Essential Gig Guide: January 2018 Edition

Essential Gig Guide: January 2018 Edition

New year, new music, new artists! There is no better time of the year to go out and see live music, with so much new talent emerging as well as some already well established acts making re-appearances on the scene.
Here are some of our January gig picks to get your 2018 started right!

3rd of January
Spotlight Music Presents: Weakdaze, Japanese TV Club, No Teeth, Swine Tax

Genre: Alt Rock / Chaos-Rock
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
Price: £3 ADV / £5 OTD
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Back for round two, this 'Spotlight Music Presents' showcase gig brings you another perfectly packaged bundle of emerging talent from across the North East. This time we have four equally formidable bands all with their own unique style including the captivating chaos-rockers Swine Tax, experimental noise-machines No Teeth, the multi-layered lo-fi band Japanese TV Club and broody alt-rockers Weakdaze.
What a way to kick start a new year of incredible live music.

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5th of January
Mayfare / New Luna / Glasswire / Clarence

Genre: Indie-rock / Punk-rock
Location: Think Tank Newcastle
Price: £5
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Local indie four-piece Mayfare are one of my top tips for 2018 having already impressed me on several occasions with their catchy indie tunes and captivating onstage performance.
Their biggest headline show to date also brings some impressive support acts including punk-rockers Glasswire, indie-newcomers Clarence and foremost Manchester’s New Luna who have wowed recently with their captivating performance at Ouseburn’s Little Buildings.
A night with huge “I was there” potential!

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6th of January
Giraffes / Anne Lince

Genre: Indie-rock / Acoustic Pop
Location: Stockton Music Lounge
Price: Free Entry
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Another of my “Big things for 2018” bands are Giraffes so I highly recommend you pop along for this free show if you’re in Stockton area.
The indie duo will hook you with their dark and broody indie sound laced with infectious rhythms while support comes from talented singer songwriter Annie Lince.

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14th of January
Macmillan Fundraiser w Martha Hill / Penguin / Twist Helix & many more

Genre: Singer-songwriter / Rock / Electro-pop
Location: The Cluny Newcastle
Price: £5
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The Cluny presents a day of live music to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, with a lineup that includes local heavyweights like singer-songwriter Martha Hill, enigmatic rockers Penguin, our favourite electro-pop trio Twist Helix and many more.
So if you’ve indulged in a lot of gluttony over Christmas now is the perfect time to dancing off some excess calories and raise some cash for this fantastic charity whilst you’re at it!
A gig with a feel-good factor guaranteed.

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January the 8th
To Kill A King / Fours / Soham De

Genre: Indie-rock / Dream-pop
Location: The Cluny Newcastle
Price: £11
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Having just released a brand new Acoustic EP 'Spiritual Dark Age' London band To Kill A King are due to embark on a January headline tour, and are stopping off at Newcastle’s iconic Cluny along the road.
With their thought-provoking lyrics and catchy yet complex rhythms these guys are in a league of their own. And with their third album due out in Spring there is no better time to see them live, especially with fantastic support from local singer-songwriter Soham De and London based Indie -pop band Fours.

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January 26th - 28th
Truth Hurts 2nd Birthday Weekender


Promoters Truth Hurts are throwing a big party for their 2nd birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a whole weekend of live music at their favourite stomping ground, Little Buildings.
More info below...

Jan 26th - Witch Tripper / Silverchild / Ironrat / Dirty King / Kraken Waker
Genre: Hard-Rock
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
Price: £4 ADV / £6 OTD
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Jan 27th - Velvoir / Eigengrau / Ghost Signals and Kkett
Genre: Chaos-Rock / Instrumental-Rock / Alt-Rock
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
Price: £4 ADV / £6 OTD
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Jan 28th - Nettles / Duchess / Deep.Sleep / The Adlets
Genre: Alt-rock / Indie-rock
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
Price: £4 ADV / £6 OTD
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26th - 27th of January
New Year New Artists 2018 at the Sage Gateshead


NARC presents this showcase of rising stars from indie, folk, jazz and classical genres. The lineup includes some local favourites already high on our radar like VITO, Brooke Bentham and Shamu which are well worth seeing, especially at such an iconic venue as the Sage Gateshead. But of course we are just as excited to discover some fresh new talent from the various genres.

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Friday 26th - Paul Thomas Saunders / Brooke Bentham / Harri Endersby
Genre: Singer-Songwriter / Folk
Price: £8.70
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Saturday 27th - VITO / Shamu / Shy-Talk
Genre: Indie-rock / Electro Pop
Price: £6.50
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Saturday 27th - Daytime - Ellen Nisbeth / Keertan Kaur Rehal / Tamas Palfalvi /The Rheingans Sisters / Christoph Sietzen / Mali Hayes / Sound and Music: Next Wave 2
Genre: Classical / Folk / Singer-Songwriter
Price: £13.10 (for full day including entry to evening gig)
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