Northern Lights

University of Sunderland graduate, James Longman wins Emmy Award for his role on The Late Late Show with James Corden

James, who graduated with a degree in Media and Communication in 1998, received the accolade at the Emmy Awards which took place in LA last weekend (9-10 September 2017). James relocated to LA to work on the American late-night talk show in December 2015 and was honoured last year as a BAFTA LA Newcomer. He […]

 Tabitha Peverley

Superhero Day hits the North East!

Superhero Day hits the North East!

Today (May 5) is a very special day, it is a day to celebrate our favourite superheroes! With the superhero genre growing in popularity with help from popular movie franchises such as Marvel’s The Avengers, it feels like there is no getting away from the legendary characters. The North East, in particular, seems to have […]

 Josh Stothard

Wonderland Review

Wonderland Review

Following  its shows around the world, from the likes of Texas to Tokyo, the multi Grammy and Drama Desk Award nominated musical ‘Wonderland’ received a British production and made its way to Sunderland’s Empire Theatre. Throughout the show the story comes back to the message that people should have confidence in themselves and not be controlled by […]

 Ryan Prentice

KingCons bring Game of Thrones stars, Super Mario and more to the Stadium of Light

KingCons bring Game of Thrones stars, Super Mario and more to the Stadium of Light

King Con’s first year in Sunderland turns out to be a success as thousands flood to see special guests at the Stadium of Light.  

    After outgrowing their previous venue in Durham, King Con was confirmed to be at the Stadium of Light this year, and spread over a weekend full of panels, competitions and more. Arriving on Saturday I was met by some of the latest and classic characters, first of all a Storm Trooper followed by […]

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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. […]

 Pamela Bilalova

All hail Beyoncé: How Queen Bey’s show at the Stadium of Light unfolded

If you weren't among the lucky ones who got their hands on tickets for the concert, you need to read this

“If y’all came to slay tonight, say ‘I slay’! If you slay today or every day, say “I slay”! If the rain’s not gonna stop you from having a good time, say ‘I slay’! If you’re proud of who you are and where you come from, say ‘I slay’!” – Beyoncé chose these words to […]

 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 […]

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