It was the annual Newcastle/Gateshead Late Shows last weekend. On the Friday & Saturday nights a wide range of venues threw open their doors at a time when they would normally be closed, to offer a wide range of events, music, crafts for this free cultural crawl.
Last year I was at the now defunct Art Works Galleries, this year I spent the Saturday night at The Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead for their old school summer fete! There were gorgeous cupcakes and brownies by my fellow mafia members Pet Lamb Patisserie (totally yum!) http://www.facebook.com/Petlambpatisserie
I was also highly amused by the Human Fruit Machine- this consisted of 3 people, a sack of fake fruit which they blindly rummaged round in until at the same time, they pulled out a piece of fruit! 3 of the same fruit won you erm, a piece of fruit! Loved the idea though! Would love to see this being played down the Bigg Market at the weekend!
There was music provided by "The Kentucky Cow Tippers" Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/tkct
They are a 5 piece bluegrass, country, folk group from Gateshead. And I doubt any of them are over 20 years of age! It was amazing to see them play the non-mainstream instruments they do, where do you even go about learning around these parts?!
I loved them, was in awe of what they're achieving when most kids their age are out boozing & causing anti-social behaviour (oops, job hat on!)
Anyway, check out their myspace page for upcoming gigs and demo songs :)
(I came away singing "It's hard to love and not be loved"- ain't that the truth kids!)