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The X Factor auditions to start in Sunderland and East Durham

Are you the next Leona Lewis, Little Mix or Joe McElderry?

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry play at Whitley Bay Playhoue on 25 January.

Billy Bragg is on track for a very different North East gig

Protest singer Billy Bragg is taking a different track for his latest live shows.

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Little Comets have released the first track from their upcoming fourth album, Worhead.

Little Comets share first track from their new album

North East DIY indie band Little Comets have revealed the first track from their next album.

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Maxïmo Park announce tour to promote their new album

Maxïmo Park announce tour to promote their new album

North East indie-rockers Maxïmo Park today announced an 11-date tour to promote their forthcoming album.
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Beth Jeans Houghton is one of the artists discovered at Evolution Emerging.

Evolution Emerging seeks top new talent for music festival

The best new music talents the North East has to offer are being invited to bid to play the Evolution Emerging festival.

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Do you buy vinyl records? Picture: Pixabay.

Record shops will make a comeback, Rick Wakeman predicts

World renowned pianist Rick Wakeman has predicted a revival of traditional music shops after vinyl sales started to outpace music downloads.

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Rick Parfitt on stage with Status Quo. Pic: PA.

Status Quo arrive by tour bus for Rick Parfitt's funeral as he gets rock 'n' roll send-off

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt was today remembered by his old band mates - who arrived at his funeral in their double-decker tour bus.
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Madness frontman Suggs

Hardwick gig is just plain Madness

The latest addition to Hardwick Hall's musical line-up is absolute Madness.

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Teesside band Shrug.

Bands will bring unity to the stage at Hartlepool event

Hartlepool is to host a special ‘Unity’ concert to bring together music lovers and show the town will not tolerate prejudice and hatred.

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George Michael, who died on Christmas Day.

George Michael 'died of accidental drugs overdose', his cousin says

George Michael's cousin has said he suspects the star died of an accidental drugs overdose.

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Avenged Sevenfold performed at the Metro Radio Arena on January 12.

REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and In Flames, Metro Radio Arena

It could almost be considered offensive to call an Avenged Sevenfold show a simple "gig".
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Little Mix

Little Mix announce open air Durham gig

Little Mix have announced an open air concert in County Durham this summer.

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Glenn Hughes. Photo by Arnie Goodman.

Glenn Hughes is ready to rock the North East

Ahead of Glenn Hughes taking to the stage in Newcastle next week, we caught up with the “greatest white soul singer” Stevie Wonder has ever heard.

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Oasis at the Stadium of Light in 2009. Picture by David Wood.

Oasis voted best gig yet at the Stadium of Light

Oasis will live forever as the greatest gig at the Stadium of Light so far.

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It has been a year since David Bowie died.

Eight David Bowie songs to listen to today

A year on from the music legend's death, we've put together a list of songs we think you should play today to remember David Bowie.

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Cult rocker Julian Cope announces North East date

Cult rocker Julian Cope announces North East date

Cult rocker Julian Cope plays a North East date at Newcastle Riverside on Friday, February 17.

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Fans are remembering David Bowie on the first anniversary of his death.

David Bowie remembered with events marking first anniversary of his death

Fans and celebrities around the world will remember David Bowie today with a series of events and concerts marking the first anniversary of the star's death, aged 69.

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Coldplay crowd at the Stadium of Light

Stadium of Light gigs through the years: vote for your favourite

In light of the news that there’s no gig planned at the Stadium of Light this summer, we’ve rounded up all the previous concerts which have rocked the home of the Black Cats.

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The Manic Street Preachers.

Gig announcement: Manic Street Preachers to play at open air North East concert

Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers will take to the stage in the North East this summer for an open air spectacular.

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Rick Snowdon on The Voice

Hartlepool singer Rick Snowdon set for glittering 2017

2016 was a year to remember for Hartlepool singer Rick Snowdon after winning a legion of new fans thanks to his appearance on BBC One’s The Voice.

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