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For me, there’s always been something very attractive about Newcastle’s Central Station. The beautiful architecture was always the gateway to other worlds and possibilities when I was a little girl, and even now I’m older coming home to the station makes me feel at home. One thing I always found odd, though, was the lack of music. At the dozens and dozens of stations I’ve ever been to, I remember many of them having at least one busker tucked away in a corner providing a soundtrack to my travels. It might not have been a ‘proper gig’ but it was something. Central Station has never really had that. Until now.

Gigiti, a new website which aims to help grassroots musicians and independent venues book gigs, as well as helping local fans to find them, is putting on a showcase of local talent within the historic location to delight commuters. That’s right: they’re putting on a full-blown mini festival on Platform 2. A few weeks ago they confirmed that rising star, local music advocate and all-round nice guy Charlie Dancer was heading up the bill, alongside Laura Paul, Back Into The Wild, Olivia Devine and Connor Pattison.

On a quest to find more acts from the region, the site developed a competition to help them pick other bands. All they had to do was send in a video of themselves playing in a very unusual location (perhaps easier said than done). From the many that sent in their videos, Gigiti have narrowed it down to the final four acts: X Factor man Geoff Mull, folk wonders Gilded Thieves, Hartlepudlian rapper Consept and singer-songwriter Will Connor.

It’s a diverse line-up that truly shows off the full spectrum of styles that local bands and artists are embracing. With a bill like this, who cares if you don’t have a train to catch?

On The Right Tracks takes place at Central Station, Newcastle on Friday 27th March.

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