What's On - Music & Dance


The Gallery
Until Friday, April 27, 2018

Upcoming indie quintet The Gallery are gaining a reputation for snarling lyrics and irresistible, foot-stomping songs. This gig at one of the region’s most intimate independent venues could be the perfect introduction to the band if you’ve never seen them live.

Little Buildings, Newcastle
Eliot Smith Dance Company
Until Friday, April 27, 2018

The North is wonderfully celebrated in this three-part classical contemporary dance programme – which draws inspiration from famous northerners William Armstrong, George Stephenson, Grace Darling and Emily Wilding Davison, as well as the work of the Pitman Painters.

Gary Barlow
Monday, April 30, 2018 - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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. 


Don McLean
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

This Russian indie rock band have spread from St Petersburg all the way to Newcastle, where they’ll play The Cluny in May. Expect something out of the ordinary from their vaulting vocals and gorgeous guitars.

The Cluny
Linda Vine
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Thursday, May 31, 2018

Durham-based artist Linda Vine’s work captures on canvas the landscapes and seascapes inspired by her travels. The bright, light and elegant works she produces are the end result of decades of experience, including working within the carpet and greeting card industries.

Ugly Duckling
Wednesday, May 9, 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.

Strange Lovers
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Nordic Voices – the new multi-arts festival for Hexham – brings together string quartet Methera and internationally-acclaimed storyteller Mats Rehnman, for this show that stretches the boundaries of normality in the unification of these two very different art forms.

Ian Sherwood
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rothbury Roots has established itself as one of Northumberland's most popular live music venues. May’s guest of honour – Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood – mixes heart-breaking lyrics and ear-worm melodies with intricate guitar loops and jazz saxophone grooves.

The Queen's Head Hotel, Rothbury
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Friday, May 25, 2018

Headlining the This Is Tomorrow Festival, the platinum-selling Catfish And The Bottlemen bring their unique blend of laddish, energised indie-rock to their Geordie fanbase. They may have what NME termed a ‘meat-and-potatoes musical philosophy’ – but however you’d describe them, their a proven crowd-pleaser.

Spiller’s Wharf, Newcastle
The Nightingales
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Dubbed the ‘misfits’ misfits’ by John Robb, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible post-punk/alternative rock music scene. This is just one of six shows they’re playing until their new album is released later in the year.

Independent, Sunderland


Beccy Owen
Friday, June 1, 2018

Local singer-songwriter and pianist Beccy Owen brings her uniquely emotive tunes and twinkling onstage banter to The Surf Café, Tynemouth, to coincide with her aim of releasing her first solo material in five years.

The Surf Café, Tynemouth
Friday, June 1, 2018

Contemporary tap company Old Kent Road use the quintessential jazz technique of question and answer – in this case, between the soloists of the live band that leads the show and its tap-dancing performers – in an attempt to understand the journey of falling out of love.

South Tyneside Festival
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - Sunday, June 17, 2018

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.

Venues across South Tyneside


Cliff Richard
Thursday, October 4, 2018

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.

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