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We find out what The Cluny stage has in store for NARC.Fest… 


With their early singles, released through 2016, PLAZA have quickly gained a reputation for their intelligent songwriting and chaotic live shows around the UK, which have included supporting the likes of Blaenavon, Rat Boy, Gengahr and JAWS, as well as showcase performances for DIY Magazine & The Tipping Point. Their debut single ‘Totem’ (Feb 2016) received airplay from BBC Radio 1, Radio X and Amazing Radio as well as strong critical acclaim from the Blogosphere, before featuring on Huw Stephen’s Best of BBC Introducing playlist. Their sophomore release ‘Blood Orange’ built on this success and third single, the anthemic ‘Youth’ brought the lads from Pools to the wider indie consciousness.


Penguin are a protopunk-influenced alt rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne, whose musical debut with ‘Not A Problem’ has already received airplay from BBC 6Music and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 ahead of their first gig at Evolution Emerging Festival on 27th May supporting Eat Fast, Coquin Migale and Lulu James. If Evo Emerging’s previous graduates are anything to go by, Penguin could be a band to keep a very close eye on.

Callum Pitt

Taking influences from The War On Drugs, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, indie-folk newcomer Callum Pitt combines finger-picked folk riffs with a stunning falsetto voice. His debut track, “You’d Better Sell It While You Can”, received airplay from BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, as well as gathering widespread blog coverage, resulting in a place on one of Spotify UK’s ‘Fresh Finds’ playlists, a slot at Evolution Emerging 2017, and tour support slots with Meadowlark, Cape Cub and Isaac Gracie.

The Kentucky Derbies

The Kentucky Derbies brand of impeccably crafted pop is back after a brief (ten-year) wander in the wilderness. Expect overdriven guitars with hook-heavy melodies, sweetened with rich harmonies.

NARC. Fest takes place at a multitude of venues across the Ouseburn Valley on Saturday 1st July. The FREE festival is the musical arm of the annual community Ouseburn Festival, which celebrates creativity and culture in the Valley.

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