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Festooned in the finest of tropical garlands and an abundance of glitter twinkling no matter where your peripherals glanced, The Summer Punch Ball all day event was as though the season had exploded inside Newcastle’s Riverside, in the most exotic fashion.

Tom Hepburn opened the Punch Ball stage, loop pedal and trusty drummer in tow. Enticing the audience in with his mellow ambient noise-rock, the gradual addition of layers to a cataclysmic finish mirrored with the eagerly awaiting punters piling through the venue doors, it created a remarkable energy that endured throughout the night.

Penguin’s offering of straight driven pop rock, complete with a sliver of mischievousness, was greeted with an enthusiastic reception. Their tongue in cheek flair was projected in their decision to don morph masks throughout their set, a quirk that boded well with their unruffled style.

Switching up the tempo, Sagaboi’s bout of nu-wave hip hop encompassed the attention of the Hawaiian shirt-clad crowd. His deep, brooding lyricism compiled with futuristic beats provided an arresting balance that boded well for the self-assured performer.

Ronald Raygun’s groove-orientated aura sent limbs swaying amidst the pineapple cocktails, Coquin Migale controlled the stage with ease during their confident, energy-exuding set, and A Festival, A Parade’s atmospheric serving, peppered with new material and heartfelt albeit refreshing concepts, collectively boasted the gems that the North East has to offer.

With Xaatu’s crisp, speaker shaking raucous sliding into headliners Avalanche Party’s notoriously wild, spit wielding flair, the Summer Punch Ball came to an almighty finale, and whilst we pluck the paper palm leaves and strewn streamers out of our barnets, we can only twiddle our thumbs until they come to rescue our January blues…perhaps a Winter Punch Ball is on the cards?

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