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Image: Massa Confusa perform at Northumberland Arms

Currently revered as one of the best venues in Newcastle for doom, metal and all manner of heavy handed rock and roll, the good folks at Northumberland Arms are keen to spread their wings. The 200 capacity basement venue, located off Northumberland Street in the heart of the city, has found itself becoming the go-to space for some cracking gigs of late.

Ally Morton, of electro post-punk duo Massa Confusa, is one of the promoters who currently utilises the space. “The Northumberland Arms is a fantastic venue for DIY gigs of both local and touring bands. It’s a real asset to the North East music scene, which deserves far more recognition.”

Among the forthcoming gigs are Massa Confusa’s own event on Friday 3rd featuring Bristol’s industrial-tinged post-rockers Nasty Little Lonely and noise rockers Big Fail; while Inverted Grim-Mill Recordings present the edgy sludge doom of Primitive Man on Wednesday 8th June.

While the venue may have cut their teeth on the noisier end of the musical spectrum, they’re keen for more promoters and bands of any genre to get involved in putting events on, with quirky acts and experimental promoters encouraged to get in touch. “The gigs have been building nicely, and we have had some cracking shows.” Says venue manager Tim Clarke, who also runs the Ouseburn Valley’s Tanners Arms. “It’s great to support local talent and be involved in an underground music scene. As a venue, The Northy really works.”

Looking for an inexpensive, central and welcoming space for your next weird and wonderful gig? Look no further…

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