LIVE REVIEW: Royal Blood, 6 Music Festival, The Sage Gateshead

I’VE been won round.

I knew of this band largely due to being a 6 Music listener, but hadn’t realised how much of their material had seeped in until seeing this set.

What I did know was this band has become huge in a tight space of time, so not for me, so I thought.

Launching with Come On Over, they stormed through a whirlwind of Figure It Out, Little Monster, Ten Tonne Skeleton among others.

And yes, they’re a little samey in places, but what they do between the two of them, just guitarist and singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, is something to behold.

What an almighty noise. Dark, loud and punchy, this is stadium stuff in the making.

Given the enthusiasm of the crowd, I’d be surprised if they couldn’t pack one out if they turned up to the region again soon.

And I’m sure the Kaiser Chiefs will do a fine job of supporting the Foo Fighters at the Stadium of Light, but it’s a shame Royal Blood won’t be taking up the slot as they are elsewhere on the tour.

I can imagine both bands make for a complementary line up.

By the end of the night I’d added Royal Blood’s album to my wish list.

Extra entertainment points go to Ben for a bit of crowd surfing.

I bet it’s a bit of a rarity at The Sage.

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