What's On - Music & Dance
Having rose to global attention in 2013 when his moody and soulful rock single Take Me to Church became a viral sensation – catapulting him into a major-label contract for his eponymous debut, followed by a Grammy nomination in 2015 – Irish singer/songwriter Hozier visits Newcastle’s City Hall for an intimate performance, ready to perform new music from his latest album, Wasteland, Baby.
Dance Edits is the chance to see some of the latest work being created in the North East from Dance City commissioned and associated artists. Enjoy short performances from Igor Tavarez, Patrick Ziza and Mathieu Geffre (ex NDCW), as well as a film piece from emerging screen dance artist Greta Heath.
Pop-folk singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson famously became the first act to be signed to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records back in 2015, and burst onto the international scene later that year with his smash-hit single Wasn’t Expecting That. Now he’s back on tour with a new album to boot, promising to live up to the hype.
One of the ballet’s best known and most popular love stories is performed by the magnificent Russian National Ballet – soaring from hope to despair, terror to tenderness, and melancholy to ecstasy on the wings of Tchaikovsky’s stunning score.
One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell knows how to weave a narrative that is both significant and poignant. Proudly claiming an Ivor Novello Award in 1974 for his smash-hit Streets of London, Ralph went on to claim the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2002, and has enjoyed a remarkable career in the music industry that has spanned over 50 years. Don’t miss a true musical genius when he comes to Stockton.
Born the son of a guitar-playing steel worker, Richard Hawley’s earliest musical inspiration came from folk-rock acts Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley and you can hear it in the melodic alt-rock-infused songs he writes. This intimate performance is sure to be a special one.
Having spent much of the last year writing and recording their highly-anticipated fifth album, LM5, with an A-List cast of producers that include Ed Sheeran, MNEK and Jess Glynne, girl group sensations Little Mix are back on the road this autumn. Having firmly established their reputation as one of the most phenomenal performers around, they’ve already had to add an extra date to their stint at the Utilita Arena due to overwhelming demand. They must have the magic Touch.
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. Sure to ignite the stage at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop this October.
Multi-platinum Icelandic quintet Of Monsters and Men first hit our radars back in 2012 when they released their debut indie-folk album, My Head Is An Album, which featured the global smash hit single Little Talks. Since then they’ve gone on to ride a strong and steady wave of stardom, having just released their third album Fever Dream earlier this year. Guaranteed to be more than worth the ticket fare.
Since triumphing on Britain’s Got Talent and performing at the Royal Variety Performance, Collabro have sold-out venues all over the world – and for one night only, they will be bringing their breathtaking live show to one of the country’s most famous buildings. Featuring a mix of contemporary and classic musical theatre numbers (and a few surprises too) the band’s Live at the Cathedral appearance is not to be missed.
Having started life as the project of Scottish songwriter Leo Bargery, Mt. Doubt has evolved musical arms and legs into a multi-instrumental alt-rock band that regularly draws comparisons with artists such as The National adn Nick Cave. Brooding and dark, Mt. Doubt’s atmospheric sound underpins thoughtful lyrical musings and melodies that are already planning new housing developments on the outskirts of your brain.
Coal mining has defined the North East’s cultural identity for centuries but there’s a wealth of songs, poems, stories and folklore that could be forgotten by modern society if not preserved. In this special performance, laced with North East humour and humanity, local lads Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Jez Lowe revive some of them, alongside brand new material they’ve written together. Don’t miss them.
Following on from the release of their third album, So That You Might Hear Me, earlier in the year, British folk-rock band Bears Den return to the touring circuit this autumn – sure to delight fans old and new with their lyrical, uniquely sensitive blend of music that hasn’t been heard live in too long.
Escape into an enchanting winter wonderland with Northern Ballet’s beautiful reimagining of Cinderella at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle this November. In this sparkling adaptation of the classic rags-to-riches tale, Cinders is whisked away from her wicked step-mother to the glistening lake of ice where she first meets her Prince. Prepare to be captivated by the skill and elegance of Northern Ballet’s remarkable dancers as they bring their signature magic to the ultimate feel-good fairytale.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Chantel McGregor is possibly one of the most versatile artists on the circuit, delivering an eclectic set that is a delight for blues purists, rock fans and lovers of fine music in any genre. Check her out for yourself when she comes to Darlington.
From his early punk days in London to his explosion on the world stage that would lead to him becoming a pop icon, Adam Ant’s musical career spans the course of nine albums and 22 chart-topping singles worldwide. Following a world tour, he will play his landmark ‘Friend or Foe’ album in its entirety – as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites – in this performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall.