Essential Gig Guide: July 2019
Check out this month's selection of scorching gigs and festivals across the North East featuring some unmissable talent from the region and beyond!
Thu 4th July
One Million Motors / GreenCircles / St. Buryan / Chalkfigure
Where: Surf Café Tynemouth
Genre: Indie / Punk / Alt Rock
Multi-faceted power-punk-rockers One Million Motors bring their high octane live show to the intimate Surf Café for this event curated by Northwood Sessions. Taking influences from folk, new wave and even some 90s rock the Newcastle band are set on making 2019 their big year and are laying down some promising foundations with the release of their new single “Ghosts/A Life Without You”. Also on the line-up are indie-mod band GreenCircles, dreamy folk-soundscape creator Chalkfigure and our favourite indie dreamboats St. Buryan with their ever infectious pop-infused bangers to complete this fantastic showcase of fresh north-east talent. With all acts bringing their own unique sound, there is something for everyone here to get stuck into and hopefully win you over as a new fan.
Sat 6th July
Kkett w/ Threadbear / Eigengrau / Be Quiet Shout Loud
Where: The Cluny Newcastle
Genre: Prog-Rock / Math-Rock / Funk-Pop
Having not-so-quietly been wowing crowds for some time with their blend of intensely dark stage presence, outrageous humour and brilliantly riff-heavy prog-rock we are absolutely chuffed that Kkett are finally releasing their debut album. Eloquently named “KketterWaul”, we expect a tasty banquet of manic math-rock tunes laced with outrageously belly-tickling themes from the north east based 4 piece. There is no doubt in our minds that hearing those tunes live will blow your hat, socks and ears off. Joining them are catchy melodic-rockers Threadbear to unleash some roaring tunes plus the absolute feast for all your senses that is Eigengrau with their immersive post-rock instrumental tones. But only after disco-funk-pop bonanza Be Quiet Shout Loud get the party started in typical fashion with their epic sing-along anthems! This one is gonna be absolutely bonkers and you should not miss it!
Fri 12th July
James Leonard Hewitson / Michael Gallagher / Dog Years
Where: Pop Recs, Sunderland
Genre: Indie / Shoegaze / Singer-Songwriter
This is another chance to catch Hartlepool's quirky charmer James Leonard Hewitson as part of his current mini tour, this time at Sunderland’s legendary Pop Recs which is sure to provide a fantastic stage to see this stellar performer in. With tunes that are perplexingly observant of everyday life yet always delivered with the most catchy melodies, his slacker pop is undeniably captivating and an absolute experience. Once again joined on stage by his fantastic band to bring his sound to the next level, the mini-tour also celebrates the release of James’ new single ‘Deader’ which is out now on Butterfly Effect. Support comes from fellow Hartlepudlian and superb indie-rock singer-songwriter Michael Gallagher and tangy pop n roll four-piece Dog Years. Oh, and if you can’t get enough of Mr Gallagher’s hooking tunes then be sure to catch him at his own headline show in Newcastle on 27th July.
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Perceptions w/ RoninClan / Burdened / The Colour Clear @ O2 Academy Newcastle
For a heavier alternative on your Friday night head over to the O2 Academy to catch metalcore act Perceptions launch their debut EP ‘False Prophet’. With their diverse and unique take on the genre, the band from Newcastle have been creating quite a buzz on the scene that is sure to be proven again at this special hometown show. Support comes from equally roaring rock acts RoninClan, Burdened and The Colour Clear.
Sat 13th July
Summer Streets Festival @ Seaburn
Where: Seaburn Seafront
The fantastic free-entry summer-festival on Seaburn’s seafront returns with another superb line-up of live music, as well as some fun activities for the whole family, music workshops, outdoor arts and some tasty snacks and tipples to try too! The day time event will feature an eclectic array of performances from the likes of legendary Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, Spanish brass band Artistas Del Gremio and New-Orleans style party band Mr Wilson’s Second Liners. But what draws us to this particular event is the superb line-up for emerging local acts from all genres including Hip-hop artist Kay Greyson, the super-fast-rockers Roxy Girls, funky-pop marvels Vandebilt, the party-starting Hip Hop Hooray and our favourite funk-pop darlings Picnic alongside many, many more. Fingers crossed the weather will grace us with a glorious sunny day, but even if not – grab your poncho and join the fun!
