LIVE REVIEW: SHINE FESTIVAL @ MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN HALL (11.05.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Whilst the annual Shine festival is a platform for classical music lovers, the introduction of an indie-led stage this year sees the event come bang up to date, providing a platform for emerging talent which are more of interest to those on the look-out for interesting, up and coming and regularly gigging new musical acts.  

Spread across two alternating rooms, the Saturday evening event did a considerable job of showcasing nine emerging acts in a five hour period. Kicking us off early Rockvox, It’s Complicated, Charlea B, The Lulas and John Stainthorp present accessible music with full enthusiasm; perhaps the Lulas standing out with their highlight track, Criminal. Of particular note were Pink Tide, who perhaps steal the evening with their supremely confident blend of indie/funk, as they rock out with a superbly tight sound that’s reminiscent of The Second Coming-era Stone Roses.  

Taking us into political and social commentary, local MC Leddie shows off considerable flow before indie rockers Sonder Minds blast us into outer space with their cosmic sounds, with their track Toothache particularly stealing the show. Laid back acoustic duo Komparisson take us soulfully into tonight’s headliners, Darlington’s Neon Waltz, who swagger with attitude over particularly introvert and honest lyrics in a style not too dissimilar from The Streets, but with the intimate voice of the DMA’s. 

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