Thursday, 20 February 2020

JLS Announce Eagerly Awaited Comeback With Their ‘Beat Again’ 2020 UK And Ireland Tour


JLS Announce Eagerly Awaited Comeback With Their ‘Beat Again’ 2020 UK And Ireland Tour


Utilita Arena Newcastle

Saturday 21ST November 2020

Multi BRIT and MOBO Award winning boy band JLS announce details of their return to music as they are set to embark on a mammoth UK and Ireland comeback tour. Following a seven year hiatus Aston, Marvin, Oritsé and JB will take the ‘Beat Again’ tour to stages across the UK and Ireland reuniting with their legions of loyal fans for a fifteen date string of arena shows.

Famed for their impressive live draw having played London’s iconic O2 Arena a staggering sixteen times and selling over 1.4 million tickets in the UK alone,  the tour will land into Utilita Arena Newcastle on Saturday 21st November 2020.

Speaking of their highly anticipated return JLS said “We are so excited to be working together as a group again. We’ve always been like family, and now we feel that this is the right time for us to get back on stage and perform in front of our loyal fans. Even though it’s been 7 years, you can be sure that it’s going to be as high energy as ever”.

Since the band’s inception in 2007, JLS reimagined the modern boyband and made their mark on British music through their inimitable soulful, RnB, pop sound underpinned by highly stylised choreography. Collectively JLS have amassed five Number One singles with their instantly recognisable chart hits ‘Beat Again’, ‘Everybody In Love’, ‘The Club Is Alive’, ‘Love You More’ and ‘She Makes Me Wanna’.

Having carved out their own niche as a mid-late noughties mainstay, the band return to the spotlight following a record breaking career. They sold over six million records and four multi-platinum albums and their self titled debut went straight to Number One and has since sold over a million copies in the UK.

The band are two time BRIT winners, having won Best British Breakthrough and Best British Single with ‘Beat Again’, which was also named the fastest selling debut single of 2009. As well as their huge commercial success and consistently dominating the pop charts, the band made a massive impact on urban music culture with five MOBO Awards and three Urban Music Award wins highlighting the astronomic affect their music had in resonating in both pop and RnB music realms.

The tour is an opportunity for JLS fans across the country to come together to enjoy the hits which continuously soundtracked the British charts for seven years running.              

Tickets will go on sale 9.00am Friday 21st February and are available online, or from 11.00am in person from the Utilita Arena Box Office. 

Accessible seating is available online, or by calling the accessible hotline on 0800 988 4440. 

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The Weeknd Announces ‘The After Hours Tour’

The Weeknd Announces ‘The After Hours Tour’ 
Utilita Arena Newcastle
Thursday 15th October 2020 

The Weeknd has announced his new headline world tour, The After Hours Tour, on the heels of his upcoming album, After Hours including one incredible night at Utilita Arena Newcastle Thursday 15th October 2020.

The After Hours Tour will showcase state of the art production and one of the most innovative stage designs to date, containing the most LED lights and video for an arena show. Produced by Live Nation, the world tour will hit cities across United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France with support from 88GLAM and Sabrina Claudio across Europe.

On March 7th The Weeknd will perform on Saturday Night Live ahead of his new album, After Hours, dropping March 20th.                 

Tickets will go on sale 9.00am Friday 28th February and are available online or from 11.00am in person from the Utilita Arena Box Office. 

Accessible seating is available online, or by calling the accessible hotline on 0800 988 4440. 

Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply. #Ad

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers bring ‘bagrock’ back to Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Saturday 30th May

The most famous bagpipe band in the world the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, bring their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems back to Tyne Theatre and Opera House following their hugely successful show at the theatre in 2018.

There has never been anything quite like the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, from their formation in 2002, a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with the Darkness, to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014. The past fifteen  years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet..ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning.
The Chillis have never been more in demand for their infectious style of feel good music which appeals right across the age range to people all over the world. They have collected together an impressive group of musicians, dancers and singers from Scotland and further afield, many holding World Championship titles and all seriously good players with impressive credentials and qualifications.

The band have been twice awarded `Best Live Act in Scotland’, and were winners of the BBC TV prime time talent show `When Will I be Famous` hosted by Graham Norton. They’ve also had sell out gigs and tours in USA, China, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Australia and performances at BBC Proms in Hyde Park, T in the Park and Wacken Open Air Festival. 
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a genuinely unique experience and if last year’s show at Tyne Theatre & Opera House is anything to go by, this one is not to be missed!

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Gregory Porter Announces Newcastle Show

Gregory Porter Announces Newcastle Show

Newcastle Utilita Arena

Thursday 14th May 2020

Gregory Porter, international best-selling artist and two time Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singing sensation, is honoured to announce a thirteen date UK tour - which takes in his Utilita Arena debut on Thursday 14th May 2020.

