FRESH = midweek gigs presenting fresh new music and fresh homemade food for £5 (but you have to buy them in advance online to be guaranteed food - otherwise we can't guesstimate numbers or try your luck on the door!)
Employing electroacoustic composition, with looming melodies and perverted samples to create beats of surreal humour, this is a modern take on programmed beat music. Sometimes submerging written or sung stories with soundscape pieces, Late Girl externalises cultural assumptions with a personal take and irreverent approach.
With a classical background that whispers its way into the foreground of the music, Late Girl, as an electronic project, started in July 2017 and has made a late appearance in several spaces around Newcastle, Durham and Hartlepool.
Competition is a solo music making endeavour by Newcastle based artist Craig Pollard. The songs take the form of a distinct brand of (mild) pop, thinking about smallness and vulnerability, and building hooks from within their own limited means, finding tension and arrangement(s) within sparseness and repetition. Competition played their first show at TOPH 1.0 in 2015 and has performed around the UK with people like Rattle, Calvin Johnson, Porridge Radio and Vital Idles. He plays live using sampler and voice, and ultimately wants people to have a good time.