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If you hadn’t noticed, we’re big fans of promoters who push boundaries and comfort zones, therefore it follows that we’re also big fans of pretty much anything Newcastle-based promoters Wandering Oak do. Bringing artists to the region that may previously have passed us by, their roster is regularly packed full of interesting noises which usually run the gamut of “psychedelia, rock ‘n’ roll, alt. folk, eccentric electronics, post-punk, no wave, dreamgaze and beyond”, and in the past the winning duo of Walter Allison and John Nellist have brought such legendary artists as Acid Mothers Temple, Black Country New Road, Lost Bitchos, Minami Deutsch, Paddy Steer, Shilpa Ray, Snapped Ankles, Yard Act and countless more to the region.

On Saturday 4th February they celebrate their ninth birthday with a show entitled I Know A Garden, which will be spread across two rooms at Newcastle’s gorgeous Common Room, and the line-up is as special as you’d expect. Heading up proceedings are North East’s motorik space-disco duo Warm Digits, who’ll be joined by post-apocalyptic fuzz rock project Large Plants; cosmic-country courtesy of L.T. Leif; the surreal and futuristic contemporary electronica of Crimewave; Kraut-leaning post-rockers Parastatic; woozy surf pop six-piece Midnight Rodeo; alt. electro folk artist Me Lost Me; and Rüne, the long-standing collaboration between local bluesman John Nellist and cinematic folk artist Trev Gibb.

At a time when everyone’s feeling the pinch and gig tickets are a luxury, if you put your pennies into anyone’s pot this month make it the ones who really go the extra mile.

Wandering Oak’s ninth birthday celebration, I Know A Garden, takes place at The Common Room, Newcastle on Saturday 4th February.

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