21 MARCH 2018
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
0844 493 6666
Sam Smith skyrocketed up the charts (and won Grammy Awards in 2014 and 2015) for his moody, melodic music, but then took a break from the glare of fame. The good news is he’s back, and his 2018 holds plenty of promise – including a tour that’s taking in vast swathes of the country, including Newcastle in March.
11 APRIL 2018
Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm
She was the voice of M People, and as a result, soundtracked many people’s living in the 1990s. But Heather Small hasn’t faded out of the limelight: since her time with the band, she’s since released two hit solo albums and sung at Beijing’s Olympic Games closing ceremony.
30–31 APRIL 2018
0844 871 3022
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.
2 MAY 2018
0191 443 4666
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.
9 MAY 2018
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.
11–13 MAY 2018
LIVING NORTH LIVE
0191 261 8944
It’s the biggest date of the spring, as hundreds of exhibitors selling fantastic food, inspiring interiors and amazing accessories descend on Newcastle Racecourse for a three-day shopping extravaganza. Once you’ve filled your shopping bags, sit down in the live chef demonstration theatre and watch some of the region’s best chefs craft tasty dishes.
22–23 MAY 2018
Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle
0191 243 1171
Tim Vine isn’t your average comedian: he’s a multi-award-winning one. Best known for his rapid-fire one-liners, Tim’s a one-man encyclopaedia of gags on any subject. His verbal dexterity is award-winning, having scooped the prize for best joke at the 2010 and 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (and being runner-up in the intervening years).
16–17 JUNE 2018
ALNMOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
Venues across Alnmouth
Painting, printmaking, photography, dance, pottery and film – oh, and some street food to boot – are all part of the Alnmouth Arts Festival, which showcases many talented artists dotted in some unusual places around the picturesque Northumberland coastline. The 2018 edition of the festival promises to be bigger than ever, and we can’t wait.
1 JULY–30 SEPTEMBER 2018
SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL
Venues across South Tyneside
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.
11–14 JULY 2018
THE TALL SHIPS RACES
When 80 tall ships dock in Sunderland in July, they’ll not only be bringing a world-renowned race to the region: they’ll also be bringing a four-day festival of culture and entertainment that will take over the city’s artistic venues and streets.
4 OCTOBER 2018
Newcastle City Hall
0844 811 2121
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.