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Hope Lynes presents: More Than Music - August 22

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North East Women In Soul Music (NEWISM) aims to provide a platform for the rising female neo-soul talent emerging in the North East. Founded by Georgia May, Frankie Jobling, Kate Bond and Karla Farrar (aka FALLU), the group has become a space for the North East’s soulful women to support, promote and encourage each other. The core of NEWISM is in the ‘NE’ premise; the region’s neo-soul scene has come under increasing focus over the last couple of years, thanks in part to artists like Georgia Ma


Following their debut album Late In The Day in 2020, the line-up of Sunderland alt. rock band Cazimi has reshuffled somewhat, with Gary Binns on drums and Kev Melling on bass joining guitarist Jim McCulloch and lead vocalist and guitarist Ian Hedley. The band note that while there haven’t been major changes musically, the make-up of the band has very much determined their direction. Ian described the production process: “I write the songs, take them along to the band and depending on who’s in t


Hope Lynes talks to Dream Wife’s Rakel Mjöll about finally getting to tour their second album, working with a talented female-led team and why activism is so important to their sound Brighton punk rockers Dream Wife have a clear manifesto when it comes to their music and live shows. Highly outspoken, with an activism streak which perfectly suits their forthright sound, vocalist Rakel Mjöll insists their forthcoming tour – which drops in at Newcastle University Students’ Union on Sunday 1st May


HOPE LYNES SPEAKS TO THE TEESSIDE FOUR-PIECE ABOUT THEIR DEBUT EP, LOCKDOWN RECORDING AND THEIR COLLABORATION WITH STUDENT FILM-MAKERS Teesside-based four-piece Cigar Cigar release their debut LP, The Edge Of The Conversation, this month, a 12-track record which has taken 18 long months for its members to produce. The album’s soundscape is a nostalgic one, blending across the rock genres to encapsulate many inspirations. Singer and guitarist Russell Smith explains how his inspirations changed


HOPE LYNES SPEAKS TO RISING STAR TOM A SMITH ABOUT HIS DEBUT EP The rise of Tom A Smith has been nothing but incredible. Armed with a backlog of covers, the Sunderland sensation played his first gig aged eight, and became Kendal Calling’s youngest ever performer (under the moniker of Tom ‘Mouse’ Smith). Now at seventeen, freshly and more maturely re-christened, the performer is ready to show the world what he’s capable of on his debut EP. With a newfound confidence and maturity to his sound, t


HOPE LYNES SPEAKS TO NEO-SOUL ARTIST KATE BOND ABOUT HER UPCOMING SINGLE, FEMINISM IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND HER CAREER SO FAR “This first EP is very political. It’s how I write the best. I can write love songs, but they always tend to call [men] misogynists.” Bradford-via-Newcastle songwriter Kate Bond takes the melodic groove of Amy Winehouse and makes it her own, with forcefully moving vocals and powerful feminist tracks that tell of her experiences. “Feminism has accidentally become my brand."
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