Thursday, 23 September 2021



Festival News


Kubix Festival returns to Herrington Park in Sunderland on Saturday 2nd and Friday 8th October, with their best line up yet!  Each day will host some incredible live acts and DJ’s performing across two stages in two big tops – so no pain if it rains - with spectacular sound, light and video! The food and drink village will offer a global choice of offerings and there are lots of bars to avoid queueing.
Saturday 2nd October is their rock /alternative day and includes Levellers, Peter Hook & the Light, New Model Army, Cast, Futureheads, The Selecter, Sleeper, The Farm, The Wedding Present, Wilko Johnson, Primitives and much more. Sing-a-long to all their hits that includes Levellers ‘What A Beautiful Day’ Cast’s ‘Free Me’, The Farm’s ‘All Together Now’, Sleepers ‘Sale Of The Century’ and more!
Friday 8th October celebrates the finest dance/ pop, including Vengaboys, 2 Unlimited, B*Witched, N-Trance, East 17, Ultra Nate and many more. Get ready to dance to  all their classic hits that include the No1 singles from The Vengaboys ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’, D-ream – ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, East 17 ‘Stay Another Day’, B*witched ‘Blame It On The Weatherman’ alongside Top 10’s from 2Unlimited ‘No Limits’, N-Trance ‘Set You Free’ and more!
"After a nightmare 18 months for everyone we are very excited to finally announce that Kubix Festival will be going ahead this year on Saturday 2nd October, with some of the finest rock, indie and more and Friday 8th October for a pop dance party to remember. Held on two stages, both in huge big tops, each day, with a sound and light production to remember, we're proud to be bringing live music back to the North East at last" 
ALEX HUTCHINSON – Operations Director – Kubix Festival
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Review: The Wendy James Band @TheCluny 22/09/2021

 The Wendy James Band

The Cluny 22/09/2021

Wendy James Cluny 22/09/2021

Wendy James has taken nothing for granted. A woman who has seen the good and the bad in the music industry in the last 5 decades, she has not lost sight of what makes a musician successful and feel loved : the fans.

Her gracious and professional approach to this gig as well as her willingness to break the fourth wall and engage with the audience, made this gig a real pleasure.

Her band, comprising 5 talented musicians including multi instrumentalists, made the songs of the past and Wendy’s newer material really shine in the Cluny. Wendy did point out the setlist has changed throughout the tour. We were treated to glam rock banger You’re A Good Man and Dylan’s Crawl Out Your Window in addition to Transvision Vamp’s own I Want Your Love, Baby I Don’t Care and Tell That Girl To Shut Up. Songs from Wendy’s recent Queen’s High Straight album also had a chance to be properly beefed up with the 3 guitar live treatment: Here Comes The Beautiful One, Little Melvin, and Perilous Beauty all pleased the appreciative crowd in the Cluny. Wendy told little stories in between the songs, including her irreverent inclusion in a copy of Viz Comic back in the day, and the inspiration for You’re A Dirtbomb Lester about  the late Rolling Stone Journalist, Lester Bangs.

This was a highly entertaining gig with an energetic band, and a fabulous, warm and engaging frontwoman. Be sure to catch the Wendy James Band if you can in the near future.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Showhawk Duo Announce Newcastle Date


Showhawk Duo Announce Newcastle Date

Saturday 4th September 2021 - Boiler Shop Newcastle, (support Mellowmatic)


Viral sensations SHOWHAWK DUO announce their major UK and Ireland tour, set to kick off in September 2021. 

Young British guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright, together known as The SHOWHAWK DUO, have dazzled audiences worldwide with their spectacular approach to playing the guitar. Their playing style has broken down barriers between acoustic and electronic music. Whether playing old-school trance classics or modern funky house, their live show knows no boundaries and will leave you amazed. 

Mik is a classical guitarist at heart, having studied at Manchester's RNCM whereas Jake is an electric junkie and grew up playing in rock and metal bands. Mik's classical foundation shines through in the music with Jake's raw percussive approach always keeping the crowd moving. Together they create a truly unique and impressive sound, and have turned many "acoustic" nights into a thumping rave. 

