Whilst the end of the year is often the time where the critics turn their attention to the potential breakout artists of the coming twelve months, a trio of hotly tipped acts take to the road across the UK.
Whilst the festive season is in full swing, one label in particular rounds out their year by taking three of their emerging artists on the road. And tonight the simply titled Dirty Hit tour arrives at Think Tank in Newcastle for a sold-out show at one of the city’s favourite grassroots venues.
Oscar Lang kicks off the proceedings early in the evening. Tonight, the room is packed to the rafters from the word go. Lang’s sound traverses a wide musical landscape, from dreamy indie-pop numbers through to festival anthems and garage rock bangers with the occasional dose of funk or soul thrown in for good measure.
This evening, each of Lang’s new tracks is well received. However, the highlight comes by the way of Oscar’s festive new single – Christmas Is Home. You don’t often hear contemporary Christmas songs, especially in the indie world, but this one, in particular, seems to strike a chord with the Geordie faithful. And Lang who is sporting his finest Christmas jumper has the fans pogoing along to their heart’s content. Lang was the perfect start to the evening.
The beauty of this run is that each act brings something a bit different to the proceedings and No Rome is no exception to that rule. Rome takes the show in a completely different direction from tonight’s opener with his big beats and lyrical prowess.
The crowd are locked in from the top of the set to the infectious sounds of Do It Again. Whilst All Up In My Head is a real earworm that gets the room moving. The audience knows every word of every song and singalong wholeheartedly at the tops of their voices, to which the man himself is visibly impressed.
No Rome switches things up with Soulful RnB number Cash Money and the smooth sounds of Pink. However, it is the Filipino originating artist’s 1975 collaboration by way of Narcissist that brings the set to its explosive conclusion.
Tonight’s headliner has been receiving a lot of buzz lately, and deservedly so. Beabadoobee has an alt-rock sound that is nostalgic in places whilst at the same time it sounds fresh and new. You can immediately hear the influence of 90s guitar bands such as Sonic Youth shining through and this is certainly part of the draw.
Songs such as the shoegazzy I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus, the fast and furious If You Want To, and a beautiful airing of Coffee highlights the many facets of Bea’s artistry. Whilst set-closer She Plays Bass has more catchy hooks than a fishing tackle shop.
2019 has been somewhat of a whirlwind year for Beabadoobee. Having been nominated for the Critics Choice Award at the Brits, featured in the BBC’s Sound of 2020 list, as well as touring across the US, a bright future beckons for sure.
Dirty Hit has become a record label whose name has become synonymous with success. Bolstering a roster that has produced a whole raft of chart-topping acts such as The 1975, Pale Waves and Wolf Alice their eye for spotting and nurturing talent is unprecedented. And the label’s next crop of acts looks to follow suit.