It doesn’t happen often that two Dutch bands are playing a gig in Newcastle and it certainly does not happen often that the venue is packed to see those bands play. Pip Blom did it, together with support act Personal Trainer as they both played in the main room of The Cluny on Tuesday the 8th of October. The live music venue was full from the beginning until the end, and the audience was having a great time.
Kicking off the night was indie pop group Personal Trainer from Amsterdam, with no less than seven musicians, the stage was as busy as I have ever seen. It was hard to pick where to watch as there was a lot happening on stage. Their infectious, quirky pop songs could have been more coherent, however front man Willem made sure to attract all attention and seemed to feel more at home on stage than anyone else. At times I got distracted by the guy who seemed to be doing everything and nothing on stage-right, and the band might do good with some cut downs in musicians on stage. However, their contagious sound is a remarkable one and they are doing a good job at being outstanding and entertaining a crowd.