Review: Public Service Broadcasting, Middlesbrough Empire

Public Service Broadcasting’s aim is to “Inform-Educate-Entertain” - and they certainly did that with this amazing gig at Middlesbrough Empire.

The Toy Dolls  The Albums 1983-87 (Captain Oi!/Cherry Red Records)

Review: The Toy Dolls - The Albums 1983-87 boxset

To music fans of a certain age, The Toy Dolls are Sunderland’s finest export, full stop.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys add second North East tour date

Arctic Monkeys have added an extra date at Newcastle Arena.

Boy George and Culture Club are coming to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.

Boy George and Culture Club announce North East arena date

Music lovers can take a trip back to the '80s after Boy George and Culture Club announced a big North East show.

Arctic Monkeys have announced a Newcastle date in September.

Arctic Monkeys announce first North East gig in five years

Indie-rock heroes Arctic Monkeys today announced a UK arena tour, including their first North East date in five years.
KOYO release their new single Jettisoned this month.

Music interview – KOYO: ‘People can expect a relentless, sonic spectacle from start to finish’

Less than seven months have passed since KOYO launched their critically acclaimed debut album, and with festival dates at Download, Camden Rocks, Bliss Camp, Great Escape Festival and Live at Leeds upcoming this year, the band are heading around the UK with a series of exclusive free warm up shows.

Lightning Seeds.

Review: The Lightning Seeds close 9th annual Stockton Calling in style

With more than 70 acts spread over nine main stages, the ninth Stockton Calling all-day music festival proved to be the biggest and best yet.

Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays to headline Northumberland’s Lindisfarne Festival

It’s been announced that Happy Mondays will headline this year’s Lindisfarne Festival in Northumberland.

Belle & Sebastian invited members of the crowd onstage as part of their show at The Sage. Pic: Fiona Thompson.

Review: Belle & Sebastian, The Sage Gateshead

Belle & Sebastian have never been the most conventional of groups, and anyone who came to The Sage expecting a career Best Of will have left disappointed.
Indie legends James to play North East Date

Indie legends James to play North East Date

Legendary indie band James are to play Middlesbrough Town Hall on Tuesday May 22.

5ive are playing Mecca Hartlepool Saturday, April 7.

Boyband 5ive to perform at Hartlepool bingo hall

It’s been announced that 5ive will be hitting the high note at a Hartlepool bingo hall.

Gary Numan at Middlesbrough Empire.

Review: Gary Numan - Middlesbrough Empire

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 40 years since Gary Numan shot to fame singing about an uncertain, dystopian future.


Hartlepool Music Weekender hailed a success as punk, Mod and Northern Soul fans come out in droves

Music fans came out in force as an event which continues to raise thousands of pounds for good causes struck the right notes in Hartlepool again.

Stiff Little Fingers' Jake Burns, left, and Ali McMordie at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. All pictures: Gary Welford.

Review: Stiff Little Fingers + Ruts DC, O2 Academy, Newcastle

For a band formed 41 years ago, in the punk zenith year of 1977, Stiff Little Fingers  have retained remarkable pulling power.
Frightened Rabbit playing at The Cluny. Pic: Mark Grainger.

Review: Frightened Rabbit, The Cluny, Newcastle

Tuesday night saw The Cluny pull off its latest coup, as it welcomed indie favourites Frightened Rabbit for a special warm-up show ahead of an eagerly awaited UK tour.
The Horrors.

The Horrors revealed as first headliners for Hit The North festival 2018

Goth-rock band The Horrors have been revealed as the first headliners for Hit The North Festival 2018, which is being staged in May.

The Stereophonics at Metro Radio Arena. Photos by Carl Chambers

Review: Stereophonics, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Take 21 years in the music business, one of the best voices in rock ‘n’ roll, a jam-packed set list and a crowd of 10,000 singing them back at you and you’ve got the recipe for a Monday that’s anything but blue.

A Certain Ratio

Post-punk pioneers A Certain Ratio kick-off UK tour in North East

A post-punk band who became known for their dance-oriented sounds kick off their UK tour in the North East this weekend.

Brian Fallon and The Howling Weather at The Boiler Shop in Newcastle. Pic: Gary Welford.

Review: Brian Fallon and The Howling Weather, The Boiler Shop, Newcastle

As frontman of US rockers The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon got used to making hit records and headlining arena shows around the world.
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