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NARC. Fest takes place at a multitude of venues across the Ouseburn Valley on Saturday 1st July, so keep your diaries free! 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 be revealed over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled, but first up we have a look at what Confusion Is Next have planned for The Tyne Bar stage…

Confusion Is Next are proud to be returning to curate The Tyne Bar’s outdoor stage for the fourth year in a row for your annual NARC. Fest dose of the best noisy alt acts. Connoisseurs of all things riffy and rowdy are advised not to miss this line-up!

We brought HORSEFIGHT to The Tyne Bar a few years back, where they played indoors and almost took the roof off. It only seemed right to bring them back again and let them loose to headline the outdoor stage. Featuring Paul Mullen (Yourcodenameis:Milo, Young Legionnaire, Losers), Dean Pearson (Young Legionnaire), Luke Dunell and Alex Chojnacki, HORSEFIGHT are about to release their long-awaited debut album Eden. Expect unbridled energy, spiky vocals and huge riffs.

Donnie Willow
Glaswegian trio Donnie Willow are currently making waves on the UK alt scene, with their latest single Blessed Company receiving airplay on Daniel P. Carter’s Radio 1 Rock Show. Their brand of alt-rock blends elements of math-rock, post-hardcore and metal to explosive effect and their influences range from Glassjaw and Deftones to Reuben. Known for their dynamic live shows, Donnie Willow are not to be missed.

Cheap Lunch
Self-proclaimed purveyors of ‘low down and dirty doom punk’, Newcastle trio Cheap Lunch must be experienced live to fully appreciate their dark, fuzzy racket. Equal parts garage rock, sludge and lo-fi surf-punk, Cheap Lunch are wonderfully weird, and there’s no one else quite like them in the Toon right now.

These guys have a loyal local following, and their live shows never fail to be huge passionate affairs with plenty of sing-alongs and air punching. Unashamedly emo with hardcore influences, the young five-piece display the kind of introspective lyrics and musical complexity that would make a band twice their age want to up their game.

Rowdy Geordie trio Parks will kick things off in true radgie style. Their snotty hardcore punk has a grungy twist – think Gallows meets Mudhoney – and they’ve recently supported Californians Trash Talk.

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