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It’s no big secret that The Unthanks have long held ambitions of running their own festival within Newcastle. With their first foray into festival curating, Home Gathering, they could be about to plant a seed that grows into one of the biggest events in the city. On Saturday 22nd August, the sisters will be headlining the event at the historic, industrial location of the Stephenson Boiler Shop, which also hosts some of the finest talent from Tyneside and beyond.

Joining The Unthanks on the first ever bill are special guests The Baghdaddies, who are set to bring a carnival – or in their own words “Balkanistic” – atmosphere to the day’s events, thanks to their Geordie spin on some of the world’s most danceable sounds. There’ll also be the ragtime roots sound of the indomitable Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, to bring a touch of retro class to proceedings. Glaswegian folk singer-songwriter Alisdair Roberts is crossing the border to play the event while Twelfth Day, a young duo comprised of Borders harpist Esther Swift and Orkney fiddle player Catriona Price will also be taking to the stage. If Twelfth Day’s folk sounds familiar, that’s because they can be heard on the blissful opening to The Unthanks’ very own Mount the Air.

The day is rounded off with a DJ set by Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith (as if this bill couldn’t get eclectic enough!)

With a bill like this, it’s difficult to believe that it’s Rachel and Becky’s first attempt at curating a festival…

Home Gathering takes place at the Stephenson Boiler Shop, Newcastle on Saturday 22nd August. Tickets are on sale now.

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