What's On - Music & Dance
The BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2018 nominees promise to ignite the Ouseburn valley with their spirited blend of fiddle, guitar and whistle that has made waves in the folk scene since 2011.
Upcoming indie quintet The Gallery are gaining a reputation for snarling lyrics and irresistible, foot-stomping songs. This gig at one of the region’s most intimate independent venues could be the perfect introduction to the band if you’ve never seen them live.
The North is wonderfully celebrated in this three-part classical contemporary dance programme – which draws inspiration from famous northerners William Armstrong, George Stephenson, Grace Darling and Emily Wilding Davison, as well as the work of the Pitman Painters.
Tickets are going fast for this intimate solo tour by the Take That singer, who hasn’t toured without his fellow bandmates since 2014. He’s known for his songwriting skills that bring audiences to their feet, and his inspiring, vaulting tracks will likely do the same in Sunderland.
In an ultra-rare appearance, Don McLean, the man behind one of the most popular songs in the world will be playing from his extensive back catalogue at Sage Gateshead in May. The highlight of the night will be American Pie, the best-known ballad that marks the day the music died.
This Russian indie rock band have spread from St Petersburg all the way to Newcastle, where they’ll play The Cluny in May. Expect something out of the ordinary from their vaulting vocals and gorgeous guitars.
Durham-based artist Linda Vine’s work captures on canvas the landscapes and seascapes inspired by her travels. The bright, light and elegant works she produces are the end result of decades of experience, including working within the carpet and greeting card industries.
For the first time since 2013, Northern Ballet’s hugely popular children’s ballet, Ugly Duckling, is returning to the stage. Northern Ballet’s stage productions are renowned for their innovation, and have been seen and loved by generations of children on CBeebies.
Nordic Voices – the new multi-arts festival for Hexham – brings together string quartet Methera and internationally-acclaimed storyteller Mats Rehnman, for this show that stretches the boundaries of normality in the unification of these two very different art forms.
Rothbury Roots has established itself as one of Northumberland's most popular live music venues. May’s guest of honour – Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood – mixes heart-breaking lyrics and ear-worm melodies with intricate guitar loops and jazz saxophone grooves.
Headlining the This Is Tomorrow Festival, the platinum-selling Catfish And The Bottlemen bring their unique blend of laddish, energised indie-rock to their Geordie fanbase. They may have what NME termed a ‘meat-and-potatoes musical philosophy’ – but however you’d describe them, their a proven crowd-pleaser.
Dubbed the ‘misfits’ misfits’ by John Robb, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible post-punk/alternative rock music scene. This is just one of six shows they’re playing until their new album is released later in the year.
Local singer-songwriter and pianist Beccy Owen brings her uniquely emotive tunes and twinkling onstage banter to The Surf Café, Tynemouth, to coincide with her aim of releasing her first solo material in five years.
Contemporary tap company Old Kent Road use the quintessential jazz technique of question and answer – in this case, between the soloists of the live band that leads the show and its tap-dancing performers – in an attempt to understand the journey of falling out of love.
South Shields seafront becomes the mecca for summer entertainment for three months of the year once more as the South Tyneside Festival rolls back into town. Last year was an amazing event, with KT Tunstall, Busted and Sister Sledge headlining free weekend concerts, and this year seems likely to have even more in store.
Sir Cliff remains one of the country’s best-loved musicians – you need only look at the 250 million records he’s sold worldwide for evidence of that. And 60 years after he first took to the stage professionally, he’ll be touring again, singing all the classics.