LIVE REVIEW: BRAVE EXHIBITIONS – Big Joanie, Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska, Blom, Ballpeen, Kkett, Hermitage, @ The Cluny, Newcastle (15.11.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Opening Brave Exhibitions this evening are local psych rockers Hermitage, who with their three drummers certainly leave a lasting impact. Taking over a chunk of The Cluny 2 floor space as well as the stage, it’s a more intimate affair. Their incessant riffs and powerful drums completely blow away this early crowd. However, Kkett manage to sweep the entire crowd off their feet in a completely different manner. Combining a multitude of genres whilst inspiring a true party atmosphere, they help to prove the massive eclectic nature of this genre bending line up.

Ballpeen are next up providing a hefty dose of riffs as they power through an intense hardcore set, that once again captivates the entire crowd. In a similar fashion to that of Blom, who with tracks like Skank Witch enthuse at will. They ramp up the energy there is an influx of passion to their set, which elevates expectation and excite. Snakes Don’t Belong In Alaska bring the tone down, yet they’re no less enthralling with their performance. All before the brilliant headliners Big Joanie, whose politically infused and impassioned set tops off an incredible line-up. Thick bass lines, poignant lyrics, thought provoking stage banter and tracks like Cut Your Hair and Fall Asleep, you really could not ask for anymore. A truly eclectic and exceptional evening.


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