PHOTOGRAPHY BY Adam Littlemore REVIEW BY JMM
A Night of Musical Magic at Sunderland Empire with Dave Stewart
Last night marked my inaugural visit to the Sunderland Empire, and what an enchanting experience it turned out to be. As I stepped into the grandeur of the venue, I was immediately struck by its sheer beauty, yet overwhelmed by its vastness. Little did I know, the night would unfold into a musical journey that would leave an indelible mark on my soul.
The atmosphere inside the theatre was palpable, filled with an undeniable sense of soul. The room seemed to come alive as anticipation hung in the air. The music, a force unto itself, reverberated off the walls of the theatre, creating an immersive experience that was nothing short of electrifying.
A standout feature of the night was the powerhouse ensemble of all-female musicians accompanying Dave Stewart. Their collective strength and musical prowess added a layer of intensity to the performance, making every note resonate with power and grace. As Dave took the stage solo, his music blasted through the walls of the theatre, leaving the audience in awe of his musical mastery.
The moment Rahh Raw took the mic, her powerful vocals shone like a golden light, illuminating the theatre and leaving the crowd speechless. The cheers and singing from the enthusiastic audience, standing up and expressing their appreciation, created an emotional atmosphere that transcended the ordinary concert experience.
From the first note to the last, the crowd was captivated, singing along to every word. The magic reached its peak when “Here Comes the Rain Again” hit the airwaves, prompting the entire audience to rise from their seats, dancing and singing in unison. The saxophone echoed beautifully, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of the drums, filling the theatre with a symphony of sounds.
The golden light that bathed the theatre added a visual spectacle, accentuating the emotional resonance of the night. Personally, the experience was even more profound, as Dave Stewart, a hometown hero, took the stage. Feeling a connection to someone who shared the same roots as I do made the night even more special.
As the night drew to a close, Dave Stewart chose “Sweet Dreams” as the final note. The entire crowd rose to their feet, dancing and singing as confetti filled the room with a burst of energy and light. It was a magical conclusion to a night that left everyone in attendance truly speechless. Dave Stewart’s performance at the Sunderland Empire was not just a concert; it was a journey into the heart of musical brilliance and an evening that will forever linger in the memories of those fortunate enough to be there.