Forever underestimated, Newcastle’s thriving electronic music scene comes up trumps again with brand new festival, Warmer Days. Brought to fruition by some of the cities most well-regarded promoters, the festival brings together a selection of world renowned, Disco, House and Techno artists. Slowly gaining a reputation for the energy of its crowds, Newcastle has won the hearts of many DJ’s invited to play there. With no shortage of impressive bookings, the city has yet another instalment of musical excellence with the first edition of Warmer Days, launching yesterday.
Running over two days, the festival is split across two venues. The Boilershop hosts early evening performances, before World Headquarters (the epitome of Newcastle’s music landscape) opens its doors for dancers to party on into the early hours. It has been a long-time coming for Newcastle, an event of such epic proportions with a rarely seen 5 a.m. license.
It has been a year of rarities for Newcastle, seeing a strain of Detroit-fever sweeping parties across the city, with the likes of Omar-S, Robert Hood, Juan Atkins, Octave One and DJ Bone welcomed to various booths in the area. Undoubtedly, Newcastle dancers have been spoilt with such a wide selection of rich talent coming to play. However, it seems the good times keep on rolling with the cracking line-up of artists billed to perform at Warmer Days.
Kicking off yesterday, Bristolian darling, Shanti Celeste warmed up the floor, right before Rush Hour’s, Hunee, takes to the helm once again after many previous appearances for Newcastle’s very own, Reasons To Be Cheerful. The afterparty brought together rising stars, Avalon Emerson and Peach, for their Newcastle debuts, alongside Crazy P and Mella Dee.
Tonight sees a massive first for such a small city, with the legendary, Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers performing live at the Boilershop, as the headliner of Day 2. Heading up the afterparty, acid-duo Paranoid London, Rush Hour affiliate, Tom Trago, as well as sweethearts, Leon Vynehall and Soichi Terada (Live).
Aside of big names, Warmer Days has remained extra-humble with a real focus on showcasing Newcastle’s wide range of upcoming talent. Well-known local DJ’s and promoters from around the city have been invited to play such as Quest808, Lost In Liberty, Reasons To Be Cheerful and WIRE Ncl. After running a DJ competition for the closing set lastnight – special congratulations are due to rising star, DIZ, who took to the decks after Yorkshireman, Mella Dee. DIZ has been bubbling up the ranks slowly but surely, having recently set up local radio station, Slink, his contribution to Newcastle’s scene keeps on giving; keep your eye on this one for the future.
Carefully curated with nothing but passion for great music and real vibes at its core, Warmer Day’s Newcastle promises to be something very special. With such a very apt moto that speaks volumes for what dancers should expect “The best things in life aren’t things”.
Warmer Days Festival takes place 5-6 June at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle.
Words: Sophie Mcnulty