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It’s very sad news that Bridie Jackson & The Arbour have decided to call it a day, though with a very special last ever gig to come on Sunday 4th September, with good friends Gilmore & Roberts also playing, it’s a chance to say a fond farewell to one of the favourites of the North East music scene. They’re leaving us on a huge high too, new track Advice is released via their Bandcamp page here, with all proceeds raised going to Bloodwise, a phenomenal charity that fund research into treatment for leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers. Before they go though, they shared five of their all time favourite things from their days on the road.

Our Favourite Festival
Obviously, Glastonbury was amazing, and a real turning point in our career as a band, but we have played many other fantastic festivals too. Our fave was Noorderzon in The Netherlands, in a gorgeous canal town called Groningen. The venue was a Spiegeltent in this beautiful park, the audience were amazingly attentive and we were looked after very well. We were also invited to participate in a variety show before our set and it was a crazy fast-paced mix of slapstick comedy, theatre, cooking and more, all in Dutch, so we had no clue what was going on. To round off the fun and slightly bizarre experience, we all went to see the act on after us – Christeene, who describes her act as ‘drag terrorism’. All in all, a very fun festival!

Favourite Tour Mates
We have had the honour of sharing a stage with many amazing artists over the last five years, but the act that probably stands out the most would be Gilmore & Roberts. Their music is amazing and they are lovely chaps too. They are actually playing a support set for our farewell concert on 4th of September at Cluny 2.

Favourite Tour Bus Song
We’ve had a lot of fun singing along to all kinds of music on tour, but the one song that has a special place in our hearts is I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner. So many air grabs have been enjoyed and so much hysterical warbling endured by our lovely tour manager, Olly. We actually played a gig at a venue in Bristol the same night that Foreigner were there performing in a different hall, and Olly managed to get us passes to go in and see them after our gig, and we arrived just on time for this song. A total tour highlight. Loved it.

Favourite Tour Meal
We’ve had countless eating related highlights whilst on tour, but perhaps the most amusing was our Christmas party, 2012, backstage before a gig in Bradford, in a tiny communal green room. We had hats, crackers and party snacks – the full works – but no table so we just spread the feast out on the floor and made it a picnic. It was still quite early in December, and the other artists playing at the gig were highly bemused by the festive proceedings.

Favourite Venue To Play
We have had the pleasure of playing in a range of weird and wonderful venues, including art galleries, gardens and a ship, but our favourite is the wonderful Old Cinema Launderette in Durham. It’s a fully functioning launderette by day, and a fantastically atmospheric venue by night, plus it smells divine! We have played there a few times, and it’s always been splendid.

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour play their farewell show at Cluny 2, Newcastle with support from Gilmore & Roberts on Sunday 4th of September.

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