Gig Listings

Welcome to the NMC’s Gig Listings – a list of gigs and live shows happening in the North East of England, featuring original local acts as well as the best emerging talent from far beyond.

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November

Wednesday 30th Nov

Maz and The Phantasms + The Unsung
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: MAZ AND THE PHANTASMS: A surfy, funky, psychy, proggy and sassy band with a lotta pizzazz. THE UNSUNG: four piece band formed in Carlisle in 2014 and they have been beguiling audiences with their evocative songs ever since. As far as comparisons go The Unsung are a difficult band to pin down – sounding more like a sum of their influences than the influences themselves
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December

Thursday 1st Dec

Bosola + Oddo’s Gaze
Where:
Mosaic Tap – Newcastle
What: Pillar Artists & Mosaic Tap are thrilled to host two incredible bands on Thurs 1 December: Bosola + Oddo’s Gaze!Bosola pound the hinterland between alternative energies of The Replacements and Big Thief aesthetic. New Newcastle band Oddo’s Gaze make their live debut, giving attendees a glimpse of what is to come.
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Redwood
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: REDWOOD: “A dynamic 5-piece alternative rock outfit from Hertfordshire and Somerset, U.K.”
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Friday 2nd Dec

clipping.
Where:
World Headquarters – Newcastle
What: The critically acclaimed West Coast-based experimental hip-hop trio, “clipping” consist of producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, alongside multi-hyphenate MC, Daveed Diggs. Clipping initially rose to prominence with their debut album MIDCITY and follow up CLPPNG. In 2016 they released their opus, SPLENDOR & MISERY, a science fiction concept album that garnered international critical acclaim, including a Hugo Award nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation. This was only the second time ever a music album was nominated, putting them up against the likes of GAME OF THRONES and BLACK MIRROR.
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Stars in Their Eyes : Velley 59, Dunes & Ballpeen
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: Little Buildings presents a night for charity, featuring:
Valley 59 as Blink 182, Dunes as Turbonegro & Ballpeen as Melvins
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The Rills w/ Ten Eighty Trees
Where: The Cluny – Newcastle
What: Indie band from Lincoln, UK.
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Provenance + Alistair James + Cameron Young (White Noise.) + Pluto
Where:
NE Volume Music Bar – Stockton
What: Lone Wolf Promotions host their first gig! The line-up includes indie outfit Provenance, singer-songwriter Alistair James, Cameron Young from White Noise. and new project, Pluto, from Giraffes frontman Oliver Sharp.
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Saturday 3rd Dec

Matt Deighton
Where:
The Common Room of the Great North – Newcastle
What: Matt Deighton’s stunning discography tells a story of genuinely great musicianship and songwriting, but most of all, of the beauty and fragility of one of Britain’s greatest lost talents and how life around him has sometimes shaped a fate beyond his control. An artist who returns with something more beautiful every time the storm abates, 2021 saw the reemergence of British folk’s most enigmatic lost son – a favourite among musicians, songwriters and diehard music lovers.
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FAYE FANTARROW
Where: Bobiks – Newcastle
What: Sunderland singer-songwriter Faye Fantarrow is having a meteoric rise within the local scene. Winner of the Alan Hull Award 2021; being freshly tipped this year as one of BBC Introducing’s acts to watch for 2022 and now recently being signed by none other than the legendary Dave
Stewart; the future is nothing but promising for this young artist. Her distinctive, atmospheric, soulful sound and powerful lyrics are staples of Fantarrow’s music, creating great traction with her releases and even more so on the live scene.
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Giant Walker & Hawxx
Where: Head Of Steam – Newcastle
What: Giant Walker – Their music captures the many lows of loneliness and tips a hat to the music that gets you through hard times; sweeping you up in a conceptual journey, from giant riffs to melancholic melodies, and ambient soundscapes. Giant Walker went on to sell out multiple dates on their first UK headline tour and are due to tour Europe in September with Black Orchid Empire. Hawxx – Winners of Metal to the Masses London and played a packed out tent at Bloodstock Festival, described by Metal Planet as an ‘I was there’ moment
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Welcome To Helheim All-Dayer 2022: Cast In Tephra, Desolation, I Am The Wreckage & more
Where:
Downcast Studios – Gateshead
What: This great gathering of some of the best bands in the Northern underground metal realm is a celebration of the community we have created in this amazing year and what better way to commemorate this monumental year than a big mosh off to close it off! Featuring SORROW / SWARMS / GRAVITER / COLLAPSE OF COLOUR / EREBOR / BOZ / I AM THE WRECKAGE / DESOLATION /
CAST IN TEPHRA
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Post Rome w/ Patrick Gosling & Hannah Robinson
Where:
Independent – Sunderland
What: They’re alternative. They’re rocky. They’re emo. They’re poppy. They are Post Rome. Hailing from the North East of England, Ben Goodfellow and Jamie Martin have been boasting arena anthems with catchy hooks and progressive writing from 16 years old into their (now) early 20’s. New additions Elliot Scott and Steven Goodfellow make the band a perfect 4 in their new venture of a bigger sound with even bigger live shows which all kicks off at Independent for their hometown return
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Sunday 4th Dec

Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac
Where: Bobiks – Newcastle
What: Based in London and Berlin, Let Spin are a cutting edge post-jazz quartet who have been making waves in the UK and European jazz scenes since their formation in 2012. Their collaborative way of working produces an explosive mixture of stylistic influences whilst their focus on improvisation leads to incendiary live performances, allowing the music to venture into territories that are unforeseen even to the musicians themselves. Ceitidh Mac blends the warming tones of the cello and mellow vocals to create a transformative sound that puts a progressive twist on the alt.folk genre. Originally from Wales, now based in Newcastle, Ceitidh’s intriguing lyrics have been mesmerising audiences across the UK.
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DEVIL’S ADVOCATE ALL DAYER
Where:
The Cluny – Newcastle
What: Devil’s Advocate is returning to The Cluny this Sunday December 4th! We have another naughty line up full of local deviants. Doors from 1PM starting in Cluny 2 and then moving to the main room after 5PM. Featuring SWINE TAX / SAKES / YES CHEF / CERAMIC / MELOSTME / BIGFATBIG / CHINTZY STETSON / SORORITY GRRLS / MUCKLE / GONZO DOG
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Monday 5th Dec

MYKKI BLANCO
Where:
The Cluny – Newcastle
What: Throughout their evolution, poet, artist, musician Mykki Blanco has continuously blurred genres – pulling rave, trap, grunge and punk influences into a swirling pool of experimental hip hop that celebrated queer and trans experiences. Ultimately Mykki concluded they wanted to create their own sonic universe from scratch. To facilitate this, they collaborated with producer and multi-instrumentalist FaltyDL, who allowed them to envision new soundscapes built from lush, live instrumentation.
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Tuesday 6th Dec

Two Pound Tuesday – Ft Mally + Circus
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: MALLY – Noise rock, CIRCUS – Hard rock in a classic style
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Wednesday 7th Dec

Sofar Sounds | Newcastle
Where:
Secret venue – Newcastle
What: We are slowly easing into the holidays with an evening filled with tranquil pop songs and exciting drinks in Newcastle’s city centre!
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Thursday 8th Dec

Peri Rae + Beth Robinson
Where:
Mosaic Tap – Newcastle
What: Pillar Artists & Mosaic Tap are thrilled to have Peri Rae and Beth Robinson share the stage on 8 December! Both artists have a talent for incredible vocals and insightful lyricism, as such all gig-goers are in for a magnificent show.
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Friday 9th Dec

THE AVELONS
Where:
The Cluny2 – Newcastle
What: Forest Hall based indie/alt racket-makers The Avelons appeal to fans of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Foo Fighters, The Clash. The band is made up of Jack Oldham on vocals and rhythm guitar, Aaron Morrell on backing vocals and lead guitar, James Thompson on bass and Darlington-born drummer Dylan Sharp all combine to create a dangerous, volatile sound that’s getting the band the reputation of a band not to miss live.
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KkettMas ft Kett /MXYM / Bugman
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: After some quiet time recording new music we are jolly to announce some FESTIVE WIGGLES on 9th December!
That’s right! We’ll be joined by the angelic MXYM and the very merry Bugman at the be-yule-tiful The Little Buildings!
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Saturday 10th Dec

