Paul Barclay

Interview: Alex Tempest talks Country Music in the UK

Interview: Alex Tempest talks Country Music in the UK

When you think of country music, it is probable that you do not think of the North East or even the UK as one of the main hubs of activity for it. Mostly seen as an American style of music, country has shown some growth outside of the US over time. One of the country artists […]

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Interview with Future Horizons

Interview with Future Horizons

We spoke to Hartlepool’s finest Future Horizons about their upcoming north east gigs and brand new single. Your new single was recently released; can you give us a bit of an insight into the themes, vibes or inspirations that shaped it? Milo: The main inspiration for me really was the intensity of live shows. Following […]

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Sabrina Carpenter stuns in her first European concert at the Metro Radio Arena

Sabrina Carpenter stuns in her first European concert at the Metro Radio Arena

Sabrina Carpenter chats to Northern Lights about pursuing her love for music and supporting The Vamps on their Middle Of The Night tour.

Starting as a small town girl from Pennsylvania, to setting foot on her first European stage, Sabrina Carpenter is the girl you need to have on your playlist. At the age of six, Carpenter’s passion for music and a desire to perform was inspired by the artists her parents listened to. Speaking to Northern Lights, she said: “I can […]

 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: 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 […]

 Luke Smith

Interview: Middlesbrough pop punk unit, Across All Oceans

Interview: Middlesbrough pop punk unit, Across All Oceans

Starting a band with your buddies is often a dream for anyone who plays an instrument. Although the idea of playing shows and putting out albums for a living isn’t as easy as most people think, with plenty of up and coming bands either crumbling under pressure or unable to meet financial demands. Meet Across […]

 Sophie Dishman

Interviews with Local Writers

Interviews with Local Writers

  2015 is drawing to a close with many successes for local writers in Sunderland and in Tyne and Wear.  Sophie Dishman spoke to ten local writers: Amy McLean, Jenah Colledge, Blaine Ward, Alan Parkinson, Iain Rowan, Glenda Young, Colin Mulhern, Tom Smith, Stephanie Gallon and Michelle McCabe. Amy McLean and Stephanie Gallon are independent writers. Blaine Ward, Alan […]

 Sophie Dishman

Spectral Visions: An Interview 5 Years On

Spectral Visions: An Interview 5 Years On

Spectral Visions is a student/staff partnership which has grown over the past five years. It now has a publishing outlet known as Spectral Visions Press and has developed a team of “visionaries”.  The three co-directors are Alison Younger, Colin Younger and Steve Watts. Sophie Dishman spoke to a number of those visionaries about Spectral Visions […]

 Sophie Dishman

Interview: Shirley Atkinson on Creative Futures

Interview: Shirley Atkinson on Creative Futures

  The Creative Futures launch at the Houses of Parliament was attended by the vice-chancellor of the University of Sunderland, Shirley Atkinson.  Sophie Dishman and Laura Wilson interviewed her about the Creative Futures report. They also asked her about what the University of Sunderland is doing to support the creative industries within the North East […]

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Interview: Crab Walk Artists

Interview: Crab Walk Artists

The Crab Walk Exhibition opening night happened at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art on Thursday October 29 and featured some of the artists that are exhibiting in the show.  Sophie Dishman went along to speak to Rosalind Mclachlan, Jennifer Douglas, Sally Troughton and Alex Dordoy at the event. S: What part did you play in the […]