Run on tea and vibrations


One band taking the stage at Northumberland Live later this month and which has won over the toughest of critics is Newcastle-based ICENI.

The all-female trio, who apparently run almost entirely on good vibrations and cups of tea, are among the host of acts coming to Blyth Beach on the August Bank Holiday Saturday, for the free music festival which is headlined by chart toppers The Christians.

In July 2013, ICENI released their debut self-titled EP, described as ‘a vocal delight’.

These vocals are used effectively to deliver some well-written lyrics which at times have such a catchy feel that you can’t help singing along with the choruses.

Musically the keyboard/piano takes centre stage with the vocals, as it drives the band’s overall sound. These elements may be the focal points to the music, but the rest of the band are integral and it’s a real group effort.

Their sound has been described as ‘a deliciously disorienting vocal mix; one minute you feel compelled to walk into the ocean and command the waves and the next, to finish your sandcastle and buy an ice-cream’.

As well as the musical acts taking to the stage at Northumberland Live there will be host of other attractions to keep festival goers entertained, from the best of Northumberland food to street theatre.

The action kicks off at noon and runs until 8pm and is completely free.

Visitors are being asked to walk or cycle to the event to prevent traffic problems. However a park-and-ride service is being set up and car parks will be open.

There is still time to sign up to the Northumberland Live VIP Club via the website and be entered into a prize draw for some great prizes on the day.