I LIKE TRAINS
Where:
Pop Recs Ltd – Sunderland
What: Through their re-telling of some of western history’s most idiosyncratically bleak tales of human interest, to their realisation of humanity lying prostrate at the hands of environmental and technological factors far greater than us, I LIKE TRAINS have been transfixed by the art of survival. A group who stood apart from the crowd even as their adopted home of Leeds enjoyed its hype boom and bust years during the mid-noughties. Under the microscope of the wider media during its ‘New Yorkshire’ era, they have never really been fashionable: too surly, too bleak, too stubborn to follow the pre-meditated narrative placed on them by their critics and peers
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TOM A. SMITH
Where: Head Of Steam – Newcastle
What: Despite being only 18-years-old, Sunderland-based newcomer Tom A. Smith has already achieved more than most artists do in a lifetime. He played his first ever gig aged just eight, supporting local psychedelic rockers Detroit Social Club at legendary Newcastle venue The Cluny, performed at Glastonbury before he was even in secondary school, and Tim Burgess handpicked him to play his stage at Kendall Calling, making him the festival’s youngest ever performer. He has played live with local hero Sam Fender and Catfish & The Bottlemen, as well as supported other Northern acts on the rise like The Lathums and The Mysterines.
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Martha Hill / Holly Rees / Lauren Stone
Where:
Cumberland Arms – Newcastle
What: Martha Hill presents an evening of acoustic music at The Cumberland Arms. Support from Holly Rees and Lauren Stone
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Neurofest
Where:
NE Volume Music Bar – Stockton
What: Neurofest – all day music Festival raising money for Local Neurodivigant Charity Tees Valley Buddies
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Goodsprings Xmas Party w/ Silk Road + B-Type
Where:
The Globe – Newcastle
What: Ding dong merrily on high, it’s time to get your skank on down at The Globe for the only Christmas Party worth coming to! As tradition, Newcastle Ska-Punk favourites Goodsprings are back for their annual Christmas show! A tradition since 2018, this year Goodsprings are joined by both Silk Road and B-Type.
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Sunday 11th Dec

BENJAMIN AMOS
Where:
Bobiks – Newcastle
What: Benjamin Amos is a singer-songwriter from the North Coast of Ireland. His lush musical tones will appeal to fans of Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes and Local Natives. Amos cut his musical teeth as frontman of ‘The Good Fight’, winning a televised BBC Battle of the Bands and playing on some of the biggest stages across Ireland, before forming duo ‘Sullivan & Gold’. After signing to indie label Smalltown America, ‘For Foes’ was released to a great reception and the album was shortlisted for the NI Music Prize.
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Wednesday 14th Dec

Mr. Bigfoot + Kewen & The Crosswalks + More
Where:
NE Volume Music Bar – Stockton
What: ‘Anything Goes’ cross-genres night featuring Mr. Bigfoot (alt-rock), Kewen & The Crosswalks, Edward Le-Vine and $BC$ . The ever-elusive Mr Bigfoot are a Teesside-based alternative rock group consisting of spaced-out lead lines with thick, fuzzy rhythm sections, overlaid with harmonious vocal melody, ready to delve into an aggressive fit of screeching and screaming songs about feeling sad and scary dentists.
Kewen & The Crosswalks: Indie-rock outfit. Edward Le-Vine: Singer-songwriter.
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One For The Ditch Vol. 4  ft Cat Ryan / Viia / Eve Simpson
Where:
The Cluny 2 – Newcastle
What: We’re back one last time before the year is through and we’re so excite to announce we’ll be making our debut in Newcastle at The Cluny 2 on Wednesday 14th December! We’ll be bringing with us some of the finest new artists in the UK and it is not a night to be missed! Headlining is the brilliant Cat Ryan and in support we also have the incredible Viia and Eve Simpson.
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Thursday 15th Dec

