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Have you heard that there’s a new free music festival in the North East? We caught up with the faces behind Fuse…

The music event set to bring local musical talents back on the stage

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 19.08.2021

After a year without live music and performances, the world has been a very quiet place.

But now festival season is back bringing some joy and soulful sounds back into our lives.

We love a festival here at HLN and we have got some exciting news for you! This month a free new music event ­– yes you heard right, FREE! ­­– is coming to the North East bringing some of our top local musical talents to the region.

Who? what where and when we hear you ask. Fuse will take place on the banks of the Tyne at Salt Market Social where you’ll see L Devine (UK alt-pop siren) and John Waugh (The 1975) perform alongside members of Nobby Solano’s former salsa band The Geordie Latinos; combining great pop songs with Latin American rhythms. Not forgetting, house band Fuse Nation will be performing both nights.

We caught up with the faces behind this exciting event to get the low down on what we should expect…

After a year of struggling without being able to perform, North East creatives are over the moon the step back onto the stage. And this is all thanks to Paul James the organiser of Fuse and director of Paul James Music who is giving new and undiscovered local artists a chance to get noticed.

“Fuse will provide a lifeline to the NE creatives involved, giving them a voice and raising their morale after a very challenging time for performers. The strength of the talent involved, including NE acclaimed singer/songwriter L Devine, collaborating with progressive Cuban percussionists and Andean folk musicians, will provide high-quality innovative fusion music which isn’t to be missed”, says Paul.

“This event will bring together established, new and undiscovered artists from different cultures and backgrounds to produce, record and stream new musical collaborations as well as interviews with artists and live performance recordings from Salt Market Social, a truly incredible venue. This will be the first of what we hope will be a much larger multi-cultural fusion festival for the North East to take place right across the fish quay in the coming years.”

And let’s talk about the beautiful and vibrant venue of this festival. Barney Miller, owner and director of Salt Market Social is known for giving us all the best foodie vendors, DJ’s and the good-time vibes this Summer. Salt Market has risen quickly to the top of North Shields’ nightlife scene after being open just one year making it a perfect setting for Fuse.

“We have been working closely with Paul James Music and are thrilled to be hosting a high-quality multicultural music event in our unique setting. While we are excited for live music events to start again on a huge scale, we understand that we need to put safety first”, says Barney.

“With that in mind, this event offers 200 spaces on each night, around half of our capacity, as well as a digital stream which will launch in September this year. The organisers wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy this incredible line up, which we’re very lucky to be able to bring to the North East.”

A limited number of tickets are available for the event which is taking place on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th August 2021 from 6.30pm.

To be added to the guest list and receive your invitation follow the #northeastfuse social channels and direct message with your name and ticket requests or email [email protected]

For more information visit their website:  

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