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richardawsonneww.jpg It was 100 years ago today

Sunday 11 November is the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice, and Boiler Shop in Newcastle are marking it with a weekend of exceptional live music and performance.

Oh wow. This looks like it’s going to be a weekend to really remember. It’s being curated by Boiler Shop’s Richard Clouston and Daveid Phillips along with Luke Turner, the author and editor of the highly respected website The Quietus. Proceedings will get underway on Saturday 10 November with one of the UK’s finest bands British Sea Power who will have able support from London-based experimental post-punk trio Bas Jan, who are built around the remarkable and distinctive voice and songs of multi-instrumentalist Serafina Steer.

Then – get this! – in the very early hours of Sunday 11 November, world-renowned sound recordist Chris Watson will present ‘A Nightingale on the Western Front’, a multichannel sound composition recorded in the battle sites of Flanders. This will run from 5am-7.30am on the mezzanine for a limited audience of 80 people, followed by breakfast and a Q&A session with Chris and Luke Turner, and then a very special live show from one of Newcastle’s greatest contemporary singer/songwriters, Richard Dawson (pictured).

The weekend will end in heart-stopping style with a rare live show from the legendary English folk singer Shirley Collins who won glittering praise for her last album – her first in 30 years – 2016’s brilliant ‘Lodestar’. Expect a weekend weighted with poignancy and a reflection on sacrifice, as well as some truly incredible performances.

100 Years: British Sea Power + Bas Jan, Saturday 10 November, 7pm-11pm, £18; A Nightingale on the Western Front (+ continental breakfast + Q&A + Richard Dawson), Sunday 11 November, 4am-3pm, £25.50; Richard Dawson, Sunday 11 November, 11.30am-3pm, £14; Shirley Collins, Sunday 11 November, 7pm-11pm, £14.50. Weekend tickets £70. Boiler Shop, 20 South Street, Newcastle. boilershop.net