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Having never heard of Brett Anderson before going to the gig, it would be unfair to say I had any preconceptions as to what the performance would be like.

Brett Anderson, Newcastle University Students Union

Having never heard of Brett Anderson before going to the gig, it would be unfair to say I had any preconceptions as to what the performance would be like.

The gig was part of his UK tour, promoting tracks from his new album Brett Anderson, which was released in March.

The Students' Union at Newcastle University seemed a modest choice for a singer who was a big name in the 90s, but the venue suited the crowd perfectly, enabling all to get a good view of the stage and when Brett Anderson appeared, everyone began to go wild. He breezed on to the stage very coolly, almost as if he'd never stopped performing and immediately got into the mood, offering songs from his album such as Love Is Dead.

Anderson's vocals on this song echoed similarities to David Bowie, but with more of a rock beat.

Anderson appeared to be passionate in what he was singing about, and often stopped his performance to chat with the crowd and crack a few jokes, making the atmosphere in the venue very relaxed, welcoming and at times intimate.

With the venue being small, many fans shouted out requests for certain songs with Anderson being only too happy to oblige, obviously flattered by such dedicated fans, as any performer would be.

A high point was when Anderson performed a few old Suede songs, one being So Young, which pleased the crowd, and he occasionally stopped singing, allowing the fans to sing along with the song.

I personally thought the gig was good, although not to my taste, but Brett Anderson appeared to know who his audience were and he played to their tastes, making the gig an essential experience for lifelong Suede and Brett Anderson fans who still like to rock.

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