MICHAEL HEAD & THE RED ELASTIC BAND
Where:
Pop Recs Ltd – Sunderland
What: Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band was an idea born in 2008 following the cessation of Shack, the critically-acclaimed band that Michael Head formed with his brother John. The project gained perfect traction after joining forces with Violette Records in 2013.
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Friday 16th Dec

Cortney Dixon / Picnic
Where:
Zerox – Newcastle
What: I’m so excited to be putting on my very own headline gig for the first time! I would LOVE if you came to celebrate my most recent releases with me at Zerox in Newcastle on December 16th! With Local support from pop-funk fun fanatics, Picnic.
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Imogen & Friends (unplugged) featuring Imogen & Ernie
Where: Bobiks – Newcastle
What: When Imogen emerged, critics described her first release as “preternaturally brilliant” and an “illustrative and graceful beginning from an artist we can’t wait to hear more of”. Honouring their words, late 2021 saw Imogen release her most powerful work to date, the Bloodbag EP. With her trademark soaring vocals accompanied by dark brass, synths, driving rhythms, and powerful visuals, the Geordie artist shows us storytelling in the most affecting way, lending comparison from Nick Cave through to Florence and The Machine.
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The Clause
Where:
Independent – Sunderland
What: The Clause are a four-piece from Birmingham who bring together the swagger of the 60s, the rolling groove of the 80s and the riotous verve and attitude of the 90s. Effortlessly combine huge hooks with gritty verses, indie sensibilities and rhythm and blues groove and melodies to create an altogether different beast. The music defies categorisation, rolling seamlessly from crashing percussion to huge, swinging bass. There are epic singalong choruses destined for stadiums and packed festival main stages, and darker, edgier moments evoking late night cruises down dingy back streets.
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Saturday 17th Dec

Kirollus + Tony 586
Where:
Cobalt Studios – Newcastle
What: It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that Kirollus is the most important figure funk and boogie has had since Dâm-Funk’s industry breakthrough in 2008. Known for his joyful energy that’s both refreshingly genuine and incredibly infectious, watch any of his Defected Broadcasting House shows and you’ll see exactly why Kirollus is swiftly becoming one of the most exciting selectors of recent years.
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A DARK DARK XMAS#5
Where:
NE Volume Music Bar – Stockton
What: A Dark Dark Xmas is back, with it’s fifth installment, welcome Weathership and The Purnells, plus special guests.
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Sleep in Motion + The Creep Void
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: SLEEP IN MOTION: “Sleep in Motion was formed in November 2021 by original members Alex Smith, Ryan Brooks and John Alexander. After a brief time on Bass, Alexander left and Lewis Brade joined on bass and became the glue between Smith’s energetic rhythms and Brooks’s furious vocals and screaming guitar riffs. Inspired by the Seattle grunge movement of the early nineties, Brooks, Smith and Brade together create a mixture of nostalgia and energy that cannot be ignored. Sleep in Motion will be touring in the Autumn to support the release of their debut album”
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Sunday 18th Dec

Wandering Oak: FELL
Where:
Cobalt Studios – Newcastle
What: Fell’s songs are driven by Nicolas’s wry, off-kilter lyrics, considered vocal delivery and playful compositions: jangly guitar-pop and slow-burning pastoral folk sit alongside psychedelic freak-outs and krautrock rhythms. Nicolas’ intimate vocals float on top of woozy seaside organs and tape-wobbled guitars. Fell’s first record, ‘There Still Are Mysteries’ was produced by Andy Ramsay of Stereolab and played extensively across BBC 6 Music. Currently signed to Lost Map, Fell’s ‘For The Pickling’ EP was released in 2019, produced by Peggy Sue / Landshapes’ Dan Blackett, featuring appearances by David Thomas Broughton and Luisa Gerstein of Deep Throat Choir.
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Tuesday 20th Dec

