Tuesday, 11 December 2012

@Jowheretogo 13th - 20th December

Christmas is Nigh!

Theatre is still firmly in the realms of panto and musicians are kindly donating their talents to charity. It’s getting pretty close to Christmas.

Exciting Developments on Youtube-Remember "The Tube" 
Some enterprising folk are working hard to bring the atmosphere and ethos of The Tube back to the northeast. There'll be new music, local bands, and entertaining chat. They are currently based on Youtube and Facebook and need as many followers and supporters as possible. Get watching and commenting and keep an eye on The Garage-Live project!

                                                                       The Garage

Right, on to the events....


Until 5th January

The Little Detective Agency and the Case of the Festive Thief at Northern Stage.

Until 19th January

Aladdin at the Theatre Royal. Starring Clive Webb, Danny Adams and Chris Hayward.

Until 6th January

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at the Tyne Theatre on Westgate Road, By the Newcastle Panto Company. Good value, great fun.

Snow White by Phillip Meeks at The People’s Theatre, Jesmond, or Heaton, if you prefer!

Classical Musical Events

Ceremony of Carols by Northern Praeclassica at St James United Reformed Church, Newcastle.

An Unforgettable Evening with Andre Rieu. Popular violinist Andre Rieu is joined by the Johann Strauss Orchestra at Metro Radio Arena.

The Snowman at the Sage Gateshead. Northern Sinfonia accompanies the classic animation. A very popular event in previous years.

Music for the Masses! (gigs)

Thursday 13th December

The Famous Class at the O2 Academy. A “dirty pop punk band from London”.

An Evening with Lady Winehouse. A tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, at the Trent House pub, Newcastle.

The 1975 at Hoults Yard. See their “Sex” and “The City” videos on YouTube. Cool tunes!

NARC “Stars in Their Eyes” show. At the Cluny. Tiny Lights Bands, Lake Poets, Maps Are Fiction & Bonsai Five will “be” Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Super Furry Animals and Idlewild. Look out for the Tiny Lights (a local indie record label) Christmas CD with local bands playing Christmas music as you’ve never heard before. Buy it here.

Friday 14th December

This Ground Moves Single Launch at Hoults Yard. Celebrating the launch of their single “Shoulders of Fortune” which got some exposure on American TV’s CSI New York last week. Good work lads!

Saturday 15th December

Get your santy hats ready! Slade and the Sweet are at Sage Gateshead.

Bootleg Beatles at the City Hall, Newcastle. All the stages of the Beatles on one night!

Longsands at the Star Inn

Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister and Friends at Hoults Yard

Jazz Christmas Party at Trinity Church, Gosforth, Newcastle: Rae Brother’s New Orleans Jazz Band, West Jesmond Rhythm Kings, Caroline Irwin and Keith Stephen

Sunday 16th December

Rat Scabies and Brian James (The Damned) with Texas Terri + Maximum Zeroes. Playing Damned, Damned, Damned at The Cluny.

Monday 17th December

Insangel Christmas Party: Red Letters, Rayne + Warning at Trillians. Heavy but happy rock!

Tuesday 18th December

Roller Trio at The Cluny. Mercury-nominated laid back jazzy trio of drums, sax and guitar. Nice.

Wednesday 19th December

Saw Doctors at the O2 Academy. County Mayo party rock, we need this at Christmas, yes we do!

Ian McCullough (“Echo” of Bunnymen fame) and Ian Broudie (A major Lightning Seed) at Hoults Yard

                                                                  Ian McCullough


Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 16th December

At The Stand on High Bridge the Christmas Special with Vladimir McTavish, Steffen Peddie and Alfie Joey.
                                                            Vladimir MacTavish

Sunday 16th December

Gavin Webster’s Northumbrian Assembly at The Stand

Tuesday 18th December

Fundraiser for the Sunshine Fund at The Stand with MikeMilligan, Lost Voice Guy, Johnny Pelham, Chris Merryweather and MC Steffen Peddie

Thursday 20th December

Daliso Chaponda, Mike Milligan, Erich McElroy at the Hyena Café

Family Events

Little Elves New Year Workshop at the Baltic ; help Father Christmas clear out his cupboards and make artworks and gifts out of recycled materials.