With his irresitable warm baritone vocals, Porter continues to perform to sell out audiences around the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim, with both his Grammy winning selling albums ‘Liquid Spirit’ and ‘Take Me To The Alley’.

Gregory Porter, launched this month, ‘The Hang’, a brand new ten week podcast series, where you will be able to listen to Porter’s warming speaking voice on a weekly basis, where he sits down with distinguished guests from the fields of art and entertainment.

Porter, released his first every live album in 2018: ‘One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall’, to critical acclaim.

They don’t come much cooler than Gregory Porter… a tour not to be missed!

Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply.

Monday, 13 January 2020

The Jacques - New single & Newcastle gig

The Jacques -  ‘I Never Want To Be Your Boyfriend’
New Single Out Now:  Listen Here 

Newcastle Live Date:
Monday 2nd March 2020 – The Cluny, Newcastle 

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London four-piece THE JACQUES have shared their new single, ‘I Never Want To Be Your Boyfriend’, as well as announcing an extensive UK headline tour in March.

Opening to a driving bassline juxtaposed with swelling guitar lines, saccharine synths and nonchalant vocals, the track is a reverb-drenched slice of dream-pop which builds through verses laden with evocative lyricism into infectious choruses which convey their intent from beneath a shroud of laid-back irreverence. The track was produced by Dan Swift (Snow Patrol/Ash), and recorded at both RAK and Rockfield Studios. 
Lead singer Finn explains, “‘I Never Want To Be Your Boyfriend’ is definitely our poppiest song to date... for that reason it’s really fun to play live for me. I wanted the lyrics in the verse to be some of my most surreal - the idea was to have them sound like idioms or commonplace sayings, when in reality you contemplate them and they don’t hold typical meanings at all. Then the choruses go back into full-on pop song register. I think that’s why I chose to repeat the lyrics in the verse - it’s a bit of a parody of the classic English saying.”
The band have also announced an extensive tour for March, including shows in Newcastle, Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol. The tour will follow shows in London and Paris next month, where they’ll play Supersonic in Paris on December 4th and Dublin Castle in London on December 10th
Having established a devoted following in both the UK and Europe since their formation five years ago, particularly in France where they are true indie-heroes, the band have taken their time evolving and crafting new material. 
‘I Never Want To Be Your Boyfriend’ follows the band’s previous singles ‘Alka-Seltzer’ – which premiered on BBC 6Music with Chris Hawkins and is currently on the Radio X playlist – and ‘Kiss The Pharaoh’, released earlier this year. The tracks are a thrilling taste of what’s to come as they re-emerge from the shadows, back into the white-heat of the public eye.
Monday 2nd March 2020 – The Cluny, Newcastle 

Friday, 10 January 2020

Thumper at Think Tank Underground, Newcastle


‘Down’ out now via Reckless Records

and appearing at the North East

Tuesday 25th February 2020 - Think Tank Underground, Newcastle

The Irish Times Thumper have confirmed their 2020 UK tour, taking the sextet from Glasgow to Brighton, via Newcastle, throughout February and March. The band have also blown up airwaves across the UK and Ireland with their infectious pop grunge single, ‘(You’re Bringing Me) Down’.  

“Down’ infuses the best of pop and grunge, with a throwback to the glory days of 90s noise-rock. At the center of manic beats and pounding rhythms are skillfully crafted lyrics that reveal the beauty behind the chaos.” - Hotpress

THUMPER are the future rock and roll icons we’ve been waiting for. Four guitarists stage front and 2 drummers, they create “a sonic thrust impossible to ignore”- Tony Clayton Lea,

They are the band we’re obsessing over with a reputation for raucous and frenzied live shows, the rock-pop sextet are “most viscerally thrilling both on stage and on vinyl" - Hot Press Magazine. Championed by Louise McSharry, Ed Smith, Kate Brennan Harding, and Dan Hegarty in Ireland and with mainstream support across UK radio from Steve Lamaq at BBC Radio 6, Dan P Carter’s Rock Show on BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing Across the Line, Kerrang! Radio and Amazing Radio, it’s no wonder Thumper are constantly topping the “Ones To Watch” lists and selling out shows constantly.

‘‘Down’ is a love song. It takes place in the afterglow of an argument. The tension in the song mounts as the narrator struggles to remember which side of the argument he’s on. As the guitars rise the words become more ambiguous to the point of incoherence.’’ - Oisin, Lead Vocals + Guitar

2019 has been insane for Thumper, with prime slots across massive festivals all summer long including Barcelona’s Primavera, Body & Soul,  Kaleidoscope, and Electrictric Picnic followed by a sold out UK tour. 

