The Virginmarys make their first appearance in the North East of England since 2013.

14-Jun-2016: The Macclesfield trio released their electrifying sophomore album, Divides, recently and there’s most certainly no second album syndrome here. The album was produced by Gil Norton, whose long line of credits include the likes of The Pixies and The Foo Fighters to name but a few. The band has recently returned from the US where they toured with alt-metal outfit Shinedown.

The sound of air raid sirens reverberates around the room, and it seems fitting as the band takes to the stage to go into battle. With Divides, The Virginmarys have something to say. The band is not just about big rock numbers and stadium filling anthems, which they have in abundance by the way. Their tracks are quite punk by way of their social commentary.

The Virginmarys open their high-octane set with a triple whammy of “I Wanna Take You Home,” “Halo In Her Silhouette,” and the frantic “Dead Man’s Shoes.” The power trio has a huge sound, packed with crunchy guitar riffs, infectious choruses, driving bass lines, and thunderous drum grooves. The Virginmarys play with passion and deliver a tight performance throughout the show.

Danny Dolan is one of the most energetic drummers around; he beats his kit like it owes him money. Frontman Ally Dickaty quips, “Danny is bleeding again.” It is no surprise given the ferocity in which Danny crashes down on his drum kit. This band plays as if their lives depend on it.

The Virginmary’s set is full of grit, raw energy and packed with euphoric, hard rocking numbers from their latest offering like “Into Dust,” “Free To Do Whatever The Say,” and “For You My Love,” which sends the crowd into a frenzy. The band’s passion filters down into their fan base. There’s a real sense of community here tonight, which seems to spur the guys forward. Many in the audience have followed the band across the country, and some have even flown in from further afield.

The Virginmarys close out their main set with anthemic fan favorites “Bang Bang Bang” and “Just A Ride” from their debut album, King of Conflict. “Push The Pedal” kicks off the encore while the crowd pogos along, and the floor is bouncing. The night closes with “Motherless Land,” which is the band’s latest single.

Tonight The Virginmarys came out hard and fast, setting a momentum that didn’t slow down at any point. Alongside forthcoming appearances at Reading and Leeds Festival, the band promises to be back before the end of the year.

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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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