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Tynemouth Surf Café is a surf-themed café and live music venue on Grand Parade. A tiny venue staffed by genuine music lovers (their manager Scott Mitchell is the son of Lindisfarne singer Billy Mitchell) and musicians. “Our mentality will always be about what we can do to help musicians and never about what they can do to help us,” says promoter Richy Southern. “We currently run an open mic night every Wednesday and a music night every Sunday and we have recently hosted gigs for bands such as The Lake Poets, Jim Valentine, The Sunset Sons and Hyde & Beast.”

Dandy Livingstone – Rudy, A Message to You

Starting off back in the 60s, the 1967 Original version of The Specials’ top 10 hit of 1979. Timeless classic!

Toots & The Maytals – 54-56 Was My Number

Still in the 60s, many believe that this was the first ska song to receive widespread popularity outside of Jamaica.

Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band -Express Yourself

Released in 1970 and sampled by N.W.A in the 80s and more recently Labrinth, I still prefer the original.

Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Disco funk song from the album Off the Wall, in the top 100 albums of all time.

The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight

We all know it, we all love it; guaranteed to get people dancing.

Rick James – Super Freak

The song starts and you think, here we go, MC Hammer pants. But, you can touch this song, and I recommend it!

Jurassic 5 – Work it Out

LA hip-hop band that started in the 90s, this song is off their fourth and final album.

Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two

Doing justice to the original Lyn Collins Song from the 70s – Think (About It) – this is another classic 80s hip-hop song.

Technotronic – Pump up the Jam

Late 80s/early 90s top dance tune. For me it brings back memories of the Friday night disco at Whitley Bay Ice Rink. Happy days!

Clivilles & Cole – A Deeper Love

Successful dance song by 90s producer and remix duo, who also worked on Whitney and Mariah albums.

The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer – Fade Out Lines

Recent addition to my playlist, knew I was going to like this within the first few seconds. From French deep house producer The Avener.

Incubus – Wish You Were Here

Incubus were one of those bands that never gained huge chart success but they could quite easily fill arenas. One of my favourite bands.

Open Mic Night takes place at the Tynemouth Surf Café every Wednesday. Baby Strange play with Twin Mirror and Coquin Migale at the venue on Saturday 11th July.

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