As the old saying goes it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. But for HRH favourites Collateral their 400-mile journey from Ramsgate to Newcastle may feel even longer.

The quartet’s Tyneside debut was part of their biggest headline UK tour to date – this show coming hot off the back of the group’s recent appearance on Jon Bon Jovi’s recent Med Cruise. And following the cruise, the Jovi fans have certainly Kept the Faith in Collateralwith many of the band’s seafaring followers in attendance tonight.

It’s always a daunting task to perform in a city you’ve never played in before, especially on a Thursday night. But the Geordie faithful need no encouragement to get down to the city’s favourite rock bar to witness the Kent-based rockers eagerly anticipated gig, and tonight Trillians fills up quicker than you can say Ant and Dec.

Collateral’s debut album is currently being tipped for a Feb 2020 release, and tonight the group whet their newfound friend’s appetites for more of what is to come next year as Collateral quite literally kick off the show with a bang with set opener ‘Big Shot’.

Hard rocking numbers like ‘Merry Go Round’ and new song ‘About This Boy’, are real earworms and are certainly strong enough to be future singles for Collateral. The four-piece have drawn their fair share of Bon Jovi comparisons, but with the Trillians imposing a no Jovi policy this evening, Collateral settle for the next best thing and a superb cover of Ritchie Sambora’s ‘Rosie’ follows.

A triple whammy of ‘Promiseland’, alongside the pair of widely playlisted singles by way of the joyous ‘Midnight Queen’ and Collateral’s very own bedtime ditty ‘Lullaby’, closes out the night proper.

One thing is for sure, Collateral have their sights firmly locked on the big time. And with their ambition and arsenal of crowd-pleasing anthems, it’s only a matter of time before their dream will become a reality.

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM KENNEDY