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or at least it would be if it had a music scene (like glasgow or leeds or manc) to speak of. you?
it's all r & b c\lubs everywhere.
but outside of that and the Head of Scene/NARC indie(tm) circle jerk theres some good stuff happening
Tell me more about this good stuff happening in Newcastle, I'm researching for a friend... thank you!
But it's one of the coldest places I've ever been to.
And I'm Scottish.
Edinburgh for coldness, but their the same coast/reasonable level of north
cities I'm yet to visit:
Sheffield (went through on a train once but that was nothing)
Brighton (well I have but was too young)
visit all 3 of those forthwith! they're all great. well, some would disagree about sheffield, but i don't, i think it is super.
is my favourite city in england by far, so much going on and it's a great place to live so far (i'm a student there). Newcastle is good and used to have a great music scene...its gone down hill in recent years though unfortunately.
I'm from Edinburgh and couldn't believe how cold Newcastle was when I down there!
in my experience, edinburgh is usually colder
Put on some ace gigs, deerhoof, make believe, parts and labor etc.
Thats the only time in the last few years i think Newcastle has been on a par with Leeds or Glasgow.
He's a nice chap.
Deerhoof was a FakeIndieLabel gig.... sorry to be pedantic... FiL put on some good stuff like... pissed off I missed Stars Of The Lid play at St Thomas church! Was meant to have been amazing.
and my thoughts always were, its probably the prettiest city centre in the country (and yeah, i'm putting that above Edinburgh, just) it has great shops for music and clothing and good bars and restraunts. All that lets it down (and yeah, its pretty much a personal thing) is that no one really seems to care about music. There's no where near enough tours given the size and position of Newcastle, and even when there is, people generally seem pretty indifferent (by this I mean smaller bands, just going to gigs for a night out, as opposed to say, the bigger radio played bands, there are plenty of people at those gigs).
I've been playing with the idea (which is kinda stupid seeing as I've just gone to Glasgow for uni) of becoming a Newcastle/North East based gig promoter because I feel that as a city it has the potential to become a new centre for music, just no one has properly done it yet. That said, the attitude of some (NOT ALL) Geordies sometimes suggests that this may be a waste. thoughts?
also, your favourite cities and why?
so many gigs around here feel like they're more about whose going to be there for the night out than actually about the bands
but there are some good things on
such as getinvolved
Its not like anybodys ever thought of that before recently. Sarcasm aside though, you were spot on about the apathy. And due to this apathy it would take you and several other people another couple of years to create any kind of scene Tyne and Wear. It is so unbelievably boring on the music front at the minute. Newcastle had its chance to become what Leeds and Sheffield have become, and it fucked it up. It had The Futureheads, Maximo and Field Music all breaking in the region at the same time, it believed its own hype, didnt invest and then bottomed out. It crashed. and THE problem with bands in Newcastle is that they dont help each other out. There are few opportunities, each band wants the opportunities for themselves, so they look out just for themselves. This is not conductive of making any kind of scene and alot of bands go under.
There are a lot of hard working promoters in Newcastle, unfortunately the students that reside there are into indie music as FASHION. Therefore they'll go to some big gigs that they have been bludgened into going by national hype, and theyll go to big indie nights at the likes of the Carling Academy as there is the promise of other INDIE AS FASHION members of the opposite sex being there to cop off with. But when it comes to smaller nights and labours of love, the only people who'll go to these are people with any degree of socio-musical intellect - of which there are too small a percentage in Newcastle to spread amongst all the promoters/nights/bands that really want to make a difference.
These nights wont start filling up till they are fashionable.
within the area that arent part of the generic stereotypes? Unfortunately I haven't even seen much evidence otherwise but I'd like to believe that hiding in every city there are people that give a shit.
I don't really get it, Shops like RPM and Alt. and even Beatdown to an extent all exist without necessarily selling the obvious thing, so what's the problem with people coming out?
Of course I am aware people have tried, and yeah I do know getinvolved do good things, but what do you think I/we would have to do to get people interested and caring about each other again? Just start quietly but enough to survive and build from there?
and you couldnt be more right.
