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Back in the mid-noughties I saw a gig billed as ‘Nick Cave Acoustic’ that was anything but: it was absolutely raging, a Grinderman gig in all but name, so you never know quite what you’re going to get with Nick Cave.

It’s not clear what to expect from these shows with Cave and long-term collaborator Warren Ellis, but I’m not expecting them to be quite so surprising. It’s reasonable to expect material from their recent Carnage album (perhaps the most divisive of the recent run of albums including Ghosteen, which a lot of hardcore fans deemed a Cave/Ellis project anyway), perhaps some selections from their dozen or so soundtracks, maybe some Bad Seeds songs.

The duo are being joined by one ‘Johnny Hostile’, a guitarist with Savages connections it seems, and a trio of gospel singers. But your guess is as good as mine as to what Cave pulls out of the bag. The tour hits Sage Gateshead on Friday 24th September, a regular stop, but perhaps more significantly fetches up at Stockton’s beautifully refurbished Globe on Wednesday 29th September, a real coup for a venue that hasn’t hosted a rock gig since Status Quo back in 1974 (although it’s actually McFly that ends that hiatus earlier in the month).

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis play Sage Gateshead on Friday 24th and Stockton Globe on Wednesday 29th September


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