Molly Linen + Cult Party
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Molly Linen + Cult Party

Molly Linen is a songwriter and guitarist taking influences from musicians such as Devon Sproule and Nick Drake. Through melody driven electric guitar and lulling yet fierce vocals she creates captivating and personal songs.

Cult Party are a Manchester collective founded by multi-disciplinary artist Leo Robinson. With perfect command over melody and rhyme, the outfit meld soaring acoustics and pastoral folk into a stark musical template. Over the years, they have gently ebbed and flowed, swelling into a rich tapestry of guitar, vocals, organ, cello, violin and percussion, with Leo’s baritone croon underpinning it all.organ, cello, violin and percussion, with Leo’s baritone croon underpinning it all

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Wandering Monster + Thomas Dixon Quartet
Nov
17
3:30 PM15:30

Wandering Monster + Thomas Dixon Quartet

Wandering Monster perform intricately arranged instrumental jazz which draws upon the soundworlds and sensibilities of rock and world music. Made up of five crossover musicians highly active on the UK music scene, the group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet. An engaging live act, the band is able to pull off involved written material alongside moments of exciting, natural improvisation. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. The group released their eponymous debut album on London based label Ubuntu earlier in 2019 to much critical acclaim.

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Some Bodies + Werbeniuk
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Some Bodies + Werbeniuk

“The rolling keyboard notes recall those early Pink Floyd singles, while the sighing vocals are reminiscent of Tame Impala at their finest” Clash Magazine

“Fuzzing Ty Segall guitars with a wistful glance back to pop music past” Bristol in Stereo

“A cool yet inviting cocktail that errs on the hookier side of indie” Classic Rock

"Catchy as hell.” BBC Introducing in the West

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Human Holiday + The Type Five
Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

Human Holiday + The Type Five

A very popular Newcastle-based band return, with a new name. Fans will guess. The new name was once a song title of theirs. For the rest of you, you’ll have to wait a while to find out more.

Support comes from Cova Castle, purveyors of heavy riffs and melodic hooks, also from Newcastle.

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Dana Gavanski + Ren
Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

Dana Gavanski + Ren

“Dana Gavanski spins her heartbreaking solitude into beauty on 'One by One'.” – The 405

“Stately and wistful there’s’ a touch of class to Gavanski’s songwriting, the spindling hooks and her fantastic and dulcet vocal tones are framed with twinkling notes in the mid distance. – God Is In The TV 

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Black Sea Dahu + Me Lost Me
Dec
1
3:30 PM15:30

Black Sea Dahu + Me Lost Me

Black Sea Dahu are singer-songwriter Janine Cathrein and a gang of musical cohorts. Think: modern-day Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. But instead of dropping copious amounts of LSD and driving around in a VW mini-bus, they trip out on sound and studio-related cabin fever. They also make some of the most searing, contemporary, Urban Folk around!

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Roller:Trio + J Frisco
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Roller:Trio + J Frisco

Chosen for a BBC Introducing showcase at Band on the Wall in 2011 by tastemakers Gilles Peterson, Mike Chadwick and Kevin LeGendre, Roller:Trio subsequently won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award and their eponymous debut album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize. That same year they were also nominated for the MOBO Best Jazz Act and Jazz FM Best Newcomer awards.

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Driven Serious + Support
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Driven Serious + Support

“You could file Driven Serious under the banner of folk-rock; but they are so much than that. They have a vibrancy that you can virtually see thrumming off them when they play, passionate and with the handbrake well and truly off, and with a vibe that has had people likening them to The Levellers to The Pogues to The Smiths to The Wonderstuff…” – The Crack Magazine

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Wax Heart Sodality + Support
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Wax Heart Sodality + Support

On a cold mid-week afternoon in February a burnt-out, overweight father of one, who shall remain unnamed, was approached. He was offered a chance to taste the freedom of his former glories and front a band. Unsure and afraid, he declined but on learning of the condition of his anonymity, he was soon convinced. He has since been absorbed within the Wax Heart Sodality as they take the form of a humble musical ensemble, who cathartically comment on the day-to-day.