Until 6th January

Sleigh Ride 4D at the Life Science Centre from 10am apart from Sunday 11am.


Friday 14th December

Saturday 15th December

FTP End of the World Warehouse Party at Northern Line Studios (6, King Edwards Bridge NE1 3TQ)

Sunday 16th December

At CumberlandArms: Funky Butt. Chilled-out fun clubbing with vintage R&B (that’s “blues” rather than “bass”) latin jazz, soul, ska, bluebeat (?) and funk.

I Do Music Too!

And a quick mention for the Singing Stellas (previously known as the Acapella Stellas) who will be performing a seasonal setlist in the foyer of the Sage Gateshead on Saturday 15th December at 11am. I will be one of the sopranos. Its free!

As a final plug for something I've done, for free, and for fun..here's my Christmas song. "Switch Off Your Smartphone This Christmas" On AmazingTunes and on Soundcloud for you people with no Flash on your strange Apple devices!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

NE1fm 102.5 @Jowheretogo Show for 29th Nov. to 13th Dec.

Oh, man is it that time of year already?!

It's getting near Christmas so the whole entertainment landscape is starting to change in Newcastle. Theatre especially, has got into the festive spirit with all the panto's and Christmas themed shows. Local musicians are releasing charity singles, and collaborating on charity albums, because that's the kind of people we are up here! So before I go ahead with what's on, I'll just let you know about some great music you can buy, and at the same time, raise money for a good cause.

Tiny Lights Recordings has gathered local musicians together to record ‘Silent Night, Tiny Lights’, released on 16th November which features a host of new Christmas songs and a few old festive classics. There’s a host of awesome contributors to the album, including Playlounge,Fawn Spots, The Union Choir, Tissue Culture, The Railway Club, John Egdell, The Lake Poets, Natasha Haws and many more. I've got it and its really rather good, and makes a change from the usual Chistmas recordings we hear every year. You can download and/ or order the CD  from this website and by doing that you will contribute to to Smile for Lifea wonderful North East charity which is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of children, who cannot get help from the larger national charities. So now to what's on, and what I will be blethering on about on NE1FM  on Thursday 29th November.


Thursday 29th November

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at The Cluny ..flamboyant individualist drumming from ex Cream, Blind Faith member, collaborator with Gary Moore and world music enthusiast Ginger Baker.

Electric Boys at Trillians

Russ Tippins Electric Band at Wardles, Hebburn.

Friday 30th November

The Lake Poets launch their single "Rain"  with O' Messy Life and Crooked Hands at the Old Town Hall Gateshead.
                                                                   A Lake Poet and a ship.

Saturday 1st December

Rizzle Kicks at O2 Academy

Stan at the Brandling Villa playing rocking power pop the way it should be! I like them, you can tell can't you? Only found out about this after I got my Lovely Eggs tickets, no matter, say hello to them for me. Tell 'em Jo who went to the Cavern with them told you to come!

The Lovely Eggs at The Head of Steam..a band after my own heart...rather like me (except better) they like to make songs of many different kinds, lengths, and varying degrees of seriousness or lack of it. It will be a fun gig. So I'm going. New album can be ordered here.

Monday 3rd December

Gentleman's Dub Club at the Cluny. Dub, ska, roots reggae, should be a canny party.
                                                                            Very smart!
Tuesday 4th December

Rancid at the O2 Academy, sort of punk, but American. I kind of like them.

Mumford and Sons at the Metro Radio Arena..a few tickets left, and there will probably be some become available on the day. Don't be ripped off by online sellers! Buy in cash in person at the box office if you can.

Wednesday 5th December

Orbital at O2 Academy Newcastle

Steve Vai legendary axeman at Newcastle City Hall
                                                                         Steve Vai

Inme at the Cluny New album, "The Pride" out now.

Friday 7th December 

Uberbyte at Legends, mixing up their genres and getting seriously radio friendly. EBM crazies getting dangerously close to dubstep and EDM. Get your tickets here.

