Hot new band alert!
Having played the Northumbria Live festival on the shores of Blyth Beach in June, piano driven indie outfit Pacific, are set to return to the county in July. Dive in.
The Mercury is definitely rising…
Mercury Rev are all set to play what should be one of the gigs of the month at Sage Gateahead in July with Northern Sinfonia (and support from the estimable Hazel Wilde of Lan...
It’s time to get your Lindisfarne on
Ever since the second Lindisfarne Festival bade us goodbye last September I’ve been counting the days until its third incarnation, and now – at last! – it’s on the horizon onc...
South Asia on Tyne
The first GemArts Masala Festival deservedly pocketed the Arts Council Award at the Journal Culture Awards recently, but are they resting on their laurels and scaling things b...
Big talent. Tinie Tempah.
With umpteen number one albums and singles, Tinie Tempah can lay claim to being THE biggest hip-hop star that the UK has ever produced and he’s playing a special gig at the Ha...
Grab a ride on the 1980s...
The Q Festival on Gateshead Quays gets underway in July and among the events I’m slapping with a huge “Miss This And Miss Out!” rosette is the 80s Social Club, which promises ...
Blues, bourbon and picklebacks
Billy Bootleggers is an Americana-style basement bar in Newcastle that’s proved to be a real hit since opening in March, and this July they’ve got a local blues legend paying ...
Holy Moly & The Crackers get scuzzy
One of Newcastle’s finest bands have upped their game on their new album, and by upped their game I mean totally ignored the rules of the game to present us with a real whirli...
Enjoy your SummerTyne
If you’re in the market for a celebration of all things Americana then you should know that the SummerTyne Festival is back at Sage Gateshead in July for a long weekend of siz...
Tell Laura I love her
Laura Marling is just one of the big names playing this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival at Tynemouth Priory and Castle which, whisper it, I’m calling the best yet.
Woven Skull. Rather special.
Ireland’s Woven Skull are given over to recording repetitive psychedelic jams (and that’s before they start hitting us up with the really weird gear). They’ve got two dates in...
Newcastle band in the pink
Say it loud, say it proud: The Old Pink House are a local band worth getting excited about.
Joyce to the world
Californian band Joyce Manor have a look about them, do they not? It’s a look that says: we’re a proper band and we’re coming to rock your world. (And that world in full: Durh...