A Peevie Wonderful Christmas Time
Where:
The Cluny – Newcastle
What: The Peevie Wonders are a high energy colourful four piece who have recently risen from the depths of the river tyne (with a pint in hand). The wild and riffy quartet take pride in their loud delivery of observational and judgemental lyrics. Mixing shouty and spoken vocals with the occasional squeal to help blow off some steam. The band are ready to liberate their musical silence with their first single going by the name of “Indie Dancefloor Boy”. From the perspective of a short minded, musically stubborn 17 year old in a sweaty smoky indie club. The days where ego outweighed drinking capability. Being so oblivious to the fact that our musical taste was not as individual and well researched as we once thought.
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Wednesday 21st Dec

Imperial Christmas – Blame Yourself + One Million Motors + Last Case Scenario
Where:
Trillians – Newcastle
What: Come and have a dance. Might be a few Christmas covers in there.
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Cally Billie Gatley + Roon + Trady + Caitlin Morrow
Where:
NE Volume Music Bar – Stockton
What: ‘Anything Goes’ cross-genres night featuring Cally Billie Gatley (singer-songwriter), Roon (indie singer-songwriter), Trady (rap) and Caitlin Morrow (singer-songwriter)
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Thursday 22nd Dec

Ashes of Iron w/ APE & Shallow
Where:
Independent – Sunderland
What: Ashes of Iron are five strong and passionate about song writing and live performance. Ashes Of Iron play melody driven heavy blues with wattage and vigour. Organic, expressive, expansive, heavy and melodic with a hint of blueberries!
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A Very Metal Christmas Featuring Trendkill + Ashes of Insurrection + The Kraken Wakes + More
Where:
NE Volume Music Bar – Stockton
What: Join us in Stockton for this metal special like no other as we bring Trendkill, Ashes of Insurrection, The Kraken Wakes, Dead River Kings and Mortal Chains to our intimate stage for a festive special
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Thursday 29th Dec

THE CASINO BRAWL 
Where:
The Cluny – Newcastle
What: NE metal / post-hardcore band The Casino Brawl return.
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Friday 30th Dec

Festive Window: Roxy Girls / Badger / Massa Confusa / Madeleine Smyth
Where:
Cumberland Arms – Newcastle
What: You can’t keep a festive goose down! Festive Window finally (fingers crossed) returns on Friday 30th December to make your Christmas dreams come true/ruin your New Year plans. As always, every penny on the door will be going to a cause important to us, and following the cancellation of last year’s event, this year all proceeds will be donated to Newcastle West End Foodbank.
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Saturday 31st DEC

NYE Special: Gone Tomorrow + Provenance + Tarquin Peters
Where:
NE Volume Music Bar – Stockton
What: Gone Tomorrow are an alternative rock band from Teesside. Their passionate, energetic, snarling music blends raw, garage rock-inspired guitar elements with ominous-sounding synths and heart-on-sleeve, emotive lyrics. Provenance: A brand new indie-pop outfit from Teesside. Tarquin Peters: A new Teesside-based post-punk outfit featuring members of Monkey Brain and White Noise.
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January

Friday 13TH January

Negatives 
Where:
Bobiks – Newcastle
What: Negatives are a five-piece heavy metal band from the North-East of England. Founded in the summer of 2018, the band has endured several geographical, financial and lineup obstacles since its inception but has remained laser-focused on delivering raw, aggressive, atmospheric metal.
Negatives strives to provide an atmosphere for the audience which includes their cinema-inspired image, a technical yet emotionally potent style of metal as well as an energetic and chaotic live performance.
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Timewasters + Amateur Ornithologist + Reservoirs + Detroit Tourist Board 
Where:
The Globe – Newcastle
What: The Timewasters are a band from Newcastle Upon Tyne, the alt-rock indie band creates a 90s style vibe yet with a twenty-first century twist with chord progressions inspired by like likes of cheezy teen movies, with overtones of punk rock rebellion their music has something for everyone. Amateur Ornithologist are a Tyneside New Wave group led by pop culture obsessive Daniel Clifford. Reservoirs are a four-piece with indie, jazz, country and surf influences. Detroit Tourist Board is primarily the musical project of Detroit-born singer-songwriter Patrick Lawrence, who is now performing live with a full band.
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Saturday 14TH January