From being the highlight of Ireland Music Week with their mosh pit showcase in The Workmans Club, to shooting a documentary for RTE on sustainability Thumper set the perfect tone at Dublin’s Extinction Rebellion this month. 

The band kick off 2020 with a string of UK live dates in February/March - full dates are as follows:

24th February - Hug and Pint, Glasgow

26th February - Oporto, Leeds

27th February - Night People, Manchester

28th February - Network 2, Sheffield

29th February - Dead Wax, Birmingham

3rd March - The Anvil, Bournemouth

4th March - The Crofters Rights, Bristol

5th March - The Islington, London

6th March - The Boileroom, Guildford

7th March - Patterns, Brighton

Thumper On The Web: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

What's Love Got To Do With It? at Sunderland Empire

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Smash hit show celebrating Tina Turner is heading to Sunderland in 2020

What's Love Got To Do With It?
Sunderland Empire
Wednesday, June 17 2020.

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Tina Turner fans should get ready to party as the smash hit touring show What’s Love Got To Do With It? arrives in Sunderland in the second year of its massive UK tour.

What's Love Got To Do With It? is a joyous show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner. Launched in 2019, the show has been selling out theatres in towns and cities across the UK. Now, as part of the 2020 tour, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is set to wow fans when it heads to the Sunderland Empire on Wednesday, June 17 2020.

Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney - Queen Of The Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert paying homage to one of the most iconic and much loved musical artists of the 20th Century.
In this smash hit touring theatre show, audiences can expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina's greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney - Queen Of The Night, The Voice, X Factor) supported by a full live band.

Speaking about playing Tina Turner, Elesha said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be touring the UK with What’s Love Got To Do With It? This is a magnificent show and one that truly celebrates the incredible music and career of Tina Turner.  Tina is a great persona to emulate on stage – and to be travelling all over the UK in a show which celebrates everything about her is so much fun. Every night, we have an amazing party with the fans, and we can’t wait to meet more of you.”

Looking back on a breath-taking career spanning more than 50 years, audiences will enjoy hearing stunning musical arrangements of Tina's most-loved classic hits including Private Dancer, What's Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more. This not-to-be missed musical experience is a stunning celebration of one of the greatest female singers of our time.

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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Daddy Long Legs at The Cluny, Newcastle

Daddy Long Legs

Confirm UK & Ireland Tour Dates

Thurs 30th January 2020 - The Cluny, Newcastle
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Brooklyn, NY-based trio Daddy Long Legs—Brian Hurd (vocals, harmonica, guitar), Murat Akturk (slide guitar), Josh Styles (drums, maracas) have confirmed a run of UK & IRE tour dates for January and February 2020.

"Daddy Long Legs takes the blues and turns them inside out, upside down, round about and renews their primal energy. My favorite rompin’ stompin’ New York band of the moment."  -Lenny Kaye

Produced by Jimmy Sutton and engineered by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz) at Hi-Style Studios in Chicago, the band’s debut album, Lowdown Ways features 12 original compositions with songwriting contributions from JD McPherson and Sutton. A new direction from their first two studio albums (released by Norton Records), Lowdown Ways sees the boys widen their sonic horizons with field hollers, gospel, Cajun, and Mississippi Hill Music, coupled with their renowned supercharged, harp-driven R&B bangers. 

When asked by Village Voice “What is Daddy Long Legs?,” Hurd answered, “Rock and roll salvation through the spirit of roots and blues.” While influenced by the likes of Son House, Captain Beefheart, Howlin’ Wolf, MC5, and Dr. Feelgood, their sound personifies garage rock and punk with a contemporary raw twist performed in their own brand of supercharged R&B.

Leading up to the album’s release, Rolling Stone Country named “Glad Rag Ball” one of the ‘10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week’, citing “it’s all guttural hollering and foot-stomping rhythms.” Brooklyn Vegan premiered the official video for “Pink Lemonade,” co-written with JD McPherson and WFMU “Mornin’ Noon & Nite”. Since forming in 2010, the band has released two studio albums, a live album and two 45s on Norton Records. Their last album was 2015’s Rides Tonight. They have toured with Jon Spencer, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Sonics, Nikki Lane, Nick Waterhouse, amongst others.

"Daddy Long Legs have finally made a studio album that matches their reputation as a firecracker live act. These 12 original songs expand and solidify their blues-punk sound while keeping alive a tradition and vital part of American roots music. Sounds great!" -Jon Spencer

" Chicago blues fired at the moon, played by the demented children of the Pretty Things." -Rolling Stone

Monday, 6 January 2020

Hallé Orchestra at Darlington Hippodrome

Young Darlington Musicians To Compose And Perform Own Piece Of Music With World Class Orchestra

As part of the Darlington Concert Series co-produced by Orchestras Live and Darlington Hippodrome, a creative project is being held for young musicians from local Secondary schools who will compose their own piece of music to perform with the Hallé Orchestra at Darlington Hippodrome.