Sex Pistols Experience (tribute) and Rebel Truce (tribute to The Clash) at the O2 Academy 

The Human League at The City Hall, Newcastle. Guaranteed end to end hits. Phil Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Sully will make this a night to remember. Yes, I'm going, again.

Saturday 8th December

The Complete Stone Roses ( another tribute) + Pete McLeod at  O2 Academy 

Pop up Shop tour with Squeeze and Paul Heaton at the City Hall, Newcastle.

Charge of the Mad Brigade! Madness at the Metro Radio Arena. This will be good, but I've got a date elsewhere.

China Shop Bull and Big Beat Bronson at Hoults Yard, Ouseburn. Whoa I just opened that website, that music is massive! Ow me ears...that bass! Good stuff!

Junior Turner at Tynemouth Priory. (Buy tickets, £5) Debut album "Under Scrutiny" out now. Young Mr Turner has had great success in 2010with a Children in Need single " The Impossible Dream" and he also was asked in 2011 if Help For Heroes could adopt his song "Say Goodbye", which went on to sell over 300000 copies, raising over £250k. He is now signed by Starfighter Records and the only way is up. You can buy his album here. I'm enjoying the album, especially the song, Loveblind.

                                                        Junior Turner Debut Album
Sunday 9th December

Longsands at the The Cluny, good proper anthemic songs! With support from Smokin' Barrels! Get tickets here.

Wednesday 12th December

Status Quo at the Sage, Gateshead. A seriously festive night with the Quo. I took my son last year and it was excellent.

Thursday 13th December

NARC Stars In Their Eyes at The Cluny .Tiny Lights Band as Bruce Springsteen, The Lake Poets as Green Day, Bonsai Five as Supper Furry Animals. You get the idea!


Soul Sister: (trailer)  a musical about the life of Ike and Tina Turner with critically acclaimed Emi Wokoma belting out the hits and doing a convincing Tina. At the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre on Westgate Road.

Its Pantomime season!

Aladdin at the Theatre Royal until the 19th January. Starring Clive Webb, Danny Adams, and Chris Hayward.
                                                         Aladdin at the Theatre Royal

Jack and The Beanstalk at Dance City. From 5th to 8th December. The story is told through aerial acrobatic dance...expect ropes, ribbons and hoops, and some great skill.

The Little Detective Agency and the Case of the Festive Thief.  For children under 7 and their confused adults. Watch as the children solve the mystery hidden in Grandma's house. At Northern Stage until the 15th January.

Also at Northern Stage from 3rd to the 29th December: The Borrowers, the story of the tiny people who live, for now, undiscovered amongst the "human beans".

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood by Newcastle Panto Company in my experience, great value panto and good fun. We went last year and had a great time! From 7th December until 6th January.

Snow White by Phillip Meeks at the People's Theatre in Jesmond. Another way of enjoying panto without breaking the bank. On from Sunday 8th December until Sunday 16th December.

The Snowman at the Sage Gateshead. The ever popular showing of the classic animation with music played by the brilliant Northern Sinfonia. On Sunday 23rd December 2 and 5pm and on 24th december 11 and 2pm.

Now some adult theatrical entertainment!

Saturday 8th December :Tinselled at the Castle Keep. A Christmas-themed murder-mystery. Bring your own food and drink for an indoor picnic. Ring 0191 233 1221 for tickets. By Suspect Productions.

Panto for grownups: The Suggestibles in the Infamous Impro Pantso. The northeast's top impro comedy group tread scarily into the realms of panto. Over 14's only. At Northern Stage on 13th December.


Friday 30th November at the Olde Crosse in Ryton and at the Tynemouth Grand Hotel: The Grinning Idiot Comedy Club presents David Hadingham, Martin Mor and support.

On Saturday 1st December The Grinning Idiot is at the Live Theatre on Broad Chare, with Seymour Mace, Martin More and support.
                                                                     Seymour Mace
Also Grinning Idiot is holding a FREE night of comedy at the Chillingham Arms on Thursday 6th December. cancelled due to weather conditions!

