Preview: Communion Unplugged @ Hoults Yard
By Lee Fisher on May 10, 2012 in Music
Local promoters SSD Concerts chalked up two great Ouseburn Unplugged events at the Cluny in 2010 and 2011, the latter adding acts like Ben Howard and Get Cape! Wear Cape! Fly! to the usual strong bill of local acoustic acts. For 2012, SSD have teamed up with Communion Music – the community of artists founded by, amongst others, Ben Lovett from Mumford & Sons – to stage Communion Unplugged – and have also moved along the Tyne to Warehouse 34 at Hoults Yard.
Steve from SSD says he was given free rein to put the bill together with Communion Music’s support, using the strong Communion identity to attract an impressive collection of likeminded acts and giving a push to local talent at the same time.
Split across Friday (11th) and Saturday (12th), the line-up sees some of the best acts Tyneside has to offer, headed up by some pretty serious national and international talent. Headlining Friday is emo-folkie Willy Mason, hitting the North East as part of a short run of gigs which mark the opening salvo of almost constant UK touring throughout the summer. He’s supported by hotly-tipped songwriter Lucy Rose (“one of indie music’s breakout stars for 2012”, according to.. erm.. Vogue Magazine), and a local showing from the increasingly acclaimed Lake Poets (Martin, to his mum), Natasha Haws and NARC faves Ajimal.
Saturday brings two of the Charlatans – Mark Collins and Tim Burgess (no doubt sporting the latest in a series of increasingly bizarre hairstyle decisions) – performing a special acoustic slot ahead of the imminent Telling Stories tour. Burgess is also pushing his new autobiography (also called, obviously, Telling Stories) and will be reading extracts from the book at Hoults Yard (5pm) and the Newcastle Ermerson branch of Waterstones (1pm) earlier in the day.
Joining them on the bill is Ren Harvieu (who by a strange twist of fate grew up literally doors down from Burgess on his Salford estate when she was growing up). Recovering from a crippling injury that took up much of 2011, Harvieu is definitely in the “most likely to” gang for 2012 and her appearance on this week’s Later With Igor on BBC2 won’t do her – or Communion Unplugged – any harm at all. Saturday’s bill is completed by Josh Kimru, The Jar Family, Motion Tourist and Amy Holford.
Communion Unplugged is on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are £15 per day or £25 for the weekend (the Tim Burgess reading is £5). More information available online.
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