Based in Darlington’s Voodoo Café, Bruja has started to build itself a reputation across the region as the place to hear a wide variety of local talent perform to a crowd ready for some strange, surreal happenings.
Returning next for – but what else? – an April Fool’s Day special, this month’s Bruja brings one of their most high-profile lineups to date. Fresh from a headline performance at the Riverside in Newcastle last month, Dose top the bill with their hotly tipped modern shoegaze. Although still a fairly new act, their combination of classic Slowdive languor with a dramatic post-rock darkness and a taste for ethereal pop melodies has seen them swiftly gather a cult following of their own.
Performing alongside them on the night are Salvadors, who promise to add some grit to the night with their freewheeling, outsider take on garage rock, and Middlesbrough based dream pop quartet Sorry Elevator, who open the night with their increasingly melodic and grandly realised songwriting.
As well as this, Bruja also promises to pair each act with “potions to arouse the sense and increase enjoyment” to add to the surreal and unique atmosphere that the night prides itself on. With lineups as strong as this, they’re making the Voodoo Café in Darlington one of the places to be hear the best new music first.