FOR a sweet, harmony-laden folk-pop duo, Swedish songstresses First Aid Kit arrived in front of a sold-out gig in Newcastle with a bang.

The Soderberg sisters were revealed from behind a curtain which dropped dramatically at the strike of the first drum beat at the O2 Academy on Sunday night.

And what followed did not disappoint as they reeled off a number of hits from their globally successful albums released in the past decade.

Familiar harmonies, contemplative lyrics and swooping melodies were gladly welcomed by a respectably sedate and appreciative audience.

With Johanna on base, Klara on guitar and a full band behind them they delivered a set which hit the spot.

Rebel Heart, It’s a Shame and Fireworks were among a string of tracks from this year’s release, Ruins - inspired by Klara’s broken engagement.

These were interspersed with ‘old’ favourites Master Pretender and the title track from 2014 album Stay Gold, plus King of the World and the title track from 2012 album The Lion’s Roar.

They also performed Ugly from the very recently released EP Tender Offerings.

But it was Emmylou and final encore track Silver Lining that generated the biggest buzz.

Their set was preceded by an exquisite set from sister trio The Staves.