Essential Gig Guide: September 2019
Check out this month's selection of our top picks of gigs featuring talent from the North East and beyond!
Pompus Punk: Ghost//Signals / Fret! / Dark Passenger
Location: Trillians – Newcastle
Genre: Punk / Dark-Pop / Blues-Rock
Get your punk on with the 3rd edition of musical evenings brought to you by ever popular art-punk-duo the Noise & the Naive.
This special “dark edition” will feature some of the best of noir sounds the north-east has to offer, headed up by goth infused dark-pop outfit Ghost//Signals who are guaranteed to bewitch with their hooking sing-along choruses full of refreshing modern day themes.
Providing even more enthralling sounds and scenes are fuzzy surf-punk creators FRET! as well as gritty blues-rockers Dark Passenger from Teesside.
So start your weekend early down in the depths of legendary rock bar Trillians, and with the bonus of free entry, you really can’t afford to miss it!
A belter of an alt-rock line-up curated by promoters Pillar Artists awaits over at Head of Steam Newcastle with the likes of Leopard Rays, Feral Family, Elephant Memoirs and Uncle Dudeman (More Info). Or for a fantastic dose of funk-filled punk head to the Globe for the biggest ever Goodsprings show with support from The Bolsheviks , Death To Indie and Runt (More Info).
Headclouds / Cortney Dixon / Arran George / Joe Ramsey
Location: Riverside – Newcastle
Genre: Dream-pop / Singer-Songwriter / Indie
The 3rd edition of promoter Rhyme’s “GNE Fridays” will bring us another selection of superb acts for your to discover in the intimate setting of the Riverside2, located in the upstairs area of the legendary quayside venue. This extra luscious line-up features reverb-soaked dream-pop creators Headclouds as the headline act who have just returned to the scene with their highly addictive new single ‘Marmalade’. But before these 5 Newcastle lads send you into fuzzy musical wonderland there will be performances from three spectacular singer-songwriters to get you into swing of things: Cortney Dixon, Arran George and Joe Ramsey. Tickets are still an absolute steal at only £2 so give your Fridays a live music boost and get yourself along to this fabulous gig.
Why not catch beat-laden synth-pop duo JOYYA from London for their free entry EP Launch show at Newcastle’s Tyne Bank (More Info). And those in the Teesside area should head to the Georgian Theatre for Music Mayhem's 2nd Birthday Bash that sees the return of epic punk-rock crazy-kids Casual Threats plus dark indie-pop outfit Ghost//Signals, fuzzy four-piece Dripp, quirky pop-band Head Of Light Entertainment and rock 'n' rollers Uncle Dudeman (More Info).
Dunes / Kkett / Creature / Sing Again Syren
Location: Nemix – Newcastle
Genre: Rock / Post-Hardcore
Price: £5 ADV / £7 OTD
A fantastic night of rip-roaring rock awaits when local trio Dunes celebrate the launch of their album 'Take Me To The Nasties' with this incredible show at Nemix Studios. Expect glorious Queens Of The Stone Age-esq riff-laden anthems delivered with a gusto that is sure to send the walls shaking.
And the band really couldn’t have picked a better line-up of supports in the form of three of the finest ear-drum-attacking bands: the outrageous glam-emo post-hardcore outfit Kkett, rock-banger maestros Creature and the fiercely talented all-girl rock trio Sing Again Syren.
And with it being a “Bring your own booze” event it’s certain to be one wild night you won’t wanna miss! And don’t forget your earplugs peeps, you’ve been warned!
A real head-to-head of local rock heavyweight ensues this Saturday as Toon favourites FEVA are getting ready to deliver their biggest show to date over at the Riverside with superb support from Motel Carnation and Random Hand (More Info)
Meanwhile over at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton, North-East glam-rockers Twister are set on delivering another wild and unforgettable show as part of their current “Young & Affected” tour (More Info).
At the same time, fans of Para Alta will be saying a final farewell to the band at Hartlepool’s Town Hall with support from Plaza and Michael Gallagher (More Info).
Llovers / Michael Gallagher / Neon Waves
Location: Georgian Theatre - Stockton
Genre: Indie / Dream-Pop
What an incredible year it’s been for dreamy Darlington five-piece Llovers. After selling out their Westgarth Social Club show and being chosen to play the BBC Music Introducing stage at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, the band are going from strength to strength and are now gearing up for their biggest headline show to date at Stockton’s magnificent Georgian Theatre. With their dazzling blend of transcendent harmonies and melancholy dream-pop vibes the band have been delivering a string of hooking tunes that we never tire of hearing. Their latest track ‘Honestly’ has also just been released and provides a tasty teaser of what we can expect from their upcoming EP. Adding to the magic are support performances from indie singer-songwriter Michael Gallagher and Darlington’s alt-rock outfit Neon Waves.
Yada Yada Yadas / The Jjohns / Slurs / Giraffes
Location: Head Of Steam – Newcastle
Genre: Indie / Alt-Rock
Price: £4 AVD / £5 OTD
If you’ve still not experienced the Yada Yada Yadas’ incredible alt-rock sound where have you been? The Durham based trio have been rapidly growing in fandom far beyond the North East thanks to their unique take on fuzzy shoe-gaze rock and epic hooking riffs topped off by a vocal range from frontman Adam that is simply soul-shaking. Delivered both with a humble grace and a brutally raw fire, we can’t get enough of these guys so we’re more than chuffed whenever we get a chance to catch them at an intimate show like this one at the Head of Steam thanks to Pillar Artists. Joining them are Liverpudlian Indie-Rockers The Jjohns for a welcome return to Newcastle, alongside support from energetic Tyneside Alt-Pop outfit Slurs and melancholic-rock duo Giraffes from Hartlepool.
