Drama and music festival The Canny Fringe Festival returns to Northumbria University for a second year, spread across the two weekends from Friday 3rd until Sunday 12th March. A collaborative event organised by societies at Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham Universities, the festival promises a wealth of talent, with a firm focus on local musicians
Newcastle Gig Soc, who are leading the festival, cite an aim of encouraging the city’s student population to venture further than the Bigg Market’s trebles bars, and to enjoy the region’s abundant local music and drama scenes.
Northumbria Uni hosts the main stage, with a stellar line-up which includes the likes of Teesside’s premier noise mongers Avalanche Party, lo-fi duo Mouses, Gateshead’s indie quartet Fosseway, blues rockers The Pasolas, catchy indie rock band VITO, highly regarded up and comers BLESH among many others. The folk and acoustic stage also looks similarly promising, with sets from Soham De, Afnan Prince, Eve Simpson, Misti and many more. Over at Jumpin’ Jacks, Yorkshire’s grungy psych rockers Allusondrugs lead a stonking line-up which also features DIY grungers Hands Off Gretal, awesome post-punkers Casual Threats and Middlesbrough radge mongers Glass Harbour.
With all this and more on offer, it’s looking set to be canny indeed.