Essential Gig Guide: December Edition
December brings with it a whole host of special Christmas gigs for all tastes and budgets.
Even if you're feeling the pinch a little with all the Christmas shopping you've been doing, most of these shows are under a fiver so you won't have to miss out!
So without further ado, treat yourself and your loved ones to tickets to some of our top reccomended gigs across the North East this festive season:
Christmas Gathering: Ghost / Signals / Foreignfox / The Golden Age of Nothing / Pacer / Lost on Me
Genre: Alt Rock / Pop / Punk
Location: Arch Sixteen Café - Gateshead
Price: £3 ADV / £5 OTD
The lads from Ghost and Signals are hosting an early Christmas bash with a whole host of friends.
Treating us to their dark indie rock, Dunfermline’s Foreignfox will also be making an appearance, and are bound to impress with their enigmatic live show and unique blend of synth rock.
And from closer afield The Golden Age of Nothing, Pacer and Lost on Me will provide an extensive array of wonderful noise to keep you warm on a cold winter night.
Wild Front / Support TBC
Genre: Indie / Dream-pop
Location: Think Tank Newcastle
Since the recent release of their impressive self-titled debut EP we have been well and truly hooked on this Hampshire four-piece.
And with this being Wild Front’s first headline tour we are very excited to finally catch these guys live.
Expect some wonderfully dreamy, jangly indie pop that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside as you groove to their infectious sound.
Sam Fender / A Festival, A Parade
Genre: Singer-Songwriter / Alt-Rock
Location: Riverside Newcastle
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1933503196900349/
After selling out his recent gig at Newcastle’s Cluny in mere hours there is no doubt Sam’s biggest hometown show to date is going to be very special. And after recently returning from playing shows across the UK and Europe supporting Declan McKenna and Bear’s Den there is no surprise that the Newcastle singer-songwriter has just been picked for BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2018 longlist. With his soulful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics he has a mass appeal that is bound to take him very far so don’t miss as this gig will sell out pronto.
Otherkin / FEVA
Genre: Alt Rock / Punk Rock
Location: Surf Café Tynemouth
Charismatic Dublin rockers Otherkin are bringing their explosive live show experience to the intimate Surf Café as part of their first headline tour.
Their debut album 'OK' has been one of our favorites this year, and having experienced them live before we know we can expect a pretty raucous night full of kick-ass rock tunes and intense crowd interaction.
Support comes from one of Newcastle's premier emerging bands; FEVA who will get the crowd rallied up nicely with their broody indie sound. This show is a definite highlight for us this month so don’t miss out!
Post Rome / Sleeptape / Into The Deep / Carabiniers
Genre: Alt Rock / Indie
Location: Think Tank Underground
North East indie rockers Post Rome have been high on our watch-list since the release of their first track 'God' earlier this year thanks to its abundance of powerful vocals, fierce drums and classic riffs.
And with support from equally loud and exuberant Sleeptape, Into the Deep and Carabiniers this show should probably come with a health warning... It’s gonna get loud!
Canshaker Pi /Swine Tax / Mouses
Genre: Alt Rock / Chaos-Rock /
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
Amsterdam’s Canshaker Pi are bringing their fuzzy guitar-laden indie rock to a surprise stop off at Newcastle’s Little Buildings whilst over in the UK supporting the Cribs on tour. And with two of the wildest chaos-rock bands around also on the line-up we expect this gig is going to get very sweaty and raucous indeed.
Both Swine Tax and Mouses are well known for their off-the-scale live shows and rip-roaring sounds. We guarantee that you won’t want to miss this.
The Gallery / Mayfare / Dome Hall
Genre: Indie / Rock
Location: Jumpin' Jacks Newcastle
Wakefield based indie-rock assembly The Gallery are embarking on their first debut headline tour this winter and are hitting Newcastle’s Jumpin' Jacks along the way.
After an impressive summer of playing at Live At Leeds and Tramlines, as well as supporting bands like Pretty Vicious and Clay, we can’t wait to get an earful of their nostalgia infused sound. Support comes in the form of two local treasures: the infectious indie rockers Mayfare and equally dreamy indie-jazz piece Dome Hall. This is going to be canny!
Eat Fast / Headclouds / Luxury / Canyon
Genre: Garage / Punk Rock / Dream-Pop
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
Here is another festive show for you, this time featuring the fuzzy death-pop band East Fast who have been grafting hard on new tunes over the last few months getting us excited to see them headline the fantastic Little Buildings. Support comes from three equally exciting local bands: post-punk rockers luxury, dream-pop four-piece Canyon as well as one of our current favorite jangly feel-good indie bands Headclouds. A guaranteed crowd-pleasing line-up!
Social Room / VIDA
Location: Independent Sunderland
Price: £7 ADV
Sunderland’s Brit-pop inspired Social Room have been creating an absolute storm around the scene with their catchy tunes and swaggering live shows.
And after having recently supported acts like the Sherlocks and Eurhythmics’ Dave Stewart, there is no doubt that their biggest headline-hometown show yet is going to be a roof-raiser. Support comes from the equally brilliant Scottish band Vida who are bringing their anthemic Indie tunes to Sunderland’s Independent.
Music Box Presents: Xmas Box Fest Festival
Location: Avalon / Hash Bar & Kitchen Darlington
Price: £5 ADV / £8 OTD
A festive spin on Darlington’s Music Box festival, this event brings us a plethora of incredible North East acts across three stages in two venues all with their own seasonal theme.
Whilst bands like The Circus Villains and Abel Raise The Cane will have you rocking around the Christmas tree on the Winter Wonderland Stage, some much more groovy electro and synth vibes will be unwrapped over on the Retro Yuletide Stage by acts including local darlings Twist Helix and Ronald Raygun. And for those who prefer a more cosy setting, the Rooftop Grotto will host stunning performances by Ridley Woof, George Boomsma, Eve Conway and many more.
We can already tell that this one will beat any office party, especially with loads of extra touches on offer like Christmas movie projections, seasonal food and drink plus many more surprises!
Cape Cub Christmas Show: Tom Joshua / Llovers / A Choir of Ghosts
Genre: Singer-Songwriter / Deam Pop / Indie
Location: Georgian Theatre Stockton
A dreamy Christmas delight courtesy of Cape Cup awaits you on the 23rd of December in the beautiful setting of Stockton’s Georgian Theatre. Despite still adoring their beautiful EP '6am' from 2016 we can’t wait to finally hear the highly acclaimed new releases by Chad and his musical endeavor; including 'Flowers' and 'Searchlight'. And if that was not enough, support comes in the form of the mystical A Choir of Ghosts as well as two incredible fellow Teesiders: the utterly enthralling singer-songwriter Tom Joshua and dream-pop four-piece Llovers.
We may be more excited for this show than Christmas morning itself, and if you can’t make it all the way to Stockton you can catch Cape Cub at another Newcastle show on December the 1st!