Your guide to the Canny Fringe Festival
A well named festival is it's own reward but for said festival to be packing a host of amazing artists and bands is like Christmas coming early (or late depending on the arbitrary position of the earth in covalence with the sun when you read this).
First up, representing the 'must sees', are the likes of the kick ass A Festival A Parade (alternatively known as AFAP). This group has blown my mind again and again after each performance, and consistently show they have no intention of slowing down after the release of 'People Person', a song that somehow managed to top the previous track 'If dogs could talk'.
I’ll have to stop myself there due to a major fan syndrome I have for this band but be sure to check them out.
Also bringing up the home front is Eve Simpson, the plucky sixteen year old geordie with the amazing melodious vocals.
Then there's Deep Sleep, a four piece indie pop band who have some killer tunes under their belt.
With such an amazing lineup It’s difficult to pluck the golden feathers from the beautiful yellow ones but standing tall amongst the plume is the fan favourite Blesh.
This four man indie band hold a certain legendary status among the Newcastle indie scene for their bizarre name and it's origins (ask them about it if you get a chance).
What's more, their rather unorthodox music and off and on stage actions show they are indeed “3 geordie lads making music out of beans”.
If you’d prefer to ramp up the decibel intake, then catching the post punk trio of Casual Threats wouldn't be a bad shout either. With the triple threat of Connor, Ollie and Bazz having been described by Narc as “Post Punk genius”, a fact which becomes instantly obvious to any listener.
My final recommendation for the cream of the crop is Soham De, who comes highly recommended if you’re looking for something a bit more mellow after an onslaught of indie rock and post punk. This Durham based musician has the vocal harmonies to calm a room of drunks and the guitar skills to accompany them.
In conclusion I would really suggest just hanging around the alt/indie stage at all times but should you, for whatever reason, feel the need to dip out at any point keep an eye for the times that any of these treasures will make an appearance.
You won't want to miss them!