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Newcastle’s Cobalt Studios is a special place for many reasons; developed as a nurturing and welcoming home for creatives of all kinds, their approach to programming aims to keep audiences as their core focus, and they strive to bring innovative, interesting and diverse artists to the region – many of whom would likely have skipped the North East altogether if it wasn’t for Cobalt’s dedication to discovering them.

Their FRESH nights take place every Thursday and are where Cobalt really show off their eye for talent. Comprising of performances from new and established musicians who often take the left-field as a matter of course, plus a home-cooked veggie meal thrown in for good measure, all for a tasty tenner (or splash out on a season ticket, which nets you 13 gigs and dinners for £100).

Like many of us, they’ve been itching to get back to live music, so their autumn season of FRESH shows are more than worth making a beeline for. October sees performances from Norwegian cellist Maja Bugge and Theo Alexander, whose use of piano, tape loops and synths is beguiling and original (Thursday 7th); there’s more looping genius and raw pop vibes from Hyperdawn, who are supported by experimental duo ‘upsetters and activists’ Mermaid Cafe (Thursday 14th); and futurist folk act Lyra Pramuk and synthesist and producer Toby Lindenbaum perform on Thursday 28th. Later in the season, highlights include classically trained cellist and gossamer vocalist Alice Robins with support from local artist Haar (Thursday 4th November); electronic soul quartet Noya Rao and North East neo-soul band Lyras (Thursday 18th November) and much more besides.

Nights like FRESH are what make Newcastle’s music scene the exciting and vibrant place we’ve been missing for so long – embrace it!

FRESH takes place at Cobalt Studios, Newcastle every Thursday

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