The Boiler Shop Summertime at Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop, Newcastle on 30th-31st August 2014


So, it seems the sun is setting on the summer season; the heatwaves ( floods) are gone and the seasonal blues are doing their best to creep back through our doors. But don’t despair my music loving comrades, there’s always room for one last huzzah to see off summer in style. It seems SSD Concerts and Generator have teamed up to present Boilershop Summertime, a real ale soaked weekend of fine food, plenty of drink and some of the finest live music around. What more could you want?

Stretching over the weekend to ensure Newcastle’s music lovers get every last drop of summer air, Boilershop Summertime is taking off on August 30th with an exciting burst of local talent. Headlining Saturday night – the Generator portion of the event – is Lisbon; an energetic four piece from Whitley bay whose indie pop stylings have conquered the mighty Radio 1 with their track ‘Blue Love’ gaining the coveted Track of the Week spot in March. Their captivating chorus’ and hooky guitar riffs are set to kick the Boilershop weekender off to the lively start it deserves. Here’s a look at their new video for ‘Rio’:

Next up, washing over the Summertime crowd is the enchanting sound of the ever-expanding Symphonic Pictures, boasting an eclectic style laden with wavy guitars and far-away vocals – A change in pace from up-beat indie to bitter-sweet melody which is to be greatly anticipated.

Also taking to the Summertime stage on Saturday will be the troublesome two Gallery Circus, Newcastle bred brothers with a tight performance that never fails to impress and Newcastle University’s fresh faced singer-songwriter Mat Hunsley.

Sunday night’s entertainment hosted by SSD Concerts, boasts a band that have the impending privilege to support rock and roll royalty The Rolling Stones on their upcoming tour. The blues rock force of The Temperance Movement will be stepping onto the Boilershop stage, unleashing wailing guitars and a growling vocal which cannot be ignored. With a sound that perpetuates hot summer heat through its sheer intensity, The Temperance Movement are set to be one performance which is not to be missed while standing in a queue – no matter how god damn delicious the trader’s food smells!

Also set to bust the Sunday summer blues are local indie folk aficionados Lilliput; a Sunderland based five-piece who have been gaining support from NME Magazine. Get down and marvel in their sweet harmonies – the perfect soundtrack to the last night of summer.

Summertime Sunday also welcomes the company of ex-Winterville front man Peter Shoulder, whose debut solo album’s creation is underway, as well as plenty more North-East talent from the likes of Kosoti and Kobadelta.

With an unmissable weekend lined up and the ever-growing popularity of the Boilershop Steamer events, anyone wishing to live out the last nights of summer with this beautifully assembled sound track better hurry and get yourself a ticket; just like summer, they won’t last long!

Previewer: Dominique Daly

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