In workshops led by experienced Hallé musicians and Orchestras Live/Spitalfields new trainee music leader Alice Phelps, a short 5 minute piece is being devised that combines the participants and Halle musicians as an ensemble.

Hallé musicians and Alice are working with young guitar players at Haughton School in Education Village and Longfield Academy to explore the themes, structure and musical ideas of the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto.

A final workshop will take place on Tuesday 7th January at Longfield Academy in Darlington before rehearsals in the Hippodrome on Thursday 9th January culminating in the new piece opening the Halle’s concert at Darlington Hippodrome that evening, performed by the young musicians alongside those from the Hallé and soloist Craig Ogden.  The young people will be given free tickets to attend the rest of the concert, so they have the opportunity to experience the full orchestra perform and hear the music used as the inspiration for the project performed live by international guitarist Craig Ogden.

The Hallé Orchestra perform at Darlington Hippodrome at 7.30pm on Thursday 9th January.

Tickets: 01325 405 405 or

Sunday, 5 January 2020

The Bellrays on tour

The Bellrays

Confirm January 2020 UK tour

With support from Los Pepes

The Bellrays have confirmed an eleven date UK tour for January 2020, with special guests Los Pepes. Kicking off in Portsmouth on 15/01, the run includes stops in Bristol, Scotland, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Brighton before finishing at London’s Oslo on 26/01.

North East dates are as follows:

Thursday 23rd January - The Cluny, Newcastle

Friday 24th January - Westgate Social Club, Middlesbrough

Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy, experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide. Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula  made the BellRays happen in 1991 in East LA but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React. 
So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones, Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, Led Zeppelin, to name a very few and pressed it into service. It was never about coming up with a ‘sound’, or fitting in with a scene. It was about the energy that made all that music so irresistible. It was the history BEFORE Led Zeppelin that led them to that point. The Beatles thought they were playing R&B. It just came out like ‘Rubber Soul’. The Ramones were trying to be Del Shannon or Neil Sedaka and out came ‘Rocket to Russia’. With the BellRays there was no conscious effort to ‘combine’ rock and soul because they didn’t see them as divided in the first place. Blues was teaching. Punk was preaching. The BellRays were always listening.



Sunday, 1 December 2019

Pussycat Dolls - Newcastle Arena April 2020







Tickets will go on sale 10.00am Sunday 1st December and are available online: (Hospitality Deals: #Ad

The era defying, chart-topping, button-pushing, mega-group are back! The Pussycat Dolls have announced they are reuniting for a U.K. Tour, performing together for the first time in over a decade. The voices of a generation will be taking their Pussycat Dolls 2020 Tour on the road next year returning to Newcastle for one momentous performance at Utilita Arena on Sunday 12th April 2020.

The multi-platinum pop sensations – Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar are bringing back Doll Domination. Having sold more than 54 Million records worldwide and streamed over 1 Billion times, X2 Winners at the MTV VMA and achieved eight U.K. top 10 singles the dolls have Stick Wit Ya throughout the decades.

Nicole Scherzinger says “I love all my girls so much and cannot wait to show you what we've got in store for you. It’s been a long time coming but this feels like the perfect time to remind the world what it means to be a Pussycat Doll”.

Robin Antin, founder of The Pussycat Dolls says “I created The Pussycat Dolls back in 1994 and never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would become one of the most iconic girl groups of our time. I’ve been working on making this reunion happen now for years, so I am very excited that the stars have aligned for THE PCD REUNION! It’s with gratitude to our fans and during this amazing time of female empowerment, to be able to announce the launch of our PCD reunion, celebrating ALL GENDERS, & the brilliant success and talent of the girls that helped influence a movement that was long overdue”.

In their first television performance in ten years, The Pussycat Dolls will return to the X Factor with an exclusive performance on Saturday 30 November which is set to back the PCD sparkle, excitement and anthemic hits.

The Pussycat Dolls will embark on a nine date U.K. wide tour bringing hits such as ‘Don’t Cha’, ‘Stickwitu’, ‘When I Grow Up’, ‘Buttons’ and more fan favorites back to life with their iconic dance routines and showstopping vocals.

Tickets will go on sale 10.00am Sunday 1st December and are available online: (Hospitality Deals: #Ad

JLS Announce Eagerly Awaited Comeback With Their ‘Beat Again’ 2020 UK And Ireland Tour

  JLS Announce Eagerly Awaited Comeback With Their ‘Beat Again’ 2020 UK And Ireland Tour JLS Utilita Arena Newcastle Satu...