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News: Northern Electric Festival returns to the Ouseburn Valley

09/07/2018

Northern Electric Festival returns to the Ouseburn Valley for a third year on 20th and 21st July…

Taking over a host of venues including Cluny2, Cobalt, The Cumberland Arms, Tanners, Tyne Bank Brewery and Little Buildings, the weekend is promising to shine a well-deserved light on the furthest corners of the North East electronic music scene.

2018 sees an expansion for the festival, which has now added longtime electronic music supporters Cosmic Ballroom to their list of venues. Teaming up with Kaneda Records, the city centre venue hosts an opening party rave on Friday 20th July. Slink Radio and Backdrop co-founder SIMON will be topping the bill at Cosmic, joined by Kaneda Records artist Buhl / Daughters. Expect minimal techno and ambient future sounds to kick off the weekend.

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Cluny 2 hosts some of Northern Electric Festival’s most hotly anticipated acts. Headlining the Cluny 2 stage on Friday night is Tyneside rapper Kay Greyson. Kay’s brutally honest and inescapably captivating poetics fuse with a flavour of nineties beats and a star-like personality to make for something really special. Kay is joined on the Cluny stage by Shamu who’s smart alt-electronica has been making waves in Newcastle for some time. Recently teaming up with previous Northern Electric Festival act Sagaböi, Shamu have released their latest cut ‘Up In Arms’.

Elsewhere, Friday night sees neo-psychedelic five-piece Behold A Pale Horse top the bill at The Cumberland arms. Behold A Pale Horse fuse elements of electronica with garage rock and neo-folk to create something utterly mind-blowing. Breaking down walls and expectations with their dense blend of diverse sounds, BAPH is one set not to miss.

Venture further into the valley on Friday night you’ll find the darkly mysterious and wholly wonderful stylings of Jennifer Walton at Little Buildings. The electro songwriter creates intricate and booming soundscapes like 2017’s apocalyptic ‘Oranges’ or the more recent ‘Shy’. Another act on the LB stage worth getting down early for is a purveyor of pagan pop, Mother Night. Hailing from Scotland, Mother Night is new to the North East scene but has been making some serious ear-catching noise around town. Mixing electronica with wavy psychedelic sensibilities and R&B style, Mother Night is the one-man-band that has the whole town talking.

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Saturday’s event sees even more venues join in on the fun with Cobalt Studios bagging firm favourites for the day Grey Tapes. Describing themselves as ‘More electronic than most live bands and more live than most electronic bands’, Grey Tapes are an enchanting collective of North East producers who strive to bring their sound from the record to the stage, completely. What you hear is what you get with this band who boast ‘no clicks, sequencers or backing tracks’, just humans.

Elsewhere, find the electronic shoegaze perfection of Parastatic are topping the Cumberland Arms Bill, experimental-looping drone-folk from Me Lost Me in Little Buildings, Tunnel Club DJs at the Tanners and Quest 808 at Tyne Bank Brewery.

Catch all this and much more for just £10 for the entire weekend of music.

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DOMINIQUE Daly

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