Maximo Park formed in Newcastle in 2003 when drummer Tom English spotted frontman Paul Smith singing along to Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition'. In March 2004 a friend funded 300 copies of two songs 'Graffiti' and 'Going Missing' which (along with energetic action packed gigs around around their hometown) caught the attention of dance label 'Warp'. They released debut album 'A Certain Trigger' with the label in 2005 and (bolstered by yelpy indie-disco hits 'Apply Some Pressure' and 'The Coast Is Always Changing') it entered the UK top 20, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and ended up one of the year's most loved albums. Since they've headlined Brixton Academy, played the NME Awards Tour and released three more albums. 'Our Earthly Pleasures' entered the UK charts at number two in 2007 (also on Warp), while 'Quicken The Heart' (2009) and 'The National Health' have been much loved by fans and critics alike. Due to Paul Smith's charismatic and energetic performances they remain one of the UK's most loved live bands. Extremely proud of their roots, this one-off show is a celebration of everything great about music in the north east.
Since joining The Little Flames as guitarist, aged 18, Miles Kane has been a constant face on the Liverpool and UK live music scenes. He joined local band The Rascals for one album and along the way formed a friendship with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. Bonding over a love of artists including Nick Cave, they escaped to the west coast of France with producer James Ford in summer 2007 and recorded their debut album The Age Of Understatement in two weeks. Just as swiftly, it was at number one in the UK (thanks to the standout title track) and the pair were performing secret sets at Glastonbury in the company of The White Stripes' Jack White. Things kicked up another notch in 2010 as Miles went solo and mod for 2011's sleazy and impeccably dressed album 'Colour Of The Trap'. Set to release second, 'Don't Forget Who You Are' in Spring this year, it feels like Liverpool's Miles Kane is going to have a huge 2013 of which this intimate hometown gig will be a huge part of.