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TAFFY / Spell Token / Sorry Escalator / Bad Amputee @ The Central Bar Gateshead
If you still have some energy after the many summery day activities, head over to the best bar in Gateshead to catch Japanese Dream-pop stars Taffy for their return to the UK! With four critically acclaimed albums under their belt, the band’s fifth album ‘Deep Dark Creep Love’ is set to follow in those footsteps upon its release on July 5th. Showcasing their mastery of Shoegaze entwined with euphoric pop-hooks, this is going to be a very special show indeed. Local support comes from the wonderful Spell Token who creates stunning outer-worldly electro masterpieces , as well as Middlesbrough’s heavy-shoegazers Sorry Escalator and slow-core lo-fi band Bad Amputee.
Thu 25th July
Neon Waves / Sonder Minds / Velvet / Jodie Nicholson
Where: The Music Form Darlington
Another offering of fresh new talent presented by The Northwood Sessions, but this time with a line-up featuring four of the finest Teesside side acts and taking place at Darlington’s The Forum Music Centre. Deservedly heading up this show are up-and-coming hometown heroes Neon Waves with their modern-day influenced indie-rock that roars with reverb-laden guitars and gritty vocals. Barely a year into their current format, the band shows huge potential to take on the north east and beyond. Joining them are fellow Darlington 3-piece tender-psych band Sonder Minds, County Durham indie band Velvet with their floaty psych-rock vibes and multi-talented singer-songwriter / angelic-vocalist Jodie Nicholson. So what are you waiting for, go and support your local scene, because why wouldn’t you when it’s so darn good?
Fri 26th July
Sad For Live Warehouse Party #001 ft Whale Hill / Leopard Rays / Laurens Court
Where: The Auxiliary Middlesbrough
Genre: Alt-Rock/ Indie / Grunge
Cost: Pay What You Can
Sad For Life Records present this brand new project that brings together art, music and parties. Taking place at Middlesbrough’s creative project space The Auxiliary, this event will be the first of what is to become a monthly showcase event to bring local talent to this unique stage. Cutting the ribbon so to speak are three fantastic acts each with their own twist on heavy rock themes. On the line-up are local riff-heavy alt-rockers Whale Hill, Hartlepool’s noisy rock n rollers Leopard Rays and Newcastle’s experimental grunge 5-piece Laurens Court. With all three sure to keep the volume and roaring atmosphere at top level plus a “pay what you can” entry free there is no reason not to join in this exciting new event.
Sun 28th July
Chain Of Dissent / Zero Negative / Dutch Elm
Where: The Auxiliary Middlesbrough
Genre: Punk / Post-Rock / Hardcore
Too punk to psych, too psych to punk perfectly describes Wolverhampton’s Chain Of Dissent who sit defiantly outside the norm. Hosted by Serial Bowl Records, this fierce hard-core show is going to send the walls of the Vault in Sunderland shaking, especially with two superb local heavy-weights on supports. Firstly the sublime melodic post-rock instrumental outfit Dutch Elm will bring their ever fluctuating guitar-driven soundscapes to the stage to provide ear-shaking wonder, before Sunderland’s roaring punk-rockers kick things up a notch and get the crowd warmed up for headliners Chain Of Dissent. It’s gonna be a mad little afternoon show you most definitely will need your ear-plugs for!
Wed 31st July
Lively Music Gigs Presents: The Escapades w/ Courtyards / Hollow Legs
Where: The Cluny2, Newcastle
Genre: Indie / Alt-Rock
Cost: £4 Adv/ £5 OTD
Music enthusiast and artist management guru Laura Rosierse aka Lively Music Management presents this superb indie and alt-rock show to end your month on a triumphant high - and potentially covered in glitter from head to toe. Opening the night’s shenanigans at the intimate Kaleidoscope HQ are the mind-blowing rockers Hollow Legs who create razor-sharp riffs and infectious choruses that will leave you gasping in awe as you groove along to those hypnotic tones. Following things right up with reverb-soaked indie are Yorkshire band Courtyards who will get everyone bopping and grooving to their hooking tunes. Headliners and Lively Music Management signing The Escapades have big acts to follow, but there is no doubt they are equipped for the job. With brit-pop inspired anthems, like brand new single ‘Cut Me Loose’, due for release September 5th, these eye-liner cladding gents will have you singing and rocking along in no time and are dead set on giving you an unforgettable night of swaggering sounds – plus a whole lot of glitter so we are told. So get yourself along for some rock n roll sing-alongs and loads sparkle too!
Cover Photo: Perceptions
Will Gorman Photography