Essential Gig Guide: August

Essential Gig Guide: August

What a fantastic year we've had so far, and it's only going to get better!
Here's just a few upcoming events we want to shout about this month...

3rd of August
The Libertines/Maximo Park/The Pale White/Blackwaters
Where: Times Square Newcastle
Price: £49.50
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This year sees the return of the 'Live From Times Square' gigs to Newcastle’s city centre across 2 weeks, with headline shows featuring Manic Street Preachers, James, Jake Bugg, Hacienda, Brian Wilson and Leftfield. All of the artists are fantastic in their own right, but my highlight of the lot are the iconic noughties band the Libertines which is happening on August the 3rd. Expect a mass throwback-Thursday feeling and some epic sing-alongs from indie kids of all ages. What's more, with support from punk-rockers Blackwaters as well as two hugely popular local bands Maximo Park and The Pale White (who also happen to be two of my all time favourites) the atmosphere should be fantastic. Doors are at 6 PM so make sure you get there early so you don't miss a second of this great line-up!

4th of August
Dansi/Holy Moly & The Crackers!

Where: Alphabetti Theatre
Price: £10
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We've all missed the Alphabetti Theatre since it closed its door earlier this year, but now the brand new venue is set to open soon and here's your chance to help make it a reality.
This fundraiser not only raises money for a worthy cause, making the new venue as awesome as possible, it also gives you the chance to see some cracking musicians show off their craft in such a welcoming and creative environment.
First of all there's Dansi, with their trademark energetic and soulful blend of folky pop which has taken the music scene by storm since the release of their debut EP in 2016. Taking the time to help raise money for the project in the middle of their UK tour, these guys are downright infectious and you'd be mad to miss them.
Also on the bill, with their undeniably infectious rhythms, Holy Moly & The Crackers are a pleasure to witness and are sure to get everyone moving. Having just wrapped up their European tour, the gypsy-folk entourage are back for several UK shows following their latest album 'Salem'. Ceaseless character and spirit, both bands are a testimony to the wonderfully diverse array of talent the region has to offer and what better way to experience it than at such a great local enterprise.

 Credit: Alphabetti Theatre Facebook Page

Credit: Alphabetti Theatre Facebook Page

9th of August
Future Horizons/Cauls/Tiny Mind
Where: Think Tank? Underground Newcastle
Price: £6
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A leap into the darker realms of music for me, but Hartlepool’s Future Horizons have been an intriguing addition to my recent playlists.
Take their track 'Yoshimitsu', which starts as a heavier metal tune, but quickly becomes an intricate piece of music which sucks you in until the very end. The band's live shows have also become notoriously riotous and a lot of fun, definitely an experience everyone should go through!Support comes from Newcastle based bands Cauls and Tiny Mind who should get the crowd warmed up nicely with some dark melodic rock sounds.

11th of August
Llovers/Blesh/Pink Tide

Where: Jumpin' Jacks
Price: £5 Advance or £7 OTD
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Two bands from very different music genres and regions of the North East will come together under one roof for one night only on August the 11th. In one corner we have Blesh: 3 lads from North Tyneside creating infectious no-nonsense indie-grunge. In the other corner are Llovers: a dream-pop four piece from Teeside equipped with soothing riffs and seductive vocals. What they have in common is their hard graft and incredible talent, which has seen them rise through the ranks of local emerging bands to watch out for, as well as an ever increasing number of followers. Will we get a collaboration on the night? I’m crossing my fingers, but either way I sure won’t be missing this.
It’s going to be a sell out show for sure so grab a ticket before they are all gone!

12th of August
Twist Helix/Vuromantics/Scalesia/Slurs

Where: Think Tank? Underground Newcastle
Price: Advance tickets £3
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My love for Twist Helix probably hasn’t gone unnoticed, hence why their headline gig at Think Tank Underground just had to be in my Top 5 gig picks for August! Their fantastic new track 'Little Buildings' had it’s official release on the 22nd of July (Go check it out if you haven’t heard it yet). But really, Twist Helix are a band that have to be seen live and this is your chance.
Support comes from Sheffield based retro-synth band Vuromantics as well as two top local bands Scalesia and Slurs who will give the night a rockier twist. This is gonna be a cracking night and at only £3 for advanced tickets it’s almost a steal!

18th of August
Mayfare/Mac The Gunner/More TBC

Where: Jumpin' Jacks Newcastle
Price: £4 Pre-sale early bird (Message bands for them) £5 OTD
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I had my first encounter with Mayfare at the Cluny last week and was blown away. Despite being a fairly new band and their first single 'Dawn' not being due out until this month these guys already have a decent number of dedicated followers ready to jump and dance to their feel-good indie tunes. And when a band swaggers on stage with so much confidence, natural ability and catchy tunes, it's clear to see why. 
This is your chance to see these guys play live for yourself with their headline show at Jumpin' Jacks on the 18th of August to celebrate the release of their first single. It’s gonna go a bit crazy! 

 Credit: Jumpin' Jacks Facebook Page

Credit: Jumpin' Jacks Facebook Page

20th of August
The Lake Poets and This Little Bird

Where: Fausto Coffe Sunderland
Price: £8.03
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After selling out of tickets for the 18th of August, Fausto Coffee thankfully decided to give us a second helping of this great line-up on the 20th. And, with two of the best artists Sunderland has to offer, the result certainly won't be disappointing. 
Martin Longstaff (The Lake Poets) has built an impressive reputation around himself as a master craftsman in emotive song writing and will be perfectly at home in this intimate setting. 
Just as honest and heartfelt, the stripped down acoustic performances from This Little Bird always leave a lasting impression on the audience and will be guaranteed to move everyone who is lucky enough to hear.

 

Contributors:
Mandy Naumann
Jordan Davidson

Cover photo credit: Alphabetti Theatre Facebook Page

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