Together, they started out as buskers and have since gone on to play all over the globe. They have appeared on BBC Radio 1 on the Nick Grimshaw’s Breakfast Show, they did a 40 minute live broadcast for the LAD Bible, BBC Radio Bristol, they have performed at most of the UK's large festivals including Main Stage at Bestival, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Somersault, Lost Village, Boomtown and more. They played sell-out shows on their 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 UK tours, and headlined The O2 Forum in the most recent. They had five star reviews and an official sell out show at Edinburgh Fringe. International performances include F1 Grand Prix in Singapore, Seychelles, club tours in Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands and a 20 - date residency at Pacha in Ibiza. 

Now, the duo will perform on stages across the nation, as they embark on their mammoth UK and Ireland tour. Spanning 26th different dates, the duo will unleash their fiery acoustic sound to audiences far and wide, as they turn soft acoustic guitars into the ingredients for an unforgettable night of raving.


2nd- Academy 2 Leicester (support Mellowmatic)
3rd- O2 Academy Liverpool, (support Mellowmatic)
4th- Boiler Shop Newcastle, (support Mellowmatic)

5th- Gorilla Manchester, (support Mellowmatic)
9th- Booking Hall Dover, (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
10th- XOYO London (support Mellowmatic)
11th- Chinnerys Southend (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
12th- Chalk Brighton support (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
19th- The Mill Birmingham (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
24th- Roadmender Northampton (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
25th- Esquires Bedford (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
26th- Epic Studios Norwich (support Mellowmatic)
30th- Tramshed Cardiff (support Mellowmatic)


1st - ALT (Sound Circus) Bournemouth (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
2nd- Engine Rooms Southampton (support Mellowmatic)
6th- The Brickyard Carlisle (support TBC)
7th- Stramash Edinburgh (support TBC)
8th- Classic Grand Glasgow (support TBC)
9th- Unit 51 Aberdeen (support TBC)
10th- Strathpeffer Pavilion Strathpeffer (support TBC)
15th- Thekla Bristol (support Mellowmatic)
16th- The Warehouse  Leeds  (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
17th- Sub89 Reading (support Mellowmatic)
22nd- Underground Plymouth (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
23rd- The Cavern  Exeter (support The Tribe- Acoustic)
 24th- Glee Club Nottingham (support The Tribe- Acoustic)

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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Preview - Whitesnake and Foreigner with special guest Europe at Newcastle Utilita Arena



Whitesnake and Foreigner with special guest Europe

Newcastle Utilita Arena

Saturday 14th May 2022


Whitesnake and Foreigner have announced that together they will be hitting the road across the U.K. in 2022 alongside very special guests Europe and will include Utilita Arena Newcastle on Saturday 14th May 2022. Tickets are now on sale

The legendary artists will tour the U.K. and will be hitting Newcastle on Saturday 14th May 2022. Together both Whitesnake and Foreigner boast a catalogue that spans the decades with seminal and anthemic hits such as “Here I Go Again”, "Still Of The Night" and “Is This Love” [Whitesnake], “I Want To Know What Love Is”, “Juke Box Hero” and “Cold As Ice” [Foreigner] to name a few. Very special guests Europe will bring their electrifying “The Final Countdown” and more to this eight date U.K. arena tour.

One of the most anticipated tours of 2022, even this mega line-up cannot contain their excitement! “After all the extraordinary challenges we’ve been through together over the last year & a half, I am beyond excited to be able to announce our 2022 UK dates!!! I pray every day we can all make this happen & once again, share unforgettable evenings together & celebrate the amazing journey we have been on for almost 50 years!!! Boys & Girls…Whitesnake, Foreigner & Europe…It Doesn’t Get Any Better!!! Let’s Make This Night To Remember…& Let’s Make Some F@ckin’ Noise!!! says David Coverdale of Whitesnake.

Mick Jones from Foreigner said “We can’t wait to kick off the summer in the UK & Ireland with a massive tour alongside our friends Whitesnake and Europe. We’re looking forward to playing all our biggest hits for our fans, and rocking across the country”.

Europe’s Joey Tempest said “What an explosive start to the summer of 2022 for us! A U.K. & Ireland Arena tour with our friends in Whitesnake and Foreigner! YEAH! An evening of some of the biggest anthems in classic Rock! We are truly honored to be invited as special guests”.

On October 29 2021, Whitesnake will release newly remastered and remixed CD and LP deluxe editions of Restless Heart, along with unreleased demos and studio outtakes and a DVD. The DVD includes music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album with new interviews from David Coverdale. The set comes with a hardbound book filled with rare and unseen photos from the era. Fans can pre-order the album now.

