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Music Editorial

homegathering17.jpg Unthanks you for the music

The 3rd edition of Home Gathering - curated by The Unthanks and featuring performances by Joan As Policewoman (pictured), Beth Orton, Dutch Uncles and loads more - is setting up shop in Newcastle once again this September.

Home Gathering has swiftly established itself as a Special Event in the regional musical diary, and this year it’s getting an extra ‘Very’, for, make no mistake, the 2017 incarnation is going to be a Very Special Event indeed. The Unthanks themselves, naturally, will be cropping up in various guises over the three days: unaccompanied on the Friday night; with a full 10 piece line-up on Saturday (augmented at points by 100 singing weekenders in the audience – oh my!); and Rachel Unthank and The Winterset will perform The Bairns (their Mercury nominated album) on Sunday.

Other weekend highlights will include a rare solo performance by Joan As Policewoman; beguiling folktronica from Beth Orton; The Blockheads (Ian Dury’s band celebrating 40 years since the release of their classic New Boots and Panties album); Neville Staple, the original rude boy from The Specials; folk singer Chris Wood; and many more.

Comic royalty will also be in the house with Henry Normal (writer for Alan Partridge and The Royale Family) and Graham Fellows, the man behind John Shuttleworth and Jilted John, surfacing from behind his characters for a rare performance as himself.

It’s set to be a truly eclectic weekend – featuring children’s area, flash-mob surprises, artisan craft and food & drink stalls – and you can brush up on the full line-up by visiting the website, below.

Home Gathering, Friday 15-Sunday 17 September, Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle, 7-12pm (Friday), 2-12pm (Saturday), 11.30am-3pm (Sunday), weekend ticket £70-£8 (Friday only £27-£10, Saturday only £39-£12, Sunday only £22-£10). homegathering.co.uk