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Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Jowheretogo Show Goes Official! on @ne1fmofficial

The Jowheretogo Show Goes Official!

After a few weeks of slotting in where there was a spare hour, NE1fm have now kindly allowed me a regular    slot! The Jowheretogo Show will now be broadcasting every Monday at 12pm starting the 28th January 2013, on 102.5 fm. I will still be playing music from bands who are doing gigs in the local area, and other music with a link, however tenuous to the other events going on. I'm very new to presenting but I hope to provide you with an entertaining show where I am providing you information about events you perhaps didn't know about, and places you've never visited. Also in the pipeline is a Jowheretogo  website, with information about bands, artists, venues, comics, theatre and days out. I hope to make this interesting and engaging, not just a listings website, the things I promote are the ones that really catch my eye, and I want you to share!
A development has been my new involvment with RIISE Music Management, in the promotion of its artist's careers. If you don't already know him check out Junior Turner and his music. I'll be bringing you news about RIISE in addition to my other promotional activities.

I'm sitting here looking out at the snowy landscape getting a wee bit nervous about the prospects of getting anything constructive done. I'm one of the many parents with a child snowed out of school. I've convinced him (now he's exhausted the novelty of playing in the snow) that now would be a great time to make a  much better job of his homework. Meanwhile I can do mine!

Today, I'll start with comedy..


Monday 28th January

"The Grape and the Grain" with James Dowdeswell who has performed sell out versions of his Wine Show in th UK and Australia. He'll be spouting humorously about wine and Vladimir McTavish will be coming along to add to the convivial atmosphere with a jolly set about whiskey. And this alcoholic extravaganza will be taking place at The Stand on High Bridge.

Wednesday 30th January

At The Stand is the regular Red Raw night with new and established comics trying out new material, and only 2 quid for a night out. Can't say fairer than that!

Friday 1st February

The Grinning Idiot comedy club is back after a short break on Fridays 1st February at the Grand Hotel Tynemouth, with Mick Ferry, Phil Nicol, support and MC John Smith.
Mick Ferry..always well turned out

Saturday 2nd February

The Grinning Idiot is at The Live Theatre on Broad Chare with a line up including Phil Nichol, Sean Percival and John Smith as MC. Really nice venue for comedy and for theatre.

Sunday 3rd January

The very funny Gavin Webster is at The Stand with his "Northumbrian Assembly" an excellent value comedy night with more laughs for your pound than most. I really like this fella...always puts a smile on my face with his quirky northeast spin on observational comedy, and some downright random but hilarious stuff. With guests, sketches and all sorts of silly stuff. Get your tickets here.


Monday 28th January

The Vieux Carre Jazzmen are bringing swinging old time jazz blues to the Cornerhouse. I had a wee listen and it sounds like you'll be in for a very chilled out smooth evening..nice.

Tuesday 29th January

Rita Ora is at the O2 Academy.

Shatner's Bassoon are at the Cluny..this is jazz on a very different level to the Vieux Varre Jazzmen. Very avant garde, someone who knows nothing about this genre I'll leave it there. If you like crazy mixed up jazz...this is for you!

Wednesday 30th January

"School of Rock and Pop Showcase" at the O2 Academy... looks interesting, getting young people into bands and the performing arts. Little Mix, meanwhile in the other room at the O2.

Danny and Ben from Thunder are at the Sage Gateshead. British rock with feeling!

Newcastle rap hip hop combo Militantz are at the Cluny. Really, really growing on me this, northeast England homegrown poetry and hard grooves. I really do like a bit of everything ye knaa! Loving the accent in the rap! Really emotional stuff.

Thursday 31st January

The Old  Tire Swingers and the Kentucky Cowtippers are at the Live Theatre. Brand new and original bluegrass, country and americana.

The very lovely Paloma Faith is at the O2 Academy.

The East Park Reggae Collective is at the Cluny  They are probably excellent, but I can't get onto their website right now to find out. Do check their facebook page though.

Friday 1st February

Plan B, Labrinth and Rudimental are on at the Metro Radio Arena. A large venue required to fit the size of these stars. Plan B had a top 3 album with "Ill Manors" last year and he was nominated for 2 Brit Awards after a very successful and innovative Twitter based marketing campaign for the album release.

Pictish Trail (very nice website with videos, have a listen) at the Cluny.

Saturday 2nd February

Modestep at the O2 Academy.

The Longsands are at the Ship Inn, Benton. Homegrown indie rock.

The Milk are at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, well there you go, I didn't know they did gigs there. Had a listen and I like "Chip the Kids". Funky.

Sunday 3rd February

Jumpin Hot Club has Otis Gibbs at the Cluny. American singer-songwriter with a really warm rock sound and social comment. Have a listen to "Detroit Steel" on his website.
Otis Gibbs

Mark Morriss of the Bluetones is at Hoult's Yard. I really love the Bluetones, ever since I heard their CD playing in RPM records. Mark is now devoting his talents to a solo career, and planning an album release through crowdfunding on Pledge him out.

Hey, I'd better dash on to..


Save the Last Dance For Me is at the Theatre Royal from the 28th January until the 2nd February.
Save The Last Dance For Me
The Oh F**k Moment at Northern Stage "You should probably see this if you've ever stood on a rake. Or accidentally made your party cocktails with bleach. Or locked yourself in a shed. Or been caught cheating."
I think the missing letters are "ol"

Northern Stage is situated behind the new Newcastle University building (Kings Gate) on Barras Bridge.
A great way to see brilliant theatre at a reasonable price...especially if you take advantage of the multibuy deal. Buy several tickets in advance (thereby investing in many future nights out) and save significantly on the price of each ticket. I've done this...really recommended.
A lot of great theatre coming to Northern Stage in the next month., check their website and grab the good seats while you can!
 More theatre coming up later in the month, but that's it for this week. Listen to the show on Monday 28th January at 12pm on NE1FM 102.5 or online at
Me looking a bit creepy at the mic!

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