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Our free musical extravaganza is less than a month away! Taking place on Saturday 4th July, and curated in conjunction with some of the region’s best live music promoters, NARC. Fest will fill the Ouseburn Valley with live music.

Here’s the full line-up…


MILKY WIMPSHAKE FEAT. SOPHIE EVANS Legendary local indie-pop punks featuring guest chanteuse Sophie Evans.

PiPE RiOT Having previously supported the likes of the Cornshed Sisters and John Cooper Clarke, they were recently described as “venomous, thoughtful and very funny”.

MOUSES Billingham’s blistering lo-fi alternative rock duo have been described as “Buddy Holly on acid”.

THE APPROVED The two-piece emerged from the brilliant High Plane Drifters, playing loud rock ’n’ roll music.

RICE MILK Formed from the ashes of Baskin’s Wish, the two-piece deliver catchy lo-fi pop noise with personality.

LONE WOLF @ FREE TRADE INN (doors 6.30pm)

COQUIN MIGALE The BBC-supported Newcastle four-piece have exploded onto the local music scene, pulling crowds wherever they play.

CHARLIE DANCER Blending folk and alt-pop, Charlie Dancer and his band have been garnering much attention in recent months.

COHESION Fresh from their UK tour and the release of their latest single, Luna, the Sunderland five-piece bring their indie-rock sound to The Free Trade.

SUN DANCE Emerging earlier this year, the alternative rockers are ones to watch for 2015.


PARASTATIC Merging post-rock guitars, pulsing programming and insistent rhythms, Parastatic’s second album Recall Fade Return was released to rave reviews earlier this year from publications including Drowned in Sound.

ZYNA HEL Based between Newcastle and Glasgow, Zyna Hel make sci-fi synth-pop that references the classic eighties touchstones but also brings something truly idiosyncratic to proceedings.

GREY TAPES A remarkable collective of producers and songwriters in their own right who have joined forces for new recordings and an outstanding live show.

AKO Solo producer ako’s dark and immersive take on house and IDM is foreboding but also curiously beautiful.


FALLS Self-proclaimed purveyors of ‘gash pop’, the four Welsh lunatics play insanely infectious blasts of face-melting noise rock with hooky melodies and shredding riffs.

SHADES Musically complex and lyrically dexterous, Shades’ intense brand of post-hardcore is an unmissable live experience.

AVALANCHE PARTY Born in the wilds of the North Yorkshire Moors via Teesside, the enigmatic garage-rockers combine brooding vocals with ferocious rock swagger.

KYLVER Progressive instrumental rockers creating an intriguingly dark sound that ranges from post-rock atmospherics to doom-laden riffs.


SHIELDS  Shields’ debut album How Can We Fix This? is set to be released in October and they’re currently gearing up to bring their fuzzy guitars and shimmering synths to this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

GRANDFATHER BIRDS Local favourites, autumnal indie-popsters Grandfather Birds create honest and forthright, beautifully crafted atmospherics.

NANO KINO Nano Kino are Sarah Suri and Duncan Lloyd (of Maximo Park and Decade In Exile fame), creating partially biographic, part cryptic songs enhanced by Suri’s instinctive vocal delivery and Lloyd’s spacious guitars.

GOOD FRIEND With their punk ideologies, the Irish born trio deliver their own brand of lion-hearted rock and roll.

MONKEY JUNK @ THE CLUNY 2 (doors 7.30pm)

MONKEY JUNK Blues duo John Nellist and Andy Turnbull play a range of styles such as Gospel, Traditional, Delta, Rag-time and 12 bar with unbridled passion.

SKYLARK SONG Beautiful roots folk which combines traditional and Delta Blues, warm melodies and close harmonies.

ALLAN ANDREW SYMONS Singer-songwriter with a love of early blues and roots music: expect some original songs covering themes of murder, treachery, drinking and dysfunctional relationships.

LOMAX One of the best solo bluesman in Newcastle, Lomax is the name Stevie Lee Waugh goes by when playing his blues.

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