GHOST//SIGNALS
Where:
The Common Room – Newcastle
What: Finally – re-arranged Newcastle gig (from September!). It’s a new venue – so tickets are available again. The venue will be our BIGGEST to date – so tickets AVAILABLE again. If you have a ticket for the previous show, it will remain valid . Support: The Golden Age Of Nothing, Labyrinthine Oceans, Kieran Gallon Music and William Denton Wilde
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Sunday 15TH JAN

BIG JOANIE  
Where:
The Cluny – Newcastle
What: Championed by Thurston Moore, 6Music, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Brooklyn Vegan, Big Joanie are a London-based Black feminist punk band who combine the melodic pop of sixties girl groups with the fury of nineties riot grrrl and post punk. After the release of their debut album ‘Sistahs’ in 2018, on Moore and Eva Prinz’s label The Daydream Library Series, the band went on a coveted run of support slots playing with Bikini Kill, Gossip, Sleater-Kinney, and Idles. Ahead of their second album, set to come out on Kill Rock Stars in the US, the band are back to bring their unique brand of feminist punk to our stage
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Tuesday 24TH JAN

Holding Absence
Where:
Independent – Sunderland
What: Post-hardcore four-piece Holding Absence will be heading out on tour early next year, making a stop in Sunderland!
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Wednesday 25TH JAN

BLACK COAST + CUT SHORT
Where:
Bobiks – Newcastle
What: Black Coast are a five piece metal band hailing from Stoke-on-Trent. The band recently self-released their first album ‘Outworld’ in 2021 which saw them set off on a none-stop touring schedule for the remainder of the year. This next year looks to be no different!
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Friday 27TH JAN

noyou / Artio
Where:
Independent – Sunderland
What: Fresh from the release of their debut EP, supported by the likes of Radio 1 and YouTube Music, the synthetic alt-rock outfit noyou show no signs up letting up. Their genre bending sound will send you hurtling towards the future in a vehicle of nostalgia and familiar charm.
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PLAZA 
Where:
Bobiks – Newcastle
What: Descending from the shores of Hartlepool, PLAZA are made up of Bradley Lennard (guitar & vocals), William Jake Francis Hamilton (bass & vocals), Matthew Nicholson (guitar) & Matthew Swinbourne (drums).
Making their return to the live sector this January, PLAZA are set to remind the North East what they’ve been missing, with many accolades under their belt already including appearances at Reading and Leeds Festival.
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Saturday 28TH JAN

Undeath / Cruelty / Celestial Sanctuary & more
Where: Anarchy Brew Co. – Newcastle
What: Byker Grave Bookings, Conviction Records, Neversleep & Final War present; Undeath + Supports @ Anarchy Brew Co. A collaborative effort between 4 promotion teams in Newcastle has brought together this show, combining 2 tours for a night of death metal, hardcore and metalcore.
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FEVA 
Where: Newcastle University Students’ Union – Newcastle
What: FEVA 2017 – 2023 | One Last Time. Spearheaded by charismatic frontman Sam Reynolds with his snarling lead vocals, the quartet combine fierce indie licks and aggressive guitar tones. These trademark qualities earned widespread critical acclaim.
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Sunday 29TH JAN

Crowley + LN & Spelk
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: CROWLEY: “hard rock band based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Comprised of vocalist Lidya Balaban, guitarists Eliza Lee and Ruth Cranston and bassist Kimberly Waugh, the bands main goal is to reinvigorate the sounds of retro pagan rock” LN: “pagan/norse metal singer/songwriter from Newcastle UK, creating a new and exciting sound within the metal genre. Her love for vikings and self proclamation of Witchery; fused together JUST MAKE SENSE.” SPELK: “Newcastle based originals alt/math band”
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Monday 30TH JAN

