Matthew Donnachie

COMING UP: Evo Emerging 2015

COMING UP: Evo Emerging 2015

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Saturday 23th May Evolution Emerging takes over Ouseburn with 40 different bands and musicians performing at the 9 different venues, including The Cluny, The Tanners and Retreat. All these local acts from the North East will attract huge masses of fans to the music event which this year will have been running for 7 years. Evolution Emerging […]

 James Stevenson

Evolution Emerging: “Playing live is crucial to an artist’s development and events like this can make a real difference.”

Evolution Emerging: “Playing live is crucial to an artist’s development and events like this can make a real difference.”

It has been a disheartening year for music festivals in the North East with the cancellation of three of the region’s festivals in Split, Evolution and Stockton Weekender. While the region did gain the BBC Radio 6 Festival in Tyneside it was a bittersweet moment; it was a resounding success but it was always a […]

 Matthew Donnachie

Your guide to Evo Emerging 2015

Your guide to Evo Emerging 2015

On Saturday 23th May Evolution Emerging takes over Ouseburn with 40 different bands and musicians performing at the 9 different venues, including The Cluny, The Tanners and Retreat. All these local acts from the North East will attract huge masses of fans to the music event which this year will have been running for 7 years. Evolution Emerging […]

 Andrew Sandelands

Interview: Marsicans on supporting Lisbon, touring and Twitter jokes

“Summer in a can,” is how Marsicans’ bassist and vocalist Rob Brander describes their latest single Gone in a Second and his depiction could be an accurate representation of the band as a whole. Relaxed and in colourful shirts, the quartet lounge around the table, beer in hand, and talk freely, comfortable in each other’s […]

 Andrew Sandelands

Review: Lisbon at Think Tank

Review: Lisbon at Think Tank

Whitley Bay band Lisbon’s new single I Don’t Know might suggest they don’t know where they are going but if their packed out Think Tank gig is anything to go by they are definitely going somewhere big. Their infectious, upbeat alt-pop band had the Newcastle crowd bouncing in support and admiration for their music, having had […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Lisbon unleash new Life Is Good single at first o2 Academy headline gig

Lisbon unleash new Life Is Good single at first o2 Academy headline gig

It’s a rarity that I miss a gig from Whitley Bay’s Lisbon. The band fronted by Matthew Varty, are, in my opinion, the most promising, up-and-coming act coming from the North East right now. And, their meteoric rise to relative success in the past twelve months has been a pleasure to watch. So, the news […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Lisbon to headline first o2 Academy Newcastle gig

Lisbon to headline first o2 Academy Newcastle gig

With 2014 being full of highs for Whitley Bay’s Lisbon, the lads look likely to top the past twelve months with the release of their Life Is Good EP, supporting Little Comets on their upcoming tour and headlining their first gig in Newcastle’s o2 Academy. Having started 2015 recording in Rockfield Studios, previously used by […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Review: Saint Motel @ Think Tank – American imports outshone by local talent

Review: Saint Motel @ Think Tank – American imports outshone by local talent

Heading into Think Tank, the dedicated gig space tucked to the side of Newcastle’s super-club Digital, I was expecting a night consisting of two elongated sets from one of my favourite regional bands, and the creators of my new favourite EP. Instead of simply, Lisbon supporting Saint Motel for a night plastered with intoxicating, up-beat […]

 

Lisbon – Native: The hometown anthem Whitley Bay has been waiting for

Lisbon – Native: The hometown anthem Whitley Bay has been waiting for

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZGULuu1KOE] When you take the time to realise that Lisbon, a humble aqua-funk indie-pop band from Whitley Bay, have been able to maintain a marvellous measure of relevance for an entire year off the back of only three singles, it really puts it into perspective how special the quartet are. The fact they need […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Saint Motel to play Think Tank supported by Lisbon

Saint Motel to play Think Tank supported by Lisbon

Following the placement of their breakthrough single My Type on FIFA 15, Boardwalk Empire and a Phones4U advert, as well as the single charting in a number of countries, the Californian group Saint Motel are about to embark on an exciting tour of Europe’s finest cities. One stop on their journey to introduce their incredible […]