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Funeral For A Friend

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RADSTOCK @ O2 ACADEMY
Words: Linsey Teggert Every music fan loves a festival, but here in good ‘ole Blighty with our delightful climate, we’re often at the mercy of some pretty dismal weather. British festivals and wellies are synonymous with one another, and while it’s all part and parcel of the experience, it can be pretty hard work. And don’t even get me started on festival toilets - I’ve seen even the toughest metal heads retch at the horror. So North East rockers will be pleased to know that not only does Radstock feature an impressive line-up, but there’s no need for wellies as it all takes place indoors! Radstock, the UK’s newest one-day festival will take over the O2 Academy, Newcastle on Sunday 30th March for a whopping ten hours with 24 bands gracing the stages. Headlining the festival are Welsh screamo pioneers and veterans Funeral For A Friend, and joining them are fellow Welsh pop-punkers Kids In Glass Houses, Scottish post-hardcore purveyors Yashin and the ferocious Feed The Rhino. A whole host of rock talent completes the line-up, from Fearless Vampire Killers to Canterbury, and there’s also a bunch of acts to watch out for in 2014, including local lads Boy Jumps Ship. Radstock takes place at the O2 Academy, Newcastle on Sunday 30th March. www.radstockfestival.co.uk

– Luke Sital-Singh, Eliza & The Bear, Farewell J.R and Annie Eve – and will visit The Cluny in Newcastle on Monday 3rd March. The New Faces tour follows on from the influential New Faces compilation album and subsequent New Faces EP series, released in conjunction with XFM. Headliner Luke Sital-Singh’s music has drawn comparisons with the likes of Bon Iver and Jeff Buckley thanks to his delicate voice and enticing melodies; Eliza & The Bear have garnered considerable praise for their excitable indie pop; and the exquisite chamber pop of Farewell J.R is sure to incite goosebumps. Singer-songwriter Annie Eve’s soulful vocal and quirky arrangements will be the perfect opener for this line-up of talented songwriters and musicians. If you’re interested in catching new music on the up, then you’re a lucky pup, this gig’s for you! Luke Sital-Singh, Eliza & The Bear, Farewell J.R and Annie Eve play The Cluny, Newcastle on Monday 3rd March. www.communionmusic.co.uk

Disjunction’s Tim Smith is cautiously optimistic about the electronic and alternative music scene in the North East, but says that more could be done to uncover hidden talent. With a further gig at the Star & Shadow Cinema on Friday 11th April also in the pipeline, headlined by The Legendary Pink Dots, this collective’s cross-genre events are certainly worth a visit. Karen Gwyer, Other Fires, Wilt Wagner and Red Pools play The Lit & Phil, Newcastle on Saturday 29th March. www.karengwyer.com

CECILIA STENBOM
STEPHANIE OSWALD CHATS WITH SWEDISH ARTIST AND FILMMAKER CECILIA STENBOM ABOUT WHY SHE THINKS NEWCASTLE CONSISTENTLY PRODUCES WORLD CLASS WORK I’M REALLY INTERESTED IN HOW WE, AS SMALL HUMAN BEINGS, STAND AGAINST THE OVERFLOW OF MASS MEDIA THAT SURROUNDS US, AND AT HOW THIS INFORMATION-SATURATED WORLD ALTERS OUR BEHAVIOUR, OUR THOUGHTS, OUR ASPIRATIONS AND DESIRES
Cecilia Stenbom is a Swedish artist who’s lived in the North East for nine years. She’s been working as a visual artist for 10 years, and started making narrative short films four years ago. Her second short, The Case, premiered at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in September 2013, was selected by the London and Glasgow short film festivals, and screened at the very prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival. I met with her while she was filming on location in Newcastle’s Eldon Gardens to find out about her current project, System, and about what she thinks of the North East. “For this project, I was interested in looking at how people behave in public spaces and at what might make them nervous about such spaces. Do people feel safer with security cameras around, or do they feel threatened by them? How do they behave in public toilets?” She says. “People seem to have two types of anxieties: either to do with personal safety – fear of crime, lost property – or to do with hygiene and the fear of infections. The film is structured around two sisters who correspond to these two types of anxieties.” It seems there’s a common theme to a lot of Cecilia’s projects: “Ever since I started making work 10 years ago, I’ve always been obsessing over the same things. I’m really interested in how we, as small human beings, stand against the overflow of mass media that surrounds us, and at how this information-saturated world alters our behaviour, our thoughts, our aspirations and desires.” Exposing rather personal ideas and fears can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it seems Cecilia handles the lack of control pretty well. “Of course it’s terrifying. It’s very hard when things are not going so well, when someone writes something negative about your work. But as an artist, being rejected is part of the job. Some artists can’t take it – they either become severe alcoholics, or they stop practicing!” She jokes. “Also, the financial return of working as an artist is often very modest. But despite the difficulties, the only reason

