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NARC. Fest takes place at a multitude of venues across the Ouseburn Valley on Saturday 2nd July. The free festival is the musical arm of the annual community Ouseburn Festival, which celebrates creativity and culture in the Valley.

Today’s stage focus comes courtesy of The Great Northern, who bring four great acts to The Cluny.


The Great Northern’s stage can always be relied upon provide some of the best of the local scene, and this year’s no different.


Keep Breathing fuse the moody epic swagger of Echo & The Bunnymen with the anthemic melodies of Elbow. The alternative indie rock five-piece take influence from rock, indie pop and post-punk, playing dynamic widescreen music with incredible intensity and commitment. This summer the band went into the recording studio with producer Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp, Spiritualized) and have previously toured with The Vaccines, Palma Violets, Public Service Broadcasting, Temples, Drenge, Peace, The Fall, The Charlatans plus many others.


Them Things features a diverse mixture of creative individuals who pride themselves in taking the conventional and blowing the arse out of it. Their psych pop fuelled noise is influenced by the likes of Mac Demarco, Deerhunter, Trash Talk, David Bowie, T Rex, The Shins among others.


A.F.A.P. specialise in creating alternative rock music, which boasts the juxtaposition of intricate, melodic guitar lines and bleak, brutally honest lyrics, influenced predominantly by the writing styles of Frightened Rabbit, Manchester Orchestra and Into It. Over it.
Since their formation in June 2015, A.F.A.P have already performed alongside a number of prestigious local and national acts.


After the release of last year’s Iso, a string of impressive support slots and an appearance at Evolution Emerging; Canyons finished the summer of 2015 having established themselves as a prominent fixture within the flourishing Newcastle music scene before seemingly disappearing altogether by the end of last year. The four-piece haven’t spent the time between resting on their laurels though; instead Canyons have been in the studio with Paul Gregory (Lanterns on the Lake, Minor Victories) recording their debut EP Sweet Decay, with the first track Resting My Eyes due to be released on 24th June. With all this to come as well as several dates already announced; Canyons look set to take big steps forward again this summer.

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