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A letter in defence of Newcastle’s cover bands

Next time you go out, remember what makes you get up out of your seat and dance? Cover bands.

This letter is in defence of cover-bands. I just wanted to get that out of the way before I went any further and people got all mad and cranky. So now you can get all mad and cranky in one fell swoop because I’m being open and transparent.

I think cover-bands are great. I for one love going to a pub and having a boogie to songs that I love. I don’t really care for who is playing it, as long as the version of Valerie that they are banging out is to my liking I am a-ok.

Don’t get me wrong I am all for original music and back in my hay day, I was the first one to be lining up for the EP release of whoever and whichever happened to be releasing it. But nowadays I just want to be amongst friends and hear songs I can ironically (or not so) shake my tail feather to.

I know some people who are really anti-cover-bands. I know some musicians who are really anti-cover bands, but I also know a bunch from the other side too. There are people in both camps, obviously, but I want to know where the people of Newcastle stand.

I know musicians who make a crust in between gigs performing covers, and most of them, love it. Ok fine maybe not love it, but they at least have a good time with the money they earn and we can all have a good time with the beats they are providing.

I just don’t really understand those who are anti-cover-bands though. Like, you don’t like this song? Or you just don’t like this version of the song? Or you’re just that much of a music snob you would rather stay at home, put your headphones on, and dig the record out of your immaculate collection (one that is to not be touched or shared).

Next time you go out, remember what makes you get up out of your seat and dance? Cover bands. Cover bands at weddings. Cover bands as the support act. Cover bands at your bloody local pub on a Fridee.

Cover-bands forever.

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.

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