Never mind the Sage, Gateshead, in May Sunderland is to host a wealth of folk music from across the region.
On the banks of the river Tyne The Bonded Warehouse will put on an evening of music aimed to bring together musicians from all over the Wear Valley.
The night of folk music will include performances from Secret Violins, Summer Tumblers (from Sunderland), Driven Serious, Brother Crow, Stanhope Silver Band, The Community Choir and a special duo yet to be announced. As well as a range of musicians the night also boasts a performance by a Durham Clog dance group.
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Celebrate International day with a twist as Miss Danby and Two For The Road present a lin-up of artists who will challenge your perceptions, entertain you with their music as well as tell a tale or two about the past.
Headling the event is Verity Susman who after a decade as a lead singer of expereimental rock band Electrelance is now performing as a solo artist. Her approach to performing ventures into new territory through the use of music, visuals and she often performing in drag.
Support on the night comes from a tour de force female line-up consisting of Lady Caroline, who performs songs about animals, allegory and alcohol, Mush, a duo, who deliver beguiling live performances offset by their sense of humor and the newly formed Miss Danby and the what.
The night will also be hosted by The Moss Troopers who are a roving trio of storytellers that posses an extensive knowledge of the natural world, literature and folklore.
Aztec Birds who hail from Sunderland have had a cracking year so far winning SunFm’s unsigned award and now this weekend are unveiling their first showcase gig at Sunderland’s Plugged Inn.
From Bird Island to This Little Bird to of course B>E>A>K it is safe to say that ‘Bird Is The Word’ in the North East.
Playing on this theme Aztec Birds have worked to create a showcase for their and other North East musicians music. The ethos behind the night, which is hoped to become a monthly thing, is to create a platform where the band can promote their music and to play alongside other local bands.
To kick things off on Saturday special guests Bird Island will be performing their surf-pop infused melodies along side Aztec Birds indie-pop songs.
After the bands the music still rolls on with new DJ ‘HNDRSN’ at the decks and will be playing 60’s, Motown and indie to entertain the crowd for the rest of the night.
It looks to be a great night and the best thing is it is free entry on the door all night so you have no excuse not to check out some of the North East’s best bird bands.
Camden’s Roudhouse Rising festival, now in its third year, is making its way to The Sage Gateshead to celebrate the latest emerging musical talent!
This is the festivals first visit to the North East and has come about thanks to Generator, the UK’s leading music development agency. This partnership has lead to Generator supplying the festival with four of what it thinks are the best emerging artists in the UK, gathered through The Tipping Point – Generator’s new and exciting music blog.
The line-up on the night will include;
The band are an infusion of English and Italian both in their sound and band members. Mausi are fronted by siblings Daisy and Thomas Finetto born in Milan and now based in Newcastle. Already this year they were granted Amazing Radio‘s ‘Tip for 2013′ thanks to the bands unique take on pop incorporating a tropical feel with an electro feel also. The band have this month released their new single ‘MOVE’ on Loose Lips Records.
These guys are based in London, in 2012 they got bloggers and DJs excited over their single ‘Brother’s Boat’ which gained positive reviews. They have since been working with producer Peter Miles to work on as Generators calls it “their oxygenated brands of uplifting song”. Eliza And The Bear are to release a A-side single ‘The Southern Wild’/'Upon the North’ on February 25th.
They do what they say on the tin. This band brings the noise and have been causing a stir with their music within Liverpool, their hometown. They have caught the attention of Radio 1′s Zane Lowe and NME which goes to show they are on their way to the big time. Generator describes their music as,”lo-fi handpicks from the best of rock and pop, with the passion, charisma and ambition so often missing in this genre.”
The singer-songwriter, Amy Holford, is based in Newcastle and is well know in the North East for her heartfelt lyrics – that can move people to tears of sadness or joy. Over the course of 2012 she has become one of the best known female vocalists from the north east because of relentless gigging and radio sessions. Lats year she supported Newton Faulkner, Jake Bugg and Lucy Rose as well as play at Evolution Emerging and Evolution Festival. 2013 looks like it holds much more to be excited about for this singer.
