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The last time Free Love were in Newcastle, they closed the final night of the inaugural Brave Exhibitions festival. It was a performance befitting their riotous live reputation; a storming kaleidoscopic rush which saw vocalist Suzi Rodden scale lighting rigs, roll at the audience’s feet and even order herself a pint in a mid-song detour to the bar. Wild, untethered and utterly enthralling, it was arguably the highlight of the entire weekend. The one downside? Only 20 or so people stuck around to witness it.

The upshot, of course, is that Rodden and partner in crime Lewis Cook are all but guaranteed a larger crowd on Friday 6th December, when they bring their throbbing acid disco to the Star & Shadow Cinema. It’s an evening which offers no shortage of gig options, but none more enticing than the Glaswegian duo – who originally went by the name of Happy Meals, before the threat of legal action from McDonald’s. What’s more, their latest jaunt comes hot on the heels of Extreme Dance Music, a rapturously received (and typically self-effacing) new mini-album, and the follow-up to last year’s Luxury Hits, which scored a nomination for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. With Goa Flashbacks’ videogame-influenced techno providing ample warm-up, there’s every chance we could be looking at a late contender for 2019’s biggest banger.

Free Love and Goa Flashbacks play Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle on Friday 6th December


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