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KAREN GWYER @ THE LIT & PHIL
Words: Anton Jidkov Saturday 29th March will see Disjunctions host their first event at Newcastle’s Lit & Phil. Showcasing a range of talent from the North East collective as well as special guests including Karen Gwyer, Other Fires, Wilt Wagner and Red Pools, the night’s aim is to bring something new to Newcastle’s music scene and to support home grown talent. The collective plan to make each event unique and this gig will focus on dark and thoughtful electronic music. All the artists will be playing solo which, coupled with the choice of venue, should make for an intimate evening. Headliner Karen Gwyer released her debut album, Needs Continuum, in 2013 on influential label No Pain In Pop. If her album is anything to go by, expect brooding, cyclical rhythms and disorientating disequilibria. Other Fires, part of the Disjunctions collective, only debuted on the live scene in 2013, creating deeply personal and intense electronic music with songs that are constantly evolving, providing thick and deeply layered walls of sound, it’ll be a highly anticipated performance. Semi-improved Wilt Wagner presents poetic and hypnotic sounds while Red Pools’ deranged electro-clang will please fans of murky sonic soundscapes. Karen Gwyer

PENETRATION LOCAL GIGS
Previous NARC. cover star and all-round musical inspiration Pauline Murray dons her punk hat (actually, we don’t think she wears one, but you get the drift) to bring Penetration back to the North East on their UK tour, taking in The Cluny in Newcastle on Saturday 8th and Georgian Theatre in Stockton on Saturday 29th March. The Durham-based punk band formed in 1976, inspired by the first wave of British punk bands like the Sex Pistols. The band enjoyed critical acclaim for several singles as well as their debut album, Moving Targets, released in 1978 on Virgin. Having reformed in 2001, Pauline is joined by a revamped line-up and fans can expect to hear a host of songs from their heyday as well as new favourites. Support band Nancy Bone promise to unleash a set of songs from 1977 while cake and prizes are also promised as it’s Pauline’s birthday (not a big one, she assures us). Penetration play The Cluny, Newcastle on Saturday 8th and Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Saturday 29th March. www.loversofoutrage.com

why I’m doing it is that there’s absolutely nothing else that I want to do, and that that’s who I am.” So why did she choose to base her work in the North East? “I’ve lived in the North East for nine years now. The great thing about living in the North East for me is that I can survive on much lower overheads, which enables me to have more time to develop what I do. The fact that I can get a studio at Newbridge, in the city centre, where I can get to easily, is an amazing luxury. Also, the art and film communities here are fairly small, but within them, there is world class work being made.” I leave Cecilia as she goes to shoot her next scene – she probably hasn’t slept very well for a few weeks, she has to manage a whole 16-people crew for the shoot, and she has a couple of late nights filming ahead of her, but she seems happy and buzzing, doing what she loves. System will be shown in Aberdeen later this year. Cecilia Stenbom is currently working on a solo exhibition of her work, due to be shown at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead in the summer. www.ceciliastenbom.se

Luke Sital Singh

NEW FACES TOUR @ THE CLUNY
Promoters Communion Music have more than proved they’re pretty good at spotting top talent. Having brought the likes of Willy Mason, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Daughter and Deap Vally to the North East in recent months, their latest tour features four highly tipped bands

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