Coquetdale Music Trust
Coquetdale Music Trust
(formerly Darlington Civic Theatre) , Parkgate, Darlington
The Darlington Civic Theatre first opened its doors on Monday 2nd September 1907 as the New Hippodrome & Palace of Varieties under the leadership of Managing Director Signor Rino Pepi, an internationally renowned ‘protean’ or quick change artist.
Dr. Brown’s prides itself on giving new bands the opportunity to get behind a microphone on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Easily the biggest venue on this list, Durham Students’ Union is one of the only places in the city to see acts of national significance.
Empire Theatre and Cinema
The only remaining traditional theatre in County Durham, the Empire cinema and theatre is a popular venue staging professional acts and entertainment from all over the UK. A licensed bar is available 45 minutes in advance of all evening shows along with a café serving snacks and drinks. The theatre also has an induction loop system installed in the auditorium and full disabled access downstairs in addition to disabled parking at the front of the building.
Tiny though it may be, The Fishtank nevertheless serves up a wide range of live performances from local independent bands and those further afield.
Great Ayton, NORTH YORKSHIRE
At the heart of Durham’s ambitious arts programme is Gala, home to a state-of-the-art, modern theatre, spacious laid-back cafe-bar and two cinema screens. Gala offers the very best in entertainment, attracting some of the country’s leading theatre companies, comedians, bands, musicians and dance performers.
Gateshead Old Town Hall
Hosting theatre, comedy, children’s productions, drama and dance workshops all in the stunning setting of this Grade II listed building.
The Georgian Theatre
Stockton on Tees
The Georgian is a 200 capacity venue which has seen the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs and Lostprophets boogie under its hat.
Newcastle upon Tyne
HeartAttack & Vine
Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear
One of our very favourite places in Newcastle. It’s got that luxe-bar feel without being in any way pretentious, with loads of delectable booths to park yourself in. As a venue they stage all kinds of soul and funk acts with everyone from Candi Staton to Soul II Soul to, almost unbelievably in 2014 – Chaka Khan, who all bring their sweet sounds to this fabulously intimate place. A class above.