What's On - Music & Dance
A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only is he one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are also among the most widely-sung by other performers – whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of folk stars, such as The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.
The Felice Brothers manage to walk that delicate tightrope between timely and timelessness. Supported on this tour by the brilliant Carson McHone, whose last album Carousel was deemed one of the ‘Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018’ by Rolling Stone, and whose dark, driving and evocative lyricism has already established her as a tour de force in delivering traditional, roots-driven country to a modern audience, this will be a show to remember.
Fans of Bombay Bicycle Club have missed the indie-rockers during a hiatus that didn’t look as though it would end for some time. But it has and they’re back touring venues across the country in support of their new album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. Performing from an album for anyone who’s ever turned to music in a time of crisis, whether personal or political, this string of performances promises to be something special.
Singer–songwriter Luke has steadily developed a reputation for himself in the folk, roots, Americana and acoustic circuits over the last few years, gigging relentlessly all over the United Kingdom and Europe, with plans for his first tour of the USA later this year. We reckon this guy is going to get pretty big pretty quickly.
The legend that is Craig Charles will be heading to Sunderland’s Bonded Warehouse for the very first time this February. Having set the European benchmark for artists who want to connect directly with their fans through his pioneering BBC 6 Music radio show, the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, the respected DJ has now garnered a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost Funk and Soul commentators and promoters of new music in the genre – and you can see why firsthand in this special performance.
Fronted by the charismatic and infallibly charming Matty Healy, atmospheric alt-rockers The 1975 may well have a Frail State of Mind these days, but they still have a sound all of their own – thick with synthesisers and the kind of ‘80s drivetime-rock influences that dominate other popular artists, and yet with an ambitious, somewhat surreal quality that lends authenticity to lyrics laced with irony. Well worth the admission.
Soul-pop duo (and Ocean Drive, High and Lifted hitmakers) The Lighthouse Family met while they were both studying at Newcastle University, back in 1993. In 2019 they returned to the city to record their first studio album in 18 years, and now the time has come for them to take their new music on tour. So where better than to perform than Newcastle’s City Hall?
An original story by poet Carol Ann Duffy, created and produced by balletLORENT, The Lost Happy Endings delves into a world of mystery and uncertainty – a world where all of the happy endings we know and love have been stolen. Goldilocks changed the locks on the cottage of the three bears, Little Red Riding Hood is gobbled up by the wolf, and Pinocchio's nose never stops growing! Packed with spirit, adventure and glorious surprises, this fantasy family show will delight generations both old and young with an original score and narrated by star of stage and screen, Joanna Lumley.
One of the hottest emerging bands on the current British music scene, The Sherlocks are an alt-rock four-piece (consisting of two sets of brothers) winning over an ever-growing fanbase thanks to their infectiously anthemic riffs and rueful indie-rock style. Originally from Bolton-upon-Dearne, they’ll be sure to ignite the stage when they hit up the Boiler Shop in Newcastle this February.
The legend that is Elvis Costello is heading to the North East with his inimitable band, The Imposters, in tow for their first appearance in the city for 40 years. Drawing from the hitmaker’s illustrious back catalogue – which includes timeless tunes like Alison, Accidents Will Happen, and Notting Hill theme song She – as well as introducing some new music, the superlative ensemble are sure to bring an unforgettable show to the Sunderland Empire this March.
She may have burst into the public’s consciousness back in 2012, when her soulful rendition of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power Of Love was used as the theme song to the John Lewis advert (you remember, with the snowmen?), but the Panic Cord, Home and Please Don’t Say You Love Me hitmaker is bringing brand new material from her third album to the stage in this special performance.
Frank Turner is a compelling live performer – it's not just the lanky physique and scrawny beard that encourage comparisons with a young Bruce Springsteen. Firing out a string of visceral, personal anthems to an audience who sing along like a church congregation, indie music’s darling is sure to impress.