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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 much to do!

A BIG Ask!

I've set myself a couple of tasks. While working towards self employment in the world of music (I know there's a role there for me, I'm going to find it!), I want to become a source of "what's on in Newcastle" in this blog, and on the radio. Local radio is under threat (especially in the evenings) from cutbacks in the BBC, which makes stations like NE1FM all the more important in giving local information and serving the community.

The biggest difficulty, apart from overcoming my fear of chatting to 58000 people on air, is that Newcastle has too much going on! Every night there's a play, some comedy, bands playing, dance shows, often simultaneously. Keeping a 1 hour radio show nice and chatty without stuffing it full of information is going to be hard. But with the folks at NE1FM's help, I'll crack it. This blog will be a central point for information so that the show can stay light on the phone numbers and ticket information and I can talk more about the bands, the plays, and the comics. More to come on the show later...

Review: Not Until We Are Lost by Okham's Razor at Dance City

I have never experienced a production like this. The company presented simple stories of human companionship, cooperation, how love can crush you, how we can be lost and find ourselves anew. The aerial apparatus was made from scaffolding and plexiglass and the audience were brought onto the stage from the start, allowed to walk around and wonder what was going to happen as Ruth Wall played atmospheric music using her harp and a curious array of metal prongs attached to pick ups that made really cool noises! My son liked that. After a couple of pieces involving the apparatus (which were oddly moving, the actors/acrobats having amazing ability to convey emotions via their faces) the choir burst into song from WITHIN the audience creating a surround sound effect. Did I mention I was in the choir? It was a fantastic experience being trained by Anna Flannagan with other community volunteers to sing the wonderful songs composed by award winning composer Graham Fitkin. Quite a challenge for me as the music was pretty complicated at times. But the effect was amazing, there was great feedback from the audiences. I saw the grinning faces of children as the "Okhams" swung each other over their heads. I'm looking forward to Okham's Razor coming back to Dance City as they showed such imagination and vision creating this production. I was so proud to be part of it. I was sad to see them go off to Lancaster on the next leg of the tour!

What's on


17th October: 
The Unthanks at Tyneside Cinema singing "Songs From The Shipyards" with viuals from                                 Richard Fenwick £11.50 -£14.50 tel. 0845 217 9909 Wishbone Ash at the O2 Academy  Gaz Coombs  (Supergrass)   at the O2 Academy tel.    019102602020

18th October  Flux Pavilian at the O2 Academy Battle of the Bands 1/4 Final  at the 3 Tuns, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead.  Seth  Lakeman  at the O2 Academy (Folk..check out "More Than Money" on Youtube.
 Larry Miller  at the Cluny2 (Excellent blues rock Dead Birds at the Cluny (darkly beautiful music like "When the upbeat sounds from your dying heart emerge")

19th October   AlterCreed (Alterbridge and Creed covers) and Karma Heart (up and coming harmonic hard rock band) at Legends £5 in adnvance from or £7 on the door with entry included to Toxic Rock Night. Terrorvision at Northumbria University tel. 0191 2274757

20th October The Farm at the O2 Academy (playing their Spartacus album in its entirety). Little Comets (superb local band)  at the O2 Academy. Vintage Bus Trip shuttling between the Cluny and the Central Bar in Gateshead for Americana from The Mastersons, Tom Paley's Old Time Moonshine Revue and Chastity Brown see for details. Oxjam Newcastle Takeover (LOADS of local bands, DJ's comedy, childrens entertainment) in the Ouseburn Valley. See, tickets are £7. Great value and for a great cause.

21st October Don Maclean at the Sage, Gateshead (40th anniversary of American Pie tour)

22nd October Random Hand at Trillians Rock Bar (ska punk fun from Keighley!)

26th October Heaven 17 at the O2 Academy

30th October Modulate, Surgyn and Outsight at Trillians £10 tickets from local record shops, Charnel House, and

And coming up:

2nd November Adam Ant at the O2 Academy

23rd November Sonic Boom Six, Imperial Leisure and Rossi Noise all on one bill! At the O2 Academy.


17th October Red Raw at The Stand, High Bridge: Brand new comics and established pro's try out new material. £2! The or 0844693 3366

18th October Andy Zaltzman - Armchair Revolutionary. Political satire, cricket and Edith Piaf. at The Stand, High Bridge


17th October Black T Shirt Collection by Inua Ellams at Northern Stage tel.0191 230 5151

16th- 20th October The Haunting by Charles Dickens at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road. Tel.
0844 493 999

20th October The Shortest Day, Cave and Falling Unknown ( martial arts based dance pieces) at Dance City, Temple Street. tel 0191 261 05050

24th 27th October Blue Boy at Northern Stage (tense thriller)

That's all I've got time for right now. Newcastle is buzzing you lucky peeps!Follow me on twitter! I'm @schwarzbeer.

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