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Harking all the way from Kochi in Southern India, folk pop band When Chai Met Toast are set to play Jesmond’s intimate Bobik’s venue on Monday 8th August.

An all-round chilled-out and comforting sound flows through their music, accompanied by breezy vocals which are most often in English, but also feature Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam lyrics, as evidenced on 2020 Hindi single Kahaani. Bright and uplifting guitar interwoven with celestial banjo lines, at times even wind chime-reminiscent, has underpinned the group’s sound since Firefly, their convivial 2016 debut single.

After a gig in London three days beforehand, the Newcastle show will be When Chai Met Toast’s first UK show since their first album’s release, the short-but-sweet When We Feel Young, launched in 2020. The title track and leading single of this album somewhat broke their mould, incorporating a Latin American charango and electric guitar – but singer Ashwin Gopakumar states constant self-development as an aim of the group.

Whimsical from head to toe (even in their name, which is a reference to their worldwide influences and multicultural mix-matching), When Chai Met Toast are instantly likeable, and are bound to offer a splendid evening of tender sounds.

When Chai Met Toast play Bobik’s, Newcastle on Monday 8th August.


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