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This Saturday, Lone Wolf Promotions are turning three and to celebrate, they’re having a blow-out party at The Cluny in Newcastle. In true Lone Wolf fashion, a number of top North East bands are playing at the gig, including Avalanche Party, Goy Boy McIlroy, Shades, Wake and Coquin Migale. Ahead of the gig, I caught up with mastermind Alex Burgess to talk about Lone Wolf’s inception and what the future holds.

How did Lone Wolf come about?

When I was 16, I began frequenting gigs in the North East, and my eyes were opened to a lot of local talent. I decided that I’d like to get involved in showcasing these bands, so I began organising gigs as part of Oxjam at The Cluny and Independent. They went well, so I decided it was something I’d like to carry on as a monthly night, so Lone Wolf began! My first Lone Wolf gig was at Cosmic Ballroom in aid of Help For Heroes.

Where did the name come from?

It’s a question I get asked a lot, and there’s not really one definitive reason for it, but I guess because I was starting it alone, so it just seemed to fit!

What’s your favourite gig out of all that you’ve put on so far?

That’s a tough question but there are two that stand out for me. The first was with Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister and Fathoms upstairs at the Plugged Inn, in Sunderland. It was such an intimate gig, and it was rammed. WTCHRS DJ’d too. It was a great night. The second was The Chapman Family in The Little Room at Independent, in Sunderland. They were one of my favourite bands, so to be able to put them on and to pack out the room was such an amazing feeling.

Why do you think it’s important to support the local music scene?

The North East has always been incredible for music, starting back when The Golden Virgins, Kenickie and The Futureheads were about, and it’s gone from strength to strength over the years. Musicians battle with jobs, relationships, and money to make the music that they love and to be heard, so it’s only fair that people support them.

cellar door live at the cluny

“Musicians battle with jobs, relationships, and money to make the music that they love and to be heard, so it’s only fair that people support them”

I’m a massive fan of Goy Boy McIlroy, how did you come about managing them?

I’d been friends with the band for a year or so, just from going to see them at gigs and putting them on myself. Then one day the lads asked me if I’d help them out and manage them and I jumped at the opportunity. It’s been just shy of a year now, and I love it. They’re like family.

What local bands are catching your attention at the moment?

As well as doing Lone Wolf, I also produce the Local Music Show on Spark FM, so I’m lucky in the fact that I’m always listening to new music. At the minute, I can’t stop listening to Coquin Migale. Their EP F E E L has been on repeat. I’m also a huge fan of Cohesion. They’re probably one of my favourite bands in general, not just in the North East.

What’s the best part of being involved with upcoming musicians and new talent?

One of my favourite things about working with upcoming musicians is seeing them when they’re first starting out gigging, then watching them grow. That happened with Cellar Door and now I’m managing them. It’s class, and I’m proud to be working with them.

Where does LW go from here?

I’ve already started planning my next gig for March, which I’m really excited about! I want to start bringing bands from out of the North East to the area too, so hopefully that’s something I can work on.

Lone Wolf’s third birthday party at The Cluny, Newcastle, featuring Avalanche Party, Goy Boy McIlroy, Shades, Wake and Coquin Migale, takes place on Saturday 24th January.

Thank you to Alex for providing the photograph of Cellar Door warming up at The Cluny.

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