What's On - Music & Dance
Bringing more electronic elements into play with a darker, intricately layered production to his new sound, while maintaining the raw emotion that has resonated with listeners throughout his career, Benjamin Francis Leftwich prepares to introduce his North East fans to music from his highly-anticipated third album, Gratitude.
Sunderland Empire is set to welcome a feast of dance, music, dazzling costumes and sparkling choreography when the Birmingham Royal Ballet embarks on a special triple-header of shows this March. Beginning with the hour-long interactive show First Steps, specially adapted for children from three years, the second of the company’s offerings is the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. Finally, the ballet’s Class On Stage gives you a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes of life as a professional dancer.
Artistic Director of Ripon International Festival and Founder and Conductor of L’Orchestre du Monde, Janusz Piotrowicz has enchanted audiences all over the world with his interpretations of some of the best-loved pieces of classical and romantic piano music. This show promises to be among his best, with a programme including Chopin’s Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Waltzes, Berceuse and Polonaises at the magnificent Monteviot House.
If riotous, concise and passionate folk-blue-indie-rock is your thing, you need to catch Holy Moly & The Crackers. The bombastic Geordie sextet are set to release their third album on 5th April, and it promises to wow their their raucous and ever-expanding fan-base with even more squeezebox-growling, fiddle-shredding, brass-howling hoe-downs.
Celebrating all forms of this traditional English folk dance by taking over the town centre with a veritable hive of activity, don’t miss Darlington’s annual Morris Dancing Festival – where there’ll be plenty to get bells jingling and sticks tapping for all ages.
One of the world’s leading ballet companies will perform at Northern Stage for the first time ever this April. The Shape of Sound is a thrilling piece based on Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons; The Kingdom of Back explores the story of Nannerl Mozart, the exceptionally talented musician who grew up in the shadow of her brother, Wolfgang. And Mamela is a haunting exploration of the conflicting desires of head and heart.
Award-winning UK garage and soul singer-songwriter Craig David won’t only be pressing Rewind to bring you some of his all-time classics, but will also be bringing you some of his most recent smash hits too. Trust us, you’ll have seen Nothing Like This.
The North East’s largest inner-city music festival returns to Newcastle for 2019 with a vast array of incredible artists playing across a whole host of different venues. Jake Bugg is the big headliner, but don’t miss festival favourites Sundara Karma kicking things off at the O2 Academy, or other big-hitters like Tom Grennan, Catherine McGrath and Ten Tonnes.
Hot on the heels of his new album, The Route to the Harmonium, released on 22nd February, Scottish alt-folk singer, musician and critically-acclaimed songwriter James Yorkston will be the latest in the Laundrette sessions line up, with a set that promises to be yet another feat of poetic genius.
He’s come a long way since placing second in the 2009 series of the X Factor, but now the multi-platinum selling artist, television presenter and The Voice judge is taking to the stage once more to bring music from his latest album, You Know I Know, as well as all of the fan favourites you’ll want to sing along to.
Newcastle’s stupendous open-air festival is back. NME and Q Award winners Foals will be kicking things off with a headlining set on the Friday night – sharing the weekend with The Vaccines, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and You Me At Six (amongst a whole host of others) – before stellar Welsh rockers Stereophonics bring the festivities to a close on Sunday.
They’ve been making Headlines for their unexpected return to music, but as far as we’re concerned it’s Viva Forever for our favourite four-piece (always in our hearts, Posh). For all the Spice fanatics out there, you’ll Wannabe at this gig and Stop everything else – it’s going to be epic. Plus, they’re going to be supported by sensational singing superstar Jess Glyne, so Say You’ll Be There?
Held annually in seven beautiful forest locations across the country, Forest Live is a major live music series managed by the Forestry Commission, and a unique night out. Dalby Forest will be the only date in the North of England that inimitable mod-punk rocker Paul Weller will be playing this year, so fans won’t want to miss him alongside singing superstar Jess Glynne, both of whom will be headlining the Forest Live tour – bringing critically-acclaimed music to the stage in this truly one-off event.