Seven students from the Duchess’s Community High School made their way to the O2 Academy in Newcastle, to watch American band Train perform some of their favourite songs.
But who would’ve guessed how unforgettable their night would really become?
Tickets booked by scraping all their savings together and anxiously waiting since October – the sold-out Train concert was something all the girls were completely and utterly ecstatic about.
“Me and my sister don’t listen or like the same music,” said Sophie Bronze, 14. “But we really bonded over Train.”
Train are a pop-rock band from California and have been active for more than 16 years. Led by singer Patrick Monahan, they’ve had six spectacular albums full of western influences and catchy, fizzy lyrics, creating jangly pop music to get people of any age moving.
The show in Newcastle, scheduled romantically for Valentine’s Day, was Train’s first show in the UK. Not many people can say they’ve seen their favourite band before anybody else in the country has. But seven lucky girls from DCHS have that accolade to their names.
It seemed as if Train were really giving it their all. The band really looked like they were having the time of their life on the Academy stage (formerly The Carling Academy). Monahan had taken the time out of his hectic American lifestyle to research Newcastle and even bring about some Geordie slang in his performance.
“We were so close to the front,” said Amy Barrett, 15. “Patrick Monahan was about to sing a song before stopping and saying ‘I need some little mermaids to come and help me sing’.”
The new single Mermaid has been branded as ‘sounding like jumping into summer’ and Monahan thought it would be interesting to welcome 10 ‘little mermaids’ onto the stage to sing it with him. Seven of the 10 were students of the DCHS.
The girls had pushed straight to the front and were all handpicked to go on stage with the American stars. A once in a lifetime opportunity! Oozing with excitement they stood around Monahan and began singing Mermaid.
“I touched him,” said an excited Caitlin Slevin, 15. “I actually touched him and screamed!”
“The first thing I did was ring my mum!” said Amy “He thought I was taking a photo and took my phone, then realised who I was ringing and sang down the phone to her. She had no idea what was even going on!”
The girls sung their hearts out and were rewarded with limited edition, never-seen-before T-shirts. Being on stage is nerve-wracking in itself – but in front of nearly 2,000 people and with three men that you’ve admired for years they deserve an amazing round of applause.
Ella Scott, Year 11
Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick