Image: Martha by Ian West
In the wake of the recent Brexit vote and all the uncertainty that has resulted, there has been a noticeable and entirely understandable groundswell in concern for the wellbeing and just treatment of refugees and immigrants in the UK. Leading the way in advocating for these people is the charity Right To Remain, more than twenty years into their existence at the forefront of campaigning, challenging and otherwise representing these often very vulnerable people.
So full credit to the folks at NE:MM for taking over both the venues at The Cluny on Saturday 21st January for a Right To Remain benefit concert, featuring 10 local acts across the two stages. The main room hosts folk hero Nev Clay, alt. pop band Twist Helix, ‘pit pop’ supremos DENNIS, RnB trio SoShe and Pity Me punks Martha, while downstairs you can see songwriter Eve Simpson, newly solo Bridie Jackson (she of The Arbor), Sunderland troubadour Paul Liddell, powerhouse groovers Velvoir and Teesside’s favourite lo-fi duo Mouses. £7 gets you into the main Cluny venue, £10 into both, and clever programming means you should get to see everyone if you’re pretty quick up and down the stairs.