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If you live in the North East and have any interest in underground music and film, radical politics or cooperative models of organising, you’ll probably have visited the Star & Shadow Cinema at some point, and it’s safe to assume your heart sank a little when it was announced they were going to have to vacate their current premises on Stepney Bank, scene of some of the most interesting, challenging, joyful and diverse nights Newcastle has offered over the last decade.

So it was a relief – a delight, even – to hear that they’re planning to relocate once their lease runs out at the end of March (all they’re able to say at the moment is “we’re currently in negotiations with the council to take on a new building in the city, and everything is looking very positive”, which is fantastic news). That said, these things take time and it could be months before they’re up and running again, so in the meantime expect a series of pop-up events as the new premises take shape.  They also need your help: if you want to get involved in the lengthy dismantling of their current home and its move to the new location, please contact them via the Star & Shadow website (address below). The Star & Shadow is entirely volunteer-run so do get involved.

It wouldn’t be right to close this chapter of the venue’s existence without a party, so on Saturday 28th February they’re throwing open their doors for one last Blow Out. Entry will be free (but donations will be gratefully excepted so dig deep) and the line-up is typically special: greatest living Geordie Richard Dawson and the Star & Shadow go way back and it’s only fitting that he heads up a bill that also includes the immersive, innovative electronics of Basic House, Afro-Latin percussion and brass from Ladies Of The Midnight Blue and the utterly lovable Noize Choir. DJ duties on the night come from the team behind Road To Rimini, Signals, Reverb and Suono (Antony Daly, Justin Mills, Mike McHugh and Peter Mangalore). There’ll be a full programme of performance art and experimental cinema on offer throughout the building too.

The Star and Shadow’s Blow Out Party takes place on Saturday 28th February.

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