LIVE REVIEW: Songs From Northern Britain @ The Georgian Theatre/The Green Room, Stockton (16.11.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Songs From Northern Britain festival was back for its fifth edition, and with headliners The Howl & The Hum on the bill, it was set to be a cracking day.

Amongst the highlights was an early evening discovery of six-piece Cousin Kula and their dreamy psych pop straight from Bristol, who had me intrigued from the offset. Bearing similarities to Hers, Cousin Kula’s huge, complex instrumentals packed with funky keys and dipped with 80s influences are a force to be reckoned with.

Moving over to The Green Room, Glasweigian rockers CRYSTAL were an absolute treat as frontwoman Anna Shields strutted and dazzled with a piercing shriek to complement raucous bass lines and percussion. Fellow Glaswegian pop duo HYYTS also had me falling in love. An incredible falsetto from Adam, who gave me serious George Michael vibes, accompanied by Sam’s ability to craft the perfect balance of delicate disco and pop was stunning and haunting in equal measures. On top form as always, North East favourites FEVA increased the decibels as they belted out banger after banger. High-octane rock and roll at its finest, these lads have got a big future ahead of them.

Finally topping off a day of awesome talent, The Howl and The Hum graced the main stage to put on an unbelievable performance. With anthemic bangers including Hall of Fame and phenomenal ballads in the shape of Godmanchester Chinese Bridge, it was one of the best gigs I’ve seen in 2019. Watch out for this York outfit headlining festivals of the future.

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