What's On - Music & Dance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Platinum-selling Leeds rockers The Pigeon Detectives have always played an irresistible blend of rock’n'roll, born out of a love for classic rock music and the indie-rock combo that boomed in the 1990s. Perfect for music lovers who love a bit of anthemic indie to jump around to.
It may boast nearly 400 years of history, but enter through the mystical steel arches into Darlington's idyllic South Park this May, and prepare to be transported back to everyone's favourite era – as you take a trip down memory lane to the ‘90s, with a little help from the music of some of the finest pop bands around. Anyone Of Us will want to boogie along to Gareth Gates, Keep On Movin’ with F!ve, and give Just A Little bit more to Liberty X, and even East 17 will be there to make you want to Stay Another Day, long into the night. With the biggest anthems and the most shameless of fashion statements, don’t miss what promises to be one of the biggest spectacles of the summer.