Local: World of Iggy
I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that the much-lauded bunch of rhyming gobshites JaZZ RiOT? Well, yes and no. Yes, it is them, but they’ve also got a mutant side project ded...
This smiley looking five-piece are Kahuna and their frothy debut single, Throw, suggests that they have plenty to smile about (ie it’s really good).
All (folky) roads lead to Allen Valleys
Ah! The Allen Valleys Folk Festival! How do I love thee, let me count the ways. One of the real highlights of the regional calendar it’s back from 28-30 September with a truly...
Time to get your Hartlepool folk on
The Hartlepool Folk Festival returns for the fourth time in October with a line-up that sends shivers up and down my spine by just looking at it. Stand by your villeann pipes ...
I’ve got my knickers in a Twisterella
The reason I’ve got my unmentionables on back to front is purely down to the disorientating excitement I felt when I clocked the line-up for this year’s Twisterella festival i...
Jazz. Improvised. Festival.
The Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music took their initial bow last year and it was such a success that they’re doing it all over again (bigger, better, jazzier an...
Hey! It's The Coral
The Coral have a sparkling new album out AND are on a UK tour, which will have its blue touch paper lit when they play Newcastle’s Riverside in early October.
Get the Abbey habit
The Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts returns for four days at the back end of September and, as ever, it’s overflowing with good stuff.
It’s the Wolf! It’s the Wolf!
Wolfgang Flürwas one quarter of Kraftwerk during the electronic pioneers’ imperious phase from 1973-1987, but, frustrated with the band’s lack of activity, he has since struck...
Rhythm. Blues. Darlington.
The free (FREE!) Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Festival is back this September with an outdoor show in the market square and a whole bunch of fringe events and pre-festival gigs...
Someone’s been at the psych lights
And that someone is Texas band Holy Wave who know more than a thing or two about conjuring up tunes that sound like they’ve drifted straight out of someone’s hookah pipe. They...
Very pale. Very interesting.
There’s nothing that I don’t love about Pale Waves and I’m sure they’ll only be adding to that huge pile of love when they come to Newcastle in September to play us songs from...
Tats! Beard! Rock!
When former MMA/cage-fighter Kris Barras swapped bone-crunching for riff-munching, he backed a real winner as evidenced by the glittering reviews his ‘The Divine and Dirty’ al...