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Feature: GNE Artist Focus 2020 - PICNIC - Gigs North East


Feature: GNE Artist Focus 2020 – PICNIC


At Gigs North East, we’re kicking off 2020 by shining a light on the North East’s emerging talent. In the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring artists who have caught our attention with their distinctive sounds and who we’re excited to see progress in the coming year…

For the past few years, PICNIC have been taking the local music scene by storm with their genre-blending sounds. The band’s colourful, sax-driven pop really packs a punch and has earned them a place as one of the most exciting bands in the North East at the moment. Last year saw the six-piece play an exhilarating set to a charged up crowd at This Is Tomorrow. With a slot at Hit The North already confirmed, 2020 seems to be off to a blinding start for the group. We caught up with PICNIC’s guitarist, Eddie to see what the band have in store for 2020. 

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Funky, pop, fun.

Who or what has influenced your sound the most?

I think Vulfpeck and Carly Rae Jepsen are two of the biggest influences for us. They’re both unapologetically themselves and don’t waste time trying to be “cool”. Steely Dan and Prince should probably get a mention. Being so musically complex and still making pop bangers that people can sing and dance to is such a difficult balance.

What is your favourite song to play live at the moment?

‘Wishful Drinking’, probably. It stuck really early on at live shows, I think that’s because it’s really easy to sing along to. Any song that encourages crowd interaction is the best one.

What are you most excited for in 2020? 

All of it. We never go into any year with any expectations so we’re quite happy to just see where this one takes us. We’re all a bit more clued up and industry savvy now, so hopefully people like the new tunes.

What is the most memorable gig you’ve ever played?

There’s a few that are memorable for the wrong reasons, but I could write a book about those. I’d say playing for royalty was pretty surreal, and being a part of Dave Stewart’s birthday show was fucking nuts. It’s got to be either one of those or playing a sold-out O2 show with Daniel Wakeford, from The Undateables. All very trippy experiences.

Who are your favourite artists from the North East at the moment?

Elizabeth Liddle, Faye Fantarrow, Swine Tax, Fever Days, Mt Misery, Kkett, Eastern Exit, 1080 Trees, Komparrison, Ghost Signals. They’re all phenomenal and destined for bigger things. Lottie Willis is gonna be huge as well. St Buryan have some great new tunes coming out soon and Plastic Glass will no doubt smash 2020 harder than they did in 2019. So a canny few. Go out and see them while the tickets are cheap.

PHOTOS: Isaac Johnson


PICNIC play their first headline show of 2020 at Riverside 2 on March 14th, make sure you pick up your tickets ASAP! 



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