Thursday, 20 December 2018

Fundraiser for Historic Ryton Pub : with members of Royal Northern Sinfonia


Members of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, including lead Bradley Creswick, are performing in a festive concert to help Ryton community members buy their local pub.

The concert, which will take place in the Holy Cross Church in Ryton on December 21st, will raise money to help buy Ye Olde Cross – a village pub that has been closed for almost a year.

Since the pub’s closure, more than 200 Ryton residents have bought community shares totaling £232,000 in order to buy and reopen the pub. With an offer accepted on the building, the residents need a further £18,000 to meet the target.

Royal Northern Sinfonia musician and Ryton resident Michael O’Donnell have organized a concert to help raise further funds.

Mike and his fellow musicians have put together a programme which will include a performance of ‘Winter’ from Vivaldis Four Seasons by Royal Northern Sinfonia lead Bradley Creswick.

The festive fundraiser will also include excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and concertos including Mozart’s rondo from the fourth horn concerto.

Mike said: “It should be a fantastic concert and it’s certainly grown in scale since the idea came to me! I hope we will do the pub proud.”

The campaign to reopen Ye Olde Cross has also gained support from former Ryton resident and Unthanks member Rachel Unthank, Gateshead Councillor Liz Twist and North East brewery Firebrick.

The pub closed permanently in January this year, following a succession of failed tenancies.  However, in previous decades the pub had been at the heart of the community in Ryton. Rachel Unthank, like many people in the village, has fond memories of the pub. She said: “ I’ve had many great times at the Cross, carols on the green, singing in the pub, New Years family parties upstairs in the function room, I have a lot of lovely memories from that pub.”

The pub, which is thought to be more than 100 years old, has been central to a number of community events like the annual village Christmas carol concert and the Hirings – originally an event for farm and domestic workers to find jobs in the 19th century, which was resurrected by Ryton Heritage Group in 2008 as a fundraising event for community groups. It is thought there has been an inn on the site since the 17th century.

 An application to Gateshead Council to list the pub as an Asset of Community Value was granted in May this year, and the group have already received support and some funding from the Plunkett Foundation, which supports the creation of community businesses.

Members of the community have produced a business plan, share offer and website. The documents have been awarded a kitemark called the Community Shares standard.

The group have also set up a community benefit society, a type of cooperative, called Ryton Cross Community Society Ltd, in order to sell shares to raise a total of 350,000 to buy and renovate the building.

If the pub is successfully purchased and reopened, it will be one of more than 80 community pubs in operation across the country.

Ryton Cross Community Society member Colin Cheeseman, who has lived in Ryton for 35 years, said: “When the Cross shut we got everyone together just to see if there was interest in re-opening it, and I couldn’t believe it when so many people turned up to our first public meeting. The pub is a really important part of this community, and we want a place where everyone in the village gets a warm welcome. It will be more than just a pub, it will be a support network for Ryton and the wider area”

The pub will provide traditional pub services, with a tenant hired to provide local ales and pub food, pop-up restaurant nights and coffee mornings, but it will also look at ways to support vulnerable people in the community, provide work experience and education, and support the physical and mental wellbeing of Ryton’s residents.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Skinny Lister New Video "The Story Is" and TOUR






Always a band unafraid of testing the limits - SKINNY LISTER - have unveiled a suitably daredevil and highly original video for new single: ‘The Story Is…’. 

Filmed in New York City, the video follows first-hand the perilous ascent of an urban explorer as she scales the Big Apple’s Williamsburg Bridge in the dead of night.

With the cold dark nights closing ever tighter as the year draws toward the solstice, the soul-stirring chimes that lead Skinny’s sparkling latest single could well be the winter warmer you were looking for.

The title-track of the band’s upcoming fourth studio album (out 1 March 2019, via Xtra Mile Recordings), “The Story Is…” sees the band poetically sing about love and loss with words that will surely tug at the heart strings during this timely season of reflection. Speaking about the track’s themes, Skinny Lister say:

“Everyone has that someone or something, that to live without, would leave them incomplete. ‘The Story Is…’ is an ode to this state of complete dependence. An over-dramatic declaration of love, addiction, obsession and surrender.”

As with the rest of the upcoming long-player, “The Story Is…” was recorded, produced and mixed with the highly capable Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Temper Trap).  In the deep, dark hours of one particular alcohol fuelled studio late night session, Barnicott introduced the band to an old piano and a set of pitched bells and tubes. Quickly striking upon the chiming soundscapes now available at their finger tips, the band began to get experimental with their electric guitars, uniquely marrying the two to create the entrancing, ethereal melody that defines the backdrop of this irresistible new single.

