Sounds of summer
This August and September, live music is coming back at the Virgin Money Unity Arena. Here are your need-to-know tracks from some of the hottest artists appearing.
At Virgin Money, we like to do things differently. That’s why we’re sponsoring the new Virgin Money Unity Arena, a world-first, socially-distanced music venue in Newcastle’s Gosforth Park. Lockdown has been disastrous for live music, but we don't give up on the things we love easily.
Taking place this August and September in Newcastle, we’re hosting an epic line-up of British indie, rock and pop royalty. So, fix your eyes and ears towards the North-East this summer, and prepare for a phenomenal line-up by checking out our lists of top tracks to listen to for our favourite Unity Arena artists.
Two Door Cinema Club
We love this Northern Irish trio, who’ve perfected their indie disco sound and are renowned for their live performances and tours. It’s time to get yourself all geared up for their Unity Arena gigs on the 15th August 2020, which happens to be on the ten-year anniversary of their first album ‘Tourist History’.
Here’s our top five Two Door Cinema Club tracks.
- Something Good Can Work
Released in 2011 and taken from the band’s debut album, this track’s euphoric energy and consistent high tempo is an Indie classic and perfect for the summer. This feelgood energy would pick anyone up from a lockdown slump.
A favourite track from their second album Beacon, this song’s sweet yet punchy riffs and melodies make it so danceable, it’s rhythmically irresistible. We’re certain you’ll quickly find yourself bopping away as soon as the chorus hits.
- What You Know
This song is the perfect blend of indie-pop and disco. With a stirring and uplifting pace, this song is bound to go down a storm when it’s performed live in August.
- Undercover Martyn
This track plays perfectly with both tempo and tonal contrast, and vocals from frontman Alex Trimbles guide you seamlessly between both worlds. The intro's timed claps are iconic, and something we can’t wait to see during their up-and-coming performances in Newcastle.
Taken from their 2019 album ‘False Alarm’, this track sees the band move into a more electro-pop sound whilst still retaining their indie-pop roots, with a sound that pulls inspiration from 80s pop vocal legends such as Cameo with a funky rhythm and beat.
The 90s Britpop faves have a career that spans 25 years and have influenced countless bands, both visually and sonically. Their sound has always represented carefree and youthful exuberance, with a timeless sound that still feels fresh. They perform on 22nd August 2020.
Here are our Top 5 Supergrass songs to rock to ahead of their performance.
Although it’s now 25 years old, this summer song encapsulates the spirit of youth even now. Full of cheek, playfulness and energy, it’s one of the greatest feelgood tracks of all time. A song you can always forget yourself to.
Released 6 September 1999 on Parlophone Records, its thought-inducing intro showed depth of feeling and a more mature side to the band, without losing their sonic roots. This track is notable for a signature punky playfulness in the chorus that will stay in your head.
- Tales of Endurance Pt, 4, 5, & 6
Taken from the band's fifth studio album ‘Road to Rouen’, this song is very much a musical accomplishment, with a sound that focuses around the instrumental melody of the band's guitar playing and a more orchestral approach which broke away from their traditional sound.
- Pumping On Your Stereo
A music festival classic, with meta lyrics, we challenge anyone to listen to this track and not sing along. Fun and raucousness is in every note, and if you have any time today, rewatching its classic music video is quite a treat.
- Caught By The Fuzz
This incredibly naughty first release spins a tale from Coombes’s youth when he was 15. It also describes a youthful rite of passage. Its punk energy blasts through the track, and shows the first view of Supergrass’s mischievous humour that’s been a hallmark of their sound now for decades.
Becky Hill is a singer-songwriter who hails from Wolverhampton and is the voice of some of your favourite Ibiza party hits. After getting her first shot at stardom by appearing on the first series of The Voice UK, she went on to be their first contestant to score a number one hit record.
Here are our top 5 Becky Hill tracks to listen to ahead of her live shows at the Unity Arena on 13th September.
- Back and Forth – Acoustic
Whilst the original is an absolute force on the dancefloor, there’s something very beautiful about this acoustic version of the track. It really showcases the range and strength of her voice, perfectly capturing the angst of an on-and-off-again relationship.
- Lose Control
This Meduza track – featuring vocals from Becky and the Goodboys – is a modern-day club classic, bridging the worlds of pop and house music in an exquisite way. Its moody bridges ladder up to an amazing upbeat pace, and it has a chorus that’s addictive on the dancefloor and can get any crowd going.
- Better Off Without You
This track is your independent post-break-up anthem for 2020, and features British DJ and producer Shift KEY. It’s a self-love anthem that reminds us all that no matter how hard a break-up might feel at first, you will most likely be better off without them and to just believe in yourself.
- Wish You Well
Released in May 2019, Becky Hill teams up with English DJ Sigala on this track to teach perfected break-up etiquette through her jaw-dropping vocals and pumping dancefloor beats. Its cascading synth rhythms bring an undeniable edge to this house-pop bonanza.
- I Could Get Used To This
Chronicling Becky’s feelings before a fourth date with her boyfriend, this track talks about and celebrates walking into a new relationship. The song is hopeful and exuberant and showcases the innocence and excitement surrounding young love. It’s absolutely perfect for the summer.
Brit Award winner Sam Fender will take the stage on his native soil of Newcastle at our Virgin Money Unity Arena gigs. Leading the British indie-rock revival, this Geordie hometown hero is breathing new life into modern indie and rock by pushing into never-before-seen areas with his striking lyrical storytelling.
Here are our top five Sam Fender tracks.
- Will We Talk
Taken from his critically acclaimed ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ album, this track features standout percussion and guitar riffs that form the basis of some immense and beautiful storytelling. Sam Fender’s lyrical play on the track delivers conviction driven music that takes your classic boy-meets-girl story, positions it in what feels like a Northern pub and lands it with the romantic stakes of a Parisian love story.
- Play God
Not afraid to address politics and notions of masculinity, Fender lyrically paints the picture of a world in which we find ourselves questioning our political decisions and choices, and highlights the important interplay between power and politics. The guitars sound electric and the harmonies compelling, it’s a stirring piece of music and one to pay attention to if he performs it live in Newcastle (here’s hoping).
- Dead Boys
This beautiful and powerfully compelling track explores and confronts men’s mental health and suicide. It highlights not only the importance of the issue but also the importance of artists like Fender, who aren’t afraid of using their music to explore difficult issues in raw and real ways.
- Hypersonic Missiles
Listening to this track, you’ll understand why Sam Fender is referred to as the ‘Geordie Springsteen’. His charged and poetic lyrics perfectly complement the song’s surging guitar riffs, as his vocals bellow through each verse. Another song with thought-inducing political references, the song hits powerfully, leaving no space to feel unmoved.
- Hold Out
While still delivered with his incredibly powerful vocals, the song’s intro showcases a slightly gentler side to Sam’s voice, while still building up to his formidable and trademark vocal style as it pulses through. The song is about Sam going out in his hometown of Newcastle, so it’s only right to include it in our top tracks for the Virgin Money Unity Arena (which takes place in Newcastle too). We’re sure he’ll have the entire venue singing along to this one.
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