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Will Finn & Rosie Calvert + Katie Doherty (Solo)
Jan
12
3:30 PM15:30

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert + Katie Doherty (Solo)

Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are graduates of the Folk and Traditional Music BA at Newcastle University and have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their a capella harmony quartet The Teacups for the past eight years, performing all over the UK and beyond. Their duo work is met with accolades wherever they go, and their debut album, 'Beneath this Place' (which was fully funded following a successful kickstarter campaign) is being critically lauded as 'Distinctive' and 'Excellent'.

Support comes from one of the region’s brightest folk stars, Katie Doherty, who will be playing solo (without her collaborators, The Navigators).

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Native Harrow + Support
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

Native Harrow + Support

The beautifully tonal voice of Devin Tuel, married with the multi instrumental talents of Stephen Harms, makes for harmonious, timeless and classy Americana / Folk music

“Razor Sharp Folk Rock” - MOJO

”It’s hard to be utterly timeless and refreshingly original, but Native Harrow manages it with ease” - Folk Radio

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Dilettante + Support
Jan
17
8:00 PM20:00

Dilettante + Support

‘Dilettante’ was born out of a fear of committing to a single line up, and is Francesca Pidgeon’s rebound project after a long-term relationship with indie-jazz four piece ‘Kumiko’. She wants to be in a musical but she can’t stand people looking at her, she loves swing music but longs for fuzzy guitar riffs, it’s a recipe for disaster and you’re all invited.

​For fans of St Vincent, Kate Bush, Fiona Apple, tUnE-yArDs, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein.

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Swanhunt + Men Behind The Sun
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Swanhunt + Men Behind The Sun

Ever since releasing their debut album, ‘Spaced Out Tales’ in 2018, this local rock 4-piece band have been gaining support via a series of barnstorming live performances, most recently in support of Rob Joice at Bobiks in late October 2019.

No-nonesense melodic rock in the vein of The Manic Street Preachers, but with a more down-to-earth approach which has enabled the band to form a special bond with their loyal fans.

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Word Up - Rachael Jean Harris + Scott Tyrell + Nev Clay
Jan
26
3:30 PM15:30

Word Up - Rachael Jean Harris + Scott Tyrell + Nev Clay

Rachael Jean Harris is a writer and vocalist, combining folk, jazz and indie to create distinctive and emotive songs.

North East poet Scott Tyrell specialises in comic poetry and is a Poetry Slam Champion.

Nev Clay is a local music legend, a keen observer of life who makes the ordinary seem special, bit with his music and with his writing.

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Nel Unlit + Detroit Tourist Board
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Nel Unlit + Detroit Tourist Board

Absolutely impossible to categorise, Nel Unlit produce epic indie/folk, the perfect musical companion to fictional fantasy worlds, of the type the music took its inspiration from (the novels of Neil Gaiman).

“Incredibly emotive, atmospheric songwriting ….. their music is both irreverent and full of gravitas - a difficult thing to do as well as Nel Unlit do” Narc Magazine

This gig launches Nel Unlit’s stunning debut album, ‘Wake For the Dreaming’.

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Isobel Holly + Support
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Isobel Holly + Support

Hailing from Bath, Isobel Holly is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, whose exciting blend of country, rock and soul makes for a truly captivating live performance. Influences such as Fleetwood Mac and Carrie Underwood are reflected in her heartfelt song-writing and powerful vocals. See her play live alongside her incredible band, all of whom study alongside her at the Royal Northern College of Music. You'll have a taste of her debut upcoming album, which is set for release in February next year. Expect intense guitar solo sections combined with delicate lyricism. 

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Bird in the Belly + Support
Feb
29
8:00 PM20:00

Bird in the Belly + Support

Bird in the Belly is collective is made up of solo artist Jinnwoo, folk duo Hickory Signals, visual artist Epha Roe, and instrumentalist Tom Pryor.

