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The Cranberries are at The Sage Gateshead on Wednesday night.

7 must-see North East gigs for the next 7 days

As ever there's something for everyone in this week's list of must-see gigs.

Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution (Parlophone Records).

Album review: Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution

This album is the 13th solo effort from the man known as the Modfather, and it's another worthy addition to his ever-growing legacy.

The reformed Skids will play at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on 23 June.

Skids set for North East show as they celebrate 40th anniversary

One of the best groups to emerge from the punk explosion are preparing for their first North East gig in 38 years

Royal Blood are on their way to their arena circuit after selling out the O2 Academy.

Review: Royal Blood, O2 Academy, Newcastle

Less is definitely more in the case of alternative rock duo Royal Blood.

The Sisterhood

Rod Stewart to be supported by daughter at Durham gig

Rod Stewart will be supported by his daughter when he performs at Durham County Cricket club next month.

Iron Maiden at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. Pic: Carl Chambers.

Review: Iron Maiden, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

They might have got less mainstream radio airplay over the last four decades than, say, Little Mix have mustered in as many weeks, but that hasn't stopped Iron Maiden selling more than 90 million albums worldwide.
The Cribs play in Newcastle on Monday night.

7 North East gigs to see in the next 7 days

It looks like another eclectic week for North East music lovers, with some great gigs to get you out of the house.

Gimp Fist singer Jonny Robson performing at the Riverside in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Review: Gimp Fist, Riverside, Newcastle

County Durham trio Gimp Fist have spent the last 12 years building a reputation as one of the UK’s top streetpunk bands.

Blondie - Pollinator (BMG).

Album review: Blondie – Pollinator

This is the 11th studio album by one of the world’s most influential and legendary bands, and catches them in fine form.

Queen tribute Flash headline the Fake Festival at Chester-le-Street.

Fake Festival returns with tributes to Queen, The Killers and Stone Roses

The UK's only touring tribute festival, Fake Festival, is heading back to the North East.

REVIEW: Take That Wonderland tour, Newcastle Arena

REVIEW: Take That Wonderland tour, Newcastle Arena

Fire, rain, sword-fighting stilt-walkers, Gary floating through the air on a four-poster like pop’s answer to Bedknobs and Broomsticks - welcome to the bonkers world of Wonderland.

Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith performing at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Review: Maximo Park, O2 Academy, Newcastle

Maximo Park have played many memorable hometown gigs over the years, but few have been better than this.

Cock Sparrer have announced their first North East gig in 25 years.

Cock Sparrer to play first North East show in 25 years

Streetpunk legends Cock Sparrer are set to play their first North East gig in 25 years.

The Shires

The Shires to headline North East Americana Festival

The line-up has been announced for the Summertyne Americana Festival.

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. Pic: Cathy Poulton.

Win a pair of tickets to see Genesis legend Steve Hackett live

Prog-rock legend Steve Hackett is back on the road to promote his latest album and celebrate a classic Genesis record.

The Membranes boxset (Cherry Red).

Review: Membranes - Everyone's Going Triple Bad Acid, Yeah!

The Membranes were formed in Blackpool in 1977, and their abrasive, off-kilter post-punk music found favour with the likes of legendary Radio One DJ John Peel.

Hayseed Dixie.

7 North East gigs in the next 7 days to get May off to a rockin' start

It looks like another great week for North East music lovers, with some cracking gigs to get out and see.

Maid Of Ace performing at Think Tank? Underground. All Pics: Gary Welford.

Review: Maid Of Ace, Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle

As unique selling points go, being an all-girl band is a pretty good start. When you're all sisters too, that's hard to beat.

Which albums are you looking forward to this year? Picture: Pixabay.

Albums to look forward to over the next two months

There have already been a number of big album releases this year - and by the looks of it, 2017 is set to be a great year for music.
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