticipation building ambient video presentation Murphy takes to the stage alongside her four-piece backing band where she immediately goes to task. With her no messing attitude and theatrical and somewhat playful persona, Murphy kicks off the proceedings with “House Of Glass”, “The Rumble” and “You Know Me Better”, which immediately gets the crowd moving.

By the third song in the set Murphy is perched on the security fence in front of the stage whilst engaging the crowd, but tonight the Geordie faithful need no encouragement.

With its infectious hooks, and hard-hitting beat “Like” certainly hits the spot. And the sentiment of the social inspired number is something that resonates with the Boiler Shop crowd. Róisín Murphy, it goes without saying that the Boiler Shop crowd most certainly ‘Like’ you.

Many of the tracks in Róisín Murphy’s setlist carry a profound message such as the Latin tinged “Exploitation”, which carries the thought-provoking message who’s exploiting who?

There is also room in the set for a reworked airing of “Unputdownable”, which receives its live debut tonight. With its catchy synth melody, thunderous galloping rhythm – just like a heartbeat you can feel the bass line pounding in your chest. It’s certainly one thing to listen to electronic music in a club, or on a CD, but to hear it come together and performed live is truly a special experience and tonight’s show is no exception to that rule.

This evening’s setlist is packed full of back to back bangers. From the top of the show, there is just no slowing Roisin Murphy down as she belts through the likes of “Innocence”, “Plaything” and “Forever More”. Each song brought to life by Murphy and her uber talented and somewhat versatile ensemble, who each, in turn, grapple with a whole raft of instruments throughout.

One thing that sets Róisín Murphy apart from the rest is her theatrical onstage antics and passion for fashion that would even give Lady Gaga a run for her money. Throughout Róisín Murphy’s live performance she brings to life and plays out on stage each of the incredible songs that she has created. This evening’s show is as captivating visually as it is musically.

A huge screen at the rear of the stage is filled with projections that accompany the electronic sounds produced by the band throughout. Furthermore, with almost every song in the set, Murphy undertakes a costume change or draws from her arsenal of accessories including a multitude of hats and sunglasses which are housed centre stage which further adds to the spectacle of the show.

The crowd never knows what is about to come next and subsequently, they can’t take their eyes off Róisín for one minute. Murphy’s relentless energy, limitless creativity and engaging persona spur on the crowd throughout. Tonight the musical and somewhat theatrical fashionista proves that her talent and creativity knows no bounds.

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Event Date: 19-May-2019

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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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