Essential Gig Guide: June 2019 Edition
Summer months mean even more live music to experience, including ever more festivals creeping into our gig calendars - come rain or shine!
Below are some of our favourite picks of events this month, featuring local and national acts that we think you should not miss!
And if that’s not enough, there is plenty more going on as you’ll see over on our jam-packed Gig Listings page.
4th June - Honeyblood w/ LUCIA
Where: Cluny Newcastle
Genre: Rock / Alt / Pop
Glasgow's Stina Tweeddale aka Honeyblood is hitting the road in correlation with the release of her third album ‘In Plain Sight’ last month.
With a defining pop-meets-garage sound, this latest release is shaped by many of Stina’s personal experiences and life stories.
It’s as bold as the artist behind the music and she brings a real excitement to the current music scene.
Adding to the anticipation of this show is the promise of the superbly catchy pop tunes of Lucia in support who are on a fast-track route to the top with their uniquely sparkling sound and fierce on-stage energy that will be worth venturing out for on a Tuesday night..
6th June - Strange Bones w/ Calva Louise
Where: Think Tank Underground Newcastle
Genre: Punk / Indie / Rock
Explosive rebel punks Strange Bones from Blackpool are hitting Newcastle as part of their biggest UK tour to date and are duly equipped with their fierce new EP BLITZ PART 1.
If unpredictable live shows full of voracious energy are your thing we highly recommend you get yourself along to this show. Equally thrilling is prospect of another chance to catch pop-rockers Calva Louise following their incredible headline show here in March. We are pretty hooked on this multi-national trio who fuse their fun-filled and outspoken attitude with super-charged punk-rock anthems you just have to bounce along to. Their debut album ‘Rhinoceros’ is still raining strong as one of our favourites so far this year so be sure to head down early to catch all the action..
8th June - Pink Tide / Conflare / Serfa / The Gentleman Busker
Where: Surf Café Tynemouth
Genre: Rock / Indie / Folk
Tickets: £4 ADV / £5 OTD
Northern Music Collective present this live music bonanza which throws together a fantastic array of acts for this intimate showcase at the Surf Café Tynemouth. The collective is a coming together of many of the region’s independent live music supporters and promoters including the likes of Pillar Artists, The Rookery, Off Axis Newcastle, Rhyme, NU Indie Society and many more including our very selves – so you can be sure that this gig will bring you some top new artists to discover, but also a super friendly atmosphere that welcomes all.
With the likes of folk-punk one-man band The Gentleman Busker, fresh-faced shoe-gazers Serfa and pop-rockers Conflare (all the way from Leeds) it’s definitely advised to come along early before stomping headliners Pink Tide who will bring their summery indie sounds to this aptly placed venue .
This one is gonna be special so come and join us for a celebration of our ever growing music scene!
11th June - Declan Welsh & The Decadent West
Where: Riverside 2 Newcastle
Genre: Rock / Punk / Indie
Outspoken Scottish rocker Declan Welsh and his band The Decadent West are heading out on a UK tour following the release of their punch-packing new tracks ‘Absurd’ and ‘Different Strokes’. Never afraid to make his opinions heard, Declan’s lyrical style is second to none; letting his on-point observational narrative flood out to stir your mind while you get hooked on well-crafted infectiously melodies. Ebbing between indie, post-punk and rap it’s hard to shoehorn these guys into a genre but what they deliver is a live show full of attitude and earnest charm. We highly recommend you get yourself along to experience Declan Welsh and the Decadent West for yourself, you won’t regret it!
14th June - NE Volume's 4th Anniversary Featuring Swears & more
Where: Westgarth Social Club Middlesbrough
Genre: Rock / Pop / Songwriter / Acoustic
Tickets: £6 ADV / £8 OTD
Local music magazine NE Volume is celebrating its 4th Year of championing our vibrant music scene.
For this mighty bash at Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough the VE Volume team have curated a fantastic line-up of a whopping 7 acts from a variety of genres. Opening with some intoxicating song-writing and acoustic talent will be Julie Grant , JR Gray and Joey Ramsay before soulful songstress Martha Hill kicks things up a notch with her powerful voice and fierce alt-pop tunes.
The afternoon will be a delight for fans of rockier sounds which will be provided by Teesside indie outfit The Balcony and Durham’s high energy dark-rock outfit Twister. Finally, headliners Swears are guaranteed to set the room alight with their screeching guitar tones and infectious doomy alt-rock bangers.
We couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate this music-supporting endeavour’s birthday, so come and join the party!
14th June - Callum Pitt w/ Eve Simpson
Location: Star and Shadow, Newcastle
Genre: Rock / Pop / Songwriter / Acoustic
Tickets: £8 ADV / £10 OTD
Having fallen under the spell of utterly loveable and super talented local lad Callum Pitt many months ago, we are thrilled that at long last he is releasing his debut EP 'Poisoned Reveries'. Featuring his new single ‘Here If you Need’, the EP lays bare some hard-hitting themes. Inspired by Callum’s personal experiences with anxiety, self-worth and depression, the track ultimately urges listeners not to face these dark moments alone. Layering these sincere and heartfelt lyrics with his utterly dreamy pop melodies is what sets Callum apart and make him so highly intoxicating. Catching him at this intimate, guaranteed sell-out release show will be a real treat, especially with bewitching songstress Eve Simpson on support.
Grab your tickets before it's too late!
