SANTA’S NAUGHTY ELF
The Customs House
0191 454 1234
Celebrating 10 years of causing Christmas chaos and calamity, Santa’s Naughty Elf (aka Wayne Miller, who writes, directs and stars in this show for under-sevens and their families) will have all sorts of mayhem in mind for this year’s fun-filled festivities.
ROY WOOD ROCK & ROLL BAND
Middlesbrough Town Hall
01642 729 729
From the man who helped shape Christmas as we know it comes a rockin’ night out. Roy Wood, recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York and founder of E.L.O, The Move, and of course, Wizzard, is coming to Middlesbrough Town Hall with his Big Rock & Roll Band for an evening of classic hits you can’t help but sing along to.
Metro Radio Arena
0844 493 6666
Snow Patrol are back with their first album in seven years, and they’re sure to impress fans young and old when they unleash their new sound in a huge arena tour across the UK. More direct, intimate and upbeat than many of their previous records, Wildness has a deeply primal feel to its sound, with a stylish polish of production that almost masks the turmoil explored at its heart, and is sure to be an incredible show.
BALTIC THEN & NOW
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
0191 478 1810
Looking back over 16 years of the BALTIC’s history, you’ll revisit some of the gallery’s most memorable moments through short film screenings, a presentation of archive objects, and books to browse. With over 222 exhibitions since its opening in 2002, come prepared for an artistic trip down memory lane.
The Witham, Barnard Castle
Taking a break from running his own alternative comedy night at Manchester’s Frog and Bucket, Jason Cook – the brains behind BBC2’s Hebburn – has a sharp, darkly comedic wit lurking behind his cheerful exterior that will have you laughing in spite of yourself.