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Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic to support Kings of Leon at St James' Park

Scottish rock band Twin Atlantic is to support Kings of Leon on the Newcastle date of their Mechanical Bull tour

Twin Atlantic who are supporting Kings of Leon at St James' Park
Twin Atlantic who are supporting Kings of Leon at St James' Park

Scottish Rockers Twin Atlantic have been announced as support for Kings of Leon in Newcastle next weekend.

They will drop into St James’ Park on May 31 and attempt to steal the stadium show from under the noses of the American headliners.

Twin Atlantic are scheduled to release their third studio album, Great Divide, on August 18 (Red Bull Records).

If advance publicity is to be believed, it contains “12 stadium-sized anthems”.

Lead singer Sam McTrusty says: “Ninety per cent of Great Divide was written in the back of the tour bus. “Our adrenaline was through the roof because, for the first time, thousands of people had come to see us.

“You can’t hear 10,000 people singing a chorus back at you and not be changed by it.”

The band, also including Barry McKenna, Ross McNae and Craig Kneale, released their first album, Vivarium, in 2009. It was followed two years later by Free, which climbed higher.

Those behind the band insist it is on the up and up, with several big dates confirmed this year including T in the Park and the Leeds and Reading festivals.

A single from the new album is out this weekend. It is called Heart And Soul and it was produced by Jackknife Lee who has worked with U2, REM and others.

On hearing it, BBC Radio 1 head of music George Eratoudis Tweeted: “Hyperbole alert. No joke - Stunning does not do them justice.”

McTrusty says: “Our aim was always to make songs this size.

“Coming from a punk rock background, it took a while - we like to say we went the scenic route.

“But it was the right route for us, full of interesting stops on which we learnt a lot.”

Tickets for the Newcastle gig are available from various online outlets including seetickets and ticketmaster but not from the ground.


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