Local music

 Molly Wroe

Gig review: Social Room, Ivory Wave & The Sherlocks at Boiler Shop, Newcastle

Gig review: Social Room, Ivory Wave & The Sherlocks at Boiler Shop, Newcastle

Before starting this official review, I would just like to say how I nearly didn’t go to this gig. Despite my excitement earlier in the day, I was ready to turn around and go home after a disheartening build up to the gig. I powered through the sinking feeling and really enjoyed myself! First to […]

 Molly Wroe

Single Review: Reducer by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

Single Review: Reducer by Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

The absolutely raucous five-piece Newcastle band Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – or Pigsx7 for short – are back with their noisy new single ‘Reducer’, which left me with incredibly mixed opinions.  Instrumentally, this song is amazing. Christopher Morley brings us into the track with some incredibly fast and hard-hitting solo drumming, while […]

 Holly Allton

Single Review: ‘Anxiety’s A Bitch (Don’t Let It Kill You)’ by Too Close For Missiles

Single Review: ‘Anxiety’s A Bitch (Don’t Let It Kill You)’ by Too Close For Missiles

Too Close For Missiles are a local pop-punk band from Newcastle Upon Tyne. The band consists of John Arkle on Vocals/Guitar, Chris Thompson on Guitar, Andy Tatters on Bass/Vocals and Rob Ledger on Drums. Too Close For Missile’s latest single ‘Anxiety’s A Bitch (Don’t Let It Kill You)’ is the song we all need in […]

 Jordan Davidson

BBC Music Introducing in the North East Reveal Their 2020 Tips List

BBC Music Introducing in the North East Reveal Their 2020 Tips List

BBC Music Introducing in the North East have revealed the local artists that they tip for 2020, and it features some familiar faces… These artists could follow in the footsteps of previous BBC Music Introducing favorites such as BRIT’s Critic’s Choice winner Sam Fender, BBC Radio 1 playlisted L Devine and the unstoppable Martha Hill […]

 Alice Wilson

Analysis: Gendered Instruments

Analysis: Gendered Instruments

Well it wasn’t quite John Lewis. But when I saw the new Argos Christmas TV ad, I did see something I wasn’t expecting… Concerned looking father poring over an Argos catalogue? Check. Usual high energy consumerist drivel from a high street retailer? Check. So far so capitalist. But what was that? Or rather, who is […]

 Steven Batey

Five indie and alternative bands you should be listening to right now!

Five indie and alternative bands you should be listening to right now!

With the first announcements of line-ups for Hit the North, Live at Leeds and Neighbourhood Weekender all being announced this week, we took a look at five indie and alternative artists which should be making your playlist right now.   1) The Snuts The West Lothian four piece have grown in popularity over the last […]

 Holly Allton

Review: Little Mix – LM5 The Tour

Review: Little Mix – LM5 The Tour

The show kicked off with the first of the two support acts; New Rules, a 3-piece band of baby-faced lads and their guitars. All in all, they were enjoyable to watch as even sang a few of their original songs which were quite catchy. I got 5 Seconds of Summer / The Vamps vibes from […]

 Stacey McMaster

Fans: Yes we are!

Next week an exciting show hits the Live Theatre in Newcastle and at Northern Lights we can’t wait for the opening night. If you have any interest in music or theatre, this is a must-see, unique show with something for everyone. Directed by Melanie Rashbrooke, it features songs from Green Day to Beyonce, as well […]

 Amie

Michael Rice: Interview

Michael Rice: Interview

  If the gigantic smile that’s tattooed to his face isn’t a big enough hint that the news of winning £50,000 is overwhelming, then the fidgeting and sweaty palms do. From small-time busker to winner of BBC One’s All Together Now, Michael Rice talks about his rise to stardom. I didn’t even get a chance […]

 plamedie

Sunderland Celebrates International Women’s Day with a music showcase at local venue

Sunderland Celebrates International Women’s Day with a music showcase at local venue

Four music acts from North East, England came together to showcase their talents in honor of International Women's Day 2018

Spotlight Music UK hosted their International Women’s Day Showcase at Independent Sunderland on the evening of Thursday March 8. The music event welcomed some of the North East’s talent, such as: Eve Simpson, Twist Helix, Chain the Phoenix and Human X. The event — which took place on International Women’s Day — was certainly special. […]