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Hits Out Of Hell: The Meatloaf Songbook
Until Friday, February 21, 2020

The World’s premier show in tribute to Meatloaf, featuring the Ultimate ‘Dead Ringer’ to Meatloaf Craig Halford as seen on ITV’s ‘Stars in their eyes’ and Channel 4’s ‘The Last Leg’.

Experience all the hits from what is one of the best-selling artists of all time, culminating over 80 million album sales, a grammy award and the best rock and roll love anthems ever written.

The Lighthouse Family
Until Friday, February 21, 2020

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?

O2 City Hall, Newcastle
RNS @ Westmorland Hall
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Tonight we celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday. with an all-Beethoven concert, featuring his 7th Symphony (1812) described by Wagner as the glorification or ‘apotheosis of the dance’. This ‘celebration of rhythm’ is in marked contrast to the 8th (1812) which is a tribute to Haydn, at one time Beethoven’s teacher. Between these two symphonies, Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto of 1795 dates from a time when he was known as performer rather than a composer.

Big Beethoven Weekend 1: The Symphonies
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - Sunday, February 23, 2020

Two centuries after his death, Beethoven’s nine revolutionary symphonies continue to define the way we hear classical music. Now, over one extraordinary weekend at Sage Gateshead, hear all nine in one single thrilling rush, played by five of the UK’s finest orchestras under conductors guaranteed to show this world-changing music at its very best. From the youthful rebellion of the first symphony through to the Ode to Joy that crowns the ninth, it’s the greatest story ever told in music, and whether you dip in and out or dive headlong into the full, epic experience, expect music-making that’ll refresh both heart and soul.

The Lost Happy Endings
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - Sunday, February 23, 2020

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.

Darlington Hippodrome
RNS Live! Primary Beethoven
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

RNS LIVE! Primary is a concert created specially for primary school groups, giving young people the chance to hear Royal Northern Sinfonia perform live in the brilliant surroundings of Sage Gateshead.

Is there any character in classical music more fascinating than Ludwig van Beethoven? Is there any music more iconic than his 5th Symphony’s opening hammer blows of fate? 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth and celebrations are taking place all over the world.

Joe Brown
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Premier rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown takes to the road to celebrate 60 years in the business.

Combining timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences, this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed.

Joe’s band includes among others Fiddle virtuoso Tom Leary; Guitar / Mandolin veteran Steve Simpson; Ace Bass player Andy Crowdy and stalwart band member, drummer, percussionist and singer Phil Capaldi.

Folkworks: Leveret
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Tango Fire
Thursday, February 27, 2020

The phenomenal, award-winning Tango Fire returns to the UK direct from a West End run, due to incredible popular demand.

Starring internationally renowned Argentinean tango superstars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, who are joined by a cast of extraordinary tango dancers, including World Tango champions, this is a fiery and explosive journey through the history of authentic Argentine Tango.

Folkworks: Blazin' Fiddles
Friday, February 28, 2020

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 21st year in 2019 – now with nine albums and many thousands of miles and behind them, yet a passion that burns brighter than ever – no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, sensitivity and raw fire of Scottish music all at once.

Rachlin's Brahms
Friday, February 28, 2020

Brahms’ First Symphony opens with the pounding of a broken heart, and ends with the kind of melody that comes once in a lifetime. Forget the image of Brahms as an old man with a big beard: this is the full-blooded music of a young genius, unhappy in love, and under RNS Principal Guest Conductor Julian Rachlin it’ll summon up truly mountainous emotions. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is – if anything – even more passionate; inspired by Niagara Falls and a long-forgotten romance, it’s a piece that wears its heart unashamedly on its sleeve. Perfect, in other words, for the award-winning Russian cellist Alexander Buzlov.

The Sherlocks
Friday, February 28, 2020

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.

Boiler Shop, Newcastle
Mike Lovatt with Strictly Smokin' Big Band
Saturday, February 29, 2020

After Strictly Smokin’s sell out show with Mark Nightingale early in 2019, and an exciting gig with vocalist Claire Martin, the band now embarks on it’s latest pairing with the renowned MIKE LOVATT.

Hollywood Heroes
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Need a hero? Then join the adventure, in this spectacular salute to the biggest, boldest, and baddest heroes of the silver screen. Superman, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter…they’re all here tonight. From the streets of Metropolis to the towers of Hogwarts, relive their adventures and feel the tingle down your spine as maestro Stephen Bell and Royal Northern Sinfonia give them the High-Res treatment in this real Hollywood blockbuster of a concert – live, in full symphonic sound. There isn’t a sound system in the world to match it.


Brendan Cole: Show Man
Sunday, March 1, 2020

Brush off your tails, Brendan is back!

Expect every style of ballroom and Latin dance from Brendan Cole and his hand-picked championship dancers, performed to the music and songs of some of the greatest legends and contemporary artistes. Whether you love a cheeky Charleston or a sexy Salsa, with music from Beggin’ to Bublé, Purple Rain to Pencil Full of LeadFootloose to Faith, plus numbers from The Greatest Showman and La La Land – this show has it all. It even includes a specially selected local choir of young people to add that extra wow factor!

Jonas Blue
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Multi-platinum hit maker, mainstage DJ and pop powerhouse Jonas Blue is set to bring his electrifying live show to Newcastle’s O2 Academy this March, performing all the global hits from his hugely successful debut album, Blue – think Mama, Perfect Strangers, Drink To You and Polaroid. Don’t miss him.

O2 Academy, Newcastle
Elvis Costello
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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.

Bryan Ferry
Thursday, March 5, 2020

The epitome of the cool front man to glam-rock-disco outfit Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry’s solo career has spawned numerous successes and collaborations, including the covers-albums These Foolish Things and Another Time, Another Place, the number one album Boys And Girls, and the various incarnations of Let's Stick Together. And you’ll hear hits from them all at this special performance.

