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‘Harvest From The Deep - A Festival’ is operating for the first time on North Tyneside at the wonderful theatre/artspace called The Exchange in North Shields. This former Victorian police station and magistrates court has a main auditorium with balcony seating and large screen backdrop over the stage. Stage 2 of the festival will be within the building’s adjoining bar area, and the intimate yet stately Thomas Brown Room will hold a specialised area for collectors of vinyl records and memorabilia. Food will be available at Beldons bar and via select food stalls in the courtyard, along with a selection of wines, spirits and real ales throughout.
Harvest From The Deep are extremely proud and honoured to announce that esteemed purveyors of high church amplified rock music British Sea Power have agreed to close the festival offering a relaxed and unusually serene early evening performance on Sunday August 14th with a one-off intimate showing and live soundtrack to a film which documents a magnificent celebration of the British coastline, namely From The Sea To The Land Beyond, a documentary directed by Penny Woolcock.
The world premiere of this stunning work was at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in June 2012, with British Sea Power playing the soundtrack live. It has since been performed only a handful of times by them under special circumstances such as at the BFI Southbank in London, at Latitude Festival and at Doc/Fest under the hull of the historic Cutty Sark.
British Sea Power have agreed this special performance for the north east as it is in keeping with the ethos of the festival. In fact the documentary actually features some footage shot locally in North Shields.
Also on the Sunday we have spoken word artist Matt Abbott performing a selection of his articulate street wit. Matt got great reviews at Edinburgh fringe last year, and he was featured on BBC 6 Music. He has also drawn attention and applause of comic genius Stewart Lee. The Guardian said of Matt Abbott – “For those who wish Alex Turner would speak not croak, or who long for a British Eminem without the psychotic, homicidal tendencies.”
The day prior, Saturday August 13th, sees the main auditorium holding another audio-visual feast with a krautrock and electronic infused wingding by the energetic Warm Digits, aka Steve Jefferis and Andrew Hodson. Warm Digits are the trans-pennine, krautophonic blizzard-wave duo that emerged from Newcastle Upon Tyne’s underground scene with a sound like Neu! and Cluster forming a supergroup with Giorgio Moroder, Emeralds, Kevin Shields, 70′s Eno and Keith Levene.
Co-headlining the main auditorium will be a true jewel in the crown of northeast artists. Richard Dawson is a true craftsman of rare talent, and we have borrowed this magnificently accurate quote from Matt Evans at The Quietus - “The voice of a bear smouldering on a peat fire, the words of poet, the cold-stare intensity of a lone trawlerman whose shipmates were lost to the waves, the buzzing alertness of a questing improviser, a soul as old as the landscape he sung about. Between songs, this awkward, amiable, irresistibly charming young man told stories, cracked groan-worthy gags and snacked on the petals of an unwitting chrysanthemum. I'd never seen anything like him.” [not to be missed!]
Complementing this array of talent and headlining stage 2 on the Saturday, we have Pauline Murray playing some of her superb solo compositions as well as some of the more familiar songs she has performed with her bands Penetration, and also The Invisible Girls.
Other bands/artists on the weekend bill include …
- The Middens - Nev Clay - Rivers & Satellites - St James Infirmary - The Pale White
… And with more still to be announced, the festival is set to inject new life into the recently reopened and regenerated Exchange building.
Harvest from The Deep started life as a ‘print only’ magazine which touches on various aspects of what makes the working man tick. Music, art, fashion, sport and culture. It sold out its first publication of 500 individually named copies soon after release in May 2015, and the second is selling rapidly. The name Harvest From The Deep is a translation of the Latin phrase Messis Ab Altis which used to adorn the borough of Tynemouth coat of arms. The name is derived from the fact that the community at the mouth of the Tyne was built and survived on harvesting from the land (mining) and the sea (fishing, shipbuilding).
The magazine has featured or interviewed various musicians and bands including British Sea Power, Sleaford Mods, The Angelic Upstarts and local upcoming band named after a set of deadly rocks that lie between North Shields and Tynemouth – ‘The Middens’.
Harvest From The Deep has given over £1000 to good causes from the first two publications, so it has decided to offer a celebration of its early success with a festival of music and entertainment.