Sophie Dishman

Top 10 Tyne and Wear Events of 2015

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It has been an eventful year for Tyne and Wear in 2015. We’ve had many events to celebrate but here are our top 10 for this year. 

1. Sunderland City of Culture 2021 bid.

The launch event of the Sunderland City of Culture bid spanned a whole weekend. It was a big event not just for Sunderland but for the Tyne and Wear region as a whole. It attracted hundreds to the launch night and at the music event on Saturday September 19. The weekend event certainly celebrated the culture that the city and region has to offer.

2. Newcastle Comic Con.

The Newcastle Comic Con is one of highlights of the Tyne and Wear events calendar. It features many of your favourite characters from the gaming and comic world. Northern Lights attended the two day event.


3. Evolution Emerging.

Local music was catapulted into the limelight with Evolution Emerging. Lisbon and Hyde and Beast were two of the headline acts. It was held in Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle on Saturday May 23.


4. Foo Fighters at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland was wowed by Foo Fighters back in May this year. Dave Grohl and his bandmates rocked the Stadium of Light with some of their greatest hits including Best Of You.

Foo Fighters

5. Sunderland Literature Festival.

This was a month long event held in October. It was held from October 1 to 31 with local writers and a comedian taking centre stage at various venues across Sunderland.

6.  Rihanna announces tour to come to Stadium of Light.

Although this event has not happened yet, it sent shockwaves down many spines. Rihanna will be coming back to Sunderland as part of her Anti world tour. She’ll be accompanied by The Weeknd and Big Sean. The announcement itself was a big event for Sunderland.



7. Sunniside Live.

Sunniside Garden hosted its very own music festival featuring soul and Motown singer Joe Harriett, former The Voice UK finalist, Olivia Lawson and indie band and headline act Frankie & The Heartstrings.


8. Shrek at the Sunderland Empire.

Shrek, Dragon and Donkey made their journey to the Sunderland Empire in November this year. It was a roar of a time with the cast and a spectacular show for the whole family. We certainly believed!

Picture: Shrek and Dragon, Sunderland City of Culture launch/Jordan Brooks.

Picture: Shrek and Dragon, Sunderland City of Culture launch/Jordan Brooks.

9. The Caravan Gallery.

Sunderland has shone with the arts too. The Caravan Gallery visited the area with a series of photographs of Sunderland. Local residents were encouraged to bring along their own photographs, artwork and stories to celebrate the real Sunderland.

10. North East Retro Gaming (NERG).

The annual event was held in Gateshead to celebrate retro gaming. It brings back the pinball machines and of course, Pacman, and hauls them into the present. A great event for gamers and enthusiasts alike!

What are your top 10 Tyne and Wear events of this year? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook (Northern Lights) and on Twitter – @North_LightsNE. 

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