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2015 has started with a bang for Irish born trio Good Friend, with airplay on some of the UK’s major stations including Radio One, Downtown and Radio Ulster. Each play has brought with it a higher level of recommendation, with Phil Taggart on Huw Stephens Show saying, “these boys are earnest as well, you kind of feel like half way through he is like ‘I want you to hear my vocals so I’m actually going to rip my heart out and give it to you.’”

With the release of debut single Irish Goodbyes, the band have set the precedent and the whiskey slinging trio are only going to get better, with the single set to take the opening spot on their upcoming album which is currently being recorded at Manor Park studios in Northern Ireland. Frontman Adam Carroll’s vision and drive, combined with the raw enthusiasm and technical ability of Reid and Connelly, will ensure this group of punks are set to build on their influences and bring a unique anger that could only come from out of North Coast of Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the show, Carroll said: “This is our first time in The Cluny One after two great shows in Cluny 2 over the last couple of years; it’s a step up, it’s exciting and it is a fantastic venue, and raising money for a charity that we fully back is the best way to do it, we enjoy what we do and if we can help other people by doing it well then there’s nothing better.”

Joining them on stage will be Glasgow based, post hardcore act, Felix Champion, who like Good Friend, are making waves following the release of their debut album, with Rock Sound describing it as “choc-full of intricate instrumentation and shifting time signatures.” Having been strongly influenced by fellow Scottish rockers Xcerts and Biffy Clyro, the four-piece will be here to deliver their own brand of elaborate, yet melodic, alt-rock can be appreciated in its entirety. With moments of technical proficiency combined with vocal harmonies galore and heavy intricate guitar pieces, Felix Champion have created a raw, pulsating, explorative sound that will bounce of the walls of the intimate Cluny walls.

Like His Good Friend counterpart, Andy Brown of Felix Champion was equally upbeat about the show: “We are buzzing to be sharing the stage again with our buds in Good Friend after they looked after us so well when we played over in their homeland, Ireland. It’s always great playing unfamiliar places with familiar faces. Getting out of Scotland will be a lot of fun, especially as it acts as a taster of what kind of fun we will get up to on our UK Tour in September. We can’t wait to hit up The Cluny on April 24th and make a whole host of new pals all for a good cause.”

Opening the show will be local lads, Shinobi Fantobi, who were recently described as “raucous, lairy and hairy, not to mention obscenely talented, this band is like nothing you’ve seen or heard before (unless of course, you’ve seen/heard them before).” Like the others, they are very much a band on the up, and have gained a strong reputation for themselves within the local music scene.

All three acts are teaming up with a three-pronged attack in aid of local charity The Percy Hedley Foundation, who have been working wonders to provide support to families living with disability in the North East. With all proceeds going directly to the foundation, you will be supporting a great cause, and at £6 for three great bands, it’s an absolute steal!

Good Friend, Felix Champion and Shinobi Fantobi play at The Cluny, Newcastle on Friday 24th April.

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