Essential Gig Guide: October 2018
Check out this month’s hottest local gigs featuring up and coming artists from the North East and beyond.
4th of October
The Snuts w/ Mayfare
Location: Think Tank Newcastle
Genre: Rock / Indie
Scottish indie-rockers The Snuts have emerged as a word of mouth phenomenon and really blew us away with their energetic performance on the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Leeds Festival. With their UK tour kicking off in Newcastle, this is a great opportunity to see this promising band up close and become embroiled in their anthemic sound.
Coming down for doors is also highly recommended in order to catch one of our favourite local bands, Mayfare, smashing out their jangly indie bangers.
5th of October
Twist Helix 'Ouseburn' Album Launch w/ Ceiling Demons / LILURA
Location: The Cluny Newcastle
Genre: Electro-pop / Alt Hip-hop
The day has finally come for Newcastle’s most-loved electro-rock trio Twist Helix to release their long-awaited 2nd album which takes its name, and much of its inspiration, from the band's stomping ground here in Newcastle. Exhilarating, dramatic and uplifting, their sound comes from the heart and always has a distinct message while never losing its melodic pop drive to keep the listener on their toes and dancing their hearts out. Joining the band for this special celebration are alternative hip-hop act Ceiling Demons and dark-pop songstress Lilura.
And if you can’t make this show or need a another helping there will be another Album Launch show held in Stockton the following Friday 12th October with support from Duck and Casual Threats.
10th of October
Blaenavon w/ Boniface
Location: Teesside SU Middlesbrough
Since the release of their magnificent debut album 'That’s Your Lot' last year, Hampshire indie rockers Blaenavon seem to be unstoppable. Following from their own sell out tour in 2017, the band have been playing countless festivals as well as being on the road supporting the mighty Wombats. Now, with their 2nd album already in the works, they embark on an impromptu UK Autumn tour, stopping at Teesside SU. This shindig promises to be a great teaser of what’s ahead for the four-piece, as well as a chance to catch their customary high-octane live performance which is sure to send the crowds into a music loving frenzy.
Support comes from Canadian label-buddies Boniface.
11th of October
The Yada Yada Yadas w/ Static Union / Parallax Skies / Laurens Court
Location: Head of Steam Newcastle
Price: £5 ADV / £7 OTD
Off Axis Newcastle presents another stellar line-up that sees acts from the North East join forces with others from across the UK. This event is headed up by a local trio that have been hot on everyone’s lips with their dreamy fuzz-rock, and The Yada Yada Yadas are certainly a band that are more than worthy of their position. Flying the flag for Scotland are post-punk band Static Union who have recently wowed crowds at Kendal Calling with their multifaceted rock anthems while reinforcement on the local talent front comes from shoe-gaze rockers Parallax Skies and outspoken alt-rock outfit Laurens Court who set deliver a cracking warm up for this talent-packed night.
13th of October
Twisterella Festival Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough’s prime multi-venue festival returns for its 5th year with another belter line-up full of the best emerging artists from across the UK . With names like Estrons, The Blinders, Bryde and Avalanche Party music lovers will be torn to choose who will be their headliner of the night while high-rising national bands like Boy Azooga, Vistas, Spinn, Fling and the Snuts will provide top-notch performances to reel in the crowds for early doors. But of course our very own North East talent is on display with the likes of Cape Cub, Llovers , FEVA and the Yada Yada Yadas who are guaranteed to wow new and old fans alike. One of the best day-festivals our region has to offer for sure.
17th – 19th of October
Location: Various Newcastle / Gateshead
Head of Steam
The Central Bar
The Newcastle Oxjam team are known for their close relationship with the local music scene which has seen them put on some fantastic gigs around the region to raise money and awareness for Oxfam. The annual Oxjam Festival takes place every October across the UK and our very own edition features five music-filled days for us to look forward to. The action kicks off on Wednesday at the Head of Steam with performances from the likes of Human X and You Are The Dead, while Thursday moves things to Nemix studios with local acts like Into The Golden Age of Nothing and Palma Louca.
