Thursday, 14 February 2013

Jowheretogo from 14th February 2013 plus @northernstage

This week's show

The Jowheretogo Show on Monday 18th February will feature music from The Wildhearts, Dave Gerard and the Watchmen, Northern Sinfonia, Big Beat Bronson, OMD, Kaiser Chiefs, Kontiki Suite, Too Spicy, Jen Stevens and the Hiccups, So What Robot and more. I'll be talking about events at the Live Theatre, Northern Stage, Think Tank, The Stand, Theatre Royal and The Centre of Life. Tune in to NE1fm 102.5 on Monday at 12 noon. Have some Jowheretogo with your sandwiches.

Psychamericanacountry from Kontiki Suite at the Head of Steam  on Friday 22nd February

 You can listen using a radio app on your phone such as TuneInRadio or online at And on that website you can find out more about all the programmes on NE1fm and how you might be able to get involved in community radio. There are always open mic slots in the morning from 10-12, and with a little training and a bit of paperwork you could be presenting your own show. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes and you could get experience in everything that makes community radio tick. Get in touch via

Theatre for your diary: Steptoe and Son at Northern Stage

12-16th March  at Northern Stage

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice from the legendary scripts of Galton and Simpson, this new co-production between long time collaborators Kneehigh and West Yorkshire Playhouse charts the tender, cruel and surprising dance of father and son. This new interpretation breathes life into characters which generations of viewers know and love. Taking on the roles of one of television’s most famous pairings are Kneehigh’s Mike Shepherd playing Albert and Dean Nolan making his Kneehigh debut as dreamer Harold.

Based in Cornwall, Kneehigh is celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies.  The company has been around for nearly 30 years. A multi-talented team of performers, technical staff, and artists create anarchic, fun and enjoyable theatre.
Steptoe and Son at Northern Stage from 12th to the 16th March

Riise Music Update

It's been an eventful couple of weeks for Riise. With Junior Turner working on his new video to compliment his song "Hurt", a very emotional time for Mr Turner with the memories of the inspiration for the song all being evoked by the atmosphere of the shoot. Junior is releasing a DVD featuring his album launch performance at Tynemouth Grand Hotel, and some background about the songs on the album "Under Scrutiny". You can see Junior in the "Singing Alang the Scotswood Road" show at the Tyne Theatre on 30th March.

Denature have been all hands on deck creating a new single "Breathe" as an introduction to their new sound after Richard and Anna of Anna and the Kings move on to pastures new. They are working hard on more songs, and I hope to share them with you as soon as they are ready. Denature have moved into a more electronic based genre but with Anna's accomplished vocals and Richards guitar contributing to a much richer sound scape, and crackingly good songs. I'm looking forward to hearing more, and getting the opportunity to play some Denature for you on NE1fm.
Denature: suffering for their art, it was a really, really cold night!

So, that's all for now. Listen to NE1fm at 12 noon on Mondays to get the lowdown on the gigs, theatre, comedy and random happenings that have caught my eye.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

#MMBE & What's on in Newcastle/Gateshead from 11th to 18th Feb

A few words about the blog

      I've said this is a work in progress, and while its been great creating each blog and then presenting a radio show about it, I have to realise what is a good use of my time. Every week I will bring you news of what's on in Newcastle and Gateshead on NE1fm at 12pm on a Monday. But I won't be putting all the dates and info on the blog. This is because this information is out there on listings sites, Facebook events pages, listings mags and I'm trying to do the job of a team of journalists doing this.The new Jowheretogo website will feature gigs that catch my eye, and artists and performers you need to know about. Every project has a time of evolution, and as it's not yet a business, its the right time to get things right. So I'll be writing more reviews, as I was hoping to before all this took over, and giving new music, comedy and theatre a PR boost as well.

