A review of First Aid Kit’s first Newcastle show

First Aid KitFIRST AID KIT were touring recently, and I was lucky enough to see them in January. I was introduced to them by my brother a few years ago and was instantly hooked. I hadn’t heard many of the songs from their new album though so I went into the gig completely unaware of what to expect. The set was covered in gold, reflecting the title of their latest album ‘Stay Gold’. And their outfits mirrored the same motif – one of the duo had a fringed, 1920’s style dress on and the other wore a black playsuit with a sparkly gold kimono, teamed with matching gold loafers.

They started with ‘Lion’s Roar’, setting off the gig with a bang. The audience where hushed when ‘Ghost Town’ was performed, completely acapela. Despite the quietness of the audience during the songs, the twosome had a wonderful dynamic with us, making jokes with the audience about the seriousness of the content of their songs. Always intent on keeping the mood up with quips like, ‘we’re going to play another party tune, just because it is a Tuesday’. Not only did First Aid Kit display their talents with their own pieces, they also played covers, including ‘Love Interruption’ by Jack White – with whom they toured alongside – and Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘America’. The duo have previously performed for Paul Simon at an awards ceremony and he gave them a standing ovation.  They played a few songs from their new album, including ‘Stay Gold’, ‘Waitress Song’, ‘Master Pretender’ and ‘My Silver Lining’. As well as this, they played some older songs such as ‘Blue’ and ‘King of the World’. My favourite song by the pair, ‘Emmylou’, which they left until last and encouraged the audience to join in.DSC_0066

Using this gig as motivation for my exams definitely worked. I left believing that it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. If you ever get the chance to go see First Aid Kit live I would sincerely recommend taking the opportunity. They smashed their first ever show in Newcastle, and I can’t wait for them to come back.