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A WEEKEND CURATED & HEADLINED BY THE UNTHANKS // 16-17TH SEPTEMBER 2016


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A WEEKEND CURATED & HEADLINED BY THE UNTHANKS // 16-17TH SEPTEMBER 2016


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WHAT IS HOME GATHERING?


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WHAT IS HOME GATHERING?


Well, its a festival curated and headlined by us, The Unthanks, in our local city of Newcastle, across two beautiful, historic venues, both a stones throw from Newcastle Central Station. We love music, and we’ve long harboured a desire to stage and programme our own festival, but we were daunted until now by the thought of how much work it must be. That is until our friends from SSD Concerts came along and made it all possible.

 

Now in its second year, Home Gathering 2016 will be everything we like about life, not just music. Our favourite local beers and food artisans, stalls with local artists and makers, surprise dance ensemble moments, and flash-mob style singing from within the crowd by our singing weekend choir. We’ll have a hand in every detail to ensure that despite our own largely miserable music, it will be a party from start to finish!

 

Musically, we’re honoured to have the sublime Richard Hawley headline the Friday night. The rest of the line-up not only reflects our tastes but our influences too - unaccompanied singing at its best from Folk Awards Best Band, The Young’uns, anarchic post rock jazz from Get The Blessing, spoken word from Liz Berry, a major neo-classical treat in a rare performance of Reich’s Different Trains, peerless maverick Richard Dawson, folk royalty in the form of the otherly Marry Waterson, those fearless musical maidens, The Moulettes, and some serious swinging and jumping from Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. We can’t wait.

There’s more still and we don’t think you’ll find a more varied bill.

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THERE'S MORE STILL....


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THERE'S MORE STILL....


What we hope most of all, is that you’ll like something you weren’t expecting to. At so many festivals these days, the poetry is in the poetry tent, the comedy is in the comedy tent, the big bands are on the big stage etc. Its great that there’s such diversity of art form and genre to be found, but we can’t help thinking that its like the live equivalent of the internet, with people gravitating to what they know they already like. We would like to see festivals curated and billed more confidently, mixing it up so that good times end up full of enriching surprises. Having covered a lot of musical ground ourselves as The Unthanks, we know we are very lucky to have an openminded and venturesome audience, ready to trust and join us on our journeys. We have treated the chance to host our own festival with the same multifarious, magpie-like approach. To paraphrase Mark Twain, it’ll be like the weather - if you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.


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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.


Whether its the easiest city break you’ve ever done, or you’re a local coming in from Percy Main, Home Gathering is a breeze. Both venues are quite literally a stones throw from Newcastle Central Station and Metro, surrounded by hotels, and with links direct to Newcastle Airport. Like us, both our venues are independent and steeped in the region’s history.

 

The Boiler Shop, NE1 3PD

- Built in 1820, an atmospheric, post-industrial space and birth place of Robert Stevenson’s rocket.

- Newly refurbed for 2016 with indoor toilets, while retaining its historic grandeur.

- Unlike some great but different events you may have attended at The Boiler Shop, the music at Home Gatherting is completely centre stage, with state of the art sound and lights inside, artisan food and stalls outside.

- Just behind Newcastle Central Station and right next to the Crown Plaza Hotel.

 

The Mining Institute, NE1 1SE

- Beautiful old building and home of the oldest professional mining association in the world.

- Intimate performances in both the stunning Lecture Theatre and ornate Library.

- Bar and pop up cafe will act as festival hub.

- Just a couple of hundred yards along from Central Station and 6 minutes walk from The Boiler Shop.

 

Hotels On The Doorstep

Being right by Newcastle Central Station, our venues are surrounded by hotels, including the Crown Plaza Hotel, The Royal Station Hotel, Jurys Inn, Sleeperz, Mercure Newcastle and Holiday Inn.