Finding my place in the Music Business

      Last year I was made redundant and felt it was time to retrain in something I'm really interested in. I found out about the MMBE (Managing a Music Business Enterprise). This course is taught at Gateshead College by Generator who are known for their programmes of music business development in the north. The staff at Generator are experienced music business professionals who have experienced the highs and lows of working with, as and for musicians. With their contacts in the business, it isn't too difficult for the class to be treated to an audience with a real music high flyer.
      The class were invited to the "Music Futures" conference at the Live Theatre in November 2012 where we could benefit from  knowledge and advice from people such as Nick Detnon, the highly charismatic manager of Dizzee Rascal, Mercury Music's Mike Smith, Alison Wenham of AIM (Association of Independent Music) and many more including Coldplay's web "Oracle" Debs Wild. It was a great day for networking and finding out about marketing campaigns, the growing role of independent labels in nurturing talent and the many different careers open to people who love music.
      Since then in our sessions at Gateshead College have included visits from Polly Comber and Ronnie Gurr. Polly had done many years in the music business and got the Stereophonics signed to V2 after being hugely impressed with them as a live band. She now manages Bastille and Ghostwriter and had much to tell us about the artist/manager relationships & the "gut feeling" you get when you find that perfect band or artist. Ronnie was the A&R link at V2 when Stereophonics were signed. His visit yesterday was most enlightening! Musicians can be complex personalities, which can give a lot of anecdotes for the future! Ronnie started writing for music press, then in A&R and in-house publicity for a label. He worked with bands such as Danny Wilson, Simple Minds, and Jimmy Nail (!) before moving on and helping set up V2 where he worked with bands like Culture Club. He now works with the Scottish Qualification Authority developing music industry education in Scotland.
      Last night was a taster session for the next MMBE course. There will be more so keep an eye on the Generator website if you want to learn about the ins and outs of the music business, marketing, legal, financial   and not forgetting the musical. Every part of the business is covered...being an artist, a manager, a promoter, a PR specialist, starting a label, publishing, & artists' rights. The aim is to finish the course with a good business plan, if not a business.


Monday 11th to Saturday 16th Feb

Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" is at the Theatre Royal, the box office smash comes to Newcastle.

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February

Canary Gold at Northern Stage is a story of mystery on the high seas as a dusty old bottle is claimed to be a rare and expensive Canarian wine. You are invited to work out after meeting the characters of Canary Wharf (a chance for a dig at those pesky bankers) and traders, who the real pirates are. With live music and a lot of satire this is a collaboration between Theatre Sans Frontieres and Teatra Tamaska.

 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February

Toy Stories at Live Theatre explores the world of toys. Are they just products, or do they have a life of their own, and ability to stimulate the imagination of the owner? This is a production by Live's Youth Theatre and is suitable for the whole family.

Tuesday 19th to Wednesday 20th

Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo are at the Theatre Royal. A ballet troupe like like no other, combining amazing ballets skills and tutus with hairy chests and whole lot of humour. I actually fancy this, it looks a laugh!

Les Ballet trockadero de Monte Carlo (pic from Theatre Royal website)
Wednesday 20th February

Eros and Psyche by The Crick Crack Club's Sally Pomme who dissects the story of  Eros , sent by Aphrodite to kill the beautiful mortal Psyche of whom she is jealous, while Socrates and his mates discuss the path of love, over dinner. At Northern Stage.

21st-23rd February

The story of Rapunzel is brought to life at Northern stage by BalletLorent. Suitable for everyone over 7.


Monday 11th February

The Rolling Clones are at the O2 Academy...another tribute act comes to the Toon.

Monday Night Reggae including Lively Up at the Head of Steam 

Tuesday 12th February

The 3 Tuns Showcase in Gateshead including Cyan Cureus, Exit Route, Kato and Karnival Kids

The Kerrang Tour with Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Tonight Alive and Fearless Vampire Killers.

Wednesday 13th February

Feed the Rhino are at the O2 Academy. Screamo metal at its finest.

Thursday 14th February them so they can buy real instruments. (pic from their website)
Album launch at the Cumberland Arms for folk trio Tyde. Sparkling folk music with influences from all over the UK.

Friday 15th February

Live Music at the Central, Gateshead with Death to Indie, Beth Macari, Louis Adams and Them Things. Get your tickets here.

Saturday 16th February

Big Beats Bronson at Hoults Yard ...the beats are big, the bass is bigger, and I like it. It is large.
Big Beats Bronson ...just blending in.

Example is at the O2 Academy.

The Skatoons are playing the Cornerhouse..highly entertaining ska covers band.

Sunday 17th February

The Tipping Point "Roundhouse Rising" Showcase at the Sage Gateshead, Emerging artists brought to you in conjunction with Generator. Playing are Mausi, Eliza and the Bear Death at Sea and Amy Holford.


Monday 11th February

The Suggestibles will be doing a night of impro and randomness..seriously talented "off the cuff" comics. At the Stand, High Bridge.

Tuesday 12th February

Simon Mannery- Fylm-Makker : a highly original blend of stand up, video techniques, animation. Imaginative and avant garde comedy.

