Friday, 27 June 2014

#quickreview @thestaggdo movie by @fnafilms #premiere at @O2AcademyNewc 26/06/2014

The Stagg Do

5 years in the making, written by an American (James DeMarco) , about Geordies, starring Geordies, with Geordie music and with a premiere screened on Westgate Road at the O2 Academy, this was truly a local affair. The story, about a camping trip involving a groom, his best man and his mates takes a turn for the uncomfortable when the father-in-law to be joins the group. Staggy, played by Andrew Stagg is being chaperoned by his fiancee's (Charlotte, played by Therase Neve) father, "The Judge". Daddy-in-law to be, is played by Bill Fellows, a familiar face on many TV series and films. This scuppers the plans of best-man Pob, and pals Si (Simon Buglass) and Radgy (Craig Conway), who really wanted the trip to evolve into a "beer and titties" extravaganza.

Much silliness, drug references, the funny things that can happen, in the dark, in the Northumberland countryside add up to an enjoyable romp enhanced greatly by a fabulous soundtrack provided entirely by Northeast artists. The actors gave the film an authentic Northeast  feeling, and were all likeable characters. The use of animation broke up the live action nicely and was very amusing!

I hope they release the soundtrack CD, I'll definitely be wanting one. The premiere had an excellent turnout. Academy 2 was packed before we all went out into the balcony seating. After a rapturous applause we went back into Academy 2 for a Q and A session with the production team and entertainment was provided by the excellent So What Robot, and a raffle!  This film could be a slow-burner. It needs to get to as many venues as possible, although the production team are reluctant to use actual cinemas. Producer Zahra Zomorrodian is clearly very passionate about this film as, with the rest of the crew she's been through so much to get this far. Without a jot of government funding, little media support, and a budget of around £10k, this film will provide laughs for many years to come. I hope, the team get the recognition they deserve

Find out more on the Stagg Do Website and watch the trailer.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Sam Dickinson Hold On High


Napoleon Dynamite fans may recognise The Promise as being that song soundtracking the film’s closing scene. 80s New Wave aficionados may simply know it for being Manchester band, When In Rome’s lone US hit single. On Sturgill Simpson’s new album, “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music” (out now on Loose Music), the Kentucky born singer takes the song apart and puts it back together in a distinctly non-New Wave type way, making you believe that this is the way it was always meant to be.

One of my favorite country songs of the year isn’t even a country song…” says The Fader on Sturgill’s reworking of The Promise. (Fader’s recent profile on Sturgill marked the first time a country artist had ever been featured in the magazine.) “Promise you’ll stick around to his yell at 3:40; nothing tops it”, they advise.

Allow yourself to be transfixed by Sturgill in this brand new video for The Promise, shot and edited by Graham Uhelski:

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Sturgill will be bringing his band over to the UK for the first time this autumn. Tickets for October tour dates are now on sale now.




Simpson’s music is soul-stirring even when he sticks to the script. He exerts a powerful command of his genre’s weepiest forms, and “The Promise” is as fine an example as any. STEREOGUM

“One of my favorite country songs of the year isn’t even a country song… Promise you’ll stick around to his yell at 3:40; nothing tops it.”   THE FADER

“[Sturgill] manages to turn When In Rome’s 1988 one-hit wonder into a tender (and barely recognizable) ballad.” 

“a soaring, deeply felt honky-tonk reworking of U.K. pop band When in Rome’s lone hit” 

“The Promise feels indebted to Johnny Cash’s late-in-life career turn remaking unlikely artists’ songs in his inimitable style, right down to Simpson’s pulpy murmur.” 

“The best moment [on Metamodern Sounds] may be the most unlikely: a cover of the 1988 post-New Wave hit “The Promise”. Simpson delivers it with gentle stalwartness, testifying powerfully to the magnitude of love. The Mellotron string section swoops in to add some earthly drama to an emotion that might just explain the entire universe.” 

Friday, 20 June 2014

EP Review (no I don't do EP reviews) Great Man Theory "The Horse"

No, reviewing EP's is not what I do, so don't ask me. I run a PR company (well, two now: Jowheretogo PR and Panther PR) and so my job is to get other people to review music. However. I rather like Great Man Theory, not just because they are collection of not unattractive young men. They produce music that takes me back to my hard rock youth, and the the guitars, bass and harmonised vocals all combine to give the kind of growling rock that can awaken that darker side of the mind, in a good way.

