Opinion

 Charlotte O'Neill

Beamish: travelling back to childhood

Beamish: travelling back to childhood

My trip to Beamish, the open-air museum, where the world is stuck in 1913, not only turned back the years for the North East but also for myself. Walking around the museum and being taught lessons from the past with your grandparents made me feel two decades younger. Although I towered over the other grandchildren […]

 Courtnie Kerr

Top 10 Fictional Characters That Inspired Halloween Costumes

Top 10 Fictional Characters That Inspired Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just around the corner, the hunt for the best costume is on and most people are taking to films to get their inspiration.

Without a doubt there have been some pretty memorable films, memorable characters and even more memorable costumes that come with them. Here is a rundown of the top 10 fictional characters that have sparked a costume rampage on the world…   Wednesday Addams – The Addams Family: With her ghostly pale skin and monochromatic style, […]

 Adam Wood

Top 5 Horror Films to watch this Halloween

Top 5 Horror Films to watch this Halloween

It’s that time of year where we are allowed to look stupid and dress in whatever costume we like. This was the perfect opportunity to list the top 5 favourite horror films, so instead of going out getting sweats (because that’s something you’re not allowed to do after a certain age) or going out to a party, why not get a bowl of popcorn and sit in front of your TV and scare yourself silly.

So go get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit to dunk and once you’ve read this why not pick your favourite scary film and scare yourself silly. 5. The Cabin in The Woods This is a 2012 American horror comedy, in which five teenagers who visit a remote cabin in the woods. This […]

 Jordan Davidson

Top 5 International Horror Films

Top 5 International Horror Films

One of the original masters of the horror genre, H.P. Lovecraft, once said:“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear”.

This emotion frequently transcends the barriers of language and culture, showing us that no matter where we hail from, we all love a good scare. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of our absolute favourite horror movies from across the world for you to enjoy… Let the Right One In: Swedish When done right, vampires […]

 Jordan Davidson

Our Culture Walk Through Newcastle-Gateshead for the Great Exhibition of the North

Our Culture Walk Through Newcastle-Gateshead for the Great Exhibition of the North

Newcastle and Gateshead have been selected to host the ‘Great Exhibition of the North’ in 2018, winning the bid over three other shortlisted bidders. The exhibition will be held over 77 days, showcasing art, design and innovation from the North of England. With this in mind we have come up with our own culture walk […]

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Footloose: Electric performance gains a standing ovation on opening night

Footloose: Electric performance gains a standing ovation on opening night

Synchronised dancing, perfect harmonies and a love triangle that leaves you on the brink of your seat, the cast of Footloose brought impeccable energy to the Sunderland Empire on Tuesday October 11.

The world-famous musical comes to town this week and defines what dancing really is all about as underdog Luke Baker lights up the stage at the Sunderland Empire. Adapted from the hit moving picture, Director Racky Plews conveys Dean Pitchford’s artistic dream to the big stage with a spectacular cast. Luke Baker, Hannah Price, Joanna […]

 Jordan Davidson

Top 5 Gig Venues in the North East

Top 5 Gig Venues in the North East

Far too often I hear people saying “music isn’t as good as it used to be” as they reminisce about the good old days when promising new artists could be found on every street corner. To those people I say calmly but firmly “you’re wrong.”

The music scene, particularly in the North East, is every bit as vibrant and promising as it always was – you just have to look a little harder. And a big part of staying in touch with the fantastic artists that modern music has to offer is knowing where to go and see them live. […]

 Paul Barclay

Suicide Squad – Review

Earlier this year, we had the incomprehensible Batman V Superman (BvS), which was DC’s attempt at kick-starting their cinematic universe in the wake of Marvel’s extremely successful films. Now, as many have now seen, BvS was essentially hot garbage. A complete mess with some interesting ideas which were buried beneath the awful story and dreadful […]

 Jordan Davidson

Pokémon Go, in defence of a gaming and social phenomenon

The UK has finally been graced with the official release of Pokémon Go, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the biggest social phenomena that I’ve witnessed as a gamer. However, it has also attracted some criticism, such as this article which labelled the game as ‘terrifying’ and ‘proof that ‘The Matrix is […]

 Paul Farrell

Sonic Heroes Review

Sonic Heroes was the first outing of the Blue Hedgehog on multiple platforms – and my introduction to the series. As we come to a close on the Dream era, we finally arrive at my introduction to the Sonic series: Sonic Heroes. The story is split between the four playable teams: Team Sonic, Team Dark, […]