“The Story Is…” arrives as the second single to be taken from Skinny Lister’s upcoming studio album of the same name, and directly follows previous single “38  Minutes”.

A loosely-based concept album, ‘The Story Is…’ anthologises a series of personal vignettes inspired by a chaotic few years for the band and binds them into 14 tracks of unmistakably Skinny-sounding rock’n’roll. Gather-in close and lend your ears as Skinny Lister rifle through ‘The Story Is…’ and pull out: scorched stories of aggravated arsonists (‘Artist Arsonist’), rib-tickling tales of regretful re-fuellings (‘Diesel Vehicle’), and even polemic pleas inspired by some of life’s hardest lessons (‘Stop & Breathe’).

’The Story is…’ is released via Xtra Mile Recordings on 1st March 2019.  Pre-order the album here:

With one of the most reputable live shows in the business (hailed as “a deafening and visceral experience” - The Independent, 5/5), Skinny Lister will also be touring ‘The Story Is…’ with a series of their tenacious live shows across the UK & Europe in 2019.

Don’t miss your chance to become part of their latest adventures as the band embark on a two-leg UK tour, plus fix dates in Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Holland and Belgium throughout the Spring. (Dates below).



28th - Brighton Concorde 2

1st - Norwich Arts Centre

2nd - Southampton 1865

6th - Bristol Fleece

7th - Glasgow King Tuts

8th - Leeds Key Club

9th - Leicester Academy


13th - Berlin SO36

14th - Kiel Orange Club

15th - Erfurt Kalif Storch

16th - Prague Futurum

17th - Nurnberg Der Hirsch

19th - Frankfurt Batschkapp

20th - Wien Arena

21st - Munich Strom

22nd - Bern Bierhubeli

23rd - Zurich Dynamo

26th - Paris La Maroquinerie

27th - Rouen Le 106

28th - Amsterdam Paradiso Noord

29th - Cologne Stollwerk

30th - Antwerp Kavka


3rd - Edinburgh The Mash House

4th - Newcastle Riverside

5th - Nottingham Rescue Rooms

6th - Manchester Club Academy 2

10th - Cambridge Junction 1

11th - London Electric Ballroom

Tickets for all dates are on sale now from:





SLEEPER: THE MODERN AGE new album and tour from Britpop favourites





On 22nd March 2019, SLEEPER release their first album in 21 years, The Modern Age. It wasn’t meant to happen. In fact, the band had promised each other it never would.

“We had no plan to get back together. Sometimes life throws  you a massive curve ball. You end up jumping off the cliff, just to see what it feels like.”: Singer, Louise Wener

The band spent summer 2018 recording The Modern Age with their long time producer, Stephen Street -  a relationship that clicked into place again right away. They tracked live at Metway studios in their adopted city of Brighton, before decamping to Street’s studio in West London to add the finishing touches.

The Modern Age is the outward looking sound of a band revitalized and refreshed. Covering subjects from motherhood and social media to personal loss and, inevitably, relationships. The Modern Age retains Sleeper’s classic pop sensibilities with a shiny, new, contemporary feel.

The first single to be taken from the album is Look at You Now – released on Dec 5th and available on all digital platforms. Initially it appears to be referencing Sleeper’s comeback, but it’s a protest song at heart: a howl for the politically homeless in a landscape where reasoned debate has given way to vitriol.

As well as digitally, The Modern Age will be available on limited edition coloured vinyl, black vinyl and CD. The Modern Age is released on the band’s own Gorsky Records.

The track-listing for The Modern Age goes like this:

Side One

Paradise Waiting

Look At You Now

The Sun Also Rises


The Modern Age

Side Two


Car into the Sea

Blue Like You

More Than I Do

Big Black Sun

Sleeper tour the UK next Spring with festival appearances to be announced. Dates (so far) are:


21 – GLASGOW Garage

22- NEWCASTLE Riversideaffiliate link 

23- EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms

28- SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms

29- NORTHAMPTON Roadmender

30- LEEDS Church


04- DERBY The Venue

05- CARDIFF The Globe

12- BRISTOL- 02 Academy


Sleeper enjoyed huge critical and commercial success in the mid 90s: achieving 8 Top 40 singles across 3 Top 10 albums with well over 1,000,000 sales.  Their music was characterized by astute, observational lyrics and big, hook driven melodies. Wener was an iconic front-person, heading up a movement that brought women center stage in guitar music.

Sleeper split In 1998 and  walked purposely away from the limelight. Wener carved out a career as a successful novelist. Drummer Andy Maclure and John Stewart - Sleeper’s guitarist - both became lecturers in music studies.  Sleeper’s current line-up are joined by former Prodigy bassist Kieron Pepper.

Sleeper are: Louise Wener, Andy Maclure, Johnathan Stewart, Keiron Pepper



Monday, 3 December 2018


THE SWEET – Blockbuster Christmas Show
comes to NEWCASTLE – Wylam Brewery on Wednesday 5th December 2018!

The Sweet Blockbuster Glam Christmas Party - Celebrating 50 years.

The Sweet are a National Treasure, British at the core and a Rock Music Phenomena that has taken every continent by storm for more than four decades.  With the hits Blockbuster, Ball Room Blitz, Fox On The Run & Love Is Like Oxygen The Sweet became one of the biggest bands of the '70s, and were the quintessential glam rockers who brought androgynous looks and crunching guitar pop to the masses.

The Golden Thread that links the past through to the present and into the future is Andy Scott.  His determination to maintain high standards with the band's musical legacy and touring is legendary.  The band today has an illustrious pedigree recreating "live" the high energy and soaring vocals associated with the Sweet sound that is the band's trademark.

THE SWEET – Blockbuster Christmas / December 2018 shows include:

Wednesday 5th December   

NEWCASTLE – Wylam Brewery

Doors – 7.00pm

Tickets - £23.00 advance

Saturday 8th December   

BLACKBURN – King George’s Hall (Windsor Suite)  

Doors – 7.30pm

Tickets - £23.00 advance

Tuesday 18th December   


Doors – 7.00pm

Tickets - £25.00 advance

Friday 21st December   

WARRINGTON – Parr Hall    

Doors – 7.30pm

Tickets - £23.00 advance

Tickets for the above shows are available from the following:

Box Office No – 08444 780 898   

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Shame, Sorry, Fontaines: Live Review

Shame + Sorry + Fontaines D.C.

Newcastle University Students Union

Friday 23rd November 2018

Three exciting musical prospects performed in front of a big Newcastle crowd on a Friday night.

First up was Dublin quintet Fontaines DC have just released their next release as a double A-side single including ‘Too Real’ and ‘The Cuckoo Is A Callin’’. The single featured in the tight set. Strong rhythms punched through the air. Precision drumming with layers of Marr-ish guitar layered over the top, it is easy to see why the song has been playlisted by BBC 6 Music this week.
Fontaines DC

Catchy hooks helped the Tyneside crowd to respond to the music. They went down and set the night up nicely. There was a nervous energy from singer. Imagine a Jarvis type with a touch of Mark E Smith fronting Therapy? The band entered the studio back in the autumn to record their debut album, before heading on an extensive tour, with producer Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bloc Party) and it’ll be interesting to hear the results.

London-based Sorry started gently with hushed tones, they tempted you to get close before showing their teeth. A mix of influences came through as the set continued. They had that Elastica style hook. It felt like the best of the second half of the 90s – we’re talking Echobelly here rather than Oasis! There are calm sections of sound are integrated with slabs of intensity from schoolmates Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen backed by  Campbell Baum on bass and Lincoln Barrett on drums. Mixing a male backing vcal to the female lead vocals added a ghostly effect to the live sound. They really grew on me.



Headliners Shame are touring in support of their debut album Songs Of Praise and they entered the stage as a victorious band who appreciate they are on the cusp of great things. Lead singer Charlie Steen has family connections in Newcastle and clearly having members of his family in the audience was going to make this a special night.

Dust On Trial had Charlie going straight into crowd, we knew then that he would be so keen to smash down that traditional fourth wall between the audience and the band. It wouldn’t be his last trip into the masses.

The newer songs segued seamlessly with the more popular numbers. Each one getting the crowd going.

The lick was a slower number that pounds. The live version has real energy that resulted in another bout of surfing the crowd. The performance was reminiscent of Iggy pop in his prime.

Some songs had much more of a dance vibe - Friction for example – but that doesn’t stop the audience feeling a part of the action in the other numbers. Angie is the last song on album and is very This Ground Moves.

Gold Hole ends the main set and is an opportunity for a spot more crowd surfing. Quickly the audience demand the band back and are rewarded with Concrete as the encore.

There was no let up, no slacking, no low points to this performance. Charlie is very much an enigmatic front man but the other musicians are impressive too in creating the vibe. This results in lots of energy that feeds into the audience. 

