Reality Boots: Brighter Day 2022 Tour
& Album Launch
Brighter Day 2022 Tour & Album Launch
In September 2022 our band Reality Boots, made up of passionate individuals each with unique experiences, were joined by special guests to perform new tracks from their brand new album Breaking Barriers at Cluny 2 in Newcastle's Ouseburn. This was the culmination of seven months of activity which saw members of our band work with partners at Standing Upright in North Tyneside, Jack Drum Arts in County Durham and Musinc in Middlesbrough to create new songs, inspired by national themes such as Holocaust Memorial Day and Refugee Week. These new songs were shared with audiences across the North East of England at venues including The Exchange in North Shields, Bishop Auckland Town Hall and Brinkburn Street Brewery in Newcastle as part of the band's Brighter Day 2022 Tour. Gigs also took place in July 2022 at Sage Gateshead, Ouseburn Festival and Walker Workers Week.
"A great night, really enjoyed it. I've listened to 'Breaking Barriers' twice now... it is Musical Gold!
Congratulations to you all."
Audience Member at Reality Boots Album Launch
Find out what it was like to take part in songwriting workshops from members of Middlesbrough's Musinc or watch Memories Lost performed at The Exchange in North Shields as part of Reality Boots' 2022 Brighter Day Tour, introduced by band leader Nicole Davies.
Behind the Scenes at Blank Studios
In August and September 2022 over 20 young musicians from across the North East of England headed to Blank Studios in Newcastle to record 12 new tracks which explore themes including loss, healing and the environment. Supported by studio manager Chris McManus and engineer Josh, this talented group of young musicians experienced what it was like to be in a recording studio, many for the first time.
"It's been fantastic... There are a lot of new members in the group. Seeing all the people working together who necessarily wouldn't naturally meet each other or collaborate but to see them all in the creative environment working together was really inspiring."
Chris McManus, Blank Studios
Friday 17 to Friday 24 June 2022
Reality Boots: Brighter Day 2022 Tour
Ahead of the launch of their third album Reality Boots toured the North East collaborating with other artists to inspire young people with songs infused with various genres to get the body moving and minds thinking. Audiences were then invited to join the band for an evening of eclectic music as part of their Brighter Day 2022 North East tour.
Venues & Dates:
The Customs House, South Shields, Friday 17 June - Support from Standing Upright
Middlesbrough Town Hall, Tuesday 21 June - Support from Band Jam in association with Musinc
Brinkburn Street Brewery, Bar & Kitchen, Wednesday 22 June - Support from Kema Kay
Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Friday 24 June - Support from Jazz Dystopia in association with Jack Drum Arts
Tickets were free, and audiences were encouraged to Pay What You Feel on the night.
Ahead of the tour band Leader Nicole Davis said: “We’re really excited about sharing our unique sound with audiences across the region as part of this special six-date tour. We’ve been collaborating with other young musicians and artists from across the region to create a number of powerful new songs, each with an important message, that will be showcased as part of the tour.
“Members of Standing Upright in North Tyneside, Jack Drum Arts in County Durham and Band Jam at Musinc in Middlesbrough as well as musician, actor and rapper Kema Kay will each join us to support a gig on their home turf. We hope that young people from a range of backgrounds, many whom have never experienced a gig before, will come together to enjoy this free live music event in their local community.”
Gigs in July 2022
Following the success of Reality Boots' Brighter Day 2022 Tour the band headed back on the road in July to perform at a host of gigs across Newcastle and Gateshead:
Saturday 9 July as part of Music Spark Show at Sage Gateshead
Saturday 16 July at Ouseburn Woodland Bandstand with Standing Upright as part of Ouseburn Festival
Thursday 28 & Friday 29 July at Walker Workers Week
Skimstone Arts’ actively-inclusive approach means that Reality Boots has provided opportunities for less-represented groups including people who face challenges with struggling mental health, illness and poverty.
The Brighter Day 2022 North East Tour and Breaking Barriers Album Launch have been made possible with public funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England, Youth Music and Community Foundation Tyne & Wear.
Photos by Ako Ismail.