Also check for comedy gigs at Mimo, The Stand (Chris Ramsey of "Hebburn" is on!) and The Hyena Cafe. Loads on! Check for Christmas specials at the Stand.

That's Jowheretogo for now. I'm thinking of making this weekly rather than fortnightly, its a big chunk of events to get into the blog and the show.

Tweet me @jowheretogo with your events!
Listen to NE1fm on Thursday 29th November to hear some of these bands. In fact just listen to NE1fm your community radio station!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Jowheretogo Show NE1FM what's on 15th - 29th November 2012

About the Blog

This blog is a work in progress, the format is going to evolve when I work out exactly how it and the radio show are going to fit together to give you a taste of what's on in Newcastle (and anywhere else I end up, I get around!). I was tearing my hair out a little yesterday when I realised how long I had spent looking things up and putting them on here. Then I came back to rationality and realised...anyone can do a listings website, if they have staff and loads of man hours. Newcastle has too much on for one woman to handle alone.

This is more than a listings site. Its about what I find interesting about Newcastle, the variety of things to do. I'm sharing the things that really catch my eye, or ear, or imagination. And it means anything I mention on NE1 FM can be looked up on here. Click the pink links for websites, booking pages, band facebook pages.   Try something different, go somewhere new. if I help you do that, I'm a happy blogger.

Tweet me @jowheretogo so I can put your events on here, or just tweet me!


Until Saturday 17th November
Opera North are doing a number of productions at the Theatre Royal including Faust, The Makropulos Case, and Don Giovanni. Don Giovanni is on until Saturday, and is based on the legends of the young libertine seducer, Don Juan and is played out with the music of Mozart. The story follows the outrageous selfish abusive young nobleman until he finally meets his match.

Friday 16th November
Live Theatre : Theatre Uncut...a selection of pieces written by people from many different countries. They were asked to write something that reflected the political situation in their country.

Saturday 17th November
Agnes and Walter: a Little Love Story. A dance production at Dance City, telling a story of commitment, desire and a garden shed.

Saturday 17th November - 5th January 2013
The Little Detective Agency: for children under 7 but fun for everyone. At Northern Stage and all about a Christmas stay at Grandma's where the children unearth a mystery that they, The Little Detective Agency must solve, to save the family!

Monday 19th - Saturday 24th November
Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience. At Pasqualino's in the Theatre Royal. Interactive Theatre International bring the whole Fawlty Towers experience to life. You get a 3 course lunch or dinner served in a 2 hour interactive experience with Basil, Sybil and Manuel.

Tuesday 20th November - Saturday 24th November
Ersatz by Kevan Ogden at the People's Theatre. A family unravels when the mother is suspended from her job in a school for attacking a pupil. Strong language and adult themes. Winner of the biennial "People's Play" competition.

Thursday 22nd November
The Nutcracker: at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, adaptation by the Moscow Ballet of the classic magical story of toys coming to life.

Take Ten at the Cumberland Arms in Ouseburn. 10 performers get 10 minutes to entertain you, with spoken word. you pay £4 and they serve cracking real ale. Smiley face!

26th November - 1st December

Bill Kenwright's Soul Sister: the story of Ike and Tina Turner, at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road.


Thursday 15th November

Half Man Half Biscuit formed in Birkenhead in the early 80's and famous for quite northern humour and socially conscious songs, HMHB are back! at the O2 Academy.

Broom Bezzums at the Cumberland Arms : an acoustic folk duo, check out their website. And this video Cold House. Lovely stuff.

                                         Broom Bezzums

Friday 16th November

Faderhead at Legends supported by Paresis and the.invalid . Angry punky electro with killer riffs and dirty beats! Stay for Tech Noir club.

The Return of David Rodigan + Tom Caulker + Lively up at World Headquarters Reggae loveliness in a club scene.

Spring Offensive, Victory at Sea and Tessera Skies at the Head of Steam.

Ben Howard and Willie Mason at the O2 Academy

2 Hogs at O'Neils:

Oh Messy Life, Hundredth Anniversary and Tusk at the Cluny, Ousburn.

