LIVE REVIEW: Knats @ Bobik’s, Newcastle (13.02.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Knats are a young quartet from Newcastle at the forefront of the North East’s modern creative improvised music scene. On the eve of Valentine’s Day they performed an exceptional set to a packed afternoon crowd at Bobik’s. Influenced by the jazz greats and the contrasting genres of electronic and drum and bass, Knats commanded the attention of the room with the hypnotic drum beats from King David Ike-Elechi and the mesmerising lead bass of Stan Woodward, backed up by Josh Mitchell-Rayner on piano and Fern Kilsby on trumpet. 

These four musicians played for over an hour and they never missed a beat. It was full of solos and improvised sections, well known songs and ones they’re still working on. It even included one written for a dedicated fan, which just goes to show how in tune and connected they are with their audience.  It was one of those shows where you can be totally enveloped in the music and become totally lost within it.

I challenge you to find a better group of talented, humble musicians totally dedicated to their craft as much as Knats. For anyone not into jazz I implore you to give this group a listen or even better, see them live as I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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