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caulkerwylam.jpg When World Headquarters goes live

The whole planet is well aware that World Headquarters is one of the greatest clubs in the UK, so when they announced a series of live gigs at the beautiful Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park we expected nothing less than something stunning. (And we were correct.)

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, one of the greatest albums of all time, and it’s being celebrated by the incredible Transatlantic Ensemble. This 10-piece collective of internationally renowned session vocalists and musicians have been a real wow in London this year with four sell-out shows in Camden and Shoreditch and the kind of reviews that would make their own mothers blush. Their initial gig in Newcastle sold-out in double-quick time but a second date has been added so get on board - pronto. Also causing something of a stir are the London Astrobeat Arkestra whose take on songs from Talking Heads’ iconic Stop Making Sense - arguably the greatest live film of all time – has to be heard to be believed. These West African musicians offer a unique take on the Talking Heads sound, which was, of course, heavily influenced by afrobeat. Finally, the London African Gospel Choir (pictured) will be tackling another classic album in Paul Simon’s Graceland. Again, their first date has already sold out but another has been added. Their live take on this album has left reviewers scrambling round for words like “transcendental” and World Headquarters have went that extra mile to get them back to play a second date. Forget tribute acts: these three gigs will make you feel music in a whole new different way.

The Transatlantic Ensemble present Rumours, Sunday 21 May, 6pm, £20; London Astrobeat Arkestra perform Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, Bank Holiday Sunday 28 May, 6pm, £15/£17.50; London African Gospel Choir perform Graceland, Sunday 4 June, 6pm, £20. All gigs: Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle. More info & tickets: welovewhq.com