What's On - Music & Dance
She’s certainly the Golden girl of pop, but Kylie Minogue is going in a different musical direction these days – with her latest album showcasing a much more country-influenced sound than the bubblegum disco classics and dancefloor fillers than she’s known for. And we like it. Having recorded much of Golden in Nashville, Kylie is now set to bring her infectious new brand of banjo-twanging bangers to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena as part of her UK tour. Well, howdy.
Space-disco revivalists Galaxians headline September instalment of Endless Window at The Cumberland Arms, with support from up-and-coming MC Reali-T and Crimewave who’ll be bringing their signature shoegaze blend of electro-indie, alt-rock.
It’s the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s 60th birthday and they’re determined to celebrate in style – sharing the stage with three of the North East’s most exciting musical exports (Maxïmo Park, Field Music and Du Blonde) to show just how versatile a chamber orchestra can be.
The stars of the smash-hit franchise Street Dance and two-time winners of the World Dance Championships came to the fore on Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago and have been on the rise ever since. Drawing influences from dance icons like Michael Jackson, James Brown and Gene Kelly, this is set to be a sensational street dance showcase.
Poughkeepsie natives and alt-pop rockers Against The Current released new material for the first time in two years back in May – don’t miss this chance to hear their new sound live when they play Newcastle’s Riverside.
Inspired by the industrial heritage of his hometown, Middlesbrough-born Joseph’s debut solo single Infant Hercules has already become something of an unofficial anthem for the Tees Valley. Don’t miss his first headlining tour in the region.
Perhaps no opera can match the tragedy and exoticism of Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly, telling the story of the doomed American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride. You’re going to want to get your tickets well in advance for this one – it’s sure to sell out fast.
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.
More popular now than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows, owning a distinctive style that seamlessly and creatively blends rock, pop and classical. With 26 UK Top 40 singles to their name, some of the most recognisable music under their belt, and having sold more than 50 million records worldwide, we’re pretty confident these guys will deliver.
As part of their Gigs At The Vault series, Haslam’s of Hallgate will host award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop this October. Don’t miss this chance to hear the lyrical and musical maturity with which Blair writes first-hand in this stunningly-intimate venue; he’s destined for greatness.
Designed to showcase some of the brightest emerging talent in the industry, this 1000-capacity, multi-venue metropolitan music festival is set to pack out music venues and pop-up sessions across Middlesbrough. Make sure you catch Avalanche Party – a real tour de force of feral garage-punk – before they really hit the big time.
Following the success of their special (and sell-out) intimate performance at London’s Apollo Theatre earlier this year, soft-rockers The Feeling have decided to hit the road once again – celebrating their million-selling album Twelve Stops And Home with their first tour across the UK in over two years.
Enjoy an intimate evening of dance and drinks (cabaret-style) to celebrate 25 years of acclaimed dance theatre company balletLORENT. These very special nights are an exclusive chance to experience scenes inspired by the ever popular la nuit intime and The Night Ball – with some original dances to savour for the very first time, alongside an exhibition of unseen photographs from the archive.
Suddenly, following his recently sold-out tour last year, it seems British soul icon Billy Ocean is back – promising to perform the very best of his greatest hits to audiences across the UK. There’ll Be Sad Songs, maybe a Mystery Lady or two, and certainly A Long And Winding (musical) Road to travel, but we’re sure you’ll want to Stay The Night.
This exclusive audience with multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Michael Bolton promises a personal insight through the highs and lows of his fantastic career in music – with star-studded stories, life lessons, Hollywood hijinks and maybe a song or two thrown in for good measure.