Friday night will take the action across the water to Central Bar in Gateshead where Pussy Willow Furry Venus, Mausoleums, Creature and Palm Beach are expected to throw one hell of a closing show for this fantastic charity. And with a money-saving three-day ticket on offer you get even more music for your money, hooray!
24th of October
Poly-Math w/ Kylver
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
Genre: Prog-Rock / Math-Rock
Price: £5 / £ OTD
Newcastle’s prime heavy-rock promoters Confusion Is Next bring us Brighton’s off-kilter instrumental prog outfit Polymath as part of their current tour. Their densely layered sound leans on heavier elements of the ear-busting math-rock genre that is described by the promoters as having “new levels of complexity whilst never straying far from a neatly arranged composition”. Their latest album 'House of Wisdom | We Are The Devil' is an absolute beast and we expect this band to deliver equal mayhem on the stage. Support comes from instrumental prog-rockers Kylver from Newcastle who are blending slow, doomy riffs with atmospheric rock tones that are sure to impress.
26th of October
Shields EP launch w/ Plaza / Fever Days
Location: Star & Shadow Cinema Newcastle
Genre: Electro-Pop / Indie / Alt-rock
After a short break while focusing on various other successful projects like Penguin, the mighty Shields return with the release of their EP 'Etemenanki'. With funk-filled tracks 'Evidence' and 'I Already Know' already released in recent weeks, the new collection promises to be full of the band's trademark witty song-writing and experimental synth-pop flare. We highly recommend you get your dancing shoes on for this one as these five gents know how to lay down some irresistible grooves. The supports also pack quite a punch with superbly talented and unpredictable rockers Plaza alongside experimental indie-outfit Fever Days.
27th of October
Red Rum Club / Kahuna / Be Quiet, Shout Loud / Foxriver
Location: Surf Cafe Newcastle
Genre: Ska / Rock / Indie
Making a highly anticipated return to the cosy Surf Café after their jaw-dropping performance earlier in the year in the same venue, Red Rum Club are a sextet from Liverpool who set their infectious indie-pop tunes apart with a funky solitary trumpet. Renowned for an intensely wild live show that invites gig-goers to join in with their feel-good party atmosphere while their cleverly crafted tunes will stick in your head for days. This is guaranteed to be another unforgettable night, especially with three fun-filled local bands also on the line-up including the fantastically upbeat ska-punksters Kahuna, the utterly crazy funk-indie-disco outfit Be Quiet, Shout Loud from Middlesbrough as well as rockers Foxriver.
29th of October Cape Cub w/ Shamu / Joyya
Location: The Cluny Newcastle
Genre: Dream-pop / Electro-rock
By now well established as one of the most skilled dream-pop creators to come out of the north East, we are hugely excited for the biggest Cape Cub headliner to date which is guaranteed to set our heart alright with a whole rainbow of emotions. The Teesside band are fronted by the brilliant songwriter and producer Chad Male who lends his warm vocals and multi-instrumental talents to persistently steer this band towards bigger heights. The band's ability to lay down a highly polished show that shines during the groove-filled pop tunes, as well as the utterly heart-wrenching ballads, never fails to impress and we expect this show to be their best yet. Support comes from two superb electronica acts, compellingly complex rockers Shamu and Jooya with their infectious synth-pop anthems.
30th of October
Bloxx w/ Vistas
Location: Think Tank Underground
Genre: Alt-Rock / Indie
Driven and outspoken, female fronted 4-piece Bloxx stand their ground amidst the numerous shiny new indie bands. Hailing from Uxbridge the band have had a successful 2018, playing numerous festivals and sell out solo shows as well as releasing a string of guitar-driven tunes with hooking melodies like 'Novocaine' which secured them some prized BBC Radio 1 airplay.
Their confident alt-rock sound feels familiar yet excitingly fresh, which delivers on record as well as on a stage, so take it from us that this Think Tank show is not one to be missed. Topped off by the fact that the superb indie outfit Vistas from Scotland are joining them on the road, what more could you ask for!