18th June Dutch Elm w/ Serfa & The Cities We Light
Where: Cluny 2 Newcastle
Genre: Metal / Instrumental / Rock
Cost: £3 OTD
Our favourite creators of instrumental melodic metal Dutch Elm present their first headline show after blowing our minds and socks off on numerous occasions in the past. Blending dreamy soundscapes with epically heavy riffs and catchy hooks, the band creates a world all of its own that you will never want to leave and we simply can’t wait to see what these 4 lads from Newcastle can deliver on this intimate Cluny 2 stage. Joining them are local alt-rockers Serfa and another of the scene’s superb instrumental heavyweights: The Cities We Light! A true feast for the senses on a Tuesday night that you shouldn’t miss!
20th June - Glass Peaks w/ Motherland / Sleeptape
Where: Head Of Steam Newcastle
Genre: Alt-rock / Indie
Teesside live music promoters Famous Last Words are spreading their wings towards Newcastle with this top-shelf show headlined by none other than alt-indie rockers Glass Peaks. The Kent trio burst onto the scene in 2016 and quickly earned themselves the title of one of the UK’s biggest breakout bands. With a very diverse musical palette that features hooking riffs as well as catchy indie beats paired with distinct vocal tones, these guys offer something for everyone and are an obvious choice for this month’s must see gigs. And that's before we even mention the two monumental local support acts: rock-heavyweights Sleeptape and Motherland – both of which are set to bring us a whole host of booming rock anthems to let loose to!
Make sure you grab your tickets now as this one is likely to sell out!
21st June - Tipping Point Live
Where: Ouseburn Valley
Cost: Weekend Ticket £20 / Saturday Only £15
After Evolution Emerging Festival deservedly earned its the crown as one of north east music-lovers’ favourite annual events, organisers Tipping Point are this year launching the festival not only with a new name but also with a new two-day line-up curated by some big names from across the music industry.
But fear not, the focus of Tipping Point Live firmly remains on bringing us the freshest new talent right into the heart of Newcastle’s Ouseburn valley.
With a much more streamlined artist roster, the Friday evening event will be headed up by soulful Newcastle songstress Martha Hill at the Cluny alongside folk-rockers Dansi and Portraits, whilst acts like Brad Field, Sauvage, taupe, J Frisco, Cal Raasay and Me Lost Me will bring us thrilling performances at Cluny 2, Star & Shadow and Blank Studios respectively. On Saturday a full day of live-music awaits which will include additional stages at Tyne Bar, Cumberland Arms, Cobalt and Kaleidoscope that will play host to the likes of Vandebilt, Picnic, Reali-T, Grace Gillespie, Nel Unit, Many Moons, Polo and many others.
The main drawing point for many revellers will likely be the Cluny where two superb acts in shape of Bill Ryder-Jones and Brooke Bentham will provide heartwrenching singer-songwriter vibes alongside rockers The Noise & The Naïve and Swine Tax in the main room, whilst the more intimate Cluny 2 will host super-charged local rock champions FEVA alongside Dead Naked Hippies, The Yada Yada Yadas and many others. Fair to say, we’re tipping this to be a real summer highlight to reminisce over for the rest of the year!
23rd June - Heelapalooza 2019
Because discovering exciting new acts from the north east and beyond is our favourite thing, we are excited to welcome another brand new showcase festival to our busy summer schedule!. Heelaplooza is the brainchild of Sad For Life Records who will be bringing us the best new emerging and DIY artists to Middlesbrough’s various city centre venues, all within a few minutes walk! Pop-laced punk fun loving three-piece Gloo from Littlehampton are joined by Newcastle/Brighton fuzzy grunge outfit Sick Joy and Brighton hazy indie-punks Gender Roles to form the big names on this tastebud-tickling line-up. Some of our local favourite of course are also represented including Swears, Sleeptape, Michael Gallagher, Laurens Court, Creature, Leopard Rays, Be Quiet Shout Loud, Ten Eighty Trees and amongst many more, Heelturn - who themselves are involved in the creation of this festival and give this festival it’s name!
Your only concern here should be for deciding on who you’re going to see, but either way it’s going to be an absolute stomper of a day!
28th June - James Leonard Hewitson w/ Shy-Talk / Late Girl
Where: Think Tank Underground Newcastle
Genre: Indie / Alt-rock / Pop
Hartlepool's quirky charmer James Leonard Hewitson returns with his unique songwriting style and slacker pop sound that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Accompanied by his tremendous band to give us the full JLH experience, we can’t wait to have him back in town for this special show. And with his new tune ‘Deader’ out just days before via Butterfly Effect, as well as a whole host of shows lined up across the region, we feel that James is going to be an artist to really watch out for! Support comes from Shy-Talk and Late Girl.
30th June - Sing Again Syren / That Dead Space / Red Revival
Where: Cluny Newcastle
Newcastle’s all female rock powerhouse Sing Again Syren present their biggest headline show to date to celebrate the release of their new single ‘Cast Away’. With a distinctive hard classic rock sound the trio effortlessly blend their classic influences with modern twists and inspiring showmanship. With the drive to take their riff-tastic sound and relentless energy to the masses we can’t wait to experience them at the iconic Cluny.
Kicking things off on the night are dark and powerful alt trio That Dead Space and hard rockers Red Revival so be sure to come down early for this one!
Cover Photo: Serfa
Photography by Olly Thompson