GNE Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for the most chilled person you know


Do you know someone who would pick the dulcet tones of Jeff Buckley and Big Thief over upbeat pop tunes any day? Someone who is an open-mic aficionado?

If you’re looking to gift the perfect antidote to the Christmas craziness, we’ve got a selection of the best chilled-out gigs to bring the serenity back into your loved one’s life in the new year. Forget gifting lavender oil and chamomile tea, find calm and tranquility at the gigs we’ve carefully selected to bring serene sounds and a calming atmosphere…

TALL SHAVES – 15/02/20 – Think Tank?, Newcastle 

Indie folk-pop duo Tall Shaves have been going from strength to strength in 2019. With both a debut E.P and a captivating show at Think Tank? under their belts, 2020 is setting up to be a huge year for the local artists. Inspiration for the band’s diverse sound comes from iconic groups such as The Beautiful South and Of Monsters and Men. The duo’s newest offering, ‘Two For Tuesdays’ (yes that is a reference to Domino’s exquisite Tuesday night deal) explores the themes of love, loss and coming of age. The record was all written, recorded and produced by the pair themselves. Tall Shaves play Think Tank? next February 15th, here at GNE we’re sure you won’t want to miss out on this one.


Archie Faulks – 29/02/20 – SURF CAFE, Tynemouth

The alt-folk tenderness of singer-songwriter Archie Faulks has highlighted him as one of the most alluring artists we’ve heard in a long while. After a series of successful gigs up and down the country, his acoustic offerings have been championed by Radio 1 and CLASH Magazine. His latest release, ‘Foreign Kiss’ showcases Archie’s haunting and emotional vocals which compliment his delicate lyricism perfectly. His ‘Lounging in London’ EP is  scheduled to come out on Valentine’s Day next year, so the gift of this particular gig could be the perfect romantic gesture. To catch Archie’s soulful sounds in real life, head down to Tynemouth’s Surf Cafe on February 29th.


Juniore – 22/04/20 – THINK TANK?, Newcastle

Juniore’s anglo-french pop sound offers something completely out of the ordinary. Which makes them the perfect gift for the person in your life with the most interesting music taste around. Described as a ‘french girl band of sorts’ by Drowned In Sound, Juniore mix French 1960’s cinematic sounds with fuzzy psychedelic rhythms. The bands songwriter and singer Anna Jean provides classic, alluring vocals that are reminiscent of Francoise Hardy and Frances Gal. The band has already opened for the likes of The Dandy Warhols and have also had their tracks featured on cult TV show, Killing Eve. 

Their latest single, ‘Ah Bah D’accord’ was released in November. With rumours of a second album being released next year, now is the perfect time to catch the quartet. Juniore play Think Tank? Underground next April 22nd. 




Michael Kiwanuka – 13/03/19 – o2 Academy, Newcastle

Earlier this year, Michael Kiwanuka’s third album, ‘KIWANUKA’ was dubbed as ‘one of the decades best albums’ by The Guardian. The singer/songwriters timeless vocals transport the audience into a hazy world of soulful sounds, with his poignant and truthful lyricism striking a chord with audiences all over the world. Kiwanuka has gained comparisons to Curtis Mayfield and Van Morrison, but the slick and often heart rendering social commentary that is found in his songs is completely contemporary. After the critical and commercial success of his debut album, ‘Home Again’, Kiwanuka was selected as the BBC’s Sound of 2012 and has since went on to support artists like Adele. Not only has he supported huge artists on tour, but his own shows often sell out months in advance. 


For more brilliant gift ideas have a gander at our gig listings here…


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