Together they record songs and stories that have either never before been recorded or are rarely recorded - all set to contemporary folk music, in the hopes of reintroducing these songs back into the folk canon. The resulting debut and recent follow-up albums have both met with deserved critical praise in the music and popular press.

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Beccy Owen & The Refuge + Support
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Beccy Owen & The Refuge + Support

Beccy Owen & the Refuge are a brand new creative collective led by singer-songwriter Beccy Owen.

“Supple songwriting that is as rich emotionally as it is musically, Beccy Owen & The Refuge offer up a multi-layered sound that is simultaneously elegant and carnival-esque.” (Boff Whalley)

The band draw on a mouth-watering range of musical styles and influences melding them into their own hypnotic sound. Big bass-lines, wonky time-signatures and spellbinding hooks are lathered in Owen’s unearthly vocals to offer up a range of atmospheric wonders.

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Tempers + Support
Mar
4
7:30 PM19:30

Tempers + Support

TEMPERS are a NYC-based duo comprised of Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper. The duo's dark, ice-cold electronica blends a sinister slow static disco with danceable beats, a hinting of pop sensibility imprisoned in an almost gothic, industrial soundscape.

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The Seamonsters + Support
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

The Seamonsters + Support

The Seamonsters are an indie pop band from Sheffield, driven by ethereal vocals and 80s inspired synths. Influenced by Pulp, Altered Images and Orange Juice. 


“Their sound, songs and spirit is driven by 80s inspired synths and dreamy angelic vocals with an edge that more than hints at a very exciting future for the 6-piece. Ones to watch.”- Gigslutz. 

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Blamire + Artio
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Blamire + Artio

Alex Blamire was born to be a musician. The son of punk legend Pauline Murray, he learned his craft woking in the studio in Newcastle, and playing in a string of bands from an early age. After some time away in Europe, he’s returned to the studio to record a collection of songs that are reminiscent of early 80’s pop and Berlin era Bowie. Dreamlike, synth driven and big on hooks.

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Emma Langford + Support
Jun
3
7:30 PM19:30

Emma Langford + Support

When she won at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in 2018, Emma Langford was already a familiar name to Irish music lovers. A dedicated troubadour, she has tallied an impressive portfolio of tour dates, as well as being a regular feature on the national airwaves; Langford has lost no time in weaving herself into the DNA of the Irish folk scene on an international scale. 

Emma Langford has crafted a sound that intricately blends folk, jazz, and Irish traditional nuance. Her voice dances the line between sweetly seductive and defiant, and combined with an innate lyrical ability to create worlds through song, and a truly authentic presence, she has captured the hearts and imaginations of Irish and international audiences alike. 

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Tchotchke + Headclouds
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Tchotchke + Headclouds

Tchotchke's highly anticipated debut album 'Life Gets In The Way' , which they recorded at Sage Gateshead, will be released towards the end of 2019, with this gig representing the official album launch.

“Tchotchke produce gorgeous dream pop that’s brought acclaim from BBC Introducing amongst many others. Having opened this year’s Evolution Emerging on the back of their Lost & Found EP, Tchotchke might just be one of the most promising new bands in the region” – Endless Window

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Slurs + The Samphires
Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

Slurs + The Samphires

Slurs are a DIY slacker-punk band from Newcastle upon Tyne, comprised of bassist and vocalist Mark Simpson, guitarist and vocalist Fintan Dawson and drummer Mike Smith.

"..punchy pop gems incorporating elements of Britpop, slacker rock and shoegaze to create a catchy, upbeat sound." - Narc April 2016

"Boasting a sound that’s chocker block with riveting guitar lines and baritone vocal lines...there is this true feel of all your favourite indie records" - The Pentatonic (May 2016)

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Stef Chura + The Yada Yada Yadas
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Stef Chura + The Yada Yada Yadas

An American indie-rock musician from Detroit, Stef Chura first made waves in 2017 when her debut album ‘Messes’ received positive reviews from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and others. 2019’s follow up ‘Midnight’, produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, has seen Stef up her game to another level, earning rave reviews amid ‘album of the year’ talk from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Paste Magazine. 

