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BLOOMIN’ champion!” That’s how Dan Greener describes his band’s biggest Tyneside gig to date.

A North East band will be helping raise funds for a good cause next month. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details.

BLOOMIN’ champion!” That’s how Dan Greener describes his band’s biggest Tyneside gig to date.

The Toy Guns frontman is talking about the band’s appearance at The Sage Gateshead next month to help raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

While a host of well-established stars will be in the venue’s Hall One on September 22, next door in Hall Two a host of upcoming acts will be showing their worth.

Included in the line-up will be The Toy Guns, who hail from Newcastle and include an Italian and a Finn in their ranks.

The band has recently taken the airwaves by storm, nabbing Zane Lowe’s Fresh Meat title on Radio 1 on the way, with a punk/ska-influenced sound – and both Suggs and Jerry Dammers are fans.

They have just signed a deal to Regal Recordings alongside Lily Allen and Babyshambles which will see them release their debut single, a double A-side on Monday.

Playing on home turf for a cause like TCT Newcastle for frontman Dan and bassist Ross is “bloomin’ champion”, as the former puts it, and will complete a summer of touring that has seen the band play a string of university dates in support of Love Music Hate Racism alongside Babyshambles and The View and London’s Proud Camden.

The Toy Guns are now based in Bethnal Green, and Dan needs no excuse to play on his beloved Tyneside.

“I now live in the East End of London but it actually reminds me a lot of Newcastle and I have a few Geordie friends down here,” he says.

“We’ve played a couple of gigs back home, at The Cooperage and last weekend at the Cluny, which was great. And playing The Sage, and for such a good cause too, is something we’re really looking forward to.”

Dan hails from Cramlington and moved South several years ago. The Toy Guns have been around for about three years and signed their record deal in March this year. “The single’s out on Monday so it’s been a busy, but great, six months for us,” says Dan.

Tales of scuffles with the boys in blue, women you never see again and scrapes with the Spanish authorities combined with a driving rhythm section with melodic lead and tight vocals make The Toy Guns a live band to catch, if you can.

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