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Review: Franz Ferdinand, O2 Academy, Newcastle

A decade and a half has passed since Franz Ferdinand made their mark on the UK indie scene, shooting into the public’s consciousness with a fervour like few before or since.

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Franz Ferdinand  Always Ascending (Domino Records).

Album review: Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending

More than four years after their last record, Scottish art-rockers Franz Ferdinand are back, and it’s like they’ve never been away.

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar, who has been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year's Reading and Leeds festivals. Pic: PA.

Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy and Kings of Leon announced as Reading and Leeds headliners

Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy and Kings Of Leon are today among the first acts to be announced in the line-up for this year's Reading and Leeds festivals.
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Nile Rodgers

Disco legend Nile Rodgers and Chic announce outdoor North East gig

Disco legend Nile Rodgers and his band Chic have announced they’ll be bringing the ultimate dance party to the North East.

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Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Libertines and Run DMC announced for Kendal Calling

Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Libertines, Run DMC and Hacienda Classical will be headlining this year’s Kendal Calling festival.

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Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton cancels Valentine’s Day date in Sunderland

Michael Bolton has cancelled his forthcoming Valentine’s Day date at Sunderland Empire.

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Sparkle with X Factor star Sam Lavery, centre, who they supported recently.

Hartlepool girlband hailed as ‘inspirational’ after supporting X Factor star

A Hartlepool girlband are continuing to shine after supporting an X Factor star embarking on her first solo star.

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Twisted Wheel have been added to the Stockton Calling line-up.

Sixteen more bands announced for this year's Stockton Calling festival

The latest acts have been announced for next month's Stockton Calling.

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Richard Dawson performing at Redhills, the headquarters of the Durham Miners' Association. Pic: Gary Welford

Review: Richard Dawson, Redhills, Durham Miners' Association HQ

It may be one of our region’s great cultural and historical hubs, yet you need only visit the toilets to recognise Redhills’ need for refurbishment.

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Field Music.

Sunderland’s Field Music to headline Deer Shed Festival alongside Goldfrapp and Drenge

Sunderland’s Field Music are to headline the Deer Shed Festival alongside electro popsters Goldfrapp and indie outfit Drenge.

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Hawkwind are bringing their show to The Sage Gateshead.

Legendary hippy rockers Hawkwind bring orchestra for North East date

Having sold out the London Palladium, space rockers Hawkwind are bringing their new concept show to the North East.

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Adam Ant has been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for Kubix Festival in Sunderland.

Adam Ant announced as Saturday headliner for Sunderland's new Kubix Festival

Antmusic is on its way to Sunderland after Adam Ant was today confirmed as the Saturday headliner and final act for the new Kubix Festival.

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Frank Turner has announced a UK tour to accompany his seventh studio album, Be More Kind.

Folk-punk singer Frank Turner announces new album and tour - including North East date

Frank Turner has announced a new album - and an accompanying UK tour, including a North East date.

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Hartlepool singer Michael through to next stage of BBC One show after storming performance

Hartlepool lad Michael Rice did his home town proud after he won the backing of 100 others in a BBC prime time show.
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Buzzcocks the last time they played in Sunderland, in May 2015. Pic: Gary Welford.

Buzzcocks added to the bill at Sunderland's Kubix Festival

Punk legends Buzzcocks have been added to the bill for day two of Sunderland's first Kubix Festival.

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Peter Andre is coming to Sunderland to perform at the Kubix Festival.

Peter Andre added to the bill at Sunderland's first Kubix Festival

Mysterious Girl singer Peter Andre has been added to the bill of Sunderland's first Kubix festival.

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Will you be going to see Madness?

Madness to perform at Alnwick Castle as part of summer tour

Ska legends Madness have announced a North East appearance on their upcoming summer tour.
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Field Music will headline The Georgian Theatre Stage at Stockton Calling.

Sunderland band Field Music added to line-up of Stockton Calling

Sunderland art-rock band Field Music are the latest addition to the line-up of this year's Stockton Calling.

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Def Leppard have announced a new tour

Def Leppard announce North East arena date

British rock icons Def Leppard have announced they will play the North East later this year.

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Dolores O'Riordan has died at the age of 46.

Cranberries singer Dolores O' Riordan dies at 46

The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan has died in London at the age of 46, her publicist has confirmed.
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