Mark McConville

Thriller Live – Jackson Musical Moonwalking Into Newcastle Theatre Royal

Thriller Live – Jackson Musical Moonwalking Into Newcastle Theatre Royal

Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live will be moonwalking its way into Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 June. Thriller live is the spectacular concert show that celebrates the 45 year musical history of the King of Pop. Direct from London’s West End, where it is in it’s record-breaking sixth year, fans can […]

 Mark McConville

Review: A Bolt From The Blue @ Sunderland Royalty Theatre

Review: A Bolt From The Blue @ Sunderland Royalty Theatre

Edward Jones miraculously survives being struck by lightning on the eve of his 40th birthday, and therein begins the first of the strange events that take place throughout this play. At first, it seems that he is hugely unlucky. Accidents seem to happen when he’s around, particularly ones which endanger his health. It’s as if […]

 Mark McConville

Snoop Dogg Announces Middlesbrough Town Hall Gig. No, Really

Snoop Dogg Announces Middlesbrough Town Hall Gig. No, Really

American hip-hop star Snoop Dogg is to headline an outdoor concert in Middlesbrough this summer. The performance, on June 9, is the result of months of hard work by Teesside-based organisers Loose Cannon. This announcements follows news that US rap group Public Enemy will be headlining Stockton Weekender this year, alongside Happy Mondays. Snoop Dogg, now […]

 Mark McConville

Wicked – Yet Another West End Smash Comes To The Sunderland Empire

Wicked – Yet Another West End Smash Comes To The Sunderland Empire

Following on from the recent announcement that the Lion King will be showing in September, Sunderland’s Empire Theatre will also play host to West End musical Wicked. The Empire will host the spectacular show for four weeks from March 31 to April 25 next year, as it makes its North East debut. Wicked is based […]

 Mark McConville

Funny, Poigant, And Unusual – A Bolt From the Blue Opens At The Royalty Theatre

Funny, Poigant, And Unusual – A Bolt From the Blue Opens At The Royalty Theatre

Adapted from the David Tristram novel of the same name, A Bolt From The Blue will be showing at the Royalty Theatre in Sunderland from March 24th. This play looks at an ordinary man, Edward Jones, who does ordinary things – until the day before his 40th birthday. What happens next is quite incredible. It […]

 Mark McConville

The Railway Club Return With Newcastle Mining Institute Gig

The Railway Club Return With Newcastle Mining Institute Gig

The Railway Club have announced their first live show of 2014, as they play a gig at the Mining Institute in Newcastle on April 11th. The South Shields band will be joined by two special guests for the event ,who they are not yet naming, and the show will be their first since November last […]

 Mark McConville

Evolution Emerging Unveil 2014 Line Up

Evolution Emerging Unveil 2014 Line Up

The Lake Poets, Boy Jumps Ship and Bridie Jackson & The Arbour return as special guest headliners this year at Evolution Emerging. They form part of the 40 artists who will take over nine venues in Newcastle on Saturday 24 May, which also features Crooked Hands, Sam Fender and Rossi Noise who Northern Lights nominated as […]

 Mark McConville

Steel Panther "Spread The Disease" At Newcastle's O2 Academy

Steel Panther "Spread The Disease" At Newcastle's O2 Academy

Los Angeles heavy metal band Steel Panther are set to play at the O2 Academy as part of the British leg of their creatively-titled Spread the Disease tour. The band are best known for their humorous lyrics as well as for their exaggerated on-stage presence that parodies the heavy metal music and lifestyle of the […]

 Mark McConville

Roller Derby: Sunderland Smackems Seeking Skaters

Roller Derby: Sunderland Smackems Seeking Skaters

Sunderland Smackems, the first roller derby league in the city, are currently recruiting skaters of all abilities. Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short match-ups (jams) in which both teams designate a scoring player (the […]

 Mark McConville

Review: A Murder is Announced @ Sunderland's Royalty Theatre

Review: A Murder is Announced @ Sunderland's Royalty Theatre

The lights go out, a shot is fired, and a body drops; who else could solve this mystery other than Miss Marple? This classic Agatha Christie whodunit has been superbly adapted for stage by the cast and crew at Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre. The placement of a mysterious advertisement in the local newspaper draws the audience in […]