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Since the early days of my university life, I’ve been a fan of Mercury Rev. They have never been afraid to step to either side of what is normal without becoming needlessly weird. They do this again on their latest tour by enrolling the help of Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) and, oh, no biggie, just the whole Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Mercury Rev are famous for their wavelike sweeping orchestral pieces, and having worked with Annie Tilberg and her Conservatorium Orchestra, they have form for this kind of show. Just the thought of the Royal Northern Sinfonia with the unique vocals of Jonathon Donahue brings a shiver to the spine. Influenced by the eerie fogginess of the Catskill Mountains, their music has that mystical edge, and the addition of Raymonde’s guitar and the vastness of the Sage’s Hall One will only add to that (plus some dry ice, no doubt.)

Given this is a band that spent nearly seven years in the mountains coming up with their last album The Light In You, you can be assured that their appearance at The Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 12th July will be a time-crafted, hymnal beauty of a gig.  I’m sure it’ll  bring a tear to more than one eye, especially if they crack out my personal favourite, Holes, from 1998’s Deserter’s Songs. 

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