LIVE REVIEW: Maxïmo Park, 6 Music Festival, The Sage Gateshead

MAXÏMO Park kicked off 6 Music’s Festival Saturday night out with a near to maximum crowd.

Launching Hall One’s bill at The Sage, they started back where it all began more than a decade ago with first single The Coast Is Always Changing.

Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith plays BBC6 Music Festival at the Sage

Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith plays BBC6 Music Festival at the Sage

Rammed to the rafters, the plan to start off the evening’s proceedings at 5.30pm with a homecoming proved to be a canny idea, with the crowd right behind what turned out to be an half-hour-plus appearance.

An additional mention for the North East also gained a cheer with that opening track, with the hits then jammed in as they rattled through an energetic set.

It proved a reminder of how many good songs they’ve packed into that 10 year stretch - Our Velocity, The National Health (dedicated to the Government, as I suspect it tends to be every time) and Leave This Island were a swift walk through the band’s ages.

The show also served up a bumper teamtime helping of North-East talent, with singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams adding her vocals to tracks including Books From Boxes and Midnight On The Hill.

Another boost was given to the percussion arrangements, with Brendan Murphy welcomed into the fold.

Lead singer Paul Smith did a grand job of charming the audience and making the point the event was a good reason for the region to celebrate.

And with a final scissor kick to close Apply Some Pressure from first album A Certain Trigger and a “It’s nice to be home” they were done.

Tune into the 6Music Festival across the weekend, see performances at www.bbc.co.uk/6music and highlights will be on BBC Red Button across the week.