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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.

The full NARC. Fest line-up will revealed in the next couple of weeks, but to whet your appetite, have a look at what the wonderful Confusion Is Next have planned for The Tyne Bar stage…

Words: Linsey Teggert

Confusion Is Next are proud to be returning to curate The Tyne Bar’s outdoor stage for the third year in a row for your annual NARC. Fest dose of all things radgy, riffy and rowdy. This year we’re thrilled to present four of the best alt. local bands going, plus one up-and-coming out of towner.

These guys barely need an introduction. The post-hardcore five-piece quickly gained a reputation as one of the North East’s most innovative, exhilarating acts, cementing that status with the release of the Lose Your Chains EP in 2015; an uncompromising, genre-spanning demonstration of what the band were capable of. Known for their explosive live shows, Shades have been on hiatus since last year, and we’re thrilled to have them make their live return at The Tyne Bar stage. Though they played the same stage last year, moving them up the bill to headliners seemed like a natural progression, and the perfect opportunity for them to display new material. A very welcome return.

Toy Mountains
Having received airplay on Daniel P. Carter’s Radio 1 Rock Show and Kerrang! Radio, Glaswegian quartet Toy Mountains are one of the UK rock scene’s ones to watch. Receiving comparisons to the likes of Glassjaw and Touche Amore, their alt. rock meets post-hardcore blends heavier, frenetic sounds with more melodic moments for an intense performance. Their most recent single I Could Care Less has the kind of soaring, anthemic quality you can expect to be sung back at much larger venues in the not so distant future.

Future Horizons
Hartlepool’s Future Horizons need to be seen live to be believed. Prog rock/post-hardcore/math rock – the label doesn’t really matter, Future Horizons are a sheer force to be reckoned with. Intricate yet brain-meltingly heavy riffs combine with pounding drums and soaring, urgent vocals for a mind-blowing experience.

Since forming, Newcastle trio Bares have become firm favourites of the local DIY scene. Throwing emo, a little bit of grunge and punk rock vibes into the melting pot, Bares live shows are always insanely fun, fist in the air, sing-a-long parties.

Black Lung Club
Formerly known as Tissue Culture, the five-piece noise rockers have since switched things up with their sound and changed their name to go with it. Their last material recorded as Tissue Culture sounded ferocious, and though they’ve been relatively quiet since their rebirth, we’re expecting big things.

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