WISE UP! W/ DEVIL’S GRIP / PH PEOPLE 
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: Newcastle’s Hardcore in full effect as we bring the big dogs in Wise Up! back to The Little Buildings along with heavy hardcore bad boys Devil’s Grip and new blood pH People. New music on the way from Wise Up! so this could turn in to a release show, who knows?
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February

Thursday 2nd Feb

Dubinski 
Where:
NE Volume Music Bar – Stockton
What: Based in Edinburgh, Dubinski is an indie-rock band consisting of four brothers: Eugene, Fergus, Donal, and Eoin Gaine. Originally from Yorkshire, the band moved to the Highlands early in their childhood, where through their isolation and developing love of music, they inevitably started playing music together. Eventually moving to Edinburgh to study, the brothers took their music from the basement to the studio, releasing EPs ‘Wash Away’, ‘Wake Up In A Dream’ and ‘Moving In Slow Motion’, and spent several years playing shows throughout the UK under the name Ded Rabbit.
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Tom A. Smith & Overpass 
Where:
Independent – Sunderland
What: Despite still being a teenager, Sunderland-based newcomer Tom A. Smith has already achieved more than most artists do in a lifetime. He played his first ever gig aged just eight, supporting local psychedelic rockers Detroit Social Club at legendary Newcastle venue The Cluny, performed at Glastonbury before he was even in secondary school, and Tim Burgess handpicked him to play his stage at Kendal Calling, making him the festival’s youngest ever performer. Overpass have quickly established themselves as Birmingham’s newest hometown heroes, boasting two nights at The Sunflower Lounge and O2 Institute2 on their ever-growing list of sold-out dates.
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Friday 3rd Feb

Pit Pony / No Teeth / Haunted Hair
Where: The Cluny – Newcastle
What: With a rawness that owes influence to the North East coast they call home, Pit Pony are a caustic rock five-piece from Tyneside. The band create an adrenaline-fuelled, full-throttle soundtrack for singer Jackie to explore tales of political ineptitude, mental health, motherhood and failed relationships. Their debut album World To Me was released on Clue Records in July 2022 to much critical acclaim. No Teeth: Noise-Wave outfit bringing the new post-punk nuisance. Haunted Hair: A garage-punk-gothabilly-girlgang-horrorshow of magnificent proportions,
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Badger “Democracy Manifest” EP Launch + Amplified Man
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: BADGER: “two piece alt pop force hailing from Newcastle, mixing melody with a narrated existential crisis. Listeners are advised to abandon all prior convictions.” AMPLIFIED MAN: “multi-genre, exploratory ambience, sonic boom rock”
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ZELA + The Lulas + Cosial
Where: The Georgian Theatre – Stockton
What: A special Independent Venue Week show with three of the North East’s Hottest bands.Brat-Pop duo ZELA, siblings from the North-East of England, have created a dark and imaginative brand of attitude-laced alt-electronic pop. ThinkCharli XCX meets Wolf Alice, with a hint of Doja Cat and Yungblud. Dirty, pulsing basslines meet distortion-soaked synths and driving, electronic drum beats, and the pair have become known for their signature use of sampling front-woman Liv Griff’s vocal and using it as an instrument in itself.The Lulas unique sound has been compared to the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers with a mix of Amy Winehouse. 
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Saturday 4th Feb

