Cate Le Bon


Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon

Cluny, Newcastle

18th December 2016

The festive spirit certainly got the better of some this evening, but Cate Le Bon still put on an incredible show!

As the festive spirit takes hold, it’s particularly evident in tonight’s venue. Cate Le Bon is ending a triumphant year with one final jaunt across the country. Crab Day has received well deserved rave reviews, and the added draw of the brilliant Tim Presley. He takes to the stage first with the backing of Cate and her band.

His soft voice providing the perfect opening to tonight, a set that flourishes with tracks from his solo record The Wink. His jangly guitar riffs coupled with his endearing stage presence all making for an impressive set. All of this is somewhat overshadowed by the aforementioned Christmas spirit, with a clever individual deeming it reasonable to play his harmonica over the top of Presley’s songs.

Tim Presley

Accompanied by an equally inebriated moron who believed it was ok to scream the words to Delilah between songs. To say this evening was quickly getting out of hand is something of an understatement. Not wanting to let these idiots ruin this evening, Presley makes light of the situation and carries on with his brilliant set which is over all too quickly. He leaves the majority of the crowd suitably warmed up though.

As Cate Le Bon opens with the awesome Crab Day her set is off to a flying start, and it quickly gathers pace. The thunderous drums and driving guitars take hold of the set, the likes of No God and Wonderful providing early highlights. The excited tempo is maintained but it’s the likes of I Was Born On The Wrong Day that show off Cate’s real talents.

Cate Le Bon

Her immensely delicate voice is out of this world, the fragility against the bouncing riffs is wonderfully spellbinding. The latter part of tonight’s set sees her delving further into these graceful tracks, with How Do You Know? Providing another mesmerising moment, it’s a perfect set that ends with the same bombast that it began with. A rousing rendition of Sisters is by far our favourite track of tonight.

The inebriated morons played their part in Cates set, their shouting and singing met with disdain from an increasingly annoyed crowd. Rightfully so, it may be the season of goodwill but there is a time and place. In fairness to Cate she deals with these morons perfectly, it’s a wonderful set packed with all the best bits of Crab Day whilst mixing in the brilliance of her back catalogue. In all the perfect way to end a crazy year, her rendition of Last Christmas would leave even the biggest Scrooge feeling overly festive.

Cate Le Bon can be found online here She is also on Facebook and tweets as @CateLeBon.

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All words and photos by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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