Let the sunlight in
First up, Sunlightsquare, the band, play the kind of intoxicating Latino tinged soul that will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up and going “Woo! Woo! Woo!” Sunlightsquare, the live DJ set experience meanwhile, sees Claudio transforming the power of a 12-piece band into a hot and sweaty, and very danceable, one-man-show. He’s not just content to slap on a few records and then go for a crafty fag in the back; he’s remixing on the spot, adding sound effects – such as drums and percussion – while also playing live piano. Combining well-known classics with groovesome house, Latin and soul, he literally tears up the rule book and literally scatters it all over the dancefloor like confetti (note: not literally).
Sunlightsquare, Saturday 20 May, Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, doors 7pm (stage 9.30pm), free before 10pm then £5. hoochiecoochie.co.uk