A fantastic selection of alt and indie sounds that is guaranteed to keep you on a music induced high all night long!
Three of the finest north east singer-songwriters, Tom Mouse Smith, Martha Hill and Callum Pitt, are set to appear in the quirky and intimate setting of Durham’s Laundrette (More Info).
On the same night, some massive indie pop anthems await from rising Stockport band No Hot Ashes at Think Tank Underground Newcastle (More Info).
Or why not head to Ku Bar who welcome Merseyside rockers The K’s with local support from Plastic Glass, The Balcony and Rambler (More Info).
Be Quiet, Shout Loud / Human X / Georgia Lee / Sarah Connolly
Location: Head Of Steam – Newcastle
Genre: Glam-Pop / Synth-Rock / Singer-Songwriter
Price: £5 ADV / £6 OTD
Nothing will ever make you feel quite as sparklingly happy as a Be Quiet, Shout Loud show. The Teesside disco-glam-pop outfit have already gained a huge following in their home county but are now really gaining ground in Newcastle and beyond too, which comes as no surprise to us at all. The band never fail to bring their gloriously upbeat pop anthems delivered with infectiously dazzling energy that never fail to get a crowd on its side and singing along even at their first encounter. And we expect the same kind of scenes when the Middlesbrough five-piece hit the Head of Steam for this latest gig offering by Pillar Artists. Joining them for a night of enthralling live music are dark synth-rock outfit Human X, soul-pop singer and Georgia Lee and heart-warming singer-songwriter Sarah Connolly. If this one doesn’t make you leave with a massive smile at the end of the night we will eat our Spotlight UK hats!
Twist Helix w/ Kendama
Location : Georgian Theatre - Stockton
The north east synth-pop sweethearts, and generally loveliest humans, Twist Helix return to the Georgian Theatre in Stockton following their hugely successful performance at the venue as part of Stockton Calling earlier in the year.
With their uprising cinematic sounds and lyrical themes inspired by the region’s suffering arts and music venues, the band’s raw passion and dedication never fails to draw you in.
Expect euphoric electro pop with infectious drum beats and grooves that are impossible not to dance along to. Their critically acclaimed album 'Ouseburn' celebrates the region’s musical heritage in a way no other band could, and their hard graft has already seen them take their sound to crowds across the UK and Spain. So what better time for the band to return to Teesside than what is sure to be their most unforgettable show to date and an absolute highlight of the month for us self-proclaimed Twisties! Supports announced so far are Scottish synth-pop/punk outfit Kandema.
Head to Base Camp Middlesbrough for a collaborative event with AMPT x HUN for a night of music, art and mental health awareness that will feature performances from The Noise & The Naïve, Picnic and Me Lost Me (More Info) . Over at Newcastle’s Cluny 2, promoters Scruff Off the Neck bring us fresh indie rock sounds from Primary Colours, Lovejoy and Jarpsy (More Info). And even more glitzy indie vibes await at Surf Café Tynemouth with a headliner by Gosport based band Arcade Hearts as part of their current tour with superb local support from Great Waves and Sadsun (More Info).
The Rookery Return to Newcastle Castle
Location: Castle Keep – Newcastle
Our favourite jam-masters and gig-curators The Rookery are back with their 2nd offering of superb acts at Newcastle’s most stunning venue: the historic castle keep. After their first take-over of this incredibly beautiful location with some of the Toon’s most divine acts, the guys have timed their return just in time for Freshers Week to provide a party like no other. The musical journey will see the audience guided through the castle and met with performances from awe-inspiring musicians in various settings throughout to provide a unique and stunning backdrop. Despite acts yet to be announced the 1st wave of tickets have already sold out, so don’t snooze and grab your tickets now for this unforgettably live music experience.
Why not hit one of the two incredible city festivals the north east has to offer this weekend. Stockton’s Gathering Sounds (More Info) returns for its second year and will offer acts such as the Blinders, Lady Bird, Sophie and the Giants, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and North-East favourites the Old Pink House, Swears and Be Quiet, Shout Loud to name just a few.
At the same time, Sunderland will host it’s first “Sounds of Sunderland” festival (More Info) which will showcase both established and emerging local talent such as Social Room, Vandebilt, Plastic Glass and many more!
Spotlight Presents: Bethlehem Casuals + Special Guests
Location: Think Tank - Newcastle
Genre: Funk / Rock
Price: £3 ADV / £4 OTD
To end the month on a high we proudly present to you our latest Spotlight UK live music showcase which will be headline by the incredible Manchester funk rockers Bethlehem Casuals. It’s an absolute honour to have these guys play our show which will form part of their current UK tour.
We can’t wait for you to experience this excitingly original band full of uncontainable energy and hooking tunes. With the full line-up of fantastic local supports yet to be announced, now is the time to grab your advanced tickets before they all go flying out. It’s going to be another spectacular show that will have you on your toes and dancing like crazy, take our word for it! We can’t wait to see you all there!
Photography: Bethlehem Casuals
Credit: James Baker