10pm - Kathryn Williams
9pm - Pama International
Pama International is an eight-piece reggae band from the United Kingdom. They describe themselves as 'Dub Fuelled Ska Rocksteady & Reggae'. They often play with other ska, dub and reggae artists. The band takes elements from many sources to produce their sound whilst broadly staying within the reggae format.
In 2006, the band became the first new band in thirty years to sign to Trojan Records. Their earlier albums were released by Jamdown Records. The resulting release, Trojan Sessions, had a line-up of vintage ska and reggae guests including Rico Rodriguez, Dennis Alcapone, Dawn Penn, Derrick Morgan and the first recording since the 1970s from Dave and Ansel Collins.
8pm - Northern Brass Monkey Band
Northern Monkey Brass Band (formerly known as Horn Dogs) are a deeply funky collective of some of the finest drum and brass players in the North East of England. They formed at the beginning of 2009. The band have rapidly earned a reputation for lively, energetic shows featuring original music written specifically for the band, classics of the New Orleans brass band genre and well known covers in a way you’ve never heard them.
Whether they’re busking on the street, playing at festivals, parties or an intimate bar gig, Northern Monkey Brass Band show you a good time!
7pm - Jazz Riot
Ettrick Skotty Scott is a rhyming gobshite and also CEO at House of RiOT, the company behind the highly acclaimed PiPE RiOT, who the Crack magazine described as "venomous, thoughtful and very funny".
In their two-year lifespan, PiPE RiOT played at biker rallies, hardcore punk festivals, supported John Cooper Clarke, China Drum, Sleaford Mods and the Cornshed Sisters and were picked by the BBC as one of the best new comedy acts in the north east, despite them not being a comedy act at all.
His latest collaboration, JaZZ RiOT, is with Tyne Valley teenage guitar sensation Demon Dean Parker.
6pm - Jen Stevens
"Incredibly powerful and moving songs, with heart-wrenching lyrics, and an inimitably beautiful voice."
Formed in 2006 and inspired by artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Skunk Anansie and Annie Lennox, Jen Stevens & the Hiccups are an intoxicatingly original pop/rock band. A tight and solid rhythm section, beautifully crafted piano and guitar arrangements weaving around each other, and stunning vocals and harmonies.
“Powerful and creative.” – Chris Difford (Squeeze)
“Extraordinary.” – the Evening Chronicle
“Extremely heartfelt and moving with efficacious lyrics, and each song was creative, poetic and somewhat beautiful. They fused rock and blues together with jazz and pop and touching keyboard notes to create something simply intoxicating. Jen Stevens’ voice was powerful and soulful and pitch perfect right from the off.” - NE Volume
5pm - Social Room
Formed in summer 2014, the band began to hone their upbeat sounds within the four walls of windowless rehearsal spaces. Early recordings garnered local radio play on Spark FM and BBC Newcastle – which in November 14 afforded a debut gig in-front of a raucous packed out crowd at Independent, Sunderland.
Further gigs across the North East along with new recordings followed throughout 2015 - culminating in a sold-out headline show at the o2 Academy, Newcastle. Spreading their wings, the band have also played venues in Liverpool and Camden during their short existence. Best described as ‘soaring melodies underpinned by dance induced rock and roll beats.
10pm - Lightning Seeds
Frontman Ian Broudie and his band will be headlining Saturday night. You will know them from their fame, with hits including The Life of Riley, Pure, and the two times No.1 single Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home).
9pm - Nadine Shah
8pm - Hannabiell & Midnight Blue
Hannabiell & Midnight Blue is a high energy ensemble that fuses Jazz, Afro-Caribbean & Latin percussion, Afro-beat, Funk, and Reggae, a blend that creates their unique, powerful, upbeat sound that never fails to get an audience on its feet dancing. We describe the music as “Afro-psychedelic jazz-funk”. Founded by Americans Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel, they came together in Newcastle Upon Tyne where they have created a buzz performing at venues across the UK from the Sage Gateshead to Jazz Refreshed in London. Hannabiell & Midnight Blue are working on their 3rd studio album and have headlined the Manchester Jazz Festival, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Freedom Festival, Doune the Rabbit Hole, Vamos Festival, Durham International Brass Festival, Stockton Riverside Festival, and the Lindisfarne Festival. In France Hannabiell & Midnight Blue headlined Auber' Jazz Day Festival, Sunset Sunside Jazz Club, L'Alimentation Générale, Péniche Antipode, and Le Chat Noir.
7pm - Dennis
Members have played European tours, O2 Academy tours and National Brass Band competitions with previous projects, collaborating under DENNIS to create music influenced through a heritage of brass bands, workingmens clubs, pit village life and stories of the working class.
6pm - ICENI
Newcastle-based purveyors of disco-infused power pop; a trio who run almost entirely on good vibrations, epic harmonies, towering keyboard riffs and cups of tea.
An outrageously tight live act, their thunderous optimism is garnering plaudits wherever they play . With a sound that veers somewhere between Ben Folds Five and The Eels via Hiam with a touch of Kate Bush, they intend to keep writing their anti-angst anthems until such time that medical science can re animate Freddie Mercury. Then they’re gonna join Queen
Meanwhile they have released an EP, played two live sessions for BBC Introducing, supported Jamie Cullum on tour, been featured in the Guardian, been played on 6 Music and Amazing Radio, been shortlisted for Glastonbury’s emerging talent competition and played numerous festivals and events. They are currently recording their début album.
"I really like them, amazing mixture between piano rock and piano pop, its eccentric, with great harmonies, very original sounding."- Jamie Cullum
"I don’t know what to say other than my heart is enchanted. Never have I heard pop music sound this honest. 5/5” - Nerdy Frames
5pm - The Lake Poets
The Lake Poets is Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland.
Inspired by artists such as Elvis Perkins, Carole King, Villagers, Feist, Van Morrison, Fionn Regan, John Martyn, Wilco, Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful.
Described as 'Quietly Devastating', 'Accomplished and Intelligent and 'Spellbinding and Heart-breaking, Martin's music regularly silences audiences and turns heads.
4pm - The Cornshed Sisters
The Cornshed Sisters are Jennie, Cath, Liz and Marie. Four singer songwriters who weave together pop, folk, protest, ballad and gospel music into a unique and distinctively English style. Their subject matter ranges from romantic relationships (Drive the Car), motherhood (Waiting for Audreya), soothsaying (The Beekeeper), making pies out of people (Pies for the Fair) and a modern take on the brothers Grimm (Jobs for the Boys). Drawing on a palette of solo and harmony vocals, piano, guitars, ukulele and synths they convey their stories with sensitivity and humour.
Following the release of their debut album ‘Tell Tales’ they performed live sessions for Marc Riley and Radcliffe and Maconie (6music), toured the UK with The Futureheads, appeared on radio 4’s Loose ends and played Glastonbury acoustic stage in Summer 2016. Their second album has been recorded and produced by Peter Brewis at Field Music’s Studio on the banks of the river Wear and will be released by Memphis Industries in November 2017.