Thursday, 22 November 2018




Photo credit: Deborah Sheedy
Previous praise for Fontaines D.C:

"With one foot in the shambolic anarchy of The Pogues, and the other in a
Las-esque lilt, Fontaines D.C are messy but melodic in the best way possible" - DIY

“Ireland’s latest greatest export” - DORK

“"Snarling, Swaggering Post Punk” - STEREOGUM

"I've played this about 15 times since yesterday. It's a little bit like hearing Idles for the first time. I really think there's something here" - STEVE LAMACQ

“The energy, the urgency and the emotion of these brilliant new songs made me stand up and take notice that this is the band I've been waiting for” - KEXP

Following their recent signing to Partisan Records and the announcement of their support slot on both the forthcoming Shame tour in the UK and Ireland, and next year’s IDLES tour in the US, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have now shared a video for their new single ‘Too Real’. The single was premiered in the UK by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, as well as in the US by John Richards on KEXP, who the band recently flew over to record a live session for - WATCH HERE.

Speaking about the visuals in the new accompanying video, director Hugh Mulhern, says it is made up of "low-brow visuals inspired by Buster Keaton, James Joyce, The Dubliners and Jim Henson to discuss high- brow ramblings of some stout swilling stereotypes.”

The band will be releasing the single on a double A-side single including ‘Too Real’ and ‘The Cuckoo Is A Callin’’. The single will be released on 21st Dec and can be pre-ordered HERE.


Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic post-punk, channeling often-unassumingly poetic lyrics with a distinctive gritty Irish brogue that has done anything but fall on deaf ears. 

The last year has seen Fontaines D.C. release three hotly received double A-side singles, all of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music where they have previously been b-listed with their latest single ‘Chequeless Reckless’ (self-released) for 4 weeks, presented 6 Music Recommends and played live in session. Similarly, they have also earned plaudits from DIY, Dork, Stereogum, KEXP, Fred Perry Subculture, London in Stereo, So Young and every major Irish publication. The band have also played a number of sold-out shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of IDLES, Metz, The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Primavera Pro, The Great Escape, Dot to Dot, Electric Picnic, London Calling, Hard Working Class Heroes and Simple Things Festival. 

This month the band will be embarking on a full UK/IRE tour with Shame and in December will play a short series of headline dates, which have already begun to sell out. They have also announced further European and UK tour dates as well as main support on the IDLES US tour and a SXSW appearance for 2019 - Full dates can be seen below.

Fontaines D.C. have gone from strength-to-strength with each release, and with a vast array of critical acclaim, renowned live shows, a series of sold out releases behind them and their recent signing to Partisan, the new single and forthcoming dates stand as a huge statement of intent, which is not to be ignored. 

The band entered the studio this autumn to record their highly anticipated debut album with estimable producer, Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bloc Party, Bat For Lashes, Black Midi, TOY, Goat Girl and more) - More details to be announced. 

Tour dates:
20 NOV 2018 / UK / Leeds / LUU - Stylus*
21 NOV 2018 / IE / Dublin / Tivoli Variety Theatre*
22 NOV 2018 / FR / Paris / Les Inrocks Festival @ La Gaîté Lyrique
23 NOV 2018 / UK / Newcastle / Newcastle University Union*
24 NOV 2018 / UK / Glasgow / SWG3*
26 NOV 2018 / UK / Norwich / The Waterfront*
27 NOV 2018 / UK / Oxford / Academy 1*
28 NOV 2018 / UK / Birmingham / O2 Institute*
29 NOV 2019 / UK / London / The Macbeth
30 NOV 2018 / UK / London / O2 Forum Kentish Town*

05 DEC 2018 / UK / London / The Lexington – SOLD OUT
06 DEC 2018 / UK / Brighton / The Prince Albert – SOLD OUT
07 DEC 2018 / UK / Manchester / Night People – SOLD OUT
09 DEC 2018 / UK / Cardiff / The Moon Club
14 DEC 2018 / IE / Listowel / Mike the Pies
15 DEC 2018 / IE / Galway / Roisin Dubh
21 DEC 2018 / IE / Dublin / The Button Factory – SOLD OUT

