Stockton Calling is BACK!
Over 70 bands (over 70!) at nine different venues (nine!) will make up this year's Stockton Calling, which – and I don’t think I’m putting anyone’s nose out of joint here – l...
Beyonce at Wylam Brewery?
Cool your boots! Beyonce isn’t actually coming to Wylam Brewery in person but a special night dedicated to her (and Destiny’s Child) is just one of the great parties that the ...
All roads lead to Lindisfarne
A special festival is taking place on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne this March that will feature intimate live performances from some of the top artists in the region, as wel...
That voice! That guitar! That man!
And that man in full: Nick Harper, of course, son of the legendary Roy Harper, who has now established himself as a top drawer artist in his own right. He’s playing Durham thi...
Ushaw gets jazzed
Spring is sprung (nearly) at Durham’s Ushaw with two sizzling gigs coming up that should have jazz fans approaching a state of fevered excitement.
Hey! He's the Real Deal!
This up and coming singer/songwriter guitar hero is Martin Rafferty who makes the kind of classic rock that is big of heart and melody. He’s playing the wonderful Exchange in ...
Smiles don’t get sunnier than this
And I’d be smiling too if I could sing, write songs and play like Newcastle’s Katie Doherty, who, along with Shona Mooney and Dave Gray, will be lighting up the Lit & Phil thi...
Each and every one a Sunflower
New York’s Sunflower Bean gave us one of 2017’s best singles in I Was a Fool, and said single is just one of the highlights on their second album which is released in March. A...
The Kraken Wakes!
Cultier than Scientology and more underground than the Wombles are Tyneside’s Sleepy People who are rising from their slumbers to reunite with their original singer and stick ...
Local: The Riviera Quartet
I know what you’re thinking? This is a Newcastle-based band who play the kind of jazz you have playing in your head when you step out onto the veranda at the Monte Carlo casin...
Local: Nick Gladdish
I’m more than Gladdish to hear new stuff from this Newcastle-based singer/songwriter. In fact you could say I’m Morethanhappyish.
Hartlepool Town Hall Live! Back!
This is James Leonard Hewitson and he, and his band, are playing the next in the popular Town Hall Live events in Hartlepool this March. Woo hoo!
Gateshead International Jazz, anyone?
As the above headline kind of hints at, The Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back and this year you’ll find it setting up shop at Sage Gateshead from 6-8 April.