Fancy heading to an all-day festival that’s showcasing rip-roaring acts from across the UK? Then you don’t want to miss out on Dead Endeavours Festival which takes place at Head of Steam, Newcastle on Sunday 18th November.
Promoter Rick Manning has his finger firmly fixed on the pulse of the North East music scene (you may have seen him playing guitar and singing in Ghost//Signals, a very successful indie dark-pop band with some of the vibes of The Cure and Pulp). As if organising gigs for his own band wasn’t enough, Rick gets a real buzz from the promotion side of things and has put on a number of gigs including Jim Bob Carter (Carter USM), Rod Jones (Idlewild) and The Pariahs (former gig buddies of the Ramones). Whilst Ghost//Signals takes up a lot of Rick’s time, it seems the draw of putting on another event is too much to resist.
Rick tells me: “It’s a running joke amongst some of my best mates that I love organising the odd all-dayer. Dead Endeavours was born out of wanting something a bit more post-punk noir-esque for the winter coming. I used to get horrific winter-based seasonal affective disorder in my early 20s but it’s, without doubt, my favourite time of the year now – I sometimes wish I could hibernate through August. The Head of Steam is also a class venue – the new venue manager has really revitalised it as of late.”
Headlining the event are ChorusGirl, a critically-acclaimed indie/noise-pop band based in London. ChorusGirl’s new album ‘Shimmer and Spin’ is set for release on Friday 16th November. And their sound, inspired by Lush and The Cure, is turning a lot of heads at the moment. ChorusGirl are singer SilviWersing’s creation as she was frustrated playing bass in other people’s bands, deciding that introverts and chorus girls should front their own shows. She began writing her own songs, switched to rhythm guitar and invited some friends to join her including Udo Westhoff on bass, Michael Boyle on drums and Faith Taylor on lead guitar (Faith also provides vocals and song writing skills).
Also appearing are local post-punk rockers Casual Threats who were labelled as one of Huw Stephen’s best of BBC Introducing last year for their single, ‘Hate’. Band members Ollie, Conor and Bazz site influences from Queens of the Stone Age and Death From Above. These Newcastle rockers always draw a decent crowd and bring a real energy whenever they perform live.
Continuing the theme of post-punk mayhem are Dead Like Wolves, a real crunchy explosion of Seattle grunge and shoegaze-influenced alternative rock. Echoing the sounds of Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Ride, Dead Like Wolves have been on a brief hiatus but look to return to the stage here with ear-tingling ferocity. They know how to put on a show and have shared the stage with Presidents of the USA, The Buzzcocks and UK Subs to name but a few.
This will be a first ever Newcastle gig for Glasgow-based Rebecca Radical whose DIY acoustic-punk anthems are a real treat to hear. Rick tells me: “If you’re a fan of campfire vibe with very ‘on the nose’ lyrics, you’ll love her.”
Having only been together for a year, Pacer rarely play to empty rooms and always go down a storm. Their short career has been a busy one and they already have an amazing array of support slots under their belts.
Finishing off the line-up are Weld, who are fast becoming heroes of the Teesside circuit, and People are Hell who generated a serious amount of interest from their debut gig supporting Annabel Allum in October.
Dead Endeavours festival takes place on Sunday 18th November at Head of Steam, Newcastle. Tickets, priced at £5.00 in advance, are available from wegottickets.com. The event kicks off at 17:00.