The birthday celebrations planned will feature live performances from Mercury Nominated Field Music, well loved melancholic acoustic band The Lake Poets and a very special & unfortunately sold out performance by The Futureheads.
It is not simply the case of one big party. No The Cluny are doing it in style over four days over which they are hosting six special Birthday gigs across the beginning 1st November.
The full list of gigs taking place …
November 3rd: The Futureheads
Cultura: The Urban Culture Sessions will be a true celebration of black culture with a look through reggae history, live poetry, guest MC’s and an art exhibition from local artists.
KT Mosebi, one of the organisers and also a DJ/Producer in Sunderland explains the potential the event has this year, “Following on from the success of last year’s event, we were approached by some amazing artists, both visual and musical, who wanted to be part of it and help promote urban culture”.
This celebration of black culture is the first installment of Art Angelz Diversity & Cultural campaign. The aim of the campaign is to unify, educate and empower the disadvantaged urban communities in Sunderland.
You are encouraged to come along to the opening Cultura: The Urban Culture Sessions on October 7th at Plugged Inn where there will be something for everyone.
The event will be a celebration of many different forms of art and live performances. Some of the musicians who will attend include Phenzo, Terra T, E.Yan Trax with their urban blend of music. There will also be live poetry reading from Robbie Lee Hurst and Gari Sullivan with words to inspire all generations.
Tom Greenwood from the Bunker, a key partner of Cultura with Art Angelz explains why he is excited about the event, “I can’t wait for people to see what we have for them, in Sunderland we rarely get to see all the different forms of art at one event and I think people are going to love it”.
Cultura will be held at Plugged Inn on the 7th of October, with a £3 entry fee. Doors will open at 17.00
Don’t panic. Emergency Door Release won’t cause a fire or an emergency in any way although they will want to cause a riot with the release of their new EP this coming Saturday at The Cluny2.
Yes Emergency Door Release are finally releasing their EP ‘Bowties and Butterflys’ this weekend after their year of gigging and the odd song release hear and there on the internet.
Who are they? Well the band are a alt/rock group from Newcastle with great passion and drive which comes across when they perform live. You can expect to hear influences from The Police and The Smiths in their music amongst their catchy lyrics and classic guitar driven grooves.
Their EP release will be taking place this Saturday at The Cluny 2 a popular gig venue for upcoming bands.
On the night the band will be support by The Mojags a rough riff driven band who love to rock as well as Gregg Genre & Box Box Box a light hearted hip-hop band also based in Newcastle. You can buy tickets here : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/177016 only £5 and doors 7:40
On top of all the music to come with both Split Parade and Split Festival this year’s events have an added extra something with the first Split Festival exhibition.
What is all this? Well simply said it is a showcase of locally sourced art produced by photographers and designers from across the North East. All pieces of work will feature both past and present musicians from the local music scene.
What we like the most is everything you will see you will be able to buy a copy of the prints/photographs will at the exhibition for a decent price as well.
The event will feature a range of artists and photographers including Ian West, Paul Burgess, Idene Roozbayani, David Wala, Caroline Briggs and Dee Chaneva. And include live photos and portraits of well known musical artists such as Field Music, The Futureheads and Frankie & The Heartstrings to new acts including Natasha Haws, B>E>A>K and The Lake Poets.
On this coming Saturday the exhibition will open at Creative Cohesion at 2:00pm with a special performance from Amy Holford. After which the exhibition will move to Ashbrooke Cricket Club, home of Split Festival, on Sunday 16th September and will be open to browse through when the festival is in full swing.
Natasha Haws music video filmed by David Wala.
This coming weekend the musical take over of Sunderland will commence with Split Parade kicking this off before the main party takes place at Split Festival the following weekend…
Split Parade is the sister event to the main event Split Festival the weekend 22-23rd September and hosts emerging talent from across the North East. This years line-up is one of the best yet and entry to all of the gigs are free!
