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Named after a lyric in a song by The National, Newcastle four-piece A Festival, A Parade have set the local and national scene alight in the relatively short time they’ve been together. Their brand of alternative rock boasts an eclectic mix of brooding vocals, enigmatic lyrics, erratic guitar work and ballistic percussion, which has seen them perform The Great Escape in Brighton and supporting Sam Fender on his UK tour. After a Summer of writing and recording new material, the band return with a new live set in tow for a run of dates this Autumn, kicking off with Last Train Home In Darlington on 7th September. We caught up with frontman Joe Allan for a quick chat before their headline performance.

How would you describe your sound and live show?
In the past, our sound has been described as melodic alt-rock, with some post-punk and math-rock sensibilities chucked in the mix, too. Our main influences include the likes of Mogwai, The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit, so if you like their stuff, you might enjoy ours too! We put everything into our performances, the live show is very energetic and often very loud. Last Train Home is our first gig back after a month of writing and recording (and also our first time in Darlington), so we’re super excited to dust off the cobwebs for our headline set at Hogans!

Have you got any new releases in the pipeline?
We can’t give away too much at the moment, but we will be releasing a single in the near future. We’ll be playing it at Last Train Home alongside a bunch of new songs, so make sure you catch our set if you want a sneak preview of what’s to come!

What do you like about a festival performance as opposed to a regular gig?
There’s always a great atmosphere at festivals and lots of opportunities to discover new music, which is great. We particularly enjoy local festivals as it’s always nice to see people working hard to showcase the flourishing arts and culture scene in our region. It’s also nice to catch up and hang out with other bands from the scene at local festivals, too! 

Last Train Home is a festival that tries to utilise its transport links as a USP Do you think good public transport is important to events in the region and our cultural scene?
Good public transport links are super important for gig-goers and festival attendees, in my opinion. We all come from small towns on the outskirts of Newcastle, so before we moved to the city, we’d often have to compromise and miss encores at gigs in order to catch the last bus, or in some instances, fork out for a taxi if we wanted to catch the full show. It’s a great idea basing a festival around the local transport links, and I know, as a punter, I’d certainly appreciate the peace of mind knowing that I could enjoy the entire festival and still make it back in time for the last train! 

Is there anyone in particular you’re looking forward to seeing perform at Last Train Home?
We’re planning on seeing as much stuff as we can, but we’re all big fans of Pigs x7, they always put on an amazing live show so we’re particularly excited to see them. We’re also really looking forward to seeing James Leonard Hewitson and Yowl, too! 

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