Lionel Richie and Phillipa Hanna at the Metro Radio Arena. Hello?

Saturday 17th November

Join in and Sing (Gentlemen Please!). A day of singing intruction and rehearsal with "Inspiration"'s music director Gary Griffiths. At the Sage Gateshead.

House of the Golden Lotus....more theatre than music but hey. Cabaret entertainment, real burlesque, circus freakery, and a freaky medical theme. Dress to distress! At Red's Bar at Northumbria University.

Frank Turner is at the O2 Academy supported by Jim Lockey and The Solemn Sun + Tim Barry.

Sunday 18th November
Brass in Concert Championship at the Sage Gateshead (including Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Reg Vardy Band and the Brighouse Rastrick Band. Get into brass! Starts 9am...big day!

Clock Opera at Newcastle University Students Union. Tickets available here.

Tuesday 20th November

David Essex at Newcastle City Hall..the "Rock Tour"

Thursday 22nd November

Magnum at O2 Academy.....wee Bob Catley struts his stuff and fills the air with vocal drama!

Pigeon Detectives with support from my favourite local anthemic indie rocksters This Ground Moves. At Newcastle University Student Union.
                                               This Ground Moves


If you fancy listening to comedians talking about comedy, do visit Koastradio.co.uk weekly radio show 10pm to 1am.

Alternatively there are some comedy gigs coming up:

23rd and 24th November

Grinning Idiot is hosting "What Would Beyonce Do?" by Luisa Omielan who was a big hit in Edinburgh. Tweet #WhatwouldBeyoncedo or email free@jesterval.com

For the kids ... Comic spooky author Gareth P Jones is at 7 Stories in Ouseburn reading from his "Constable and Toop" books. Age is 8+. Children are encouraged to dress up spooooookily! Tickets are free but book here.

Charlie Chuck, Sara Pascoe and Patrick Monahan, (all off the telly!) 26th of November at Venue, High Street West Sunderland.Contact Stephen Cuthbert for tickets.

Other Events

Kirkley Hall Christmas Fair 10-4 on 17th and 18th November.
In addition to the new tourist attraction Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, where members of the public can see a range of animals from all over the world, there will be live entertainment, a raffle, a coconut shy and a hog roast.
For the children there will be a Santa’s Grotto, balloon modelling, fairground rides, face painting and arts and crafts workshops. There will be approximately 150 stalls, where local businesses will be selling a varied range of their handmade gifts, toys, authentic crafts and tasty food from around the region.

Enchanted Parks, now in its 6th year, is an innovative after-dark outdoor arts experience developed and co-commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council and produced by Magnetic Events as part of the annual NewcastleGateshead Winter FestivalSession Information Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 December from 4.30pm to 9.30pm

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Theatre Review: "Dim Sum Nights" at Northern Stage

I'm jumping straight onto the laptop as I come in from Northern Stage here!

"Dim Sum" more correctly "Dim Sim" means "touch the heart", and is (as our waitress/narrator informs us) the small tasty morsels of food, dumplings, filo pastry parcels served with tea as breakfast, brunch, lunch, depending how long you sit chatting!

Yellow Earth Theatre brings both dim sum, in the form of tasty snacks and tea, and in the form of short pieces of theatre, written by Asian playwrights . These little stories are played out with humour in a very intimate setting, you really feel part of the show. Bringing together 3 directors, 4 writers and 5 actors to create an interesting buffet of storytelling and entertainment.

Tina Chiang welcomes the audience to the show and is, in this role,as"Butterfly" an engaging and funny waitress with an axe to grind, is like sticky rice, bringing all the other dramatic "dishes" together,

The dark and surreal "Nui Ah" (daughter) is decidedly weird and disturbing with Louise Mai Newberry and Matthew Leonhart as parents with a sad and shameful secret..I was a little unsure how bad the truth was!

"The Clean Up" a post party chat between teenagers (Oliver Biles and Jennifer Tan) may be the rocky road to romance. A sweet course this one.