There are 4 tracks on the EP. What is Mine is a pacey/aggressive rock song still with the characteristic blues edge that lifts Great Man Theory out of pure hammering rock and into something way more interesting.  Riverblind is an insistent rolling dirty, bassy blues rock grind with vocal harmonies that do not lighten the mood but keep it dark. Cage Rights makes me think of a song used on the XBox game Forza Racing. This is not a bad thing, this is head noddingly good stuff. The eponymous track on the EP  The Horse begins with guitar sliding atmospherically in then shifting around the A flat minor 7 sort of area in a way that is a real departure from the band's usual style. This is a dramatic piece that could find its way onto a suitable drama on the big screen, it evolves in an alomost classical style. I really recommend seeing this band live. I have heard some of their older songs live and they are great, but I'm looking forward to hearing them belting these out. With Gallery Circus getting some attention at the moment, I think an ideal support band would be Great Man Theory.

Photo ©Jowheretogo

Check out the Facebook Page for news on gigs and festival dates. You can obtain this outstanding EP from the Great Man Theory website.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

@narc_magazine THE AIRSTREAM SESSIONS @OuseburnFest 2014. 5,6th July

Carillion-Igloo and NARC. magazine present the return 

of...THE AIRSTREAM SESSIONS as part of The Ouseburn 

Festival 2014.

Come down to Malmo Quay on Newcastle's Quayside on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July to check out some fantastic live acoustic acts performing outside our shiny silver Airstream bus.


2pm: JACK FALLOWS (Sleepwalk, Skull Puppies)

Acclaimed illustrator and musician Jack Fallows plays melancholic folk punk for fans of comic books and Dungeons & Dragons.


Sublime indie-folk that has received praise from Lauren Laverne, The 405 and Amazing Radio amongst many others.


An acoustic singer-songwriter from North Yorkshire currently based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Meghann Clancy's captivating music combines catchy melodies and a pure vocal to tell stories drawn from life experiences. Meghann also provides vocal talent in the Shoeshop Quartet and is a member of  Peculiar Disco Moves


11.30am: EFFIE

Ethereal, delicately strummed acoustic folk made all the more heartfelt by Effie's haunting vocal.

12.30pm: ALEX DOBSON

A contemporary North East singer songwriter, Alex pens infectious acoustic pop songs with sing-along choruses and foot-tapping percussive strumming. Aex is busy writing and recording new material, has had major label interest and is currently signed to the new northeast label Music Panther.


Soulful voiced Newcastle-based artist Samuel delivers slick acoustic indie tunes with an urban twist.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Preview: @1mantwoguvnors returns to @theatreroyalnew

National Theatre’s award-winning comedy
One Man, Two Guvnors returns to 
Newcastle Theatre Royal

The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal this summer with cast to include Gavin Spokes, Shaun Williamson, Jasmyn Banks and Emma Barton. Don’t miss this hilarious mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners, Mon 28 Jul – Sat 2 Aug!

Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally-acclaimed smash-hit is hailed as ‘the funniest show on the planet’ by The Mail and a ‘comic classic’ by The Guardian.

Nicholas Hytner’s five star production tells the hilarious story of Francis Henshall who, fired from his skiffle band, becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who's been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. This is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.

Gavin Spokes takes the central role of loveable chancer, Francis Henshall.  Shaun Williamson (best known for playing Barry from EastEnders) will play Charlie Clench.  Emma Barton will play Dolly, Jasmyn Banks is Pauline Clench, Alicia Davies is Rachel Crabbe, Michael Dylan is Alfie, Derek Elroy plays Lloyd Boateng, Edward Hancock is Alan Dangle and Patrick Warner plays Stanley Stubbers. 

Gavin Spokes is currently playing Parsons in the Almeida/Headlong production of 1984 which is just about to transfer to the West End.  Gavin’s previous NT work includes Francis in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors and Jamie Lloyd’s production of She Stoops to Conquer.  He played Hardy in Laurel and Hardy for the Watermill Theatre.

Shaun Williamson, who is probably best known for his role in EastEnders, has also made TV appearances in Extras and Life’s Too Short for Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, New Tricks, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, and Bremner, Bird and Fortune.  His stage work includes The Ladykillers for Fiery Angel.

Emma Barton is well known to TV viewers for her role as Honey Mitchell in EastEnders, a role she played for three years and has recently made a return to.  Other Television credits include You, Me and Them and Spooks.  Her theatre work includes Doctor in the House (UK tour), Lily in Annie at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Roxie Hart in Chicago (West End and UK tour).  She also played Peggy in The Secret Garden for the RSC.

