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While synth-pop godheads Depeche Mode are plying their wares down in That There London at the Taxpayers Dome – sorry, the London Stadium – there’s a chance to see the bright new things of electronic song live in Newcastle, as the Danish duo First Hate play at Think Tank? on Saturday 3rd June.

Returning to the city following a sold-out show at Jumpin’ Jacks last year, they also arrive in support of their brand new album A Prayer For The Unemployed. Recent singles Holiday and Copenhagen are perfect examples of the group’s M.O.: steely yet resolutely human songwriting, packed full of arena-ready choruses and driving hooks. They’re certainly not afraid of a touch of melodrama, but they also know just when to reign things back in – and as anyone who caught them last year can attest, the duo boast a formidable stage presence.

Appearing alongside them on the night are Transfigure, fresh from a recent European tour and ahead of their appearance at this year’s NARC. Fest, complete with a clutch of new, increasingly energetic songs to boot, as well as drum-machine post-punk titans New Horror and the dark yet surprisingly accessible ambient soundscapes of Burning Pyre. You don’t need to travel down to catch the old guard to get your synth fix: the real new deal is in town waiting for you.

First Hate play at Think Tank? on Saturday 3rd June.

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