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Review: Michael Gallagher– 27/07/2019 – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle

15/08/2019

Though only separated by 32 miles, for one night only, Newcastle’s Think Tank? Underground became a mini Hartlepool as one of the town’s brightest musical prospects, Michael Gallagher, took the stage for his highly anticipated debut headline show in the city…

This artist has been building his reputation over the last few years, but 2019 has seen Gallagher rise to prominence with the release of his self-titled debut EP and new single ‘Gone’. 

This headline gig was in celebration of the single’s release, and a large Hartlepudlian contingent was in attendance and ready to enjoy their Saturday night. They were hooked from the off as stormed into the set. 

I saw Gallagher and his band at Evolution Emerging last year and you can see how much the four have grown in confidence since then with their set looking so much more refined. Gallagher hits the audience with his back catalogue, much to their approval. He rattled through both ‘Real Love’ and ‘Yesterday’ very early on, with the die-hard fans screaming back every word with no hesitation. 

Gallagher’s continued upward trajectory this year has shown in his performance and stage presence. He shows it all off for during his great tracks ‘All Night’ and ‘Pull Me Aside’. The latter showing the passion and emotion that the guitarist puts behind every word. 

Think Tank? Underground also gave Gallagher the opportunity to test out some seemingly new material. The standout was ‘Kids’, a track that proved catchy and slightly reminiscent of North East superstar Sam Fender’s ‘Hypersonic Missiles’. 

‘Gone’ followed next, the reason for this show and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It received the biggest cheer of the night. Its addictive guitar rhythm is plucked straight from 00’s Indie Rock, making  it difficult to not dance along to. The audience began to turn up the atmosphere more with individuals beginning to climb upon shoulders. 

The performer and audience had given everything as the set was nearing its end, but both had enough left in the tank for more. Gallagher brought the curtain down with the excellent songs ‘Time’ and Fallen’. Despite giving everything, the crowd wanted more as “encore” rang around Underground, they were rewarded for their persistence as the band returned for one more number. 

Gallagher had one more ace up his sleeve, bringing the house down with the classic ‘Deborah’, the audience repaid Gallagher for the gem and it was the only fitting way to end what will prove a special point in Gallagher’s career. 

When Gallagher was asked by GNE before his headline show if he had enough material to give us an album, he said that the material is there. Having bared witness to Gallagher’s performance and also his unreleased gems, there is no doubt that Michael Gallagher will be wowing audiences in Newcastle and way beyond for some time yet. 

photos: SCARLET KANE

WORDS: DANIAL KENNEDY

If you enjoyed this review then you’ll love our Gig Gallery from Michael Gallagher’s show too. Check it out here… 

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