Vandebilt 
Where:
Bobiks – Newcastle
What: Formed over a love of dance music Vandebilt were initially a recording project, then the group turned live with a free show at Newcastle’s prestigious venue The Cluny. At full capacity the show made such an impact the band began to work with DJ and producer Smoove on forming a full band sound from studio tracked demos. After a year touring with Smoove & Turrell playing renowned venues across the UK the band set about recording their debut album.
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Ten Eighty Trees 
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: Ten Eighty Trees are a band deep rooted in the North of England. Brazenly loud and intoxicatingly infectious, The Trees have blossomed into one of the most vivacious bands on the UK rock scene since their inception. Exploring the human condition through their cathartic alt-rock anthems, Ten Eighty Trees are “The Kick” that you need to break loose from the pace of modern life.
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TOKKY HORROR + Gonzo Dog
Where:
Zerox – Newcastle
What: Forming across a triangle of Leeds, Birkenhead & Bristol, the founding members of Tokky Horror hadn’t met each other before the band signed their first record deal. The punk collective formed during a pandemic, sending demo’s back and forth online to entertain themselves, coining the tounge-in-cheek genre tag “virtual hardcore”. As founder Ava Akira states “the only way for city kids to rave in 2020 was on the internet”. Sonically the band is exactly how you would imagine that to sound. As frustrated thrash riffs juxtapose hyperactive old school jungle breakbeats, producer Zee Davine (previously of Queercore outfit Queen Zee) sets squelching 303 baselines against the dual attack of vocalists Mollie Rush and Ava Akira.
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AMBER ARCADES + HATER w/ Thala
Where:
Cobalt Studios – Newcastle
What: Bringing formidable Fire musicians to this year’s Independent Venue Week, Fire Records joins forces on this travelling independent label showcase of left field and shoegaze pop. This special co-headline tour sees Dutch experimental pop musician Amber Arcades performing music from her new album Barefoot On Diamond Road set for release on 10th February 2022. Characterised by poignant melodies, dreamy vocals and reflective lyrics, Annelotte de Graaf reinvents herself with every album. “Wistful, glowing dream pop” The Guardian
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Thursday 9th Feb

A life without you / jaws of life / Hivemind
Where:
Little Buildings – Newcastle
What: strike promotions presents: A Life Without You, Jaws Of Life plus local supports Hivemind
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Thursday 16th Feb

Aley V + James Kennedy
Where:
Mosaic Tap – Newcastle
What: Butterjunk are coming to the mosaic tap in Newcastle on their ‘better daze’ uk tour. This is the long awaited return to Newcastle after being butterjunks home for several years. Supported by the great Hannah Robinson, tickets for sale at the link above. Expect a night of indie dreamy ethereal gold.
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ARCADE HEARTS 
Where:
Bobiks – Newcastle
What: With a self titled EP leading to a sold out hometown show, the band made BBC Radio 1’s Ones To Watch in 2019. Following up with a headline tour in September 2019 and numerous festivals in that summer the band used their experiences to work on a second EP. Like many lockdowns provided a multitude of issues. And now in 2022 with all the vengeance, growth and drive, Arcade Hearts have found their sound and confidence. With 80s beats and influences from pop to metal, these guys sculpt their own unique way across the airwaves
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Thursday 23rd Feb

YABBA 
Where:
Bobiks – Newcastle
What: YABBA don’t try to be anything or be a part of any scene. Anything goes. From Dumfries, in south west Scotland, their in comparable sleaze-disco, self-indulgent, drug jam sound has driven the quintet in equal measure to go above and beyond all cultural norms, and to fecund a feeling in music that specialises in the dark and danceable. Refusing to be defined or confined to any limits, for art’s sake, YABBA finds inspiration from the malevolent power structures within an exhausted musical landscape. Out to project ecstasy through honest music, YABBA believes it’s all or nothing in order to protect and survive.
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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Where:
The Sage – Gateshead
What: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are Matthew Baty, Sam Grant, John-Michael Hedley, Ewan Mackenzie and Adam Ian Sykes. The band have recently completed work on their soon to be announced fourth studio album, recorded and mixed at Blank Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The band’s most recent album, 2020’s Viscerals was lauded across the board with reviews and coverage from the Guardian, Mojo, Uncut, The Line of Best Fit, Louder Than War and more, and featured the BBC Radio 6 Music A-Listed singles Reducer and Rubbernecker.
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March

Saturday 18th March

Circuit ft. Sfven
Where: Independent – Sunderland
What: Independent proudly presents Circuit, Sunderland’s freshest gig night introducing the best new bands with talents from across the UK and the world alongside some of the most exciting acts from the North East region. Sfven is a unique and compelling artist. His music communicates intimacy and insecurity with an ambitious and wide-reaching multi-layered sound, whilst his visual identity and onstage persona reflect an affable and laid-back character with hidden depths and a love of the unsophisticated and raw.
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