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Taking place on Saturday 7th July, NARC. Fest will, for its 11th year, take over the Ouseburn Valley with a series of free gigs! We’ve handpicked some excellent local promoters who have curated line-ups which span all genres and styles and we’ll be announcing them all over the coming weeks. Today, Linsey from Confusion is Next reveals what’s in store at The Tyne Bar…

We’re thrilled to be programming The Tyne Bar’s stage for NARC. Fest for the fifth year in a row! It’s always an incredible night, and we’ve seen some amazing acts grace the stage over the years, from local heroes such as Martha, Future Horizons and Shades to bands from further afield like Blacklisters, Falls and Donnie Willow. This year we have another stellar line-up for you, covering the noisier side of the music spectrum as always, and there’s no better place to soak up the riffs than The Tyne Bar’s outdoor stage.

Kicking things off with their early QOTSA-esque garage-tinged rock are newcomers Hollow Legs. Hailing from Blyth, the four-piece will ease the crowd into the evening’s events with their hooky, infectious earworms.

We put Tiny Mind on at a gig at the end of 2017, and they boldly announced that they would be playing NARC. Fest at The Tyne Bar in 2018. We hadn’t even begun to think of the line-up back then, but we thought, well, why not! They’ve been causing a stir recently with their dynamic live show, and they’ve just released an absolute banger of a debut EP, Equals Closed Parenthesis, which is three tracks of math-rock inflected hardcore – comparisons to At The Drive In are certainly not unfounded.

You’re in for a treat with Trigger Thumb. This is the Bradford-based trio’s first ever Newcastle gig, and it’s an honour that they’re coming up just to play NARC. Fest. We caught them at StrangeForms Festival at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds in April and were absolutely blown away. Their description in the programme was something along the lines of ‘if Muse and System of a Down had a math-rock baby’, which sounds ridiculous on paper, but they’re an absolute spectacle to behold. They’ve just been announced to play ArcTanGent which is the UK’s biggest math-rock festival, so big things are surely on the horizon. Plus their bass player has some Goddamn funky moves.

Okay Champ are going to create a lovely bloody racket with their nihilistic noise pop. Featuring former members of Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister, Let’s Buy Happiness and Mass along with current members of Eat Fast, Okay Champ have already given us a teaser with the delectable dissonance of the I Don’t Like This Anymore EP, and rumour has it there’s an album in the works.

And as for our headliners, we have a very special guest! We can’t announce them just yet, but we can guarantee it will probably be the last time you will get to see this act on a stage this small. All will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the festival… who doesn’t like a bit of intrigue eh?

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