What's On - Music & Dance
Tim Albery’s production of Madama Butterfly tells the heart-wrenching story of a young Japanese woman who is driven to despair after marrying a dashing American naval officer. French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels has received critical acclaim in the leading role of Cio-Cio San.
A BBC Young Generation Artist, Northumberland native Kitty has since toured the world, including performing at the esteemed Wigmore Hall. The award-winning mezzo soprano is coming back home for this very special concert.
The Northumbrian Music Festival is returning for its seventh year, with events held at Doxford Hall, Eshott Hall, Ednam House Hotel and the Wordsworth Hotel. There will be 11 concerts taking place throughout the festival, all of which are star-studded.
Scottish post-rock band Mogwai are returning to the Toon three years on from their BBC 6 Music Festival show at O2 Academy Newcastle. This time, they’ll be at Northumbria University Students Union and the distortion levels will be up to 10, as usual.
Experience the evolution of dance through the eras at this must-see show, created by Kristina Rihanoff, one of the most renowned dancers and choreographers from Strictly Come Dancing.
One of Russia’s leading ballet companies, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia, is coming to the North East equipped with their impressive physical ability and dazzling costumes. They’ll be bringing Shakespeare’s tragic love story to life with stunning choreography accompanied by Prokofiev’s soaring score.
We’re sure you remember Brit Award winners’ Franz Ferdinand’s smash hit Take Me Out from 2004. The band’s still making music, and they’re headlining the O2 Academy Newcastle shortly after the release of their fifth album, Always Ascending.
Since coming runner-up on the seventh series of the X Factor, Rebecca Ferguson has been busy putting out three follow-up albums after her record-breaking debut, Heaven. She’ll be performing favourites from across her discography, including empowering tracks from her latest record, Superwoman, and Billie Holliday covers.
The nation’s favourite ballroom couple, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, will be joined by the Manchester Concert Orchestra in this celebration of Hollywood’s golden age. Expect stunning routines to timeless classics like Mr Bojangles and New York, New York.
The marmite of the music world, Morrissey, has announced his first full UK tour since 2015. The former frontman of The Smiths will be performing songs from his new album, Low In High School. Love or hate his controversial opinions, this is a one-off opportunity to catch a living legend and indie icon.
Sam Smith skyrocketed up the charts (and won Grammy Awards in 2014 and 2015) for his moody, melodic music, but then took a break from the glare of fame. The good news is he’s back, and his 2018 holds plenty of promise – including a tour that’s taking in vast swathes of the country, including Newcastle in March.
Get your skates on and make sure you snap up tickets to the live tour of the ITV competitive ice skating programme, which returns to our screens in early 2018 after a three-year hiatus.
She was the voice of M People, and as a result, soundtracked many people’s living in the 1990s. But Heather Small hasn’t faded out of the limelight: since her time with the band, she’s since released two hit solo albums and sung at Beijing’s Olympic Games closing ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.