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Tiny Lights are extremely happy to have been asked back to curate a stage at NARC. Fest having done so for the first time ever last year. Their stage is at one of the greatest pubs in Newcastle, the deservedly lauded Free Trade Inn, where the stunning view of the Tyne is only one of its key attractions alongside its first-rate beer, its cat Craig David, and its magnificently graffitied bogs.

The theme of the evening is noisy DIY pop music. Quite fittingly, it will be headlined by Teesside fuzzbombs Mouses, whose songs live right in that glorious sweet-spot of fantastically catchy and gratifyingly heavy. The combination of Ste Bardgett’s snarling delivery, drummer Nathan Duff’s powerhouse presence and the telepathy the pair share from years of gigging together makes for a riotously fun live act. This is absolutely not one to be missed.

Life Model
Mouses will be preceded by Glasgow-based band Life Model. They’ve visited Tyneside several times in the past, and always gained new fans every time they do, thanks to their beautifully visceral blend of shoegaze and noise-pop. Their singer Sophie Evans might also be familiar to indie-pop lovers as also being part of Milky Wimpshake. Life Model are a band who are getting better every time they play and if you’re lucky they might even drop their awesome Kenickie cover into their set.

Noise & the Naive
Power-pop duo the Noise & the Naive will be major contributors to what will be consistently hefty noise levels around the Free Trade on the evening. Anne and Pauline decided to form a band after attending a Shonen Knife show, which is a pretty great indicator of what they’re about. Their ultra-urgent, hyper-energetic songs are going to be something to behold in such an intimate environment.

Before the Noise & the Naive take the roof off the place, we’re delighted that the mesmerising Competition will be kicking proceedings off. Competition is the current project of Craig Pollard, a man with an enviable body of work across his various bands and Newcastle’s answer to Calvin Johnson. Prepare for a performance of sleek, experimental pop music which is darkly alluring and very difficult indeed to take your eyes off.

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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