Music

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

 Richard Wilson

"We Had To Take A Stand" – We Meet Pop Recs LTD's Frankie Francis

"We Had To Take A Stand" – We Meet Pop Recs LTD's Frankie Francis

We find out how Sunderland's Frankie & The Heartstrings are taking their cultural hotspot into the New Year

It’s not the simplest of tasks turning your passion into a business idea that works and gets people interested, even if you are a nationally recognised band. Sunderland’s own Frankie and the Heartstrings set up a record shop in June as a two week project to try and promote their second album. Today is Tuesday December […]

 Josh Hollis

Tiny Lights (Nothing Like) Christmas Bash Comes To The Head Of Steam

Tiny Lights (Nothing Like) Christmas Bash Comes To The Head Of Steam

Tiny Lights ring in the festive season with Rivals, Piskie Sits and Retriever

Next Tuesday, Newcastle will rock out to the sound of Tiny Lights annual Christmas bash, complete with special guests Rivals, Piskie Sits and Retriever. The event, the third of its kind organised by everyone’s favourite Gateshead record label, will take place at the newly refurbished Head of Steam, and will also feature a DJ set […]

 Josh Hollis

The View Get All Retrospective At Think Tank

The View Get All Retrospective At Think Tank

Most bands release a Greatest Hits Album then go on tour. A few do the reverse, touring first then releasing a “live album” soon after. But Dundee rockers The View have taken a typically-alternative route, with the release of their latest, and fifth studio album, Seven-year Setlist, made up of all the songs the band […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

Review: Peace @ Digital

Review: Peace @ Digital

Peace embarked on their largest tour to date this winter, as they hit Newcastle’s digital on the 1st of December. After being named Britain’s best live band by NME, expectations were high for the Brummie four-piece and they did not disappoint. Opening with a head bopping worthy performance of Waste of Paint, followed nicely with […]

 Martin Inglis

Review: Airbourne @ O2 Academy, Newcastle

Review: Airbourne @ O2 Academy, Newcastle

Aussie rockers Airbourne returned to the region last week for one helluva show

Lively Australian rockers Airbourne were back in Newcastle for the first time since 2010, for the tour of their newest album Black Dog Barking. Support act Orange Goblin suitably warmed up the crowd with some catchy, if unspectacular, songs before our headlining quartet ran onto the stage to play the perfect opener, Ready To Rock. […]

 Natasha Steel

Review: The Lake Poets @ INDEPENDENT

Review: The Lake Poets @ INDEPENDENT

An emotional home crowd greeted The Lake Poets and friends

Two years ago Martin Longstaff probably never thought he would play a sold out gig in INDEPENDENT. But since his first show there a little over two years ago (and across the road now, since it’s moved house) a lot has happened for The Lake Poets, and rightly so. Support came from This Little Bird, […]

 Josh Hollis

Review: Editors @ O2 Academy, Newcastle

Review: Editors @ O2 Academy, Newcastle

Sometimes it’s annoying being roughly 2/3 the size of a standard human being. Sometimes it actually comes in very useful. But as I tried to catch a glimpse of Editors taking to the Newcastle stage on Wednesday night by peering above the conjoined heads and intertwined limbs of the couple in front of me, I […]

 sophieheward

Review: Lilliput @ Pop Recs LTD

Review: Lilliput @ Pop Recs LTD

Sunderland folk/rock quintet Lilliput have gained a strong following since they entered the North East music scene in 2011. Their mesmeric harmonies and uplifting melodies have in the past landed them support slots with the likes of Field Music and Poor Moon. It was no wonder that their free gig at Pop Recs Ltd was […]

 connor marshall

Review: Stereophonics @ The Metro Radio Arena

Review: Stereophonics @ The Metro Radio Arena

The Stereophonics embark on a new era, leaving a lot of their positives behind

The Stereophonics. There’s no question that they’re an iconic British rock band with classic albums like Performance and Cocktails, Just Enough Education To Perform and You Gotta Go There To Come Back. So when their eighth studio album Graffiti On The Train was released earlier this year, along with the tour, I and my friends […]

 Sam Griffiths

Public Service Broadcasting Unveiled As Stockton Calling Headliners

Public Service Broadcasting Unveiled As Stockton Calling Headliners

London-based pseudonymous musical duo unveiled as 2014 headliners

Public Service Broadcasting have been announced as the first headliners of Stockton Calling 2014. The duo will headline the event on Easter Saturday April 19th, after being described as “genuinely original, innovating and amazing” (Artrocker), and will take to The Georgian Theatre Stage in the festival’s fifth year. The band will be playing tracks from their […]