Jasmyn Banks played Alice Branning in EastEnders.  Other TV credits include: Little Crackers, Sadie Jones and Life of Riley.  Her stage work includesHecuba for Lazarus Theatre Company and Wind in the Willows for the RSC.

Derek Elroy and Patrick Warner both appeared in the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors and Alicia Davies has appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors on its 2012/13 world tour. 

One Man, Two Guvnors opened at the National Theatre in May 2011.  In November that year, after its first UK tour, the show transferred to the Adelphi Theatre where it completed a sell-out run. The show then transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket where it continued to play until its final West End performance on 1 March 2014.  The Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors completed a successful run at the Music Box Theater in 2012.  A second UK tour ran from September 2012 to February 2013, visiting Newcastle Theatre Royal in November. The International tour recently completed its run at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, having played across Australia as well as Hong Kong and New Zealand.

This acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and has songs by Grant Olding, performed by The Craze.  The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.

One Man, Two Guvnors appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 28 July – Saturday 2 August. Tickets are available from £12 (a booking fee of 95p - £1.95 will apply to most tickets) and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Jowheretogo: The Story So Far

A Year Into The Business of PR

Jowheretogo was founded back in April 2013. Since then a number of clients have used Jowheretogo, not exclusively musicians. The Jowheretogo Show on NE1fm had to end after a year as the business needed more of my attention. This was a shame as I think I did a canny job as a presenter, this may not be the end of my radio career. I became a partner in Music Panther, a new music label ecompassing Sync Panther ( music sync for films, tv, games, corporate video) and Panther PR to handle the publicity for the bands and artists we work with.

With Whom Have We Worked?

Routine Zero -  a radio plugging campaign
Routine Zero "Black and Blue" video still.

Peculiar Disco Moves - Radio plugging, press releases, live photography, reviews, for both the "Joining Fee" and "Lost For Words" singles.

Peculiar Disco Moves ©Jowheretogo

South East Durham Engineering Forum : Press release and contacting Northeast press about the Schools Engineering Challenge

Small Change Vintage Warehouse : press campaign, photography and social media publicity for the launch of the shops and venues in the warehouse.
Small Change Vintage Warehouse

Act Positive : Provider of bespoke, drama - based workplace training. Provided social media work, created Twitter account and grew following.

Troy Slater : helped publicise Troy's art on social media.
Harajuku limited edition prints available.

Emergency Door Release : launched their campaign for the "Serotonin Sarah" single, gig photography, increased Facebook likes, and then they got signed to Native Records mid campaign.

Emergency Door Release ©Jowheretogo

Alex Dobson : handling social media, some managerial work,  and then became his co-manager as part of Music Panther.

Alex Dobson ©Jowheretogo

Sync Panther : growing the brand ready for the launch of the company in summer 2014. Sync Panther has its first sync, with Denature on the Stagg Do movie. A comedy tipped to be the new Geordie equivalent of The Hangover. 
Sync Panther Logo
Stagg Do Movie Logo

Check out our website, and email us for information about our services. .

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Review: The Little Kicks at The Head of Steam 31/05/2014

The Little Kicks have a talent for creating really, really good songs. The kind of quality pop that really gets in your head, pulls up a chair tells a story and makes itself at home, and claims squatter's rights. The band came down from Aberdeen to help promote their album Put Your Love In Front of Me and proved that the new songs are every bit as good as those on the last CD that's had permanent residence on my car stereo for weeks. A great performance and a sound that would fit nicely on a much bigger stage.
The Little Kicks

Support came from Coquin Migale who have grown in their stage presence since I first saw them, at their earliest gig together. There is a punk energy in their new songs and in the presentation of all of their material. The stage was clearly not big enough for them either as they spent some time off it!

Coquin Migale

Human Sacrifice Club impressed with their pacey songs and complex rhythms, and also some witty banter. I'm wondering if someone in the band has a fondness for "difficult jazz", although the syncopation and rapidly changing songs were really rather pleasing, they were huge fun.

Human Sacrifice Club

The Head of Steam makes for a fairly cost effective venue hire, although the best beer is to be found in the bar upstairs and the toilets are open to abuse from passing trade. My pet hate at the moment  as a photographer, is also those LED lights,energy saving but play havoc with my sensor. 

Words and pictures ©Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo

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