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08/08/17 - Newcastle Times Square Review - Louder Than War

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05/08/17 Newcastle Times Square



Publication: Louder Than War
Date: Tuesday 8th August 2017
Writer: Lee Hammond


Manic Street Preachers pick up The Cribs momentum from the off with a rousing rendition of Motorcycle Emptiness, as well as an early appearance from Your Love Alone Is Not Enough. It’s a passionate set from the Welshmen and no holds barred set packed with all of the bands greatest tracks, as they feed of the crowd’s enthusiasm. There is a real buzz in the air compounded by the streamers that fill the air mid set during If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next.

However, this is only the middle of a set which had seen the band play the likes of Kevin Carter and You Stole The Sun From My Heart, but the Manic Street Preachers kept turning the screw and taking it to another level. The renaming of Tsunami to Toon Army for one night was a brilliant touch, You Love Us sent the crowd into an unbridled frenzy as did a stripped back rendition of The Masses Against The Classes.

It falls to Design For Life to see the release of the confetti canons and bring a close to an incredible show, the perfect way to end a near perfect set. The Manic Street Preachers tonight are in almost untouchable form, there must have been something in the air tonight as all of the bands put on incredible sets. Yet the Manic Street Preachers eclipsed them with an epic headline set!