NEWS: NARC. FEST STAGE FOCUS #5: THE CUMBERLAND ARMS | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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In the fifth of our stage focuses for this year’s NARC. Fest, taking place across the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle on Saturday 4th July, Chris Trew, aka Prancey Dog, tells us about his line-up at The Cumberland Arms.

“Prancey Dog celebrates eleven years of promoting live music with an evening of splendid entertainment at The Cumberland Arms.

“Formed from the ashes of the very popular and much missed Baskin’s Wish, Newcastle two-piece Rice Milk delivers catchy low-fi pop noise with personality.

The Approved is a two piece band that emerged from the utterly brilliant High Plane Drifters. It has its headquarters at a secret location in Stockton and has been playing loud rock’n’roll music for about two years.

“Described as ‘Buddy Holly on acid’ and ‘bubblegum pop with attitude’ – Billingham’s Mouses is a lo-fi alternative rock duo with a sound influenced by the early works of lo-fi bands such as Wavves and Times New Viking. Known for filling venues with blistering levels of sound this is a set not to be missed.

PiPE RiOT has played storming supports for the likes of the Cornshed Sisters and John Cooper Clarke and were recently described as “venomous, thoughtful and very funny”. One of them dresses like a vicar and plays Northumbrian pipes while the other talks in rhyme about football hooliganism, public breastfeeding, shit cats and bad sex.

“Headlining the whole caboodle we have the mighty Milky Wimpshake featuring guest chanteuse Sophie Evans. The excited, spring-like tones of their newly released fifth album Encore, Un Effort! features the debut of new vocalist Sophie duetting with founder Pete Dale on more than half of the album. Significantly younger than her newfound bandmates, Evans hadn’t even been born when Milky Wimpshake started playing in the early 90s. Expect lots of songs from the new album plus some old favourites. Hurrah!”

Further stage announcements will be made over the coming weeks, keep an eye on our Facebook pagefor more info about the festival. All events are free entry!

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