One day! Five bands!
And it’s all taking place at Brinkburn Brewery’s wonderful Maling Hall space in Ouseburn Valley with the years being rolled back in real style with a cracking line-up of acts who put the emphasis on thrilling live shows. We’re talking about the likes of The Pre-Amps (pictured), a mod-influenced pop/rock band who specialise in 1960s covers that niftily take in surf-style harmonies. The line-up also includes The Suspect Device, a three-piece punk/oi band who knock-out classics from the likes of Buzzcocks, Bauhaus, The Sex Pistols, UK Subs and more. I’m particularly excited to see Mad Manners, the one-man tribute to the music of Madness, Bad Manners and The Specials with vocals from the ex-Skatoons and Gangsters of Ska frontman. The line-up will be completed by Diamond Dogs, hitting you up with plenty of classic 70s tunes, and SkaMania, an exuberant seven-piece who play authentic ska sounds from the early days of Prince Buster right up to the nutty sounds of Madness and The Specials. All this AND some of the best beer you’ll find anywhere in the north? Sold!
Brinkburn St Old Skool Music Festival, Saturday 7 September, Brinkburn Brewery, Ford Street, Newcastle, 3pm-11pm, £10. brinkburnbrewery.co.uk