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Back in the day, The Tube was the only decent weekly music show on the air (not counting Top of the Pops, but that might stretch the definition of “decent” a bit). Not only that but it shunned the London entertainment industry and decided to film on Tyneside. But one thing The Tube didn’t do thirty years ago was introduce anyone to local bands from the region. Three decades on and we’re now addicted to another kind of Tube – YouTube – and it’s the perfect platform for a brand new weekly show to bring acts from across the region to a global audience. That’s what The Unsigned Arch is trying to achieve with its run of regular shows featuring some of the best under the radar talent from the north east.

Sessions with a number of artists, including Billingham garage rock duo Mouses, indie group Casual Threats and singer-songwriter Sam Thomas, have already been filmed, with the likes of soul songstress Beth Macari also lined up to perform on the show. Each episode will be shot in front of a live studio audience and will also contain interviews and backstage footage of all the bands and artists involved.

Music director and creator of the show Isaac Parker said: “We wanted to create a way for the North East to shout about all the unsigned musical talent we have here and give international exposure to some of the amazing musicians in the region.” Meanwhile, Casual Threats commented: “We hope people support The Unsigned Arch because there’s a whole host of bands in Newcastle who are trying to get their music out to people. Chances are, if someone didn’t like us, there would be something else in the eclectic line up that would take their fancy.”

To help the first year’s production of the show – in which it’s hoped that at least 25 musicians will participate – The Unsigned Arch are launching a Kickstarter campaign today, to help with running costs for the admirable cause. With funding from the fans, the show could help to promote the careers of a number of artists in the region who might otherwise not gain the exposure they deserve.

The Unsigned Arch’s Kickstarter campaign is now live and you can donate now.

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