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Fans of all manner of electronic styles will be delighted to know that Northern Electric Festival is back for its third year. Representing the widest cross-section of the genre, and showcasing the best of the region’s electronic artists, the festival will occupy multiple venues on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July. There’ll be events across both nights at Little Buildings, The Cumberland Arms and Cobalt Studios, with the addition of The Cluny 2 and Cosmic Ballroom on Friday, and Tyne Bank Brewery and The Tanners Arms hosting performances on Saturday.

The line-up is highly varied and, as we’ve come to expect from those involved, pretty damn good too. Highlights include spoken word/left-field pop artist Badger (who released their new new EP, Seize Warfare, via Kaneda Records in late June), Mother Night’s surreal Hebridean electronica, Late Girl’s textural soundscapes and Me Lost Me (I Lost My)’s ambient pop, all at Little Buildings. The ever-reliable Endless Window programme The Cumberland Arms stage, with krautrock behemoths Behold A Pale Horse headlining Friday’s showcase, with additional sets from space-proggers Parastatic, electro-pop courtesy of Mayshe Mayshe, alt. goth rock from Golden Age of Nothing and dream pop from new duo Night Class, among others.

Cobalt Studios sees experimental promoters Inverted Grim Mill delve into the worlds of drone, ambient kraut and noise with Third Arm, Dressed In Wires, Chlorine, Lore, Basic House and the thrillingly visceral Newcastle-upon-Tyne Speed Donk Experience on Friday; while on Saturday things are taken down a notch, with sets from Ceitidh Mac and Mark Wardlaw offering electro folk and Grey Tapes’ instrumental electronica alongside shows from Waskerley Way and Bert Verso.

Hip-hop vibes take over The Cluny 2 on Friday, with the awesome Ceiling Demons planning to thrill, plus there’s shimmering electro from Shamu and MCs 90BRO and Kay Greyson. Local label Kaneda provide more danceable options on Friday at Cosmic Ballroom, with EBM/electro artist Slink Radio’s Simon Leeks, plus emotive house from Noissi.Me.

Nowt Special collaborate on Tyne Bank Brewery’s stage on Saturday, with stalls, video games and live electronics to add to the mix. Expect slots from Ken Rico, Quest 808, Slip Trax and Cass Lamb; while at The Tanners Arms, there’s intense electronica from SkinMechanix, acid and techno from Onism and om10 and old school sounds courtesy of Tunnel Club.

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