Barca on Tyne
First up is one of house music’s most important founding fathers in the shape of Marshall Jefferson (pictured). A key player in the Chicago scene from the very start his releases, including the timeless classic ‘Move Your Body’, helped define the whole era. He will be supported by Shovell, Barca’s resident percussionist. The following night will see Rob da Bank taking to the decks with Purple Rave, his homage to Prince, a night dedicated to the star and the artists he inspired. The closing night of the festival will see Steve Lamacq going through his paces. One of the best known names among indie fans, Steve is celebrating 30 years in the biz, a journey which has seen him moving from the NME to radio shows with both Radio 1 and BBC6 Music. My advice: See all three.
Marshall Jefferson & Shovell, Friday 12 July, 8pm-1am; Rob da Bank, Saturday 12 July, 8pm-1am; Steve Lamacq, Sunday 14 July, 6pm-12pm. £20 each night. Barca, Front Street, Tynemouth. skiddle.com