Monday, May 26, 2008

26 May: Duffy Live@ Evolution Festival, Newcastle

Today Duffy sang live at the Spiller's Wharf stage at the "3volution" Festival in Newcastle.

Anyone have any info, reviews, pics, vids please leave a comment.

The below comment from the Music Magazine Blog:

Duffy seems to have been the artist everyone came to see. She got the biggest cheer of the night as she took to the stage. The diminuitive Welsh sexpot must only measure 5′6, but the hold she had on the 6000+ people on the Newcastle Quayside was incredible.

Althought she only played 6 or 7 songs, it was a performance full of confidence. Her vocal talent is unmatched, and even losing her shoes halfway through didn’t interrupt her - two people in the crowd are now proud owners of Duffy’s self-proclaimed favourite shoes after she decided to throw them into the crowd when one came off.

On the Baltic Stage, Hercules and Love Affair brought their alternative approach on music to the Newcastle crowd. No-one was too impressed though, and our reporter wound up catching the second half of Duffy’s set instead.

The below exert by The Journal's review of the festival:

THE sun is shining on this Bank Holiday Monday, and there’s an air of anticipation among the 60,000-plus crowd, as revellers ponder which side of the Millennium Bridge to sit on and soak up the finale of NewcastleGateshead’s week-long Evolution Festival, part of NewcastleGateshead’s world class programme of festival and events in 2008, managed by Culture10.

The North’s biggest music event has not become one of the country’s leading cultural events, in its seventh year, the line-up isn’t disappointing, with a range of chart-topping and critically acclaimed performers, including The Streets, Kate Nash, Reverend And The Makers and Duffy on the Spillers stage, and Brazilian Band CSS adding a truly international flavour to the Baltic stage with support from New Young Pony Club and Toronto’s Crystal Castles.

This year, the event has been ticketed for the first time to raise funds for WaterAid. The day is panning out to be remarkably civilised with the crowd showing plenty of appreciation for the bands, some of which I hadn’t heard of before, including WhoMadeWho and Glasgow’s Glasvegas, who were incredibly good.

Their songs have a depth and meaning that reminded me of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. The set was simply awe-inspiring.

The crowd roared as Duffy took the Spillers stage. There was a mix of all ages for the Retro star, which didn’t surprise me, as it was my 12-year-old son who first introduced me to her work.

The Welsh starlet began her set with Rockferry. Her most anticipated number one single Mercy goes down a storm, as does Warwick Avenue and Syrup & Honey with Jon Breen on guitar, but she’s not much fun to watch on stage and leaves 15 minutes before time.

The following photos are featured at The Journal:

The following photos of Duffy outside her hotel in Newcastle are by Madness-Memorabilia (he sells autographs sometimes on ebay so go an have a look what he's selling as he ocassionally sells Duffy signed photos)!

Some great pics below by Lorne Thomson (Click photo for larger image):


Fred said...

Week ending 25 May 2008 :

Though not quite matching the top two, Duffy’s Rockferry had another good week, increasing sales by 30% to 40,572, to climb back to third place. Helped by Warwick Avenue, which is number two on the airplay chart and climbs 13-7 on the singles chart, Rockferry sold more copies last week than in any of its seven previous frames, and lifts its 12-week sales tally to 656,628. The album has remained in the top four throughout its career.

Albums (Last week):

01 Ting Tings 47,907
02 Neil Diamond 43,659
03 Duffy 40,572 (to date 656,628)

Singles this week:

iTunes Update (Early Afternoon 26 May)

[01] 01| Rihanna - Take A Bow
[02] 02| The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
[03] 03| Duffy - Warwick Avenue

It's going to be very tight on Sunday!

[Meanwhile in the USA, Mercy is at # 27 (after a massive jump from # 66); Rockferry is at # 4. Watch this space (on Wednesday, to be precise).]

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHA. The guy in the Chanel photo seems to have something solid in his trouser pocket....LOL.