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Ouseburn is back! The pubs are open; leaden doom metal is blaring from the Off Quay; and a typically batshit bill heralds the return of Endless Window to The Cumberland Arms! Don’t be fooled by the fact that these three acts are actually somewhat compatible – this line-up bears all the ambition, audacity and wild eclecticism that has seen EW become a Valley institution.

Originally slated for April 2020, Taupe’s own return is an equally welcome and overdue event. A case study in just how enthralling jazz can be, this trio’s irrepressible collision of mathy structures, incendiary skronk and crunchy sludge riffage is a physical, combustible live experience – and not half bad on record either, as last year’s extraordinary Not Blue Light album proved. If we’re lucky, we may even hear their rendition of a certain Richard Dawson classic…

Supporting artist Faye MacCalman, meanwhile, may be best known for fronting NARC.’s June cover stars Archipelago, yet this well of wonderment likewise extends to her solo work, manifesting in more exploratory, freeform sensibilities. Similarly, opener SteM’s solo guitar improvisations are impossible to forecast – though those familiar with his background in local legends The Unit Ama may expect this fresh guise’s promised blend of drone, folk and avant rock to carry a characteristic stamp of quality.

Highlight Friday 3rd September in your diaries and be sure to book in advance. Capacity is limited!

Taupe, Faye MacCalman and SteM play The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Friday 3rd September


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