Northern Lights Awards 2014 – biggest coup for the North East
It’s one of our pet peeves here at Northern Lights when ‘UK tours’ decide that Manchester is as far north as the country goes, and in the past it’s often been incredibly infuriating for the North East to have to watch from the sidelines as other regions are treated to the best shows. But no longer. This year we’ve seen some brilliant and internationally renowned gigs, acts and shows taking place in our region, and credit has to go to the ambitious SOBs behind these fantastic bookings for the region listed below, the nominations for Biggest Coup for the North East:
Interpol @ Riverside, Newcastle
New York rock legends Interpol were one of the band to receive our ire (in the form of a stern fist shake) when the NME Awards Tour (which they were headlining) conveniently forgot to add a North East date. However all was swiftly forgiven when it was announced that the iconic band would be playing a rare and intimate gig at Riverside in Newcastle to just a few hundred lucky fans. How promoters Think Tank pulled that one out of the bag is still a mystery, but we tip our hats off to them. Take a look at our news story after the announcement here.
Russell Kane @ Witham Hall, Barnard Castle
In the past few years Witham Hall has seen more than its fair share of high profile comedy gigs, with 2014 being no exception, but the announcement in January that Russell Kane was to become the latest comedy star to head to Northumberland shouted out that this was a venue that meant business. Making it even more of a coup was the fact that Kane had actually got in touch with promoters and organisers of Funny Way to Be Comedy Club after hearing good things about Witham Hall’s previous shows. Check out that announcement here.
Snoop Dogg @ Central Square, Middlesbrough
A late entry to the nominations this one, with the rap legend’s Teesside concert taking place just days ago, but it remains a superb (if slightly surreal) coup for Middlesbrough. If we turn a blind eye to the increasingly random nature of his recent publicity commitments (from a spot on a price comparison website’s UK advert to a background appearance in Playstation’s legendary fighter Tekken) it’s still clear that Snoop Dogg/Lion (we aren’t quite sure which stage of his Pokemon-style evolution Snoop is currently at) remains a huge name, and whether he has any idea where Middlesbrough is in the world won’t matter a jot to the hundreds that packed into Central Square to witness his show.
The Lion King @ Sunderland Empire
OK, so perhaps this one hasn’t actually taken place yet, but the fact that the Sunderland Empire has been chosen to host the world-famous West End production of The Lion King is surely one of the biggest coups the venue has ever seen. Organisers took four years to find a way to transport the iconic show on tour without compromising on quality, and it speaks volumes for the Empire that it was the theatre chosen to take this incredible show on board. Take a look at our news story from the day the jaw-dropping news was announced.
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