Essential Gig Guide: July

Essential Gig Guide: July

July is bursting with awesome gigs across the North East, so we thought we'd put together a list of some of our most anticipated events coming up this month for you to check out!


Friday 7th July
Who: A New Nowhere / Leading Zeros / Plastic Thieves / Winterband
Where: The Cluny, Newcastle
Price: £4
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For just 4 whole pounds you can catch 4 up-and-coming local bands ready to deliver a night full of energetic rock tunes at Newcastle's iconic Cluny.
With acts like the rip-roaring brother-duo Winterband and prog-rockers Leading Zeroes, things are already looking promising.
Add to that the mighty Plastic Thieves (who's current single 'Alter Ego' features one of the most immense riffs I have heard for a long time) as well as the melodic noise-creators A New Nowhere, there should be no qualms about where to spend your first Friday night in July.

Sunday 9th July 
Who: Forever Cult / Llovers / Ilser
Where: Tyne Bar, Newcastle
Price: FREE
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Leeds-based Forever Cult are hitting Newcastle on Sunday the 9th of July as part of their tour to celebrate the launch of their new EP 'Homewrecker' which is due for release 2 days prior. The explosive lead single 'Codeine' has already created quite a buzz and with the band’s reputation for wild live performances, so these grunge rockers are sure to deliver a sweaty, mosh-inducing night.
Support on the night comes from 2 much loved North East bands: Indie-pop sensations Llovers are going to warm things up with their mesmerizing sounds before things pick up in volume thanks to heavy-rock four-piece llser.
And here is the best bit: The gig is 100% free! Don’t be late as it’s sure to get busy down at Newcastle’s Tyne Bar.

Thursday 27th July 
What: The Acoustic Factory
Where: O2 Academy2 Newcastle
Price: Advance tickets £5
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With Ed Sheeran due to take to the stage at St James' Park next summer, no doubt there will be many fans wishing they had discovered him in his days of playing much smaller venues up and down the country.
Well, here is your chance to discover the next big recording artists before anyone else at the Acoustic Factory on the 27th of July.
Showcasing a whopping 8 local acts, it’s going to be an incredible night of acoustic performances in the intimate setting of the O2 Academy2.
And in case you want to check out some of the acts ahead of the night, the full line-up features: Jodie Fitzgibbon / Bob Douglass & The Frequency / Kewen / Paige Temperley Music / Dij¡ / US TWO / Aaron Wiggett / Jack Common

Saturday 22nd July 
Who: The Voluntears / FEVA / Catalyse / Anthony Vacher
Price: Advance tickets £6
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Local music magazine NE Volume have been hosting a range of incredible gigs in the North East over the last few months, however this is their first outing in Newcastle.
And what a fantastic line-up of acts they are bringing with them...
The line-up includes singer/songwriter Anthony Archer (who secured his place at this gig by winning a Facebook competition poll), alt-rock four-piece Catalyse from North Yorkshire as well as FEVA, who are currently super high on my local-bands-to-watch-out-for radar after having seen them perform their enthralling dark rock sounds on a few occasions.

And then there are the headliners The Voluntears who, after self-producing their first album 'Beggars Belief', have just signed their first record deal only weeks ago.
Expect a high energy show which, according to the band's Facebook, will be “packed full of new songs and new surprises”.

Saturday 29th July 
Who: Deep.Sleep / The Leppurs / The Strands
Where: Surfcafé, Tynemouth
Price: £5
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Since the huge success of their single '1994' released back in April, the lads from Deep.Sleep have been working hard writing and recording new material.
Now ready to drop their new single 'Soho' the band are hoping to go one better from their last single launch gig which went down a storm (check out the music video for '1994' and you’ll get the idea!). 
What better venue for this roof-raising party than the magnificent Surfcafé in Tynemouth, and with support from two fellow indie dreamboats the Leppurs and the Strands this gig will be sure to sell out in no time so don’t miss out!



Saturday 8th July
Who: Massa Confusa / Casual Threats / Salt the Snail / Kapil Seshasayee / more TBA
Where: Tanners, Newcastle
Price: FREE
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Newcastle duo Massa Confusa have announced that they will be going on a hiatus from live shows for the foreseeable future, but not before one final gig at Tanners Arms in Newcastle. Having recently released and toured their 3rd compilation, the guys have been working non-stop in the run up to the lead singer and guitarist Ally's is relocation to sunny Spain.

Support on the night comes from Post- Punk trio, and long-time friends of Massa Confusa, Casual Threats. Ollie, Conor and Bazz are also gearing up to release new material, with their video for new single ‘Hate’ dropping the day before the gig.
Other acts announced for the evening include the fun loving hard-core punk 3 piece Salt the Snail from Widnes and a DJ set from Kapil Seshasayee.
If that wasn’t enough there are special guests still to announce and entry is free!

Sunday 9th July
What: BBC Introducing Stage
Where: Mouth of the Tyne Festival
Price: FREE
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The 3 day festival plays hosts to some of the biggest names in music and, with the likes of Elbow, Tom Odell, Billy Ocean and Laura Marling all making an appearance this year, it is no surprise that the festival is almost sold out.
However, If (like me) you would prefer to see some of the best up-and-coming bands and artists perform, then you’re also in luck.
BBC Introducing have put on quite a line up on Sunday the 9th of July at Surfcafé, Tynemouth. With a line-up including Sam Fender, Imogen, Ami Sandwith and Avalanche Party, it promises to be quite a show. Entry is free on a first come first served basis, with the night starting from 7pm.

Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd July
What: Stockton Stages  
Where: Music and Comedy Festival, Stockton
Price: Varies
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Stockton is offering a little something special for comedy and music fans alike from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd of July.
With venues like Arc, KU Bar and Storytellers all hosting top music and comedy talent, the event should prove quite popular. 
Friday 21st will see Scalesia, Cellar Door and Eliza and The Bear grace the stage at The Georgian Theatre while Catalyse, Oddity Road and The Sherlocks will be entertaining gig goers over at the ever popular KU Bar.
And then the final day of the festival will see SWEARS (a brand new rock super group made up of members of Idle Violets and Bi:Lingual), Ronald Raygun, Rambler with Major Matilda closing proceedings at The Green Room.
Tickets for the various nights are available from

Wednesday 26th July
Who: Neurotic Fiction / Breakfast Muff / Mouses
Where: Empty Shop Durham
Price: £5
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Equestrian Collective have put on quite an impressive line-up at Empty Shop HQ, Durham. Glasgow based Garage Pop Punk band Breakfast Muff will be bringing their angry pop tunes to the night, along with the laid back sounds of Neurotic Fiction, who are made up of members of Twisted & The Fairweather Band amongst others.
The main act of the night however, is Billingham Low-Fi two piece Mouses.
Fresh from headling ‘The Free Trade Inn’ stage at this year’s NARC Fest, Mouses will be bringing the noise as always, with their high energy set a must see for any local music fan.

Saturday 29th July
Who: Primitive Painters / Figmennt / Major Matilda
Where: Voodoo Cafe, Darlington
Price: £4
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Dave Saunders is renowned for hosting some of the best music events the region has to offer, and having hosted ‘Music Box’ for a second year running, the front man of The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens will turn his attentions to hosting monthly night ‘Bruja’.
This month is the turn of Psychedelic post-punk band Primitive Painters, Shoe gazing, four piece Figmennt who are fresh of releasing their highly anticipated EP via STILL WATER Recordings and Major Matilda.
The gig takes place at Darlington’s Voodoo Café, with proceedings kicking off at 9pm.



Wednesday 5th July
Who: Larkins / BLESH / Petals
Where: Think Tank?, Newcastle
Price: £6.00
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2017 has so far been a success for the Manchester based lads over at Larkins with their latest triumph being the release of their latest single 'Sugar Sweet' at the end of June. 
However, while their fresh indie vibes are imensely satisfying to behold, it's local geordies BLESH who I am proud to say will likely steal the show. 
After blowing the crowds away at Evolution Emerging and subsequent gigs across the North East, it's safe to say this 3 piece will put on a phenomenal performance. 
This event will also mark the Darlington based Petals' first ever gig in Newcastle so lets give them a crowd to remember! 

Friday 21st July
Who: Human Tooth / New Horror / Mayshe Mayshe / Massa Confusa
Where: The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle
Price: £5
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This could get noisy. 
This month's installment of the consistantly awesome live shows hosted by Endless Window is an undeniable showcase of awesome talent from the region. 
Newcastle group Human Tooth have an excellent pedigree, featuring past and current members of Acrobatic Society, Young Liar, Holy Mammoth, Eat Fast and more, they have experience under their belt in addition to some excellent tunes. 
New Horror are also proving to be well worth a listen too with their fuzzy sound defining a new wave of shoegazey post-punk, while Leeds based electro-pop project Mayshe Mayshe add their own uniqe brand to the already diverse blend of sounds. 
Last (but not least) on the bill is Massa Confusa's Ally Morton who will be performing a special solo set. This will be his final show in the UK before setting off to Spain so be sure to catch him, I promise you wont be dissapointed!

Saturday 8th July
Who: The Milk Lizards / Snakerattlers
Where: Pop Recs, Sunderland
Price: FREE
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Sunderland's famous Pop Recs is playing host to a battle between the city's much loved instrumental surf rockers The Milk Lizards and York's garage duo Snakerattlers.
This coming together of distinctive and quirky sounds is definately going to great fun for all involved and the intimate and friendly setting of Pop Recs is always a bonus too. 

Thursday 13th July
Who: FLING / Static Blue / Swine Tax
Where: Think Tank?, Newcastle
Price: £5 plus booking fee
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Headliners FLING have the lyrics and a presence which, when combined, is nothing short of catchy as hell. 
Meanwhile, the Newcastle based melancholic alt-rock lads of Swine Tax have earned their way onto my playlists, particularly after the release of their latest single 'Brittle'. 
Offering up a serving of anxious vocal stylings and plenty of distorted but memorable guitar work, these guys can put on a hell of a show.
Also hailing from Newcastle, Static Blue have taken the local indie scene by storm with a fantastic performance at Brewdog for Meet The North Festival being just one of their conquests. Expect nothing less than a great atmosphere and a whole lot of character from these guys.

Friday 7th July
Who: Alba Nights / Thin White Line / Megan Dotchin
Where: Arch Sixteen Cafe, Gateshead
Price: 'Pay what you want'
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Arch Sixteen is a very welcome fresh face among the best of the best when it comes to venues who support local and up-and-coming artists and deserve a donation on the way out for their efforts.
The line-up is also to be admired with unstoppable indie rockers Alba Nights, who have quickly established themselves as one of Sunderland's brightest exports in my opinion, being just one of them. Being prominant members of the local music scene for several years now, Alba Nights have featured on BBC Introducing, Spark FM and Loud on Wearside.
Oh and if you werent already sold on this being a great oppotunity to catch them, they'll also be promoting their new EP 'Soliloquies' so fresh new tracks will be on offer alongside their already established hits. 
Then there's the punky upstarts of Thin White Line to look forward too. Noisey and abbrasive, but brimming with undeniably admirable energy, the lads have recently started touring again after a 2 year hiatus and the scene is better for it.
Finally, Megan Dotchin will bring a more mellow and soulful flavour to the mix.
This talented young woman's beautiful acoustic blues renditions are something to behold and will be a showstopper for sure!

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