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Newcastle’s music scene has been utterly thriving of late, and with mammoth Summer shows in the city centre providing memorable experiences for many, it’s wonderful when our most intimate and quirky venues are given the chance to shine. That’s exactly what SQ Festival are doing; with a multi-venue music festival, situated in the Stephenson Quarter of Newcastle, near Central Station, with it all taking place on Saturday 24th September.

Head Of Steam, Jumpin’ Jacks and Scrumpy Willow & Singing Kettle all play host, and there’ll be plenty of packed-out shows to live long in the memory, as the festival seeks to grow year on year.

The Head Of Steam Stage welcomes the tech rock of Cauls, psych rockers Elevant, rising local stars Future Horizons, experimental two-piece Shamu and the captivating noise of Ilser. The Jumpin’ Jacks stage has more than risen to the challenge of vying for your attention too, with the moody swagger of Keep Breathing, chaotic noise from Avalanche Party, quirky pop melodies of Mouses, the ambient sounds from Figmennt and the fascinating music of Swanhunters. With more still to be announced for both stages, and a whole load more still to be announced for Scrumpy Willow & Singing Kettle, though the deliciously delicate, twinkling sounds of Caoilfhionn Rose is a magnificent starter, it’s very exciting times ahead.

It’s all the brain child of Charlie Dancer from music promoters Beyond The Wall and James Leonard Hewitson of Endearment Records. Not content with just running their own labels and making their own music, they’ve stretched their wings and with an infectious enthusiasm have crafted something which is a glorious celebration of the talented North East music scene, right here in the city centre. With the festival running from 3pm until 12am, there’s lots of opportunities to drop by and get lost in the sounds of some incredible bands.

SQ Festival takes place in the Stephenson Quarter of Newcastle, near Central Station, on Saturday 24th September.

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