I hadn’t known about A Festival, A Parade (AFAP) until a student on my course revealed himself to be the percussionist for the band a few years ago. After exchanging information, I was introduced to a Newcastle band deeply ingrained in distortion and alternative sounds and one who have been championed by the North East ever since their formation in late 2015.
AFAP, in the short space of time they have been together, have reached jubilant peaks. They have delivered constant sell-out headline performances one after another in such remarkable venues as The Cluny and The Mining Institute and have played as headlining slots at prestigious local festivals including Evolution Emerging.
In October 2018, AFAP released their sophomore EP entitled ‘Stay Away From Me.’ True to textbook definition, this EP contains five tracks that are all wonderfully composed and executed with a stark calling to this alternative rock band’s influences. Included in the EP is AFAP’s critically acclaimed single, ‘Cold Shower’ – a distorted masterpiece that could easily be mistaken for a Mogwai track.
“We’re always trying to change our sound and do things differently,” proclaims George Rowan, the band’s percussionist. “We’ve shifted the sounds from our first EP and moved straight into loud rock territory with our latest.”
Speaking on the topic of 2018, George stated: “The highlight for us was our three-week tour with Sam Fender. We had a blast playing every night and hanging out with Sam and the guys.”
As the door revolves and a new year shuffles in, AFAP march in with their raucous, cacophonous style to announce their first entry to 2019: a one-off performance at Sage Gateshead – an energised production they regard as being their biggest headline show to date.
George added: “We are very excited to play at the Sage. We have loads of new material to play and we will be supported by Team Picture, Plaza, and Okay Champ. This is going to be a very special show so don’t miss out!”
In case you wondered why AFAP are called what they are: “It is taken from The National’s song ‘All The Wine’, but it also puts us at the top of any list in alphabetical order – a definite plus.”
A Festival, A Parade are a spectacle not to be missed as they play at Gateshead’s The Sage on Saturday 9th February.
Tickets, priced at £8.70 in advance, can be purchased online at sagegateshead.com/event/a-festival-a-parade/.