Essential Gig Guide: June 2018
Check out this month's hand-picked gigs taking place across the North East featuring some of the best local and national emerging acts:
6th June – Boy Azooga / Talent Show (JLH) / Dressed Like Wolves
Location: Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough
Price: £8 ADV
With countless national radio plays, triumphant festival performances and their recent appearance on legendary Jools Holland welsh funk-pop band Boy Azooga are currently on everyone’s lips. Their debut album 'One, Two Kung-Fu' is due for release on the 8th of June with a tour scheduled for Autumn so this teaser gig is guaranteed to be one of those you will brag about attending once the band make it big. Their groovy, joyful synth-pop melodies with cleverly observant lyrics provide the perfect soundtrack for an summers night. Support comes from the witty pop-whiz-kid “Talent Show” (aka James Leonard Hewitson) as well as exciting band Dressed Like Wolves.
7th June – Picnic / The Escapades / Ashfields / Mosaic Sun
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
Genre: Pop / Indie / Rock
Price: £5 ADV / £6 OTD
The last time Sunderland folk-pop supergroup Picnic took over the stage at Little Buildings, the party mood was well and truly overflowing with no body left unshaken. Relatable feel-good tunes delivered with prowess and enthusiasm by the seven-piece strong gang that is positively infectious. We are more than thrilled to get our dancing shoes back on for another round of funk-tastic fun, and so should you. Devoted fan or curious newcomer, we guarantee their captivating live show and unique sound will have you hooked instantly. But don’t be late as there are also top notch warm up performances from groove-rockers Mosaic Sun, Nottingham’s glistening indie-pop band Ashfields and charming local indie rockers The Escapades.
8th June – Ten Eight Trees / Sleeptape / Cora Pearl
Location: Surf Café Tynemouth
Racketing Sheffield/Newcastle based three-piece Ten Eighty Trees know how to deliver a full-blooded live show packed with high-pitch punk-rock tunes to let lose to, as proven by their last headline show at Newcastle’s Nemix studios. The band has recently bounced back into the forefront of the music scene with their roaring single 'Something Feral' and their follow-up release 'Stop Asking' is scheduled for release on the day of this show so we are positively hyped. And with an intimate setting such as the Surf Café, things are bound to get very sweaty indeed, especially when support comes from equally fiery rockers Sleeptape and Cora Pearl - be ready for it to get very feral indeed.
9th June – Evolution Emerging
Location: Various Venues – Ousburn, Newcastle
A definite highlight in any North East music lover's calendar, Evolution Emerging returns with its biggest line-up yet to celebrate its 10th birthday. With even more venues and acts than ever before, headliners like The Pale White, Cape Cub, FEVA, A Festival A Parade, Shy Talk and Tom Joshua will send many a music fan into a frenzied mission across the Ouseburn valley to catch as much of the action as possible, whereas others may pick their favourite venue such as the Tyne Bar , Little Buildings or the Cluny to settle in for the day and see what surprises await them. And with acts like Deep.Sleep. Be Quiet, Shout Loud, Bruto, Dansi, Social Room, Reali-T to name just a few there is something for everyone from Hip-Hop to indie and alt-rock to folk. So get amongst it and discover the next big thing to come from the North East before everyone else.
15th June - Palm Beach / Winterband / NVDE
Location: Head of Steam Newcastle
Genre: Surf-punk / Alt-rock
Price: £5 ADV / £ OTD
Surf-punk duo Palm Beach are celebrating the upcoming release of their scorching debut EP 'UNO' with this belting headline show in the depths of the Head of Steam in Newcastle. With two sun-shine soaked rock ’n roll tunes 'Rainbow' and 'I Don’t Like You' already dropped, we think it’s gonna be an absolute foot-stomper of a night. Especially when support comes from two equally superb noise creators: fellow Newcastle duo and grunge-rockers Winterband and noisy alternative three-piece NVDE.
16th June – Creature / The Best Thing Since Powdered Milk / Men Behind The Sun / The Dead Left
Location: Little Buildings Newcastle
A guaranteed loud and proud night when noisy groove-rockers The Best Thing Since Powered Milk hit the intimate Little Buildings all the way from Cardiff as part of their current UK tour with the ambition to shake up the crowd's minds with their space-age sound. But that’s not all, as local headliners Creature will have no difficulty getting everyone at the cosy venue bouncing to their boisterous alt-rock after being suitably warmed up by equally guitar-brimming support sets from Newcastle bands Men Being The Sun and The Dead Left.
22nd June – Fossway / Sounds Like a Storm / The Adlets / Chain The Phoenix
Location: The Cluny Newcastle
Genre: Indie-rock / Pop-Punk
After a short hiatus, minor rebrand and line-up shuffle indie-rockers Fossway return in elaborate fashion and are now ready to unleash their official debut single 'Parasite'. So why would these four Newcastle lads settle for anything less than to celebrate this momentous release than a massive headline show at Newcastle’s much loved music venue - the Cluny. Already well known for their potent guitar-driven rock melodies and hooking choruses the band have spent a lot of time honing their skills so expect a tight live show that will have both established fans and curious newcomers getting raucous down the front. And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you along, the support line-up features 3 well established bands with headline credentials: fiercely energetic punk-rockers Chain The Phoenix, indie four-piece The Adlets as well as whirlwind rockers Sounds Like a Storm from Leeds who make a welcome return to the Toon.
23rd June – Party At The End Of The World ft. Avalanche Party
Location: Georgian Theatre Stockton
Genre: Rock / Indie/ Acoustic / Hip-Hop
With apparent impending doom on the horizon, the teams behind The Kids are Solid Gold, Tees Music Alliance and 116 are throwing one final party to say farewell to the world. And if you had to pick one band to make the last you ever see live it might as well be the rebellious rockers Avalanche Party whose explosive and exuberant performance will most definitely finish it off with a mighty bang. But not before a plethora of acts from various genres and origins take to the three stages of the splendid Georgian Theatre including the likes of Strange Bones, Barry Hyde, Forever Cult, Rascalaton, Dylan Cartlidge and many more. So dress in your best and come party like there is no tomorrow.
25th June – The Watershed / Annie Griffiths / Declan Vink
Location: Arch Sixteen Gateshead
Genre: Indie / Acoustic / Singer-Songwriter
Price: £5 ADV / £7 OTD
The lovely folks behind Pillar Artists bring us this incredible five-act strong line-up, each act with their own distinct laid-back sound to provide you with a spell-binding night of live music at the welcoming Arch Sixteen Café. With plenty of options at the cosy bar to keep hydrated you can settle down to catch performances by the likes of indie-rock inspired band The Watershed and heavenly songstress Annie Griffiths. The line-up also welcomes back gifted singer-songwriter Declan Vink who, together with his sister on electric violin is bound win over listener's hearts. And if that’s not enough, much loved North-East musicians Kewen and Amy Hopkins will bring even more original and cover material to make this the perfect Monday night.
29th June – Himalayas / Catalyse / The Reckid
Location: KU Bar Stockton
Genre: Indie-Rock / Alt Rock
Price: £5 ADV
Cardiff four-piece Himalayas have been leading the front of existing new guitar bands, combining heavy riffs with straight-talking lyrics draped over utterly hooking melodies. And with an equally bold and eye-catching live performance these lads are bound to have the KU Bar bouncing on their feet with their exhilarating rock n roll bangers. Support comes from two equally boisterous bands: North-Yorkshire broody alt-rockers Catalyse and Manchester grunge-gang The Reckid.