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Music Editorial

crossingsband19.jpg Celebrating Refugee Week

The truly outstanding The Crossings Band, made up of a mix of refugee and local musicians, are playing the Gosforth Civic Theatre in June.

Oh man! This is going to be some night! Because it’s not just about The Crossings Band and their party-starting tunes. There is also a full bill that’s bursting with some of the best artists currently working in the region today. I’m talking about Portraits, fronted by Georgia May, who we featured in the magazine a couple of months ago. She has one of the most soulful voices in the north-east and will absolutely slay you. Also playing are Radikal Queen who play an intoxicating blend of everything from neo-dub to nu-funk to afro-jazz. Among their ranks they have Ojay on bass, who you may have seen busking around Newcastle and stopping shoppers in their tracks. Collective Identity are an exciting collective of reggae, hip-hop and grime artists featuring Kema Kay, star of ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Add in Kay Greyson (a superb rapper) and Tahmina Arts (unmissable spoken word poet) and you’re looking at The Gig of the Month. I’m calling it!

Crossings Band Refugee Week Celebration, Saturday 22 June, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle, 8pm, £10 (asylum seekers & refugees free). gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk