SNMW Kicks Off In The Toon!
And so, Spanking New Music Week begins...
Its the event thats been credited as having helped kick-start the careers of Editors, Bloc Party, Natasha Bedingfield and M.I.A. to name but a few. And now its back.
The Spanking New Music Week tour rolled in to Newcastle last night, March 20, to the Northumbria SU on a MTV Hits tip with the sort of eclectic night that MTV is famed for.
The evening was opened by Mike Skinner protg Professor Green dropping his grin inducing rhymes, getting the crowd going with his cheeky remix of The Streets When You Wasnt Famous, and finishing his set with future single Stereotypical Man.
Next up was James The Voice Morrison showcasing his new band, his heart wrenching/warming voice and songwriting abilities, taking us through upcoming material including You Give Me Something, Pieces Don't Fit Anymore and Wonderful World. And didnt the ladies just love a bit of him!
The previous two acts are new to the scene but the third act of the evening is a man who even at his tender years has been a part of one of Britains most successful pop bands of all time, Busted, and saw it all disappear in 2005 when the band split. Yes, its Matt Wills.
Any fears Matt may have had about performing on his own - and believe us he had some - disappeared as soon as he strutted onto the stage and ripped in to his forthcoming debut solo single Up All Night as the crowd lapped up the return of one of the golden boys of pop. Matt then wowed the Newcastle crowd, finishing with another sure fire hit, Hey Kid.
MTV caught up with Matt just after his performance to hear he thought: "It was wicked," he said, all sweaty and excited. "Im chuffed to bits!"
The headline act of the evening was snappily dressed popsters The Feeling. With a recent Top-10 single under their belt and having just arrived back from Texas after performing at the SXSW festival, the fellas seem to be riding a crest of a wave at the moment, and they didnt disappoint here.
From the opening chords of Fill My Little World to the final chords of said recent hit Sewn, they had the Newcastle crowd moving like their pop-lovin asses depended on it.
So a blistering start to SNMW. Next stop Dublin. Click back for all the spanking latest...