Happy New Year!
I hope you all had an excellent festive season and you weren't plagued by one of the many varied nasty viruses. Unfortunately the Jowheretogo house was full of the dreaded lurgy but we didn't let it spoil it too much!
2013 is set to be an interesting one (in a good way I hope) for Jowheretogo. With a website, under construction, introducing bands, artists, comics, events and theatre in a way that isn't just a listings site, its going to be more personal than that. I love music and entertainment, and I want you to get the best out of your spare time and hard earned cash. You can hear some of the bands I'm suggesting you see on my Jowheretogo Show on NE1FM 102.5...follow @jowheretogo for details.
January is set to be a quieter month. Confidence in people's ability to afford a night out after Christmas is low. However there are some gems out there. Newcastle and Gateshead, we're not just going to stop being a mecca for great music, theatre and comedy just because it's January!
What's on in January then?
Monday 7th January
Vieux Carre Jazzmen at the Cornerhouse, Newcastle. Playing the popular music of the 1920's and 1930's.
Tuesday 8th January
Hellion Rising at the Three Tuns in Gateshead. Free Metal Gig!
Thursday 10th January
Scott Kiers at the Open Mic Night at the Three Mile Inn. Dark and haunting music from the guitarist and vocalist who fronts Sunderland based alternative country band Redwings.
Friday 11th January
Limehouse Lizzy at the O2 Academy. Popular Thin Lizzy tribute act.
Jake Houlsby at O'Neils. Acoustic melodies from this young artist from Newcastle.
St Os. Fest with Paul Smith of Maximo Park, The Futureheads, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Peter Brewis from Mercury-nominated Field Music, Cornshed Sister Jennie Brewis, Little Comets and Stockon-based The Chapman Family are all confirmed to take part in the event at Newcastle University Student Union. Raising money for northeast charity St Oswalds Hospice.
The Fontains at Mr Lynch A rock. pop and indie 3 piece covers band.
The Tea Larks at Berkely Tavern, Whitley Bay
Saturday 12th January
Whole Lotta Led at O2 Academy. Led Zeppelin covers from this well-thought-of tribute band comprised of outstanding musicians who really love Led Zeppelin!
The Outsider Showcase gig at the Cluny with some amazing local bands. Seriously, this is a really must-see lineup.So What Robot (my son is addicted to their tunes, its scary), Static Soul, James Allen and Co, Peculiar Disco Moves, Stud Puppy and Alex Burgess.
So What Robot
Jen Stevens and one of the Hiccups at Tynemouth Priory 9pm
Sunday 13th January
No Time For Jive at The Tyne. West coast blues band...have a listen on Youtube.
Tuesday 15th January
Kendrick Lamar at O2 Academy
Thusday 16th January
Buskers Night at The Dolly Peel with Jen Stevens and Friends
Wednesday 17th January
Jen Stevens and one of the Hiccups at The Victoria, Whitley Bay.
Friday 18th January
The Watchers at the Cluny. Have a listen to the pot-pourri of intsrumentalism and lush vocals in "Cut the Ribbon" on their website.
Jen Stevens and a Hiccup (singular) at LifeOf Riley, South Shields
Jen Stevens: All over January!
Saturday 19th January
Renegade Rocks at the Cluny with Def-Con-One, The Karma Heart, Sabbatica, I Am and Siege UK. Enjoy a night of proper heavy rock and metal!
Sunday 20th January
Mojo Hand Band at The Tyne. Rythm and blues at the Tyne with decent ale. Perfect recipe for a good night out.
Tuesday 22nd January
Amy Holford + The Last Spectacular + Iceni at The Cluny. Goosebump-inducing songs from a very talented singer sonwriter.
Tuesday 8th January and 15th January
Laughing Horse New Act of the Year: Kai Humphreys at the Dog and Parrot, Newcastle
Monday 14th January
The Suggestibles at the Stand Comedy Club, High Bridge
Monday 21st January
Andrew Lawrence (is coming to get you!) at the Stand Comedy Club. Putting the "grin" in "ginger" by some kind of twisted reasoning.
Aladdin at the Theatre Royal until 19th January (pretty cool effects and a gripping show all the way through.) Sad to see the Theatre change their ice cream from the lovely local Beckleberry's to some generic Italian style stuff. Shame on you! Sorry I just love Beckleberry's. I was looking forward to the interval!
Equally Divided by Ronald Harwood at The Little Theatre in Gateshead. I really must check this little place out! Until 19th January.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Theatre Royal from 22nd January to 26th January.
Arsenic and Old Lace at the People's Theatre, all done by volunteers, great value theatre at the great venue.
I'll be back with more events later in the week. And listen out to NE1FM for the Jowheretogo show. Enjoy life, its what it's for!