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South Shields-born Eve Simpson recently returned with a new single, His Euphoria, which she described as a “biting take on misogyny wrapped up in a catchy beat”. The artist’s classic folk sensibilities are at the fore, and offers a revealing insight into her upcoming EP, due for release in April. Here, she takes a whimsical look at what her dream show might be…

It’s the year 2023, we’re in Zerox on a Friday night in mid-Spring. We’re all so shaken by dystopian zombie realities (I’m looking at you The Last of Us), that we came dressed as both Shania Twain and David Bowie to fight the ultimate threat to humankind: no reverb.

My band and I emerge via anti-gravity waves from the door opening up from the floorboards. To open the show, we play a cover of Dreams by The Cranberries three times, because euphoria is limitless at this dream show. I have four guitar technicians who change my guitar four times, for the four tunings on the EP; when they’re not changing tunings, they help to power the gig directly through renewable telepathy (at MU rates, of course).

There are no hierarchies in this show, so all support acts, band members, and headliners play as one. We finally admit we have exhausted all of the chord progressions in the world, so every song is a cover. We cover each other’s covers. But that’s great, because everyone knows the words.

Geordie folk is the dominant world genre, so Zerox has expanded to twice the size of the Utilita Arena, to fit in the bustling crowd of cheese-lovers. There is cheese everywhere, with non-scented areas for the non-cheese lovers (but these probably don’t attend because it’s a dream show, and the audience would only be full of cheese lovers?)

Encores have finally been eradicated after the great encore-uprising of March 2023, replaced by the Geordie/Scottish hybrid anthem: one more tune, a collective way of audience and band to say goodbye to one another (move over Von Trapp family). Everyone is allowed to go home after they’ve danced to Swalla by Jason Derulo.”

Coincidentally, Eve Simpson plays Zerox, Newcastle on Friday 21st April in celebration of her new EP release. We could not verify the presence of cheese or Jason Derulo at the time of press.


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