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Rob Joice + Swanhunt
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Rob Joice + Swanhunt

Since the release of Rose Tinted Spex, Robert has achieved critical acclaim as a talented, versatile guitarist and musician. He has worked with the horn section of reggae superstars UB40 (Brian Travers, Martin Meredith and Laurence Parry) on the track Cayenne Pepper, and is going from strength to strength asserting a new breed of instrumental rock,blues and funk music.

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Nano Kino + What We Call Progress
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Nano Kino + What We Call Progress

Hailing from the North East of England, Nano Kino is the creation of Sarah Suri and Duncan Lloyd. Bonding over a mutual love of Cocteau Twins and early 4AD, their music's ethereal blend is majestic and entrancing. Sarah’s vocals complemented by Duncan’s guitars create an inimitable sonic panorama.

On bass, Andy Martin & Tom English plays drums, live, they bring together these intricate mystical soundscapes to form perfectly crafted songs

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Tenement & Temple + Eve Simpson
Oct
20
3:30 PM15:30

Tenement & Temple + Eve Simpson

Tenement and Temple is a new folk route for Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie. Monica plays her Martin guitar solid while Johnny creates some organised chaos on his Olympic. Together they weave intimate readings of songs spanning their career with new songs and classics. Their new route is a free,melodic and expansive harmonic domain in which dissonance exist with simple beauty and a sense of mischief wrapped in a cassock of spirituality. 

Tenement & Temple’s eponymous debut LP was released on 29th August 2019. 

“Album of the year contender from Glasgow’s best kept secret says Joe Whyte falling for the  ‘gentle power, mystery and almost spiritual feel’ of the songs.” Louder Than War 

"Sublime. An instant classic. Possibly one of the most heart-meltingly beautiful albums of 2019" The Ginger Quiff




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Micah Erenberg + Detroit Tourist Board
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Micah Erenberg + Detroit Tourist Board

Micah Erenberg is a diversely talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer from Manitoba. His lyrics are a mosaic of stories, thoughts and reactions from small town, big ideas Canada; the land of few people and vast, flat, lake laden landscape. Erenberg’s music is charming, witty, and authentic. His full disclosure style of writing makes for captivating, poetic and gracefully heartbreaking songs that display an honesty and talent that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Port Erin + Girl From Winter Jargon
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Port Erin + Girl From Winter Jargon

Over the past 12 years Port Erin have extensively toured the U.K. performing over 750 shows at some of of the U.K.’s most prestigious venues. They have made appearances at many UK & EU festivals including; Glastonbury Festival, played live sessions for BBC Introducing and their music has been aired numerous times on BBC Radio 6 (Guy Garvey & Tom Robinson). Since their formation, they have diligently been affirming themselves as one of the UK’s hardest working, most loved, unsung and underground DIY bands.

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The Mile Roses + Tim Dalling
Oct
6
3:30 PM15:30

The Mile Roses + Tim Dalling

Born out of a musical interest in both British folk and the transatlantic connections to new country and Americana, The Mile Roses are now fast gaining a reputation across the UK folk scene. Their original songs and close three part harmonies are accompanied by guitars, fretless bass, cittern, mandolin and fiddles.

Tim Dalling is a unique performer, songwriter and accordionist. His work has ranged from musical and theatrical clowning to serious songwriting for theatre, performance and recording. His style ranges from traditional folk to jazz and music hall and has been described as a cross between Ivor Cutler and Randy Newman

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Mouthful
Sep
15
7:45 PM19:45

Mouthful

Mouthful are a 4-piece a Capella vocal group who make innovative, exciting and original music using only the human voice as an expertly-played and finely-tuned instrument. Bex Mather, Dave Camlin, Katherine Zeserson and Sharon Durant create and perform a diverse range of vocal material inspired by gospel, funk, jazz and global folk traditions. Be prepared to have your preconceptions about vocal music blown out of the water by powerful and exciting original work, and sophisticated and unusual arrangements…

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Native Harrow + Tony Bengtsson
Sep
15
3:30 PM15:30

Native Harrow + Tony Bengtsson

Indie folk pop duo based in Woodstock, New York. 

