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Bloody hippies, eh? Always spoiling the fun for everyone else, aren’t they. Hell, they even managed to ruin the sixties – instead of all the fascinating artistic, cultural and political upheaval that the decade threw up, most of the view looking back is blocked by some spoiled baby boomer with a flower in their hair and some highly questionable hygiene.

Fortunately then, on Wednesday 2nd August, The Sage Gateshead are hosting a very special evening to showcase what the sixties was really about. Marking fifty years since the event, the Summer of Love evening is a special collaboration between three distinct and brilliant artists: some with first-hand experience, and others deeply influenced by the aftershocks.

Psych-folk extraordinaries Trembling Bells are no stranger to exploring the dark side of the sixties, and joining them on the evening is their major influence turned key collaborator, Mike Heron. As part of The Incredible String Band, Heron was at the vanguard of not just folk revivalism but also in Western interest in Eastern music and art, resulting in classic and innovative albums like The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter. Completing the trifecta is Ed Askew, a New York based painter and musician who also explores ideas within psych-folk music.

Although exactly what these musicians have planned is something of a mystery, you can be sure that intrigue will abound with a line-up like this.

Summer Of Love is at Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 2nd August.

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