Sunday 17th February

And this looks brilliant! Finally, a comedy show for kids to take their bored adults to! Newcastle Kids Comedy Club at the Stand. With funnies suitable for kids 8 and above and an opportunity to knock up your own lunch from ingredients laid out. I'm seriously considering this, I know a small person who's been asking to join us on a comedy night for the last 2 years. Doors 12pm starts 12.30. £4 a head.

And that's all for now. The blog will be back when I've found the next big thing, seen a great show, or some cracking theatre..and I'll be reviewing, not so much giglisting from now on.

Listen to the show and hear some great music from the gigging bands on NE1fm 102.5 on Monday at 12pm! 

Friday, 1 February 2013

Whats on in Newcastle/Gateshead 4-10th Feb

Jowheretogo Show Week 2!

A New Day Riising

Interesting week for me. After meeting the manager of Bastille (and the lady who first signed the Stereophonics), Polly Comber, at my "Managing A Music Business Enterprise" course, I had a day in a recording studio. In the very homely surroundings of Broadwater Studios in Gateshead, meeting with Riise Music artists Anna and Richard (formally of Anna and The Kings), recording a track in a style more suited to their new style as Northeast electronic duo Denature. I met the increasingly popular Wallsend singer Junior Turner who was filming an interview to go into his "An Audience with Junior Turner" DVD. The video will include footage of his highly successful album launch concert at Tynemouth Priory Theatre with support from Jess Wood who features on his song, Loveblind on the "Under Scrutiny" album. Download the album here. The DVD will be released on Wednesday 6th March.
Junior chats about life, the world, music and everything for his DVD.

So what's on in the Toon and aroond?


Monday 4th February

Ian Campbell is at the Brandling Arms in Gosforth. Covering a wide range of styles from the 60's to present day. Rock, Pop, Punk, Country, Bluegrass, Irish and Folk

Tuesday 5th February

(Also Tues 6th)Fires Live: Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden at the Newcastle City Hall.

Dutch Uncles are at the Cluny and if you click their link you will find a free download on their website. It never ceases to amaze me how bands can keep coming up with a whole new sound. This is sooo different, mixture of sequenced orchestral sounds, bass  and a rather "Hot Chipesque" vocal.

Jake Bugg is at the O2 Academy..I don't think he needs much help from me! He's canny though.

Wednesday 6th February

Its my birthday! Please as a present to me could you spread this blog far and wide, and make sure you tune in on Mondays at 12 on NE1FM 102.5. And up to 50 of you can listen online too! Max out that stream!

Back to the music...

Dale Watson is at the Cluny..a country music traditionalist has finally let modern influences take the reigns on his new album. Have a listen to "My Baby Makes Me Gravy" from 2011. A lot of humour and warmth in his music.

The History of Apple Pie is a 5 pieced female fronted indie rock band...and listening it takes me back to the mid 90's, and I like it. You can see them at the Dog and Parrot in Newcastle.

Thursday 7th February

Billy the Kid is at the Cluny, don't be going armed though. This is a young female singer songwriter who has secured an abundance of synch deals for her music (ie get them on telly programmes in return for spendies). She has been described as "not knowing what impossible is" and has worked with Jamie Candilaro, who produced fro REM, Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson.

The NME Awards Tour reaches the O2 Academy with Django Django, Miles Kane,the Palma Violets and Peace.
Miles Kane..waterproof.
Photo from his website.

Lexy and the Kill are at Hoults Yard. Click the link, have a listen. Supported by Miss Danby and the What, Iceni, and Static Soul. A crackingly good line up...prepare to be surprisingly bouncing around to the dancey grooves of Static Soul. Have a listen to their "You Can Do Better".
Static Soul at the Outsider Showcase at the Cluny

Battle of the Bands at the Three Tuns in Gateshead. Competing are the Deadbeats, Emergency, Dissadent (sic) and Mixfits International. A nice £500 for the winner.

Friday 8th February

Busy at the Cluny with a single launch for Bridie Jackson and Beccy Owen and in the other room Nick Harper. Click those pink links for the bands' websites and music etc. So a choice between alternative folk rock and the acoustic melodic Nick Harper. Hard choice.

Sabbatica are at the Star Inn on Westgate Road. Black Sabbath covers, and  fun night guaranteed..I think. The videos in the website look like it could be a good night. I'd like a crack at the role of Ozzy though... from their website. 
Cash are at the O2 Academy, a tribute to Johnny Cash. They certainly take the image seriously. Have a listen on Youtube.

