All aboard with Captain Hook
Indie legend Peter Hook (and his band The Light) are headlining a DFDS cruise to Amsterdam in November playing both New Order classics (on the way there) and Joy Division clas...
It’s The Trump Depression Hotline!
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir – New York’s award-winning wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and earth loving urban environmental activists – are coming to Newcas...
I’ve got Georgian on my mind…
Stockton’s wonderful Georgian Theatre is one of the north-east’s best venues for catching live music and their autumn programme contains an eclectic grab-bag of acts straight ...
All aboard for soul
DFDS are having another musical jaunt to Amsterdam on one of their lovely ferries in early November for a Motown and Soul Weekend in the company of a load of DJs and, yes, Mar...
GemArts’ gets set to WOW
The multi-award winning GemArts continue to celebrate art and culture from around the world with their new programme which is overflowing with goodies.
Taken to TUSK
The most “out-there” festival you’ll find anywhere is back for its 7th edition in October with three days of stuff you definitely won’t be seeing any X-Factor contestants atte...
Where’s this fella from?
No, he’s not some Shoreditch hipster twonk, he’s actually from Texas - where they all dress like this - and he’s just released one of the year’s best Americana albums. He’s al...
Baroque and roll
Like the opposite of my non-existent pension pot, Marc Almond is maturing very nicely thank you very much and his latest album ‘Shadows and Reflections’ sees him in startlingl...
Which one’s Molly, then?
Skinny Molly knock out the kind of classic rock that sounds like it has been matured in those casks that Jack Daniels use to make only their best stuff and they’re coming to T...
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t aroused
Aussie alt-rockers Liars have lost Aaron Hemphill (boo!) but the split was amicable (hooray!) and main man Angus Andrew, the band’s driving force since their inception in 2000...
Local: The Cornshed Sisters
Here are The Cornshed Sisters checking out what looks like a collection of 18th century iPads. Anyway: they’re back and they’re still brilliant.
Local: Charlie Thomas
This is Billingham’s Charlie Thomas, a singer/songwriter in thrall to the scuzzier, more bohemian, end of US culture.
Meet the folkers
Autumn is my favourite bit of the year – ambling through the park in on-point knitwear; Strictly back on the telly – but also a time when I embrace one of my very favourite li...