Comedy Nights and Gigs in the North East this July
Local favourites, rising stars and huge names are taking to the North East's stages
THE LOST VOICE GUY COMEDY SHOWCASE
Northern Stage, Newcastle
0191 230 5151
Britain’s Got Talent winner, the Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley), is your host as he brings some of his favourite comedians to the North East. The headliner is Brennan Reece, a multi-award winning working-class wordsmith who now has more than six million YouTube hits for his stint on Top Gear. You’ll have seen him on Live At The Apollo and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, and he’s sure to make you laugh just as much as Lee does.
CAITLIN MORAN: WHAT ABOUT MEN?
Northern Stage, Newcastle
0191 230 5151
Caitlin is back on the road to discuss her new book – and it’s all about men! Whenever Caitlin has been doing an event, or an interview – talking about women and girls – at some point, someone will have asked, ‘what about men?’ After decades of rising male unhappiness, mental illness and loneliness, she’s realised there is a problem – and that the cause of unhappy girls, wives and mothers is often unhappy boys and men. Bring the men in your life to this show as Caitlin starts this important conversation about masculinity in her own funny way.
ROY CHUBBY BROWN
Middlesbrough Town Hall
After 50 years in show business, Grangetown’s Roy Chubby Brown remains the Marmite of the comedy circuit. Whether you like him or not, fans have seen him at thousands of live shows worldwide. This show is strictly for over 18s only, and if you’re easily offended, this one isn’t for you.
THE LAST STOP TO EDINBURGH COMEDY FESTIVAL
14TH & 15TH JULY
The Georgian Theatre, Stockton
This two-day indie comedy festival in the heart of Stockton features a number of Edinburgh Fringe-style comedy shows just weeks before they hit the Edinburgh Fringe. Audiences will see familiar TV comedians, award-winning acts and comedy legends, who in the past have included Lou Conran, Patrick Monahan and Catherine Young.
PAUL SMITH: JOKER
Paul was previously crowned Liverpool’s New Comedian of the Year but Joker promises to be his biggest and funniest tour show to date. Expect Paul’s trademark audience interaction with more hilarious true stories. Tickets are selling very fast!
SCOTT BENNETT: WORK IN PROGRESS
Hipp @ The Hullabaloo, Darlington
Scott Bennett is coming to Darlington to try out new material. This is your chance to see his new (in progress) work before it heads to even bigger stages.
JENNINGBET NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE DAY ft TOM GRENNAN
0191 236 2020
Chart-topper and Ivor Novello-nominated star Tom Grennan is producing anthem after anthem (Little Bit Of Love and By Your Side are just two), and now he’s coming to Newcastle Racecourse to entertain the crowd after a thrilling day of racing. WIN! To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to this fantastic event, enter here.
O2 City Hall, Newcastle
Grammy-nominated, award-winning singer-songwriter Hozier is back for his first UK tour in four years, and he’s got new music to share. He’s had more than 22 billion global streams and his fanbase continues to grow, so don’t miss this intimate show at Newcastle’s O2 City Hall.
LOST IN MUSIC
Like ‘70s music? This tribute show will give you disco fever. You’ll relive some of the greatest songs of all time from artists including Gloria Gaynor, Wind & Fire and Sister Sledge, and dance the night away.
0191 370 4000
Make your next day out to Beamish 9th of July, when The Beamish Choir will be performing in the chapel in The 1900s Pit Village at 1pm and 2pm. While you’re there, don’t miss the recreation of a cinema from Ryhope and of Norman Cornish’s house from Spennymoor. Read more about what to expect at Beamish as they continue their redevelopment project.
MEAT LOAF BY CANDLELIGHT
‘By candlelight’ shows are proving a hit across the region right now, and this is just one you won’t want to miss. Featuring a live cast of West End singers and a live rock band, you’ll experience the songs of Meat Loaf like never before. Expect unique performances of Anything For Love, Bat Out of Hell and Dead Ringer for Love.
Sage Gateshead is a home for world-class music of all types. The venue is also a base for the region’s acclaimed orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, which has built a worldwide reputation for the North East. On 22nd July, Royal Northern Sinfonia will take centre stage at Sage Gateshead in a Prom broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. WIN! We’re giving two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to BBC Proms at Sage Gateshead, as well as an overnight stay at Hotel du Vin. To be in with a chance of winning, enter here.