In a night of local pride and celebration of small music venues, JD Roots returned to Newcastle - bringing Maxïmo Park back to The Cluny for a one-off hometown gig. 300 competition-winning fans squeezed into the city’s famous venue to watch the North East’s beloved alt-indie quintet perform a set packed with their singles and brimming with favourites old and new.

The pace was set by the rousing, million miles per hour vigour of the title track from 2012's The National Health LP, as Paul Smith and co. bound around the small, sweaty stage. Typically tight and ever energetic, Maxïmo Park pay credit to their history with The Cluny by delving into their early material; finding space for a host of songs from their debut album A Certain Trigger including 'Graffiti', 'Going Missing' and 'I Want You To Stay’. During the career spanning set, the animated crowd only pause their word-for-word recitals to partake in terrace styled chants of "Maxïmo" - a touch that is lovingly lapped up by front man Paul Smith - before the band close the set with 'Girls Who Play Guitars'.

After a brief and much needed breather, Maximo’ head into an encore that boasts a sublimely uplifting rendition of 'This Is What Becomes of the Broken Hearted' and, of course, the party-inducing 'Apply Some Pressure'. Pint Glasses aloft and departing to a wall of chants and applause, the clammy punters head for fresh air and one thing is clear; it's a fine end to a special evening on Tyneside where, once again, Maxïmo Park prove their worth and flourish in the role of humble local heroes.