As the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo arrived in the UK, it was Example who went down a storm this past Tuesday at the Academy in Newcastle.
The support acts on the night came in the form of house DJ Benjamin Please, Delta Heavy (an electronic duo from London) and DJ Wire (Example’s touring DJ). For the most part, the acts played remixes of popular club hits, much to the delight of the onlookers, who were bellowing out the words and getting involved wherever they could.
With the crowd well and truly warmed up, Sheldrake (bass / synths), Kai Kai (guitar / keys) and Chris Maas (drums) took to the stage, closely followed by Example (real name Elliot Gleave), as they broke out into the chart-topping track “Stay Awake”. This was followed by the 2012 hit “Say Nothing”, which provided the first shiver-down-your-spine moment of the night. The big stadium chorus echoed throughout the venue, before the track made the transition into the Hardwell and Dannic remix.
The onlookers, most of whom were donning Example’s “Not A Salad” merchandise, maintained the energy and liveliness throughout “Watch the Sun Come Up”, “All the Wrong Places (Quintino remix)”, “Perfect Replacement” and “Midnight Run (Flux Pavilion remix)” before Example slowed proceedings down with “Playing in the Shadows” and “Close Enemies (Jakob Liedholm remix)”.
At this point, Example acknowledged Newcastle as one of his favourite cities to play, thanking the fans for their continued support throughout the years. This was followed by two tracks from his 2010 album, “Won’t Go Quietly”, as “Dirty Face” seamlessly integrated into “Hooligans (Spor remix)”.
Audience interaction has always been one of Example’s strong points, and this gig was no different. The rapper-turned-singer regularly encouraged fans to participate by bouncing with the person next to them, clapping along and getting on other people’s shoulders.
This interactivity spurred the lively crowd on, as they raved to the Ibiza-esque beats of “One More Day (Stay with Me)” and “10 Million People (Kove remix)”, two singles from Example’s latest album, “Live Life Living”. That momentum continued through “Won’t Go Quietly (DC Breaks remix)”, “Take Me As I Am” and “Kids Again”, before Example and the band temporarily left the stage.
After a short break, the encore turned things up a notch, opening with the rather aptly-named “We’ll Be Coming Back”. And there was no sign of the onlookers tiring, as the show continued with “Kickstarts” and “Natural Disaster (Benny Benassi remix)”, before concluding with Example’s first number one hit “Changed the Way You Kiss Me (Chuckie remix)”.