O2 City Hall, Newcastle
Gabrielle Aplin
Friday, March 6, 2020

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.

Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
David Keenan
Saturday, March 7, 2020

When Dundalk-born storyteller David Keenan puts pen to paper and sets those words to music, the everyday becomes the extraordinary. Having developed a loyal, ever-growing fanbase over the last couple of years thanks to a series of acclaimed, self-released EPs, David is now touring the UK and will be heading to Tynemouth for an intimate performance in at Surf Café this March. If you want your singer-songwriters to be relatable and blokey, he’s probably not the man for you; if you want them to have the epic sweep of Van Morrison, the high notes of Tim Buckley and the soul of Samuel Beckett, though, go along and check him out.

Surf Café, Tynemouth
Twin Atlantic
Monday, March 9, 2020

Twin Atlantic have returned to our happy ears with aplomb thanks to new album Power – a scorching, charged up fourth LP and their first release on Virgin EMI. And now, following a blistering main stage performance at Reading & Leeds Festival last year, as well as supporting The 1975 in Glasgow, the band make their full live return with this underplay tour – stopping off in Newcastle along the way.

Riverside, Newcastle
Frank Turner
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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.

The Middlesbrough Empire
Swan Lake
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Saturday, March 14, 2020

By a moonlit lake, a grieving prince witnesses the transformation of a swan into a beautiful princess. Compelled by an evil spell to spend her days in the form of a bird, she can only be saved by the power of love. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s lavish production brings ballet’s greatest love story to life – powerfully illuminated by Tchaikovsky’s legendary score (which will be played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia), and filled with exquisite ensembles, lyrical pas de deux and bravura solos. Atmospheric, romantic and beautiful, this lavish production promises to enchant audiences of all ages.

Sunderland Empire
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Since forming in 2013, Blossoms have enjoyed widespread success and critical acclaim. Their 2016 debut album topped the charts for two consecutive weeks and went on to earn the band BRIT Award and Mercury Prize nominations, while 2018’s Cool Like You charted at number four in the UK. With their new record Foolish Loving Spaces in tow on this tour, you know you’re in for a good night.

O2 Academy, Newcastle
Elephant Sessions
Friday, March 27, 2020

Neo-trad quintet Elephant Sessions are a talented bunch of Scottish indie-rockers who just happened to meet at Newcastle University, and will be bringing music from BBC Scotland Traditional Music Award’s Album Of The Year to this intimate performance at The Cluny.

The Cluny, Newcastle


Sam Fender
Friday, April 3, 2020

With his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, having soared straight to number one, Geordie lad Sam is currently the toast of the North, and with good reason – setting records left, right and centre for selling out shows across the country in record time. For those lucky enough to have nabbed a ticket, you’re in for a treat.

Utilita Arena, Newcastle
The Lovely Eggs
Thursday, April 9, 2020

Since the release of their last album, This Is Eggland, in 2018, psych-punk duo The Lovely Eggs have sat back and watched the world slowly eat itself. However, rather than remaining frozen in despair, they have used their relentless analysis of a modern culture that is bringing the world to its knees and poured every bit of inspired anger, contempt and hysterical laughter into their new album, I am Moron. Better yet, now they’re taking that album on tour. Don’t miss them at The Cluny.

The Cluny, Newcastle
Three Short Ballets
Friday, April 17, 2020 - Saturday, April 18, 2020

Experience one of the world’s leading ballet companies in three sensational short ballets, as Northern Ballet bring their unrivalled blend of dramatic flair and incredible technique to Northern Stage this April. Their first ballet, The Kingdom of Back, is inspired by the life of Wolfgang Mozart’s exceptional but overshadowed sister, Nannerl. Full of punch, drive and energy, their second, Powerhouse Rhumba, serves up a visual feast of athleticism, dynamics and speed in a heart-thumping fiesta. While the third, For an Instant, is quite simply poetry in motion, portraying fleeting, heartfelt moments from everyday life.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Bold, creative, and original, Tannara – made up of Owen Sinclair, Robbie Greig, Becca Skeoch and Joseph Peach – have established themselves as one of the UK’s most interesting and unique contemporary folk groups. With a background in Scotland’s native traditions, their music is the result of a melting pot of influences, from indie rock to electronica, as well as Scotland’s vibrant folk scene.

Hutton Rudby Village Hall
Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - Saturday, May 2, 2020

A sell-out before its world premiere tour opened in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns after winning two Olivier Awards and dazzling audiences across the UK and America. Set to the achingly-romantic music of Hollywood’s golden age composer Bernard Herrmann, The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Martha Hill
Friday, April 24, 2020

Martha Hill left her coastal Scottish home at the age of 17 to busk her way around Europe. Now based in Newcastle, she writes left-field pop that is both hard-hitting and catchy as heck – a force of energy with husky vocals, melodic hooks, and introspective storytelling that delivers socially-conscious themes over a backdrop of guitars, cellos and synths. You’ll not want to miss her.

Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham


Darlington Jazz Festival
Friday, May 1, 2020 - Sunday, May 3, 2020

From jazz in the town to jazz after dark, gypsy jazz brunch to jazz at the Quakerhouse – the streets of Darlington will come alive this May with the sound of… why, jazz of course. Featuring some of the most exciting local and regional musicians around, there’ll be plenty to get toes tapping at this musical extravaganza.

Venues across Darlington
L Devine
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Emerging pop force L Devine is a local lass, hailing from Whitley Bay, but has already made a colossal impression in the world of pop music with her opening run of singles, including Panic, Like You Like That, Peachy Keen and the newly-released Boring People. Rescheduled from November, this show in her home town promises to be a special one – don’t miss it.

Riverside, Newcastle

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