Whitesnake, Foreigner and Europe will take fans on a musical journey at this once in a lifetime performance. Combining arguably music’s most celebrated rock legends, this tour will see Whitesnake, Foreigner and Europe perform their formidable musical arsenal.

About Whitesnake

Mega platinum WHITESNAKE, the legendary rock ’n’ roll band founded and formed by DEEP PURPLE singer and Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer DAVID COVERDALE are proud to announce their Farewell World Tour.  Following the global success of the 2019 studio release ‘FLESH & BLOOD’, WS have played 65 shows in 30 countries to over 750,000 fans. The Farewell tour will feature songs from the bands 13 studio recordings including their biggest hits & songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock ‘n’ roll history spanning over 40 years.

Founded in 1978 by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, the band have earned multi-platinum albums including ‘TROUBLE’, ‘LOVEHUNTER’, ‘READY AND WILLING’ and ‘COME AN’ GET IT’ through to the explosive hard rock of the revamped ‘SNAKE sound with the multi-platinum ‘SLIDE IT IN’ & having just celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, 1987’s self-titled mega-million-selling smash-hit album, ‘WHITESNAKE’.  From these albums came multiple top 10 hits worldwide, including 2 number 1 singles with ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Is This Love’ as well as the unforgettable hammer of ‘Still Of The Night’ all leading to virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the globe. 2020 saw the successful release of ‘The Red, White & Blues Trilogy’ featuring Revisited, Remixed & Remastered versions of some of their greatest hits. Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish

Whitesnake as the perennial platinum favourite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2022. The world-renowned group featuring DAVID COVERDALE (vocals), REB BEACH (guitar/vocals), JOEL HOEKSTRA (guitar/Vocals), MICHAEL DEVIN (bass/vocals), TOMMY ALDRIDGE (drums), MICHELE LUPPI  (keys/vocals) and introducing the extraordinarily talented DINO JELUSICK (keys/guitar/vocals) are coming to venue near you soon.

About Foreigner

With ten multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 80 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER still rocks the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. 

Founded in 1977 by legendary lead guitarist and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mick Jones, Foreigner continues to tour the world with Kelly Hansen on vocals, Jeff Pilson (bass/vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar/vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards/vocals, Chris Frazier (drums), and Luis Maldonado (guitar/vocals) This UK tour with Whitesnake and a Foreigner solo headline European tour that follows it, will bring to a close a 120 date world tour that touches fifteen countries in just over a year.

About Europe

With over three decades and dozens of millions albums sold, including a no1 hit in 25 countries, Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitars), Mic Michaeli (keyboards), John Leven (bass) and Ian Haugland (drums) are as hardworking as ever, annually performing concerts worldwide and producing new albums that are critically acclaimed by fans and the music industry alike.

Tickets: Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021



“The synths flourish, they cascade, they blossom. It's brilliant. This band is great."
Jack Saunders, Radio 1 / MTV


"What a thrill to have these sounds run and reverberate through the bones”


"I love NOPRISM.”

With innate danceability and an uncontainable energy, NOPRISM will return with their propulsive new release ‘Order’.

To mark the release, the four-piece have also announced their first ever live fixture; a hometown launch gig at Little Buildings in Newcastle on 31st July.  TICKETS

Like Duran Duran and The Human League arm-wrestling with Chvrches and Justice, NOPRISM join together the forces of new wave with synthwave and put them on steroids. And this Spring, the band flex their musical might with the muscular new single: “Order”.

Filtering through sounds of 70s New York and early Chicago house, the group melds the two styles with their own love of distorted and angular guitar histrionics. What emerges is a track that pulsates with retro-tinged electronica that the band have coined as ‘‘filthy disco’. Toying with a mixture of blossoming synths and driving electro-beats, “Order”  fashion touch-points of old-school house, disco and 80s club culture into something invigoratingly futuristic.

With lyrics musing on dystopian political agendas and the indoctrinating power of propaganda, Andrew Young of NOPRISM explains further of the track:


“We wanted to make a head-rush of a song that would have a great intensity when we finally get to play live, filled with the sounds of 303 and the piano synonymous with house music…  Lyrically, it’s more-or-less about the attitudes of Brexit Britain and the ability of the press and politicians to repeat their agenda enough times until it becomes true. Exploring the illusory truth effect common with politics. Donald Trump, for example, was pretty fond of the technique.”


