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Parastatic share their thoughts on programming The Cumberland Arms stage at NARC.Fest

We’re excited about being asked to programme a stage at NARC. Fest for the first time and even more so that it’s at our favourite Newcastle venue The Cumberland Arms. We’ve got a great night of psychedelia and soaring melodies in store…

Behold a Pale Horse
I’ve loved this band for ages and think they’re really going for it this year with some blistering sets supporting Josefin Ohrn and The Liberation and Moon Duo. If those shows are anything to go by this one at the Cumberland is going to be mint. I love the way they cover so much ground in their sets from krautrock to sample-led soundscapes to full on psychedelic rock. Over the moon they’re headlining! We’ve heard on the grapevine that there might be a new release from these guys to coincide with this show too…

Silver Vials
We’ve had this three piece over from Manchester once before and they totally blew us away. They come firmly from the Brian Jonestown and Spacemen 3 vision of psychedelia – their music just gets you lost in their looping, meandering guitar lines, synthy drones and motorik beats. At times it’s all dreamy and tripped out and then with you barely noticing the transformation they’ve built the groove up to full on spacerock. They’ve also got great hair!

We’ve played with Tchotchke once before, sharing the stage at Cobalt at last year’s Evo Emerging, and it was love at first sight. They produce such a beautiful sound with oodles of shoegazey goodness, a touch of Sonic Youth’s indie-rock and plenty of lush melodies all over the place.

Hector Gannet
A friend sent us over some of his demos and we were totally intrigued by this new singer songwriter – he’s got a nice line in astute but witty commentary on modern life with glimpses of Billy Bragg or Alan Hull shining through. This is a new solo project from ex-The Middens front man Aaron Duff.

Oh and we’re going to do a bit of a Parastatic DJ set to keep the party going ‘til midnight!

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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