The full line-up with stage times;
It’s nice to hear from a band once in a while and Bonsai Five, a newly formed alternative band from Newcastle, gave us a message about their gig this coming Saturday.
Because they asked so nicely for us to chat about it, we are going to!
Why should you go? All three bands have been prevalent in the indie music scene locally and will put on a night of great music at one of Newcastle’s famous venues for live music.
Plus the gig is free before 9:30pm or £3 after & is apart of the clubs Shame Night which is free for students all night (there is also a Happy Hour at 11pm).
The party aside these bands have been gigging all year and are well worth checking out if you like indie/alternative rock.
To explain about the night more and find out more about the band we had a quick chat to Bonsai Five … (Happy Birthday to Grant from the band for Saturday as well!)
How did the gig come about?
[Andrew Openshaw] It’s actually the first of a new weekly live music night taking place every Saturday at Newcastle’s Dog and Parrot pub, ran by new promoters Shame Events. They appeared on Twitter and Facebook a few weeks ago and began asking for bands to play and we were lucky to be one of the first to get booked.
They’ve done well to get Lilliput on their first bill and they also have some other great bands on over the next few months including Sonner, Patched Up Heroes, Eeves, So What Robot, Champagne Charlies, Kobadelta, Air To Achilles and Railway Club. We’re chuffed to be opening the new night but I suppose there is some pressure on us to be really good as we’re kinda setting the standard for future events!
[Grant Clark] We’re hoping to do it justice as it is their first night. I’m also celebrating my birthday so all in all we have a fantastic night ahead of us!
Are you fans/friends with Lilliput & Red Letters who are also playing?
[Andrew Openshaw] I was introduced to James Gilling (Lilliput) at Natasha Haws’ E.P launch at Sunderland Minster back in May and if I remember rightly that was the same week Lilliput released the video for ‘Until’, so that was a good icebreaker!
I thought Lilliput were one of the highlights at this year’s Evolution Emerging Festival; their show at The Cumberland Arms was packed and people were singing along to the songs, it was a great atmosphere.
I also saw some members from Red Letters do an acoustic set at the Head of Steam recently; I thought they were good and I’m looking forward to see the full band live for the first time.
[Scott Mason] I’ve not seen either of the bands live yet but I’ve heard a few of Lilliput’s songs. I love ‘One Day, Know’ – there’s a moment in that track where it drops to a vocal harmony then creeps back in with the bass, which really gets me. I also really like their song Little Wanderer when it kicks off.
[Grant Clark] From what I’ve heard myself and also from what I’ve been told by friends, I think Lilliput are a really good band and I’m also looking forward to seeing them live for the first time.
You have been uploading a lot of new music onto your Soundcloud – are you as a band planning to record an EP soon? Or a single?
[Scott Mason] We have some studio time booked in early October to get cracking on new stuff and we still have a lot of songs at the demo stage which we recorded at the start of the year, to finish off too. So hopefully a single will come from those sessions.
[Andrew Openshaw] We actually recently took a lot of stuff down off our Soundcloud page, the reason being that some of our early recordings had Scott on lead vocals, as he had written the tracks.
A few months ago we agreed to let Jack be our sole lead vocalist with Scott on backing vocals – if you listen to the songs that were recorded at The Cluny last week you can hear why – we’re really pleased with the way they sound. So, we do need to re-record some of our other songs with Jack singing. We’ve got quite a few songs kicking around that people haven’t heard yet and we’re hoping to play them live over the next few months.
What are the plans for the rest of the year – any more gigs?
[Andrew Openshaw] Yes we have one in November but we can’t give away the details of that yet as the headliner hasn’t been confirmed, but we’re confident it’s going to be on the region’s ‘high profile’ acts. So, that gig is at the Head of Steam. Other than that we’re actively looking for more gigs – in Newcastle as well as Sunderland and beyond. So hopefully we’ll do a few more before the end of the year.
[Scott Mason] We might actually throw a Christmas party too. We’ll see what happens.
[Andrew Openshaw] Also…by the time the November gig comes around we should be a five piece – Bonsai Five at last!…but more details of that to come.