ONE of Scandinavia’s most successful recent exports are heading to Tyneside for what could be the new year’s most eye-catching show.
Flying high on the back of third album Stay Gold, Swedish sisters First Aid Kit visit Newcastle’s City Hall on Tuesday, January 20 as part of their most extensive UK tour yet.
The date will also mark Klara and Johanna Söderberg’s first visit to the North East, having already undertaken treks around Europe and America, with Australia and a victory-lap in their homeland to follow.
Klara, 21, and Johanna, 24, first shot to prominence in 2008, when their home-made cover of Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Song became something of a YouTube sensation.
However, the pair also had writing talent to go with their gorgeous voices,a fact underlined by debut LP The Big Black And The Blue, which arrived two years later.
A distinctly low-key affair, it attracted plenty of praise from critics, but for all its charm made little impact outside specialist folk circles.
That all changed with the release of The Lion’s Roar in 2012, which elevated their wondrous harmonies and delicate melodies to a new level.
The album charted around the world, won a clutch of Swedish Grammis awards and snagged a host of celebrity fans, ranging from musical icons such as Jack White to a rather less fashionable advocates in David and Samantha Cameron.
The Prime Minister’s backing has proved anything but a curse, with Stay Gold, released in June – hailed as their strongest collection to date.
The City Hall gig represents a chance to hear its sensational singles My Silver Lining and Cedar Lane alongside some old favourites at what’s already shaping to be one of the unmissable events of 2015’s live calendar.
Tickets are priced £20-£25 from 277 8030.