Produced by NOPRISM, the track was mixed by acclaimed US producer Carl Bahner (Joywave, Cheerleader, Transviolet) and mastered by Nicholas di Lorenzo


Newcastle’s NOPRISM specialise in addictive, ground-breaking electronic pop unafraid to make a statement. Having formed last year in the midst of the pandemic, the group started making music at a time when the world seemed in its darkest days. And yet, unphased by the unremitting gloom, NOPRISM turned the darkness on its axis and began creating a succession of euphoric out-and-out synth tracks oriented squarely at filling the dance-floors of the future.


In spite of the limitations of lockdown, word about NOPRISM is already spreading like wildfire. Their last single 'Pantherbeat' had Radio 1's Jack Saunders lavishing the praise, whilst previous release 'Happiness' gained some notable achievements, featuring on E4 show 'Made in Chelsea' and being championed by Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon as 'perhaps the best new song ever'. Owing to their confident sound, before forming NOPRISM members have notched-up notable achievements with previous projects including sessions at Maida Vale for BBC Radio 1 and interviews for both Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, alongside an MTV tour with Editors and festival appearances at Reading/Leeds and Wireless Festival.


Coinciding with news of the release, NOPRISM have also announced their hometown launch show, set to take place on the 31st July at Little Buildings, Newcastle. The night promises to be one of firsts - having only been created in the midst of lockdown, this will be the group’s debut live performance. As such, they intend to unleash all their magnetic fervour onto an eager crowd, making for a night that will go down in history as the origin of the band’s live performances, and the beginning of their road to dancefloor domination.

Taking them one-step further, NOPRISM’s new single: “Order” is out now.

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31st JULY - NEWCASTLE, Little Buildings

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NOPRISM are: Andrew Young, Mark Nelson, Phil Taylor and Francophillipe.


Saturday, 6 March 2021

Freya Beer - Newcastle Bobiks date

 Freya Beer

New Single:“Siren”out now, via Sisterhood Records

+ Announces Rescheduled Newcastle Date

Tuesday 23rd November 2021 - Bobiks, Newcastle

The bewitching alt singer-songwriter Freya Beer has confirmed her rescheduled UK tour dates for November & December 2021 - including a show at Bobiks in Newcastle on 23rd November. Hailed as a “a raw and thrilling new talent”, Freya Beer is a singer-songwriter from West London. Inspired by art and literature, alternative fashion and music, Freya distils her disparate influences through a gothic soul and devil-may-care spirit that dares to dream in the darkness. She returns with her first new music of 2021: “Siren”. The track is cut from her highly anticipated debut album, scheduled for release later in 2021. 

Originating from West London but currently residing on the south coast, Freya Beer deftly mixes poetic lyrics inspired by Charles Bukowski or Anne Sexton, with a distinctive gothic noir of Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and David Lynch.

The latest addition to her canon, “Siren” is a fine case in point. An intoxicating brew of lyrical incantations and artful mystique, paired with arrangements of a piercing intensity. 

Taking its title from the J.W. Waterhouse masterpiece The Siren, Freya’s single finds her unearthing new secrets in those channels of renaissance art and mythology, while re-appropriating the feathered flare of 70s era glam in her own shadow. As Freya elaborates:

“Ever since I began writing I’ve always turned to art for a starting point on my songwriting journey. I’ve found I work best visually, hence why I like to research into a lot of art/films/photography to improve my skills. Sonically, the guitars in particular were inspired by Roxy Music’s album For Your Pleasure.”

Although initially written and recorded in Manchester back in 2019, “Siren” has been given a fresh look for 2021 with the track re-recorded, mixed and mastered with Pete Hobbs (from The Boy Least Likely To), with whom Freya also recorded worked with on previous single “Arms Open Wide”. Laying her commanding vocals and ensnaring guitar hooks down at home, live drummer Owain Hanford added the percussion from his base in Hereford. 

While 2020 proved a major stumbling block for many artists, for Freya it was a year of breakthroughs and self discovery. Earning repeated airplay on BBC6 Music for her single “Dear Sweet Rosie”, her follow-up single “Arms Open Wide” repeated the pattern before being listed in The PRS' Top 20 Songs of 2020. Utilising the enforced time away from the live stage to her advantage, Freya began to experiment with a series of timely covers; casting her unique spell over classics like John Lennon’s “Nobody Told Me”, Lana Del Rey’s “Happiness is a Butterfly” and Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. A darkly inviting cover of Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” also saw Freya raise cash for Salford’s Loaves & Fishes food bank, for whom she also played several online fundraising gigs during the lockdown. 

