A trip to Newcastle this weekend for Scott and fiancé Mary-jane, staying with Henry and partner Abi. With tickets purchased to see Fatherson at the Head of Steam in the evening, the four of us were in search of something different to do pre-gig so decided to head to Lane7 beforehand for a spot of bowling.
We order a pint each of Jack the Devil to go with our food, both of us opting for the Chilli Pimp Dog. The food is classic American dining and goes down very well. The beer is brewed by Cullercoats Brewery and was very palatable though we were expecting a bit more intensity of flavour from a beer with the word devil in it. Interesting fact: the beer is actually named after John Chisholm the famous bowsman of the 1861 lifeboat used when the Lovely Nelly ran aground at Cullercoats on New Year’s Day. 3p from every pint is also donated to the RNLI. It’s always good to hear of breweries giving back to their community. We mix things up with some cocktails. Scott ordering a Caipirinha and Henry choosing a Cherry Fiz.
With a bit of time left before the gig starts we decide to pop into to the Town Wall for a quick pint. A firm favourite of ours is Wylam Breweries’ award winning Golden Tankard, so we order a pint each. This refreshing golden ale and coming in at 4% is easily drinkable.
Head of Steam
After finishing our drinks we leave for the Head of Steam. Downstairs is the cosy gig space. While nowhere near as interesting as the selection upstairs, the beers are really rather good for a gig venue. Scott opts for a few pints of Budvar while Henry decides on Staropramen. The first support act is a Scottish band called Foreign Fox. A similar breed of band to the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad etc and do not disappoint. The songs sounded familiar for a first listen and the front mans delivery was engaging. Next up is Newcastle band Keep Breathing. Delivering probably what you would consider a much more polished performance than Foreign Fox but no where near as captivating. The songs seemed a little devoid of personality but the band were well received by the crowd none the less.
Keen for one last pint before we leave for home, we head to the Union Rooms. With BrewDogs’ This Is Lager on tap the choice is fairly easy. A stark contrast to the lagers we had earlier, this has huge malt notes with a spicy citrus kick coming from the Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops. At 4.7% it is also a deceptively strong way to finish the night.
All in all, a good night, the Head of Steam is a great small venue and makes for very intimate gigs. A perfect place to go and support up and coming bands.