Review: Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, 02 Academy 2, Newcastle

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UNTIL this gig, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis had been on a long list of bands that I wanted to go and see, but I never had.

It’s not that there haven’t been chances over the years, but my excuse was until now they had never played Newcastle.

So, upon entering the Academy as someone who doesn’t own a single song by them I – and my accompanying brother – didn’t know what to expect.

Ninety minutes later we left with a new favourite band and an entry into the top 10 of all-time gigs I have seen.

The siblings from Kentish Town, London, are a group that mix the sounds of R ‘n’ B, swing, blues and rock ‘n’ roll to create a stunning rockabilly sound.

Their set was a mix of songs from their previous two albums as well as material from new offering Smoking In Heaven.

Songs like (Baby) Hold Me Tight, Mean Son Of A Gun, I’m So Sorry, Baby Don’t You Know and I’m Coming Back all sounded absolutely stunning.

The special guest appearance by the legendary trumpet player Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton added to a buzzing atmosphere and despite the venue being half full, the noise of appreciation was deafening as they left the stage.

Anyone who knows me is aware of my opinion on the current music scene and its lack of real quality. This gig restored my faith.

Never again will I choose another band over this one at a festival.