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5 Things To Do...In The North East This Xmas
If you're looking for some inspiration this festive season, here's Crackle's picks of 5 things to do in the North East that will feed all of your festive and musical desires.
Apparently we should "expect a set of Etienne classics (some not played for a long time), festive favourites and even a new song or two". What more could you ask for? Well they've thrown in local electro-heroes Warm Digits as a support act for a start.
One of those festive favourites that St Etienne are promising is probably "I Was Born On Christmas Day" which featured an insanely young looking (and Brunette) Tim Burgess from The Charlatans. We've all grown up a bit since then, but The Charlatans have had a vintage year (against some pretty heartbreaking odds), releasing a much lauded new album and playing blistering sets at Glastonbury, Latitude and 6music festival. This should be a thoroughly feelgood end to the year. Support comes from Frankie & The Heartstrings, speaking of which...
This record shop and Sunderland institution was set up by Frankie and the Heartstrings and sadly lost its premises in June, but thanks to a hugely successful kickstarter campaign, the shop has re-opened its doors in a new location. Pop Recs 2.0 is now up and running from 27 Stockton Road and it's not just a shop, its also a cafe, art space and it does a huge amount for the local community. Pop in for some xmas record shopping, stay for some cake.
This one's arguably as much about the venue as it is about the artist. Probably Newcastle's premier "hidden gem", The Mining Institute is as cosy and intimate as it gets. As for Euros, well he's in fine form at the moment and the poppy vibe of his latest album Sweetheart should have all the ingredients of a textbook Christmas knees-up.
"Black Friday" can mean only one thing to the residents of Teesside: Idiot Savant's long running Christmas spectacular. This Teesside super-group is usually a mix of Idiot Savant, By Toutatis, Year of Birds and Kingsley Chapman & The Murder and you can expect a festive mix of darkness, chaos and unbridled drunken joy from their ever growing repertoire of Christmas covers. Support comes from Avalanche Party and The Golden Age of Nothing.