What's On - Music & Dance
The Brit Award-winners, holders of five platinum-certified albums and all-round supergroup will be bringing their inimitable (little) mix of pop, RnB and dance to Gateshead Stadium this July. There’s nothing little about this band – these girls are huge!
Known for staging outrageous parties in absurdly unique locations (like farms, forts and warehouses) Kiddstock comes crashing back into Redcar this summer with some bangers – taking over the awe-inspiring Majuba Beach, once again, for a colossal, open air dance festival. With six star-studded ‘mini arenas’ covering the complete spectrum of fast and filthy club-style music – from the likes of Frontliner, Ran–D, Deetox and Alex Kidd – get ready to rave hard in your flip-flops until the sun comes up.
Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish Step Dance shows on tour around the world, this stunning show celebrates Irish culture through music and dance – featuring a traditional Irish band, sensational singers and world champion dancers.
Legendary rock icon (and original Cockney Rebel) Steve Harley has written and recorded 12 albums in a career that spans four decades, and continues to perform to sell-out audiences worldwide. Don’t miss this chance to see him perform one of the most-played singles in British radio history – it’s guaranteed to make you smile.
Hardwick Live promises to be one of the biggest music festivals in the North East – attracting some of the best international talent to the grounds of Sedgefield’s magnificent country park hotel. This year it’ll be all hail the Kaiser Chiefs, all smiles with the Happy Mondays and applause to the Echo and the Bunnymen – while Jake Shears (of the Scissor Sisters) is sure to be another act who’s a cut above the rest, former X Factor contestant and stellar songwriter Lucy Spraggan will be bringing the beer fear, and the nation’s best sport Melanie C will make sure you’ll Never Be The Same Again. So just Say You’ll Be There.
80s pop-rock icons Simple Minds and The Pretenders continue to enjoy phenomenal worldwide success today. Don’t miss their stint in the North East this summer, as they join forces on the same stage for the first time since Live Aid – while also joined by Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall.
Northumberland-born Matt Dunbar is heavily influenced by Americana and folk, with a debut EP that peaked at number five on the Amazon Digital Album Chart. He’s joined by Holly Rees, who grew up on the Durham Dales and who exercises a strong and purposeful voice through an unapologetically-honest lyrical style.
One of the UK’s biggest artists of the moment will be headlining the all-new Endeavour Festival at Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park this summer, supported by 2015 X Factor champion Louisa Johnson. After her most recent UK tour sold out in record time, we’re confident that fans of Rita will go Anywhere to see her live.
She’s certainly the Golden girl of pop, but Kylie Minogue is going in a different musical direction these days – with her latest album showcasing a much more country-influenced sound than the bubblegum disco classics and dancefloor fillers than she’s known for. And we like it. Having recorded much of Golden in Nashville, Kylie is now set to bring her infectious new brand of banjo-twanging bangers to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena as part of her UK tour. Well, howdy.
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.
Twisterella Festival is designed to showcase some of the brightest emerging talent in the industry. Centred around Teesside University, the 1000-capacity, multi-venue metropolitan music festival is set to pack out music venues on Linthorpe Road and Southfield Road (like the Students’ Union, The Townhouse, TSOne and The Westgarth Social Club) along with pop-up sessions in some of the city’s coolest bars. Unlike other festivals, Twisterella will not only be showcasing a smorgasbord of electrifying live acts, but also features an (Un)Conference, which focuses on bringing key figures from the music industry to the city to share their expertise with developing musicians. And speaking of all the live acts coming to town, make sure you catch Avalanche Party – a real tour de force of feral garage-punk – before they really hit the big time.