Essential Gig Guide: November 2018 (Part 1)
With peak gig season in full swing, here are our November top picks of gigs we think you should get yourself along to…
Ghost Signals / In Isolation / Holy Braille / Manta Reay
Location: Independent Sunderland
Genre: Rock / Electro / New-Wave
Dark indie-pop outfit Ghost//Signals have been growing a strong fan base in the North East in recent months with their hooking anthems about modern-day annoyances and a highly compelling stage presence. With this in mind it’s hard to believe that this show will actually be the band's debut appearance in Sunderland. After a hugely successful 2018, releasing storming tracks 'Queen Of The Oxygen Thieves' and 'Hectoring' as well securing slots at Hit The North, Evolution Emerging And Lindisfarne festival and selling out their last Newcastle headline show, this offers a great chance to catch this goth-rock inspired four piece just in time for a late Halloween outing.
Joining them are three hand-picked artists: well-established new-wave band In Isolation from Nottingham, the curiously different gothic-electro duo Holy Braille as well as a maiden hometown show from James Alexander Reay's alter ego 'Manta Reay'.
Sauvage / Portraits / Haythem
Location: Alphabetti Newcastle
Genre: Alt Rock / Indie
One of the finest dream-rock bands the North East has to offer may still be somewhat of well-kept secret, but we at Spotlight regard these guys so highly we couldn’t not list Sauvage’s latest headline show as one of our top picks of gigs this month. Enthralling vocals and tranquil soundscapes collide with epic guitar riffs and drums to send your musical senses tingling while being mesmerised into finding yourself grooving along to the hooking rhythms. Their latest single 'Business' is well worth digging out on Soundcloud to get to a feel for the band's incredible ability to draw together such a powerfully uprising sound, one that is even more mind-blowing in a live environment so expect to be wowed. Support comes from the charming maestro of funny tales and guitar-wizardry Haythem as well as five-piece band Portraits. Also a great chance to check out the brilliant Alphabetti Theatre for those that have not ventured into this venue before.
Martha Hill / George Boomsma / Andrew Smith
Location: Westgarth Social Club Middlesbrough
Genre: Singer-Songwriter / Folk / Pop / Indie
Concluding her mini autumn UK tour at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough, Newcastle’s fierce and soulful songstress Martha Hill is one of those talents that is starting to really show her muscle and determination to make it to the top. Originally from Scotland but now residing in the North East, she quickly found her feet in the local music scene and gathering an incredible circle of like minded musicians to accompany her during her shows. Touring the UK with the likes of Holy Moly & The Crackers and Let’s Eat Grandma, as well as going on the road across European on her own DIY tours have really honed her skills. Her latest single 'Wallflower' has also proved to be an incredibly rapturing soul-pop tune with a powerfully hooking beat that elevates her vocals to the max. But live is where Martha and her band are at their most impressive so grab your tickets for this show especially with support from the sublime Yorkshire singer-songwriter George Boomsma and Hartlepool indie-rocker Andrew Smith.
Deep.Sleep + Special Guests
Location: Cumberland Arms
After a jam-packed year full of festival appearances and an impressive mini UK tour, indie four-piece Deep.Sleep present their biggest headline show to date at the iconic Cumberland Arms in their hometown of Newcastle. With the colder weather and darker nights drawing in, this is the perfect chance to warm up your mind and body as you groove to the band's glorious summery feel-good tunes. Look out for their latest single 'Orange English Sun' as it is sure to give a undeniably euphoric feeling and have the crowd join in for some spine-tingling sing-alongs. With their natural charm and an energetic live show to match, we tip this one of the top gigs of the month and that’s with special guests yet to be announced...
The Gathering Sounds Festival
Location: Stockton – Various venues
Once again affirming their place as a music-obsessed city, Stockton presents us with another brand new multi-venue festival to add to the already impressive list. Organised by KU Promotions the aptly named The Gathering Sounds draws together the best new acts from the North East and beyond, set to play at 5 of the city's prime music venues. The main action will be over at ARC where North East indie legends Little Comets will be joined by the likes of Zuzu, The Tea Street Band and Teesside darlings Llovers which are sure to be a highlight for many. More rocking sounds are expected from Sheffield’s Red Faces and Stockport’s Fuzzy Sun who are highly tipped as ones to watch over at Storytellers, whilst highly acclaimed alt hip-hop act Dylan Cartlidge is sure to draw a loyal crowd at the Vault Hidden Bar stage. Riff-tastic rock and epic performances await at KU Bar when Newcastle’s rising starts The Pale White unleash their powerful tunes alongside equally rocking toon buddies FEVA and the captivating posh-pop marvels Sports Team. But if melodic indie is more your thing Music Lounge Stockton has a tasty line up featuring Liverpool’s The Hummingbirds, Sheffield’s catchy Liberty Ship as well as Newcastle’s dreamy Deep.Sleep. A gathering of sound we cannot wait to get caught up in!
Cover photo of Deep.Sleep by the author