(Coronavirus Update) Keep on Jumpin’
The Jumpin’ Hot Club shares an anniversary with The Crack in 2020. We’re both 35 years old! (But only one of us is celebrating with a series of gigs that draw from the weird, ...
(Coronavirus Update) How does 80 bands grab you?
80 bands, 9 stages, 1 day. It can only mean one thing: Stockton Calling is back and ready to hit you up with one of the best days out of the year.
(Coronavirus Update) State of that
Pioneers of techno and whizz-bang electronica, 808 State were an important part of the Madchester scene. They continue to ruffle feathers today and they’ve just hit the road f...
(Coronavirus Update) The heavy hairy monster sound
Norwich rock band Bad Touch trade in riffs the size of Donald Trump’s KFC bill and they’re coming to destroy The Cluny in April. (Legal note: not literally.)
(Coronavirus Update) Guitar. Voice. Sorted.
A female rock guitar prodigy at fourteen Chantel McGregor was told by major labels that she had, “a great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that”. How wrong they were.
Martha of invention
We love the folky-art-pop of Martha Hill who isn’t afraid to send her tunes skittering off into all manner of interesting directions. She’s got dates in Durham and Middlesbrou...
Give me Liberty!
To be more specific, give me Thieves of Liberty, a female-fronted rock band who are very much the complete package.
Sunderland’s PICNIC (who are totally rocking that caps-on look) are as bracing as a dip in the sea at Roker and their infectious new single is brimming with verve.
Local: Tom Joshua
Tom Joshua is a singer songwriter worth getting very excited about and he’s sure to be one of the star turns at this year’s Stockton Calling festival.
(Coronavirus Update) Blues is back, Back, BACK!
One of the region’s best-loved live music nights – The Monkey Junk Blues Club – has a new home at the wonderful Carriage pub in Jesmond. And the cost to you? Absolutely nowt! ...
(POSTPONED) They’re always sunnyside up
We love the idiosyncrasies of cult Lancashire two-piece The Lovely Eggs. They’ve got a new album in the offing and – what do you know – a tour too!
(POSTPONED) See this bunch on the fiddle
Feast of Fiddles are a supergroup of fiddlers! It’s true! And they’ll be cooking up a real storm when they visit the north-east for two (TWO!) hot dates in early April.
Big ticket energy
The Lamplight Festival in Sunderland this August is one of the live highlights of the summer and tickets are on sale NOW. Consider this your official heads-up.