The Rookery Music Collective. Newcastle Castle. 28.9.19

For things to become bearable again the world needs reframing; it needs a new breed of creatives with ballsy ideas and ferocious spirits.  Things won’t change with another Academy tour from a past their prime reformed indie band.  Taking part responsibility for these new ideas, local promoters The Rookery build on their recent successes with a superb after-hours event in an original and interesting venue.  Played out in the Dungeon, Entrance, and Main Hall of Newcastle’s Castle, The Rookery provide an inspiring showcase for four beautifully talented acts; each with enough attitude to kick the jams out of the current climate.  Autumnal sounding Jen Stevens, accompanied only by piano keys, kicks the night off with emotive, introspective, soul.  Jazzy and bluesy in places, it’s ‘I hope you’re happy’ which steals a terrific set.  A darker dungeon setting provides a perfect environment for 2 piece garage/punk upstarts Palm Beach x and tonight’s standout’s Sing Again Syren who absolutely destroy the venue with classic rock grooves and guitar solos.  Bringing the curtains down on the evening, Velvet Shakes, finish things off with the type of psychedelic disco sounds that stick two fingers up at the old and welcome in the new.  We need more from The Rookery and these fine acts. 

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