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I’ve spent a fairly long time bigging up the immense talents of Charlie Dancer on these pages. Whether it’s with his partner in crime Ollie Winn putting on some amazing shows as Beyond the Wall or as an artist in his own right, Dancer has become a major figurehead in the local music scene. In just a week’s time he’s launching his EP Oh My at the Mining Institute alongside Cohesion and Cape Cub, but before then he’s making a quick stop at Sunderland’s Independent for a hopefully epic warm-up show.

For those not familiar with Charlie’s own work, it can be summed up in a small handful of carefully-chosen words: exuberant, beautiful, heart-warming and altogether charming. With atmosphere-soaked melodies and tender lyrics, Charlie’s music is perfectly crafted and uplifting and, tinged with his uber-friendly banter and effervescent personality, his live shows fizzle with unbridled positivity and joy.

He’s joined on the night by Hartlepudlian alt quintet Antlez, whose vast range of inspirations mean their brand of indie is injected with some amazing flair and just a bit of experimental creativity. Inspired by the likes of Blink-182, Biffy Clyro and Arctic Mokeys, Mackem four-piece The Montagues are also on hand to inject the night with a dose of abrasive indie rock goodness. They’re also joined by Shannon Powell and John Timney, aka Sunderland’s very own alt-folk duo YUMA.

Charlie Dancer plays at Independent, Sunderland on Friday 24th April.

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