Indie band Little Comets are over the moon after being asked to headline a North East venue’s 10th anniversary gig.
The group – made up of Jarrow brothers Rob and Mickey Coles and Washington’s Matt Hall – are to perform at the O2 Academy Newcastle is 10! concert.
The celebratory gig, on Wednesday, October 14, will also feature performances from Sunderland band Hyde and Beast, Du Blonde, Shields, and six other bands.
Bassist Matt. 28, said: “It’s great to be asked to headline, I think it shows how far we’ve come as a band in the last seven or eight years.
“I remember when the Academy opened and the Futureheads played there. They’re a local band who have gone on to do huge things so it’s amazing that we’re following in their footsteps in a way.”
Little Comets have been playing at the venue since their career began and usually make it the last venue on their tour.
Matt said: “We’ve been playing there ever since the Bridge Hotel, in Newcastle, got a bit too small for us.
“It is special to us because it’s always our hometown gig, but it can also be quite weird playing in Newcastle.
“It’s always quite bizarre looking out into the crowd and seeing familiar faces.
“Some people think that a hometown gig is a bit more relaxed, it’s the last night of the tour and you can just chill out and enjoy it, but that’s not the case at all, if anything the pressure is on even more because we want to put on a great show for our people.
“But it is great playing in Newcastle because all our friends and family are there to support us and we all go out for a drink afterwards together.”
He added: “It’s really special for us to be asked to do this gig. We want to keep the tradition of the North East music scene going and it’s great that 10 years on, the Academy is still doing that.
“We’re working on new music now, the writing never really stops, and hopefully we’ll be bringing something new out towards the end of the year.
“Having our own label now, The Smallest Label, has been a real learning curve for us, but we enjoy that, and it means we have total freedom with what we’re doing with our music. We’ve very passionate and we’d never put out something that we didn’t truly believe in.”
I remember when the Academy opened and the Futureheads played there. They’re a local band who have gone on to do huge things so it’s amazing that we’re following in their footsteps in a way.Matt Hall, Little Comets
Tickets cost £10. Doors open at 6pm. To book, go to www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 477 2000.