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Featured Gigs - Gigs in Newcastle and the North East

Featured Gigs

DIIV – 24/02/20 – Riverside, Newcastle

After a turbulent few years, DIIV have made a triumphant return with their third studio album, ‘Deceiver’. The New York group have developed their shoegaze stylings into a harder, more robust sound which has been defined by frontman Zachary Cole-Smith’s recent rehab treatment for substance abuse issues. The band’s sound has always been influenced by the likes of Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine, but their third release introduces heavier riffs coupled with grunge ballads that reveal Cole-Smith’s deeper anguish.

DIIV’s live shows have always been hazy affairs that transport the audience into a dreamlike state. When they play Riverside in February we’re in no doubt that you’ll experience a wide selection of DIIV’s back catalogue, with anthems like ‘Under The Sun’ and ‘Doused’ being sure to make the setlist. Be sure to get your tickets sooner rather than later, as this is definitely not one to miss.

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Lowkey – 20/09/20 – The Cluny, Newcastle

A true underground star, Lowkey is regarded as one of the finest talents in the UK hip-hop scene. Never afraid to tackle serious political issues that he’s passionate about, Lowkey’s socially conscious lyricism sets him apart from the crowd.

Because of his outspoken nature and steadfast activism, the London-born spitter has never been one to please the mainstream, losing out on radio play in favour of delivering a message through his music.

Despite not having much of a platform, Lowkey has still managed to earn himself a cult like following. There’s no doubt that Lowkey is one of the most gifted rappers of his generation, both his flow and writing are top class.

His upcoming show at The Cluny in September is set to be one of the most anticipated hip-hop shows of the year. In such an intimate venue this one is going to be a spectacle!

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THE ACADEMIC – 15/04/20 – THINK TANK?, NEWCASTLE

The Academic are an indie rock quartet from Ireland. Their spring 2020 tour includes a nearly sold out date at Think Tank?, Newcastle…

The band formed in 2013 in County Westmeath, Ireland. At the time they were only teens but they showed promise early on. Off the back of the release of their debut EP, ‘Loose Friends’ in 2015, the band managed to sell out a 1500 cap venue: Vicar Street. 

The Academic have continued along their upward trajectory as a band with performances at multiple music festivals. Further momentum came in the wake of the band releasing the anthemic track ‘Bear Claws’. The track which was debuted by Clash gained further media attention from the likes of Drowned In Sound and NME. 

This spring, the band embark on a UK and European 2020 tour. Multiple dates on the tour have already sold out and it looks like the Newcastle date is going the same way. Final tickets are available now. Get them before they go! 

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