"Yam Sing" (cheers) is set in a wedding, with two "guests" (Matthew Leonhart and Oliver Biles) comparing their own disappointments at the nuptials.

"Nighthawks" a Japanese restaurant owner overestimates the power of her ESP-led food service to help the troubled souls of her customers. this time, instead of healing their hurts, she seems to unleash their dark and reckless sides, putting everyone in mortal danger.

I found this production immense fun. it was very "in our faces" as the venue was small, and it worked. Although having an actor a metre away from my face shouting "and then we f*#ed, we actually f*#ed" was a bit intense....but hey, it gave us something to laugh about afterwards!

The food was clearly a popular idea, the audience wasted no time in sampling the contents of our cute little bamboo baskets. I loved the tea as well...would have loved a bigger pot!

This highly entertaining production (makes a great evening out) is onagain tomorrow (9/11) and Saturday (10/11). Tickets are available online from Northern Stage or over the phone on 0191 2305151.

Dim Sum Nights is also visiting:

Birmingham Ming Moon Restaurant

London Tara Theatre

Oxford Koi Restaurant 

London Artsdepot


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Theatre Review "Blue Boy" at Northern Stage

                                                             Jack McMillan, The Boy

I awoke early this Saturday morning to the unmistakable glow of snow through the window. The earliest snow I remember, settled ready for the October half term holiday. My son woke up, understandably excited, was cajoled into a warm dressing gown and slippers on top of his fluffy pyjamas despite his protests that he was "too warm". This is the sort of care I would rather all children had from their parents. But of course there are so many kids who don't have a safe home, who run out of places to turn, who have to be referred to social services to give them some kind of safe haven or to help the family work out its problems.

The social care system is woefully underfunded and those working in it are under immense pressure to deliver care under tighter and tighter budgets. Social workers have bigger and bigger caseloads. Managers have larger areas to cover. Children, despite all the good intentions of people who go into the sector to do a good job, becomes just another name on a list.

Margaret Wilkinson wrote this play influenced by the high profile cases a number of years ago, of children dying whilst in care. She wanted to imagine what it would be like to be blamed or blame oneself for the death of of the children in her care. Margaret uses the term "office gothic" for this claustrophobic tale of a haunted office worker. Reagan is working through the night under mountains of files trying to meet a deadline, when he is disturbed by a boy, apparently sleeping rough and seeking shelter in the office. The boy's presence becomes increasingly unsettling as Reagan is forced to guess his name, he should know it. The boy was one of his cases. That, Margaret says, is in parallel with the story of Rumplestiltskin as Reagan must "spin straw into gold" (sort out his cases) and guess the name by morning. The boy longs to be a real boy as did Pinocchio but memos, cutbacks, interventions, protection orders tick boxes, they don't get you a family.

In Blue Boy you are left wondering what Reagan must feel, who is the boy. Why is he here? Who is to blame?

Alex Elliott (whom I saw in Best in the World recently so inspiring, went back, took my son the second time) played Reagan in what looked to be an emotionally exhausting and draining performance. Getting  more tired and drunker as the story develops, Reagan's already cracked existence is picked apart by this sad and familiar presence. Jack MacMillan, who graduated from East 15 Acting School this year, played the boy. He did a fine job of making the boy hard to read, mildly threatening, manipulative, and yet innocent and yearning for a normal life.
                                                                Alex Elliott, Reagan

There were approximately 89, 000 "looked after" children in the UK in 2011. See the Blue Boy Website. The average number of cases held across the UK is 25, ranging from an average of 11 for students to 25 for qualified social workers who do not hold any management responsibilities and 30 for those who do. Newly qualified social workers hold 21 cases on average, 16% less than more experienced social workers. (source: Community Care website). By under-resourcing this service we are not only damaging the lives of those young people in care but the lives of those who have entered the profession with a desire to do good.

The play runs until Saturday 27th October at Northern Stage  Further dates in the Northeast:

30th October: Durham Town Hall as part of the Durham Book Festival
4th November Darlington Civic Centre at Central Hall, Dolphin Centre.
5-6th November Customs House, South Shields.

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