In case you were wondering, it’s not just those who live here who have fallen for Newcastle’s charms. Drone rock icon Dylan Carlson, for example, has grown into an enthusiast of the region, even proudly wearing a Newcastle United tie on his last appearance here with Earth.
Mike Watt – former Minutemen, fIREHOSE founder, part-time Stooge and all-round elder statesman of punk – must be fond of the place too, because he’s always made sure to line up a Newcastle date for whichever new project he’s devoting his time to.
Wednesday 5th October sees him return to The Cluny once more as part of transatlantic trio Il Sogno del Marinaio, completed by guitarist Stefano Pilia and drummer Andrea Belfi. Having already recorded two superb albums, their dynamic and beautiful instrumental pieces boast an open-minded approach and taste for intricate arrangements that most post-rock bands could only dream of, but played with the kind of bulletproof no-bullshit attitude that only a lifer like Watt could bring.
With support on the night from superb atmospheric duo Ten Sticks and the scuzzy lo-fi bedroom pop of Bugman, it’s shaping up to be another fine appearance from the San Pedro punk with a taste for the North East.