There’s an incredible amount of talented bands emerging from the North-East at the moment. This 13-track compilation album A North East Invasion has been curated by Generator (a Newcastle-based music development agency, set up to help local bands in the area). The CD was given away free during May to delegates at The Great Escape in Brighton and Liverpool Sound City (where I picked up mine last Friday!). There’s some great tracks on here – check out the tunes by Lanterns On The Lake, Let’s Buy Happiness, Polarsets, Cattle & Cane and Grandfather Birds. Find out more here.