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Music Editorial

wylambey.jpg 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 venue is hosting in conjunction with World Headquarters over the coming months.

As anyone who has ever been clubbing in the north-east will tell you, World Headquarters operate in a league of their own; and since they started putting concerts on at Wylam Brewery they’ve also hit punters up with some truly unique and showstopping gigs.

And this March they’ll be pulling out all kinds of stops when the breath-taking Transatlantic Motown & Soul Live Review takes to the stage. This outfit knocked it out of the park with their ‘Rumours’ and ‘Hits of David Bowie’ shows in Newcastle and this time they will be lovingly re-energising not only classic Motown tunes of the 1960s and 70s but hits from other iconic artists such as Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner.

The thrills won’t stop when we move into April – Easter Sunday in fact – when the Samba Stones pay us a visit. And if you’re thinking what I’m thinking – that the Samba Stones sounds like an amalgamation of two of the greatest things on earth, namely the boundless energy of Brazilian music and The Rolling Stones – then you’d be correct. They are a thirteen-strong band who deliver the Stones’ greatest hits in a jaw-dropping live show based around a rock backbone with a core of carnival drummers. Jumpin’ Jack Flash with a samba groove? Man! This is going to be box-fresh.

You’re going to have to wait until the summer for The Hits of Beyonce & Destiny’s Child, but, trust me, it’s going to be well worth the wait. The thirteen-piece band of top session musicians, full string section and three of the most upfront and amazing female vocalists around, have already played three outstanding Wylam Brewery shows over the winter period and their Summer Remix event is really set to sizzle. This massive production will once again be paying homage to all the glamour, toughness, heartbreak, love, sass and sisterhood of the greatest artist working in the world today, so lasses, time to get your crew ready.

The Transatlantic Motown & Soul Live Review, Friday 23 March, 7pm, £20; Samba Stones, Easter Sunday 1 April, 7pm, £15; The Hits of Beyonce & Destiny’s Child, Friday 13 July, 7pm, £20. Wylan Brewery, Exhibtition Park, Newcastle. Details and tickets for all of the above, and future World Headquarters/Wylam gigs, from: welovewhq.com