For North East music fans seeking some late summer fun it’s worth checking out Lisbon this weekend. And you won’t even need your passport.
The fast-rising Whitley Bay alt pop quartet named after Portugal’s capital city top Saturday’s bill at The Boiler Shop Summertime festival – a Newcastle-based event celebrating the best in live music, good food and real ale.
More than 10 bands have been lined up to play the impressive birthplace of Robert Stephenson’s Rocket, behind the Central Station, across the weekend.
And Lisbon’s frontman Matthew Varty revealed their show kicks off a hectic autumn of touring and recording with the Radio One favourites set to build on the momentum of critically acclaimed first single Blue Love.
“We were offered the chance to play The Boiler Shop Summertime about a month ago and it’s a great opportunity for us,” said the singer. “We’re in the middle of recording an EP and things are pretty busy for us right now but we love gigging.
“We’re putting together the new music in Newcastle, North Shields, Whitley Bay and London! The plan is to record and release the EP and then release a new single each month over the course of the next four to five months.
“There’s also a tour to fit in with Eliza And The Bear – we have eight dates in October – and on October 25 we’re headlining the Riverside in Newcastle. This weekend is the start of a crazy couple of months.”
Varty, like band mate Gaz Turkington, will also start his second year at Northumbria University next month and the Journalism undergraduate added: “The band is my main focus right now but I’ve always loved writing. I’m trying to combine both.”
Varty may be tempted to cast a critical eye over Sunday headliners The Temperance Movement with the Anglo-Scottish troupe fresh from appearances at the 2014 Download Festival and slots opening up for The Rolling Stones.
The band’s self-titled debut has just been nominated for Classic Rock Magazine’s 2014 Album of the Year and their appearance at The Boiler Shop represents a huge coup for promoter Steve Davis.
“I brought The Temperance Movement to Hoult’s Yard in Newcastle last summer when they were relatively unknown,” explained the man behind North East live music collective Think Tank. “In the space of 12 months they’ve broken through in a big way but the guys love playing Newcastle.”
Another performer who loves playing Newcastle is County Durham’s award-winning singer songwriter Peter Shoulder. Taking a break from fronting blues rockers The Union, the local hero will warm up the crowd ahead of The Temperance Movement’s festival-closing set and promote debut solo album Feathers And Rain.
“Peter and The Temperance Movement’s singer Phil Campbell boast two of the best voices in rock right now,” added Davis. “Hearing them back to back will be the perfect way to close the festival.”
The Boiler Shop Summertime festival runs from 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets visit www.seetickets.com