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Review: Example Arena Tour 2012 (Newcastle)

Following on from his European tour, Example touched back down to UK soil to perform his first arena tour. The London-born rapper managed to sell-out almost all the dates on the tour, which stopped off at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on April 21st, 2012.

Support on the night came from upcoming dubstep artist, Youngman, whose forthcoming single, “Who Knows” went down a treat with the crowd as he managed to get a Mexican wave going early on in the night.

This was followed by grime rapper, Wretch 32, who performed hits including “Don’t Go,” “Unorthodox” and “Traktor,” as well as a great cover of Labrinth’s “Earthquake.” As the final preparations to the stage were made, American DJ, Alvin Risk, kept the crowd going with some remixes, as the anticipation for Example was amounting.

Bassist, Andy Sheldrake was first to take to the stage, closely followed by guitarist, David Stewart and Johnny Jenkins, who occupied the drums. As the first few notes of “Stay Awake” were played and the main man himself, Example, walked out. The night had begun.

Dressed in all black, real name Elliot Gleave, managed to get the crowd bouncing, swaying their arms and moshing to hits such as “Won’t Go Quietly,” “Midnight Run” and “Shot Yourself In The Foot Again,” mainly performing tracks from his number one album, “Playing In The Shadows.”

The stage lighting ensured that the night wasn’t just good to listen to but looked good as well, with a camera crew displaying the on-goings on projected screens. It was a lot to take in.

His latest single release, “Daydreamer (ft. Flux Pavilion)” was very well received by onlookers, which was followed by “Watch The Sun Come Up” and his breakthrough single, “Kickstarts.” The band left the stage and returned for the encore with “Skies Don’t Lie.”

Example continually asked the crowd whether they “had any energy left” as the night built up to its climax as arguably one of the most exciting moments of the night was hearing two new songs, “Where Did The Sun Go?” and “Coming Back ” (ft. Calvin Harris)”). Both tracks were very well received as “Coming Back” looks set to become one of the biggest hits of this summer.

As the Newcastle crowd showed no signs of tiring just yet, Example went in to “Natural Disaster” before finishing on his first UK number one single, “Changed The Way You Kissed Me.” It was the perfect end to a brilliant night.

It certainly looks like there’s no stopping Example. The energy and charisma shown throughout his arena gig showed the passion for creating and performing music is still as evident as it was when he first broke in to the music scene. The taster of his upcoming songs, which look set to take the charts by storm, was a great treat for his fans. Bring on album number four.

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