Discovering new audiences and in-turn more about herself as an artist throughout the year, these creative experiences provided a powerful stimulus in finalising her debut album: ‘Beast’. Completed between London and Manchester, the record is due for release later this year via her own Sisterhood Records.

To coincide with the album release, Freya has a major UK tour planned for November this year. Shows include Newcastle Bobiks in Jesmond on Tuesday 23rd November.

Newcastle show details & tickets: 

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Pauline Murray New Album & Sage gig


Pauline Murray

New Album ‘Elemental’ Now Out On Polestar Records

Gateshead Sage Headline Gig Announced For 6th May 2021 Playing The 1980 Invisible Girls Album In Full

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“There’s a genuine beauty to Murray’s melancholy and existential pondering. To these ears, she’s never sounded better.” Mojo

“One of the most optimistic voices of the punk age.” Uncut

“The Penetration legend simply never disappoints.” Vive Le Rock

“The album’s mix of innocence and inner strength works its pleasant pop charm, recalling vanished times yet crucially fired with optimism for the future.” Record Collector

Pauline Murray, singer, songwriter and performer with iconic first-wave punks Penetration and 80s pop ensemble the Invisible Girls releases her third solo album ‘Elemental’ this week!

The highly anticipated and now critically acclaimed album started life in 2016 and was recorded in France during October 2016 and completed at their own Polestar Studios, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2019, and continues her long-term partnership with 
Robert Blamire.

In other news, today Pauline can announce that she will be performing her 1980 Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls album in full at two dates in May 2021, on the 6th in Gateshead at the Sage 2, and on the 8th at the London Tabernacle. Pauline will also be performing tracks from ‘Elemental’ and other favourites.

These shows join her previously announced tour with The Psychedelic Furs in April/ May where Pauline will be playing tracks from the Invisible Girls, but not the album in full, mixed with other tracks from her career. These performances were originally intended to be 40th Anniversary shows but Covid has forced them into the 41st for a belated celebration!

Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls album played in full confirmed on the 6th May 2021
at Gateshead Sage 2 

‘Elemental’ album track listing:
1. Secrets
2. The Gambler
3. When We Were Young
4. Shadow In My Mind
5. Weeds
6. After All
7. Chains
8. Dark Clouds
9. Missing
10. Unbroken Line
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Dead Famous People's new album ‘Harry’ out on Friday 9th October 2020 on Fire Records.

Dead Famous People's new album ‘Harry’ out on Friday 9th October 2020 on Fire Records.

"Bob bought a DFP single which we both really liked, we were drawn to the mystery of the band's name and the melancholy tone of Dons' voice." Pete Wiggs - Saint Etienne


“There was a sense of excitement that something special was happening." Martin Phillipps – The Chills


Dons Savage is an unparalled talent, a savant of the perfect melody and lyrics which both touch and bite, a throwbook to the Carole King’s and Gerry Goffin’s of Brill Building pop, an instinctive penseuse besting the originators of the Riot Grrrl movement by responding to their conversations of rage and sexuality and finding a place in the world some years before the initial sparks of that particular revolution had even begun. Dead Famous People’s first real album, 'Harry', is now being unleashed to the world.


Dead Famous People first emerged in the 1980s, releasing on the likes of Flying Nun and earning praise from the likes of John Peel, who invited them in for a session. However, things didn’t work out and to the dismay of many fans, they never released a proper album. Three decades later Dons was tracked down by Fire Records and given the opportunity to finally enter the studio to record. Somewhat more philosophical than her earlier work, Harry is an album that feels like the right one for a world of apocalyptic pandemic, uncertainty and quarantine. It begins with a healthy scoop of Dons' earlier humour in 'Looking At Girls' (expertly mixed by Dave Trumfio) wherein a woman learns of her lover's car crash only to be told the cause was, well, look at the title. 'Goddess Of Chill' is a paean to the forces of artistic inspiration in the face of 'a little worry here, a little chorus there'. 'Dead Bird's Eye' is a parable of environmentalism through the misdeeds of a small child.


Throughout these songs, Dons' power over melody and knack for profundity in a single simple line is unchanged since Dead Famous People's original incarnation. Harry is a rare record in a time of musical factionalism and a world divided into camps of wilfull obscurity and grotesque mockeries of stardom and art, a document of unadorned perfection which will make as much sense to you at sixteen as it will when you're sixty.


'Harry' is released on standard black LP and CD on the 9th October 2020 via Fire Records.