Preview: The Pogues – o2 Academy Newcastle

Posted on December 9, 2010

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It may never have reached the coveted Christmas number one spot, but few events truly herald the start of the festive season like hearing the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York playing on the car’s radio after a long day at work, and for hundreds of thousands of people across the country and beyond hearing those piano notes is a wonderful thing. Truly, It is up there with seeing the Coca Cola advert for the first time of the season. Even better though is seeing it performed live close to Christmas, with a sprinkling of fake snow, and the memory of MacColl, hanging in the air.
Christmas tours from The Pogues have become something of a tradition over the past decade, with large crowds of the young and old gathering to relive classic and riotous moments from the legendary band’s history. This December, the original folk-punks return to Newcastle’s o2 Academy with songs such as Fiesta, Sally MacLennane and If I should Fall From Grace With God Proving sure to prove as danceable as ever whilst MacGowan’s poetic side likely to be revealed once more through achingly beautiful numbers like A Rainy Night in Soho.
As always though, one of the big draws of The Pogues’ Christmas shows is hearing Fairytale, and with the news that this will be the band’s last Christmas tour anyone who has yet to see the band should take this opportunity to witness a truly magical moment in the festive calender.

The Pogues play Newcastle’s o2 Academy on the 14th December.
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