But I've got some friends in Newcastle who promote nights and run a record label called Ex Libris. We played one of their nights this year, it was amazing fun. They've got some good stuff on their label too, quite diverse. Fuck knows what their up to at the minute, but they always seem to have something going on.
when Maths/Cutting Pink with Knives played Newcastle (head of steam) it was a decent turn-out, however it was what happened later that night that was the true gold
Considering it was a load of bands who'd barely released anything of note, it was full. It was at a pub in Byker somewhere, I forget the name. And yes, the night was a long and very enjoyable one after the gig too!
its lovely in there
for uni and i'm loving it so far. i've been to a few gigs but would love it if more bands came up hear, and if future of the left hadn't cancelled their tour :(
but I'm biased.
was an amazing place but it always makes my heart break a bit to think that they got rid of the two best venues in the city - The Riverside and The Mayfair - which were like 2nd homes to me. Having those 2 venues ensured that any band playing a national tour played there, so saw the likes of Nirvana, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, Afghan Whigs, Jane's Addiction, Pixies and many, many more play there. Pearl Jam at The Riverside, about a month before 'Ten' came out is still just about the best gig I've every seen, closely followed by NIN, who played to about 50 people the week they released 'Head Like A Hole'. (Very) Happy days...
Went there a month ago for a weekend, I don't think I've been anywhere where everyone's so friendly. Great indie stores, where store assistants are knowledgable and will at least make an effort to be nice. I even checked out Digital, Cluny and Academy when up there too. Everything's cheap, everything's within walking distance and geordies are the salt of the earth.
I can only presume that this thread is some sort of joke / parody.
I've been promoting in Newcastle for about two years now and have recently started full time as events manager at The End, a new 180 capacity venue in the city centre, and it is absolutely mint!
Pulled Apart By Horses
We Were Promised Jet-Packs
have all played absolutely amazing shows there since we [GET INVOLVED] started putting stuff on there at the start of the summer
and we have some fantastic stuff booked in the coming months...
including.. iLiKETRAiNS (this tuesday!), Woodpigeon, We Have Band, Baddies, Wild Beasts, We Vs The Shark, Telepathe...
for more info please have a look at:
I was going to say I've been to The End for a couple of gigs since I've been here and had a really good night :)
cheers jen! if you're at iliketrains on tuesday say hello! if no you should definitely come to our FREE christmas party on Saturday!!
details here.. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=33264654825
you should be proud. Keep up the good work!
I love Newcastle, me. Can't say much about the music scene there since I haven't spent enough time in Newcastle to get a feel for it. All I know is that there's some good gigs going on, but not nearly enough as there should be for a city of that size with the calibre of venues it has.
i like get involved, you do good work joel
how are sing shout music?
see I've been to a couple of your gigs and I do very much think you're doing a good job, does anyone there care, really? you tell me. But when i've been its not been amazing turnouts.
have you broken even/profited many times? i'm genuinely interested
im playing in newcastle tomorrow with the middle ones. at the head of steam. come along!
It used to have one of the best with amazing bands like Sefelt, www.myspace.com/sefelt, The Unit Ama, Paper Cut Out and Peace Burial at Sea, www.myspace.com, but it just fizzled out.
The Double Down boys used to put on some amazing gigs along with Mr Reeds gigs (paper chase, clinic etc).
It's not on the scale of a Manchester or a London, but Newcastle music seems pretty decent to me: there's many good venues (The Cluny, The End and Head of Steam are all great, and even the larger ones like the Academy arn't too bad...the Newcastle Student Union is pretty shite though, it must be said), there's a fair few larger and smaller touring acts coming there, and while there's certainly some absolute shite out there, I've managed to stumble upon a few pretty good local acts as well. It's certainly not perfect (speaking as an annoying studenty tosser myself, there does seem to be a divide seperating a lot of students who would be really interested in getting involved and the local scene as it stands - not sure how you go about solving that one though!), but it seems in decent enough health to me. And I can't imagine there being many other places where a band's equipment can go completely haywire (like High Places last month) or where the turnout can be as baffilingly sparse as at the HEALTH gig in May, and yet have the atmosphere remain so up-for-it.
You know, I could have sworn I had a point when I started typing...
there are the venues and some of the gigs (I still feel Newcastle could have a lot more though) but Interest seems to be the main problem