Three common music festival phone fails - and how to avoid them

Thousands of music lovers are heading to Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend.

Electric Wizard

Review: Electric Wizard, Riverside, Newcastle

A sea of long hair and black jackets descended upon Newcastle quayside last night as Dorset doom lords Electric Wizard paid their first-ever visit to the North East.

Ocean Colour Scene were a huge hit with the Hardwick Live crowd.

Review: Hardwick Live, Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield

Thousands took in the festival atmosphere of Hardwick Live at the picturesque Hardwick Hall and were treated to top performances on the festival's most impressive line-up yet.
The Fall - New Facts Emerge.

Album review: The Fall - New Facts Emerge

The longer they go on, the more deliberately obtuse The Fall get; that's the inescapable conclusion you get from listening to this 32nd studio album.

The Manchester North of England boxset, out now on Cherry Red Records.

Review: Various Artists - Manchester North of England boxset

Manchester is a city which has been at the forefront of the independent music for years, and this lovingly-compiled boxset rounds up a particularly rich period in its history.

There are ways to avoid paying over the odds for tickets for sold-out gigs.

How not to be ripped off over gig tickets in the great rock 'n' roll swindle

Going to a gig is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Be it the Proms or Little Mix, fans will sit for hours on phone lines or websites to get their hands on tickets.

Madness will be in the region this weekend

10 things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

From Madness music to family fun, there’s a host of events taking place in the region this weekend.

Elaine Paige is heading to Sage Gateshead

Win: Tickets to see Elaine Paige on North East tour date

The First Lady of Musical Theatre, Elaine Paige will be holding court at Sage Gateshead as part of her latest tour.

Anti Flag are one of the bands appearing on the Fireball - Fuelling the Fire tour.

Local bands offered the chance to play Academy gig with Reel Big Fish, Anti Flag and Mad Caddies

North East bands are being urged to enter a contest which could see them share a stage with some of the biggest names in punk and ska music.
Bez will be in the region this weekend

10 of the top things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

From a Bez from the Happy Mondays DJ set to Jess Glynne being queen of the castle, there’s plenty going on in the North East this weekend and beyond.

Album review: Lal and Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus

Album review: Lal and Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus

This cult classic - often referred to as British folk music’s Sgt Pepper - was originally released in 1972 but has remained pretty much unavailable for 45 years until now, thanks to this re-issue by those good people at Domino.

Maximo Park.

Local heroes Maximo Park to launch new live venue

Local indie rock band Maximo Park have announced a special show to launch a new live venue in the region.

Melvin Benn launching his ReBalance plans with Lande Hekt from punk rock band Muncie Girls, PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed and Lucy Wood, also from Festival Republic.

VIDEO: Festival boss launches ReBalance scheme to get more girls into music industry

Girl power got a helping hand today when one of the world's biggest music promoters launched an initiative in to encourage more female UK led bands, solo acts and sound engineers.

Whats on
Brian Wilson at Times Square. Picture: Carl Chambers.

Review: Brian Wilson, Live from Times Square, Newcastle

Live from Times Square came to an uplifting conclusion on Sunday night, when a soggy crowd was warmed by the classic sun-kissed songs of Brian Wilson.
Manic Street Preachers at Times Square, Newcastle. Picture: Carl Chambers.

Review: Manic Street Preachers, Live from Times Square, Newcastle

Saturday saw Live from Times Square deliver perhaps the strongest bill of this year's fortnight-long run, headed by Wales' finest, the Manic Street Preachers.
Ocean Colour Scene

Win: Tickets to see Ocean Colour Scene and more at Hardwick Live

By day he’s a regular villager, living a quiet life outside Stratford-on-Avon, but by night Simon Fowler and the rest of Ocean Colour Scene are firm festival favourites.

James singer Tim Booth had the crowd at Live from Times Square eating out of his hand. All pics: Carl Chambers.

Review: James, Live from Times Square, Newcastle

Nostalgia was the order of Saturday evening at Times Square, as a packed crowd was treated to a career-spanning set from eternally popular Mancunians James.
The Voice Kids finalist Courtney Hadwin performs at South Tyneside Summer Festival's final Sunday concert.

Talented schoolgirl wows crowd of more than 18,000

Talented youngster Courtney Hadwin played in front of her biggest crowd yet today – and brought the house down.

The Libertines headline Live from Times Square this week.

7 North East gigs to see in the next 7 days

From small venues to big outdoor shows, there's plenty of gigs in the North East this week.
Sting is to perform at Bamburgh Castle

Sting to perform one-off fundraising gig at Bamburgh Castle

Music legend Sting is heading back to his native North East for a unique concert to help some of our most in-need children.

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