“Vocalist and guitarist Devin Tuel’s flowy, spiritual voice is timeless, and its fluttering beauty will spark a lump in your throat. ”— Paste magazine

“The band have really hit their stride here, coming into an even more soulful folk style. ”— American Standard Time 

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District Attorney + Nel Unlit
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

District Attorney + Nel Unlit

A rare public outing for District Attorney, the band made up of luminaries from former great local bands such as Minotaurs, The Union Choir, Deadly Friend, The Dark Sky Singers and others. Joined for this gig by esteemed local producer and former The Railway Club frontman/guitarist, Martin Francis Trollope. 

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Duncan Lloyd + Salsola
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Duncan Lloyd + Salsola

Duncan Lloyd is probably best known as the guitarist and musical driving force behind Mercury Music Prize nominated band, Maximo Park, but Lloyd’s frenetic outpouring has also seen him busy with various projects including Decade In Exile, Nano Kino, experimentalists Res Band, and solo work under his own name. It is his solo work which now calls for our attention, with the release of new album ‘Outside Notion’.

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Broken Levee + Dean James & The Black Dogs
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

Broken Levee + Dean James & The Black Dogs

Playing as a trio (sans drums), Broken Levee are a stylish and charismatic blues band with a reputation for surging and full-blooded performances that reveal an impressive trove of original compositions. Their sound echoes the Great British and American blues acts but also delivers a unique and rich new take on the genre. The band are constantly drawing influence from an eclectic range of artists from jazz, funk, soul, rock and indeed the blues!

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Pat McMahon Electric Band + Elaine Palmer
Aug
16
8:00 AM08:00

Pat McMahon Electric Band + Elaine Palmer

Pat McMahon Electric Band is a three piece combo which draws on a wide range of rock, Chicago blues and soul influences. The band comprises Pat on electric and acoustic guitars; veteran session keyboard/bass player, Ray Johns, and George Waters, on drums.

As well performing Pat’s original material, the band cover a fine blend of renowned artists, incl. BB King, John Mayer, Hendrix, Santana, Bill Withers, and Clapton.

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Headclouds + Hector Gannet
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Headclouds + Hector Gannet

Headclouds are a five-piece pop group from Newcastle-upon-Tyne

'Guitars drenched in a haze of drifting reverb intertwined with ghostly vocal harmonies' - The Line of Best Fit 

‘I hear bands every week that try to do that jangly, mid-summer pop vibe… Headclouds are well above the lot of them’ - Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1

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Bridie Jackson + Andy Neill
Jul
31
7:30 PM19:30

Bridie Jackson + Andy Neill

As a performer, Bridie is best known for her band, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, a folk influenced trio based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. They achieved national recognition after winning the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, having beaten over 8,000 contenders to secure the prize of performing on multiple stages at the legendary festival.

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Holy Now + Dog Years
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Holy Now + Dog Years

Holy Now make indie pop music built around captivating melodies and heartbroken lyrics. Songs about an unwillingness to grow up and stagnate. Timeless pop music with intimate melodies, yelling drums and sprawling choruses. Jangly fuzz pop where euphoria meets insomnia. 

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The Stroppies + James Leonard Hewiston
Jul
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Stroppies + James Leonard Hewiston

Melbourne’s DIY indie outfit, The Stroppies, signed to Tough Love Records are set to release their debut album ‘Whoosh’ in March 2019. Championed by BBC 6 Music, the band’s Lexington, London gig has already sold strongly, and a UK tour will include dates in Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Brighton and Bristol. 

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