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As far as song-writing goes, you can’t beat a brush with death for inspiration (it certainly trumps ‘parent’s dicorce’ or ‘break-up-of-long-term-relationship’) and Allan Hyslop, singer-songwriter and frontman of Kosoti, has drawn on his own near death experience at the hands of two brain haemorrhages for much of this elegant indie/folk outfit’s material. His band are playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday 20th December.

Though this six-piece are under a year old, they are certainly prolific, having released two singles, an EP and recorded live sessions for both the BBC and Metro Radio, all in under six months. Perhaps fueled by their front-man’s aforementioned recent traumas, Kosoti have an urgency and lust for life that comes across in both their song-writing and their work ethic.

Their Jackson Brown-esque harmonies and rich, orchestral arrangements have already procured them a handful of rave reviews and sizeably loyal fan-base – enough to ensure that their first ever live gig sold out Hall Two of the Gateshead Sage – and their upcoming gig at the O2 Academy 2 should help them to further solidify their already copper-bottomed reputation.

Support comes from Sunderland based power-pop trio, ICENI and Wylam born singer-songwriter Charlie Dancer.

Kosoti, ICENI and Charlie Dancer play Newcastle’s O2 Academy 2 on Saturday 20th December.

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