Busted @ Bents Park, South Shields

Busted deliver a gig like no other band I’ve seen this year (or ever?)


We are off to see Busted with the kids next month btw…are you excited? 😂

The above was a text from my wife to me whilst I was at the home of music, Glastonbury.  Clearly I had no say in this. The kids would no doubt be happy.

I got home to discover that this was a free event as part of the South Tyneside Festival.  However, we’d bought priority tickets at £5 a piece! Bargain.

This was a decent event – especially for those that got in free. There were 4 acts on in quick succession, so there was little time to get bored between them.  I gather there was quite a queue when it opened (12 noon for priority ticket holders), but we didn’t arrive until until about 1.30pm and sailed straight through.  The weather was pretty great all afternoon, so that was a bonus.  All the support acts were local.

Sonny: the only local performer to do his own tracks (from what I can remember) until he closed with a medley of covers. He sounded pretty decent and was a nice way to start the day.

Call On Sunday: played covers for the younger audience members. Sounded good.

The Understudies: played covers for the older audience members. I really enjoyed these. Covers included; Franz Ferdinand, ELO, The Beatles, Buggles, AC/DC, Pulp…

Busted: I’m not sure how interested Busted were in this. Charlie Busted’s eyes seemed lifeless behind his shades and they didn’t hang around at the end of their set.  I’m pleased to say I didn’t know as many Busted songs as I feared I might.  The girls seemed to enjoy it, although they were pretty exhausted in the sun after a great morning playing in a football tournament. The definitely enjoyed Year 3000 and a few others. You can see why Busted have some appeal and there were tonnes of people singing.  It’s not music made for me. That’s fine. I was there for the girls and it was good value, even with priority tickets.

For what it’s worth, here’s the setlist (I submitted this, but only thought about it 5 or 6 songs in – so it’s incomplete – and relied heavily on lyric searches on google!)

The Sherlocks @ 02 Academy 2

The Sherlocks are possibly on the brink of something big.  They signed a record contract at the start of the year and are due to release their first album in August.

They were supported by Vida who seemed like a poor Oasis meets The Stone Roses.  Not for me.

The highlights of The Sherlocks set were the singles; Live For The Moment, Will You Be There?, Last Night, Heart of Gold & the latest one Was It Really Worth It?

No merch purch.

Food at the Coop was great as it always is.


The full #agigamonth2016 list

25th January – Daughter – A & S

6th February Lanterns on the Lake @ The Sage – All

12th MarchTurin Brakes @ The Cluny – All

22nd April Misty Miller @ The Cluny 2 – All

14th MayFather John Misty @ The Sage – All

2nd June – Chromeo, Jamie xx – A

9th JuneKing Charles @ Castle Keep – C

19th JuneColdplay @ Wembley Stadium – C

12th July – Sturgill Simpson – A

22-24 JulyDeer Shed Festival – All

14th AugustThe Oh Hellos @ The Cluny – All

22nd SeptemberThe Sherlocks @ Ku Bar – C & S

3rd October Blossoms @ Riverside – All

6th OctoberMystery Jets @ Wylam Brewery – A & C

29th OctoberThe Lumineers @ O2 Academy – C

16th November Teenage Fanclub @ Playhouse – All

22nd December Cattle & Cane @ Empire – All

End of year review 2016

2016 in review
Gig of the year – The Oh Hellos
Venue of the year – Wylam Brewery
Support act – Wildwood Kin
Food – River Beat, Gateshead (pre-FJM)

Gig of the year – Blossoms (for the overall experience & shit show support)
Venue of the year – Riverside
Support act – Cabbage
Food – Carpaccios, Stockton (pre-Sherlocks)

Chris: I think this was a consensus view? Possibly?!
I know FJM may have been mine and Andrew’s worst?

Andrew: That’s pretty much on the money for me! Hoping for a bit more wylam and a lot less riverside in 2017…oh, and definitely no cabbage.


Mumford & Sons @ First Direct Arena, Leeds (12/12)

Shed Seven @ O2 (3/12)

Of Monsters and Men @ O2 (29/11)

Lord Huron @ The Cluny (9/11)

Little Comets / Hyde & Beast / Du Blonde @ O2 (14/10)

Wolf Alice @ Newcastle University (21/9)

The Bluetones @ O2 (18/9)

Hyde & Beast @ The Cluny (14/8)

Chase Park Festival, Whickham (Featuring Ash & Turin Brakes) (8/8)

Deer Shed Festival, Topcliffe (featuring Emmy The Great, Black Rivers, Honeyblood, Cattle & Cane, The Villagers) (24-26/7)

Frankie & The Heartstrings @ The Cluny (10/7)

Glastonbury (featuring Suede, The Vaccines, Ryan Adams, Alt-J, Everything Everything, The Staves, The Libertines, Young Fathers) (26-28/6)

Waxahatchee @ The Cluny (16/6)

Public Service Broadcast @ Riverside (30/4)

Lucy Rose @ Think Tank (21/3)

Hudson Taylor @ Riverside (6/2)

First Aid Kit @ Newcastle City Hall (20/1)


12th December (C) – Mumford & Sons
3rd December – Shed Seven
29th November – Of Monsters and Men
19th November (A) – The Maccabees
9th November (C&S) – Lord Huron
14th October – Little Comets / Hyde & Beast / Du Blonde
21st September – Wolf Alice
18th September (C) – The Bluetones
14th August – Hyde & Beast
8th August (C&S) – Chase Park
24th-26th July – Deer Shed Festival
10th July – Frankie & The Heartstrings
26th-28th June (C&S) – Glastonbury
16th June – Waxahatchee
21st May (S&A) – Young Fathers
30th April – Public Service Broadcast
21st March (C&S) – Lucy Rose
March (S&A) – Underworld
6th February – Hudson Taylor
20th January – First Aid Kit

Frankie & The Heartstrings @ The Cluny

Support act: Martha, Rhys Patterson, Tom Smith

All 3 alumni present and correct.

Decency‘ album launch

Frankie & The Heartstrings

Local band for local people

Frankie & The Heartstrings Setlist The Cluny, Newcastle, England 2015