As many of you already know, we’ve now been running for two years and to celebrate we’ll be putting on a showcase for North East music fans to get excited about.
Next Saturday, we’re hosting a 7-band event at ARC, Stockton from 4:00pm. With a capacity of 550, this makes the event the biggest gig we’ve organised so far – and it’s been set up to bring the music community together.
Headlining the event are Sunderland indie outfit, Frankie and the Heartstrings. The hugely successful five-piece have played alongside an array of big names such as the Kaiser Chiefs and The Vaccines since forming back in 2008. As well as founding their own record store (Pop Recs in Sunderland), and with their track ‘Hunger’ appearing on FIFA, they’re also due to release new material this year.
“We’re writing a new album at the moment, so this will be our first chance to play a few new songs. We’re not the kind of band who plays mountains of new material though as it sucks when bands do that. We’re in the ‘shut up and play the hits’ camp,” says guitarist, Michael.
Another fascinating act we’re bringing from Sunderland is The Lake Poets. Described as ‘quietly devastating’, ‘accomplished and intelligent’ and ‘spellbinding and heart-breaking’, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Martin Longstaff’s music regularly silences audiences and turns heads. Lead single ‘Your Face’, from their self-titled album, has received over 4 million Spotify plays as well as steady daytime airplay on BBC Radio 2, Radio X, and BBC 6 Music. On September 9th, Martin will be joined by his band for what’s certain to be a special performance.
And what variety we have on offer! Newcastle alt-punk outfit, Boy Jumps Ship, will be hitting the stage for what’s certain to be a fast-paced set. Their debut album, ‘Wake Up’, released in 2015, is chock full of glorious and rebellious anthems. They’re reminiscent of Blink-182 and A Day To Remember, with a fierce and exciting live show like no other.
Yorkshire alternative rock/indie outfit, Glass Caves, will also be paying us a visit after playing at Stockton Calling a few months ago. The four-piece are well-known for busking on the streets of York, but they’ve moved from busking to playing the National circuit and astonishing crowds with their fantastic sets. The band fuse agitated rhythms, yo-yoing guitars and dissonant keyboard sounds with vocals that splinter then soar through their songs. They come at you like a band channelling the spirit of American alternative bands, such as Local Natives and Fleet Foxes, through a very British filter to produce perfectly formed morsels of ballsy alt-rock.
Also making an appearance are Abel Raise the Cain – an epic and orchestral post-rock outfit from Teesside whose live set is a fascinating spectacle. They combine soul-lifting melodic choruses with an array of beautiful and chilling instrumentation.
The fun doesn’t stop there either. It’s all dream-pop when Talk Like Tigers waltz in. The up-and- coming female duo from Newcastle formed just last year and have since sent ripples through the local scene. Their sound is something rather unique, with catchy synth-filled rhythms and a highly charismatic stage performance.
And finally, there’s no other artist on the scene doing what Velvoir are right now. The self-proclaimed ‘gender defectors’ from Newcastle will also be coming to play, with their artsy and unique take on the human condition. They’re well-known for their mind-bending performances that will have you questioning your own existence.
NE Volume Magazine Editor, Lee Allcock, added: “For the last two years we’ve been doing all we can to spread the word about upcoming artists both in the North East and out of town, but what better way is there to showcase that talent than by putting the artists on one of Teesside’s most iconic stages.
“There is a phenomenal amount of talent both here in the North East and across the UK as a whole, and we want to make sure they have the ability to share their skills with 550 passionate music fans right here in Teesside.”
Tickets for the event (which starts at 4:00pm), are priced at £14.00 and are available from arconline.co.uk, by heading to the ARC’s Box Office, by calling the Box Office on 01642 525199, or by heading to Pop Recs in Sunderland.
A minibus will also be running from the venue back to Sunderland. Please contact our Editor, Lee Allcock, at [email protected] for further information.