Rebecca Leighton-Cox

Interview: Tissue Culture go through many changes but will be back on stage soon

Newcastle’s Tissue Culture have been quiet on the release front for a while, with their last EP being released back in 2012, but the lads are back in the studio, creating something new and different for their fans. The five-piece band have had to come to terms with each other, moving away for university. We […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

Review: Pitch Perfect 2 “a rare female-centric franchise”

The sequel to the 2012 a cappella hit was released in cinemas last Friday. The first film grossed an impressive $115m – so a sequel was inevitable. We are introduced again to the Barden Bellas, who having obviously gained huge success since their first win at Nationals, are now performing in front of President Obama. […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

Interview: Hardwick Live event organiser Jonathan Woodliffe “We want people to look back and say – oh I remember seeing them when they played Hardwick Live”

Interview: Hardwick Live event organiser Jonathan Woodliffe “We want people to look back and say – oh I remember seeing them when they played Hardwick Live”

Northern Lights’ local music editor, Rebecca, caught up with Jonathan Woodliffe, event organiser of Hardwick Live, so see what we can expect from the boutique festival in Sedgefield. Jonathan said: “Owner [of Hardwick Live] John Adamson wanted to promote a boutique music festival for the North East, John approached me to come and work for him to organise this […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

“We got a canny good reaction to our new music” The Montagues on their new material

“We got a canny good reaction to our new music” The Montagues on their new material

Local music editor Becca Leighton-Cox, caught up with The Montagues last week to talk about their adjustment to from a four piece, to a three piece band, up-coming gigs and what to expect from The Montagues in 2015. The Montagues will be releasing some new material on March 21, as well as playing a gig […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

"The long break has done us good" – The Castells release new tracks

"The long break has done us good" – The Castells release new tracks

After not releasing any new material for two years, The Castells are back with two new tracks for 2015. The new tracks, Shake The Reins and Caught Up On The Tracks, were recorded by Ousburne Valley’s Blank Studios. On January 6 The Castells declared that they were back, as they supported Hazels at THINK TANK? […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

2015 NME Award winners

2015 NME Award winners

With NME Awards Tour at Newcastle’s O2 Academy looming, NME Awards took place this week, full of Britain’s best artists, exciting announcements and a hilarious choice of categories. Foo Fighters made a special announcement via video link, while picking up the award for Best International Band. Foo Fighters declared they will be headlining Glastonbury 2015. […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

Northern Lights Valentine's Day playlist

Northern Lights Valentine's Day playlist

You either love it or hate it, but despite this Valentine’s Day is looming. Northern Lights has put together some of their favourite love songs (no matter how cheesy they are), to get your night started. From a romantic date, to a I hate couples party. This playlist is sure to get you into the […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

REVIEW: Kaiser Chiefs @ Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

REVIEW: Kaiser Chiefs @ Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOxjFaQPw7A] Kaiser Chiefs did not disappoint with an energetic show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Thursday February 5. The Brit Award winning band are renowned for their high energy indie-rock anthems, pleasing and shocking fans with their effortlessly dynamic live performance. The five-piece band from Leeds have released four studio albums, however, it […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

Stockton Calling announce acts playing in The Green Room

Stockton Calling announce acts playing in The Green Room

Stockton Calling festival line-up has been growing over the past few weeks. With The Ordinary Boys and Neville Staple band already confirmed, as well as some of the North East’s finest acts. The day long music festival will take place across an array of Stockton’s finest venues on April 4, featuring the best in up […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

High Tide 15:47 celebrate new EP with intimate gig at Newcastle's Mining Institute

High Tide 15:47 celebrate new EP with intimate gig at Newcastle's Mining Institute

  Newcastle’s High Tide 15:47 are celebrating their debut EP by playing a launch show at Newcastle Mining Institute on Saturday February 7. The band’s self-titled record was released on January 26 following the demo of Too Much Time Alone, with a remastered version available on the EP. Being recently featured in NME, High Tide: […]

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