Live Review: The Maccabees @ O2 Academy Newcastle (24/06/17)
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The Maccabees have been around since their debut album Colour It In came out in 2007. This past August, they announced they would be splitting up after fourteen years as a band, but promised “farewell celebration shows” in their statement.
A celebration show is exactly what they put on Saturday night in Newcastle, at just one of their eight final shows.
The band walked onto the stage, calmly, while the crowd screamed, leading in to their opener of 'Wall of Arms'. This was followed by 'Feel to Follow', a big favourite among fans. Their setlist had a consistent balance of fast-paced songs worthy of the intense crowd jumping that occurred, such as 'X-Ray', with slower songs the crowd happily swayed to, such as 'Kamakura'. With four albums worth of songs, the band chose a setlist that represented their entire discography, with an even distribution of songs from each album.
The Maccabees played with an energy and confidence that was compelling and drove the overall lively atmosphere of the room. The obvious overwhelming love the crowd had for them only propelled their confidence forward and increased the happiness that was radiating from the band members as they played. They let the crowd take over the chorus of 'Precious Time' as they happily played and watched the crowd from the stage.
They gave a short farewell speech, stating they were “going away for a bit” before launching into 'Something Like Happiness'. With lines such as “If it’s over, let it be over,” this song was fit for a goodbye. There was an underlying wave of sadness in the room as the goodbye was addressed, but mostly it was just immense happiness among the fans.
The band then left the stage, only to return a few minutes later for their planned encore of songs that they would definitely not leave without playing, starting with 'Marks to Prove It'. With the moment of sadness and goodbye out of the way, they could finish out their celebration with some of their most beloved songs. They continued with a couple songs from their first album, 'First Love' and 'Toothpaste Kisses' and ended with their immensely popular 'Pelican'.
The Maccabees will be missed by their fans, but they gave them something to remember with this grand goodbye.