12 JAN 2019 / UK / Coventry / Coventry Central Library
13 JAN 2019 / UK / Milton Keynes / The Craufurd Arms
14 JAN 2019 / UK / Southampton / The Joiners
16 JAN 2019 / LU / Luxembourg / De Gudde Wellen
17 JAN 2019 / NL / Groningen / Eurosonic @ Vera
18 JAN 2019 / NL / Amsterdam / Cinetol
19 JAN 2019 / DE / Dresden / Ostpol
22 JAN 2019 / PL / Kraków / Klub RE
23 JAN 2019 / PL / Warsaw / Poglos
24 JAN 2019 / DE / Berlin / Schokoladen
25 JAN 2019 / DE / Cologne / Privat
26 JAN 2019 / DE / Hamburg / Molotow
29 JAN 2019 / SE / Stockholm / Obaren
31 JAN 2019 / NO / Oslo / Revolver
01 FEB 2019 / DK / Copenhagen / Ideal Bar
02 FEB 2019 / DK / Aarhus / Tape
05 FEB 2019 / CH / Basel / Kaserne
07 FEB 2019 / FR / Besancon / Generiq Festival 
08 FEB 2019 / FR / Grenoble / La Bobine 
10 FEB 2019 / FR / Dijon / Generiq Festival 
11 APR 2019 / UK / Bristol / Thekla
12 APR 2019 / UK / Leeds / Brudenell Social Club
13 APR 2019 / UK / Manchester / Gorilla
14 APR 2019 / UK / Glasgow / King Tuts
16 APR 2019 / UK / Nottingham / Bodega
17 APR 2019 / UK / London / The Garage
18 APR 2019 / UK / Brighton / The Haunt
19 APR 2019 / BE / Diksmuide / 4AD
05 May 2019 / US / Raleigh, NC / Kings Barcade^
06 May 2019 / US / Richmond, VA / Strange Matter^
08 May 2019 / US / Albany, NY / The Hollow^
10 May 2019 / US / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel^
11 May 2019 / US / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel^
12 May 2019 / US / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel^
14 May 2019 / US / Cleveland, OH / Beachland Ballroom^
16 May 2019 / US / Kansas City, MO / recordBar^
17 May 2019 / US / Dallas, TX / The Curtain Club^
18 May 2019 / US / Austin, TX / Barracuda^
20 May 2019 / US / Phoenix, AZ / Valley Bar^
21 May 2019 / US / San Diego, CA / Belly Up^
22 May 2019 / US / Los Angeles, CA / The Fonda^
25 May 2019 / US / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall^
27 May 2019 / US / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom^
28 May 2019 / US / Seattle, WA / Neumo’s^
* = supporting Shame
^ = supporting IDLES

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

O2 Academy on Sunday 2nd December






Following the digital release of his entire solo catalogue in June, which has generated well over a million streams already, FISH has released his brand new single, ‘Man With A Stick’, the first track to be taken from his upcoming EP A Parley With Angels, out September 21st, and the first taste of his final studio album, Weltschmerz.

A brooding blend of minimalist drums and possessing synthesizers, ‘Man With A Stick’ is a reflective and thought-provoking track from Fish.

Regarding the single he says, “I was inspired to write this lyric after my father died in May 2016. He was a strong, proud, well-respected man who, like most of us, found growing old difficult. When he reached his mid 80's he was becoming a shadow of his former self and in the last few months of his life he relied more and more on his trusty walking stick to get around.

After he left us I found it hard to look at any old men walking with a stick. I started to think about our relationships with sticks in our lives and how they go from being associated with fun and play to becoming something more sinister and symbols of power eventually supporting us as our strength weakens and old age takes its toll."

The new EP, A Parley With Angels will feature four tracks recorded live at London’s Islington Assembly Hall last year: ‘Emperor’s Song’, ‘State Of Mind’, ‘Circle Line’ and ‘Voyeur’, in addition to two other brand new tracks – ‘Waverley Steps’ and ‘Little Man What Now?’, both of which will also appear on FISH’s final studio album, Weltschmerz.

The EP will be available digitally via all leading DSPs and in physical formats available to buy from Fish’s official site: and at venues on his extensive European tour, which kicks off the day after the EP is released, comprising almost 50 shows in the UK and Europe.

The tour will see him perform the classic Marillion album Clutching At Straws for the final time, as well as material from Weltschmerz.   As recently announced by Warners the remastered version of Clutching At Straws will be released on November 23rd.

Full European / UK tour dates can be found on the website.


1. Man With A Stick

2. Little Man What Now?

3. Waverley Steps

4. Circle Line*

5. State Of Mind*

6. Voyeur*

7. Emperors Song*

*Live at Islington Assembly Hall, London, December 2017


Sun 2nd Dec                             NEWCASTLE – O2 Academy

Mon 3rd Dec                            MANCHESTER – O2 Ritz

Tues 4th Dec                            NORWICH – UEA
Fri 7th Dec                                LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall

Sat 8th Dec                               LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall

Tues 11th Dec                          NOTTINGHAM – Rock City

Wed 12th Dec                          HULL – City Hall

Thurs 13th Dec                         GLASGOW – O2 Academy 

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