Saturday 9th February

The Australian Pink Floyd are at the City Hall. They've toured all over the world and solf over 3 million gig tickets, and performed at Dave Gilmore's 50th birthday. It seems they are very good.

The Jumping Hot Club has got O'Hooley & Tidow  and Amelia Curran, I'm not sure I've got the musical vocabulary to describe these, but they sound amazing, do have a listen.
O'Hooley and Tidow (photo from their website)

Rossi Noise are having a single launch at The Cumberland Arms. Their previous single "Knives" was a real favourite of mine and they really pound the stage live...get the crowd going. They'll be supported by Go-X, Patched Up Heroes and Humanism.
Rossi Noise: Send ransom to jowheretogo
pic from their website

Sunday 10th February

All Time Low, Lower Than Atlantis and The Summerset are at the O2 Academy .

Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener are at The Cluny.


Monday 4th February

Not actually theatre, but on  at the Live Theatre you can take part in the "A&E Quiz" (arts and entertainment) in the rather nice bar of the theatre. Get togather a team of your most cultured mates and with an entry fee of £1 a head you can be in with a chance of winning "a host of fantastic prizes".

Thursday 7th February 
The Trials of an Invisible Man at Live Theatre a comic production with spoken word and stand up paying homage to the H G Wells character.
Trials of an Invisible Man, at Live Theatre..pic from their website.

Friday 8th February

Poison at Northern Stage is a story by Wan Fang about a less than ideal Chinese family. First staged in Beijing in 2006, this play deals with the dysfunctional activities of a messed up family in an interestingly surreal manner.

Grease is being performed by the girls of Central High at Northern Stage from the 13th - 15th February.

Don't forget the multibuy deal at Northern Stage allowing you to buy tickets for several productions in advance at a much reduced priced.

Saturday 9th February

"What Would Beyonce Do?" was cancelled due to snow a few weeks ago when Luisa Omielan's show was due to be at the Chillingham Arms. But here's another chance to catch her show, which sells out regularly at Soho Theatre, and got rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe. At the Live Theatre, for 1 night only.

Sunday 10th February

Comedy Course Corkers at the Live Theatre : the theatre holds courses in stand up comedy. The next one starts in April, and here, graduates from the course, already regulars on the comedy circuit, get to show the benefits of the course in a comedy show. With veteran comics (I'm sure they won't mind being called that) John Scott and Vladimir Mctavish, the night is sure to be a good mixture of styles.

Other Opportunities

A mention for the activities of the Sage Gateshead: not only is the Sage a great venue for many different kinds of music, but it has an important role in music education in the northeast. My whole family has benefited from classes at the Sage. My son is learning junior musicianship and violin, I've had singing lessons with the Singing Stellas (Saturday mornings, all women, very relaxed), my husband is having a crack at the fiddle and intermediate guitar. There are various levels of financial assistance available, depending on the course and your income. Check out the courses available on the Sage website. If you are over 50 there's the Silvers programme, where you can pick up an instrument or improve your vocals. For example Silvers Rock where there is a wide range of ways you can learn and play music from skiffle, to rock and roll and drumming. In fact I'm looking at it and wishing I could do it. But I'm still under 50. For a bit longer.

Gateshead Beer Festival

With a a large selection of real ales and proper ciders, you'll be in the mood for some great music. And you'll get it by the marqueeful at the Gateshead Beer Festival. Over 3 days from Friday the 3rd May to Sunday 5th May bands such as Jen Stevens and the Hiccups, Scratch the Surface, Jonny Boyle, Chris Binding, The Dust Town Dogs, Superheat, Bessie and the Zinc Buckets, Lounge Lizards, Claypath....plenty to keep you entertained. Open frpm 12pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 12pm to 11pm on the Sunday, the festival is being held at Gateshead Rugby Club. Buy a ticket here.

NE1FM 102.5

Finally, have a look on for what shows are coming up on the station. NE1 aims to serve the community around Newcastle. So there are shows that represent many different parts of our society, so we all have a voice. You can have a show on NE1FM, if you have something you can bring to the station,( I hope I am with my little events guide, chat and music), you could start by volunteering for an open mic slot. Go to the volunteering part of the website and find out all the ways you can help at the station, and maybe get trained in a new skill. Until then, tune in on 102.5fm or listen online, or on your TuneInRadio app on your phone.

Have a great week.



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