LIVE REVIEW: Field Music @ The Cluny, Newcastle (19.01.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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When I told my friends that I was going to see a ‘little known’ band called Field Music, it turns out that I might have been the only person left in the North East who’d never heard of them. “You’re going to love them,” my friends told me. It is with those words ringing in my ears that I looked forward to something special.

The gig, at the rather odd time of a Sunday afternoon (which, as I discovered later, turned out to be an ‘out-store’ show hosted by Newcastle’s Reflex record shop), had the feel of a homecoming celebration with family and friends making up a notable section of the audience. One in particular, Martin’s son, kept his dad on his toes throughout with his heckling and repeated cries of “boooooring” every time he played one of their old songs. Cue heart-warming hilarity from the band as they played along, making it a really charming part of the performance.

Musically, Field Music are a curious mix of Talking Heads and the Beatles rolled into one and played by an assortment of history teachers and librarians. As someone who loves all of the above, I immensely enjoyed this gig. Never has the story of the Inter-Allied Women’s Conference had me tapping my toes so hard and I’ve had a song about German war reparations stuck in my head for days. I think Field Music might just be my new favourite band.


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