Elliott Griffiths

Live Review: Dirty Hit Tour at ThinkTank Newcastle

Live Review: Dirty Hit Tour at ThinkTank Newcastle

There’s often a feeling of disappointment at the words: “This one’s off the new album”. Thankfully, with Superfood, those fears were alleviated, as new tracks I Can’t See and Natural Super Soul went down like they were greatest hits. Funky bass lines and bouncy melodies had the crowd jumping and jiving instantly, making for a ridiculously enjoyable night. Superfood were joined […]

 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. […]

 Mark Tyers

INTERVIEW: TM talks Chipmunk, Makina and NE Grime

Spennymoor Grime MC talks Chip, Makina and NE Grime ahead of his upcoming gig at Independent, Sunderland

  Spennymoor Grime MC Matty Topping [TM] has been making waves in the North East Grime scene for a few years and signed with Knowledge Is Power Promotions last year. Mark Tyers caught up with TM ahead of his upcoming gig at Independent, Sunderland and got his take on his career to date. MT: You […]

 Mark Tyers

INTERVIEW: Comin’ Straight from the Underground: The Just B

WARNING: There is strong language in the videos.

Since the release of their first album, and a memorable headline slot at Static, North East Grime duo HB (Newcastle’s H-Man and Ashington’s Just B) are arguably the hottest thing in the local underground rap-scene right now and they’re only just warming up.  Mark Tyers caught up with Just B to get his take on […]

 Mark Tyers

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Young Sceptic (aka Rob Leatham) has been running The Hip-Hop Show on Spark FM since 2014 and has also started to host a monthly live rap night at Sunderland’s Independent music-venue. In this interview with Mark Tyers he talks about meeting Tim Westwood and some of his other music idols, life with Dyslexia and some […]

 Mark Tyers

Review: Beth Macari @ Surf Cafe

The surfers were out and a balmy, golden twilight was in full effect, bathing Tynemouth beach in a Southern California esque glow as this reviewer walked along the cliff road to the North East’s live-music-venue of-the -moment; The Surf Cafe, to catch an intimate performance from up-and-coming original Soul & Funk singer Beth Macari and […]

 Mark Tyers

Racism, ‘Realness’ and Rap: Interview with Sunderland’s New North East

Mark Tyers talks 21st century racism, “realness” and all things Grime and Hip-Hop with Wearside’s very own independent movement of rap artists, New North East (NNE), ahead of their first headline gig at Sunderland’s Independent on April 29. MT: A lot has happened since you supported Absorb in Independent last October – tell us a […]

 Annie Roberts

Gabrielle Aplin returns to Newcastle 02 Academy

Gabrielle Aplin returns to Newcastle 02 Academy

Gabrielle Aplin returned to the North East as part of her tour for her second album “Light Up The Dark”. The folk singer-songwriter, from Wiltshire, blew the Newcastle 02 audience away with her amazing vocals on the evening of February 4. The 23-year-old was extremely humble in between songs and grateful for the positive reactions she […]

 Mark Tyers

Live Music Preview: Lloyd Joyce @ Surf Cafe

Live Music Preview: Lloyd Joyce @ Surf Cafe

Mark Tyers talks to Sunderland singer-songwriter Lloyd Joyce about his upcoming gig at the prestigious Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, the local music scene and on the break-up of Sunderland's next big thing; Plecdrum.Inc.

Mark Tyers talks to Sunderland singer-songwriter Lloyd Joyce about his upcoming gig at the prestigious Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, the local music scene and on the break-up of Sunderland’s next big thing; Plecdrum.Inc. Mark : On Friday your playing the Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, that’s quite a venue, pretty much anybody from the region whose […]

 Liam Lillico

Imagine Dragons Amaze Crowd in Newcastle

Imagine Dragons Amaze Crowd in Newcastle

Taking centre stage, Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons frontman, with the rest of the band by his side requested that the almost sold out arena joined him in a moment’s silence to show remeberence and respect to the people of Paris. That was how the band wanted to start proceedings, and a fitting way it was. […]

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