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They have been touted as the next big thing and The Fratellis proved why when they stole the show on the final leg of the NME tour.

The NME Rock 'n' Roll Riot tour at Northumbria University Wednesday October 25

They have been touted as the next big thing and The Fratellis proved why when they stole the show on the final leg of the NME tour.

Performing to a receptive and enthusiastic crowd, who had already been warmed up by the likes of the Maccabees and the Dykeenies, Fratelli fever was officially in town.

They made an explosive start with the stomping Creeping Up The Back Stairs before launching into a medley of hits from the excellent Costello Music album.

The crowd chanted along to Chelsea Dagger, raised their hands for Henrietta and erupted into song for Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night.

The Fratellis have a real glam-rock edge to them which is refreshing in Indie land and the lead singer has a slight look of Marc Bolan about him (maybe it's his curly black hair).

Influences from T-Rex can be heard in their guitar riffs but thankfully they've not resorted to wearing Spandex, adorning themselves with feather boas and painting their face with glitter.

This sell-out gig is testament to how big The Fratellis are becoming. They have truly crept up the backstairs into the spotlight with very little hype at all.

After an energetic set and closing the tour they rounded off in true glam style with an excellent cover of Goldfrapp's Ooh La La.

Anyone who couldn't get their hands on a ticket for the gig can get a second chance to see them.

The band will be returning to Newcastle in December when they support Kasabian at Metro Radio Arena on December 21.

Go, it will be a great gig.

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