Review | Rag ‘n’ Bone Man | O2 Academy Newcastle
Last night brought the return of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man to Newcastles O2 Academy Newcastle. With queues around the block and taking about 2 hours to clear from doors opening the academy was packed out to see Rory Graham sing to us on his current ‘Life by Misdaventure Tour’..
Aptly named after his latest album and this being the follow up to his 2017 hit album ‘Human’. It has been eargerly awaited, and if you were on the the festival circuit you would have seen him pop up. Like many you can see he’s happy to be back and performing to crowds. An academy tour ensures a full house, but i’m sure he could be selling out larger venues.
A simple stage awaited, two backing singers and a small band. This wasnt an elaborate set up, but that’s what kept it feeling intimate. Out of the darkness, the lights lit up and there he stood Rag ‘n’ Bone man, ready to perform.
The gig was just fantastic. The voice that continues to defy his look, he puts it on full vocal display, and works through the songs, largely from the latest album, but adding in some of his big hits such as ‘Human’ and ‘Giants’ which roused the crowd and gave the largest reactions of the night. Throughout the set the songs were uplifting and energetic, and had the crowd singing along to every word. In between songs he took the time to chat, which brought a softer side to him, showing he’s just a down to earth guy, returning to his powerful vocals to project across the academy. A great live gig, and the first one i’ve been part of a standing audience in years, made it a more than worthwhile mid week visit out. He may only be Human, but there’s definitely nothing Rag ‘n’ Bone about his performance or ability.
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