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The Avelons at The Cluny 2

For bands still relatively new to the live music scene, it can be incredibly daunting selling out an intimate venue like The Cluny 2. With no established identity to hide behind, it’s the ultimate chance to show the audience a band’s authentic personality. As the gig began with the audience looking up to see the band lowering down their flag from the balcony, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a problem for The Avelons. The Forest Hall based alternative indie band entered the North East music scene back in 2021, and have gone from strength to strength ever since, spreading the same rowdy atmosphere everywhere they play. From loss and love, to pints and fights on the 55 bus, The Avelons covered it all, and whilst some songs felt so intimate, they still managed to keep the same vigour that made you want to keep dancing. A personal favourite was their newest single ‘ Rolling Down The Rising Sun’ it felt like the vocals and the music behind them worked in sync perfectly, which culminated in a sound reminiscent of the likes of The Foo Fighters and Gerry Cinnamon. The gig concluded with an exciting cover of T.Rex’s ‘Hot Love’ met with the crowd singing along, dancing in circles, spilling pints and front man Jack Oldham diving into the crowd. If that isn’t the sign of a successful headline gig, then I’m not sure what is. With a new song ‘Sixteenth’ coming out in the new year guaranteed to be a belter and venues getting bigger , busier and louder, it’s clear to see that 2023 will some exciting things for The Avelons’ Jack, Aaron, Dylan and James, proving once again how talented The North East is.

Imogen Mole