Updated: Sep 18
Bare Roots - Virgin Money Unity Arena
Photos - Callum Robinson
Words - Holly Appleby
One of the North East's upcoming bands: Bare Roots, supported The Hunna at the Virgin Money Unity Arena last Monday and they were excellent! This was arguably their biggest gig yet and you could tell how much they enjoyed it. Lead singer, Anthony, even got his girlfriend to cut his hair for the occasion.
They were welcomed on stage to a large crowd with a cracking sunset as a backdrop and performed 'By A Thread' and 'That Man', which set the mood for the night. The guitar-saxophone ensemble resembled Sam Fender's backing band. It's not often you see saxophones involved in rock bands, but the melody blended in perfectly. They also played 'Always', ‘Sooner’, ‘CFN’ and ‘Young and Dumb' which were crowd favourites, finishing off with ‘Go’.
The band have been very busy during lockdown, writing new music, which went down a treat on the night. Despite it being September, there was a real summer festival atmosphere, with fans getting into the mood by drinking and dancing in their socially distanced pods. I think I speak on behalf of everyone there that Bare Roots did really well to set the tone of the night.
They're set to head back into the studios later this year and have just announced a headline show at the Surf Cafe in Tynemouth next year. They're certainly one to watch and we're looking forward to supporting these local artists in the future.