PAOLO Nutini kicked off his UK tour in Newcastle with the help of a passionate travelling army of fans.
The Metro Radio Arena was full of Scottish accents as his countrymen and women made sure they didn’t miss out on the enigmatic musician’s return to the circuit after the release of his third studio album, Caustic Love.
From the pulsating beats of opening song Scream (Funk My Life Up), to the beautifully crafted new arrangements of popular sing-alongs such as Pencil Full of Lead , the 27-year-old was relentless in pleasing his loyal following.
As a nod to the number of those who had journeyed south to see him back on stage, Nutini dedicated These Streets to his home town of Paisley.
While the title track of his first album went down a storm, it was Iron Sky that showed how much Nutini has developed his range over the last few years.
The powerful song from his latest album was the standout performance of the night, with Nutini blasting out the politically-charged number with ferocious energy.
Charlie Chaplin appeared on giant screens as a quote from one of his films, The Great Dictator, was heard over the music with the famous line “you are not machine men, with machine minds”.
It was a resounding hit with the audience, who seemed to resonate with the song’s message of freedom, while also lapping up the mesmerising light show.
Nutini took things down a notch to end the show with an acoustic performance of Last Request, which he sang with the help of thousands of fans keen for him to stick around.
The Glastonbury headliner seemed genuinely delighted to be back in Britain after spending time in the USA, saying he couldn’t be happier to be “home up north”.
Hopefully he’ll be back again soon.