Music

 Courtnie Kerr

The Jonas Brothers return!

The Jonas Brothers return!

After much speculation, the Jonas Brothers are officially back. This really is an SOS (don’t wanna second guess… you know the words, I hope). In a tweet on their band account, @jonasbrothers, they announced their newest single ‘Sucker’, officially confirming that the trio are back in action. The band, consisting of three brothers, Nick Jonas, […]

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Catfish and the Bottleman – The Balance: album preview

Catfish and the Bottleman – The Balance: album preview

Catfish and the Bottlemen, consisting of Van McCann, Benji Blakeway, Johnny Bond and Bob Hall, formed in Llandudno in 2007 and since releasing their debut album ‘The Balcony’ in 2014 have only known success. Fans of Catfish and The Bottlemen have been anticipating an album since the band released their second ‘The Ride’ in 2016 […]

 Amy Robinson

Review: The Rocky Horror Show at Sunderland Empire

Review: The Rocky Horror Show at Sunderland Empire

Richard O’Brien’s infamously subversive and erotically-charged rock and roll musical, The Rocky Horror Show, has just begun the fist leg of its UK Tour at the Sunderland Empire on the 28th of January. The show is running until the 2nd of February at the Sunderland Empire and I was lucky enough to attend the musical’s opening […]

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Everything For Sale – a bipolar album that needs to get an identity

Everything For Sale – a bipolar album that needs to get an identity

By Zak Johnston After a string of semi-successful mix-tapes, Compton-born rapper Boogie has released his major label debut and it’s an album of contrasts. While Boogie works towards creating an album that serves as a ghetto story book, similar to Kendrick Lamar’s G.K.M.C, ‘Everything For Sale’ doesn’t have the consistency, complexity or the maturity to […]

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The best five albums of 2018: opinion piece

The best five albums of 2018: opinion piece

by Ethan Edwards Two thousand and eighteen was a brilliant year for music of all genres. We have seen the triumphant returns of legendary artists, the reinvention of several heavy hitting bands and new artists rising through the ranks of the music scene. Due to the nature of music, this list will have a personal […]

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Snow Patrol at the Metro Radio Arena

Snow Patrol at the Metro Radio Arena

Words by Ann-Christin Korsing Snow Patrol are on their UK/Ireland Tour with their album Wildness, which was published in May. First stop: Newcastle. The crowd slowly filled the Metro Radio Arena while entertained by two pre-acts: Roe and Foy Vance, both Irish singers like Snow Patrol. Roe was clearly touched: “I try not to cry” […]

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Jake Bugg at the Sage, Gateshead: a review

Jake Bugg at the Sage, Gateshead: a review

Words by Robert Halligan Last night I went to see Jake Bugg at the Sage in Gateshead. Despite freezing cold weather, overpriced drinks and a long metro journey back and forward from Sunderland, I loved it. Upon entering the Sage, I saw Jake’s merchandise and I tried to restrain myself. I thought: “I can’t be wasting […]

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Jake Bugg at The Sage: A Preview

Jake Bugg at The Sage: A Preview

Words by Robert Halligan Musician Jake Bugg will be coming to the Sage in Gateshead to end his solo acoustic tour on Tuesday, November 27. The tour began in March at the Innings festival in Arizona earlier this year. After a 12 date North American tour, Bugg performed in Australia before returning home to the […]

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Review: Jess Glynne at the Metro Radio Arena

Review: Jess Glynne at the Metro Radio Arena

Words by Samantha Boal and Christy Laverty ‘Tickets to this performance were provided free of charge as part of University of Sunderland partnership with Metro Radio’ With her songs being hit after hit, the future support act for the Spice Girls reunion tour, Jess Glynne, is adding to the girl power movement. The performer blew […]

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Artist Profile – Lil Peep

Artist Profile – Lil Peep

Words by Joshua Pool Lil Peep’s newest album, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, has reached number 4 on the Billboard 200 in the United States – an astonishing achievement for an artist who sadly passed away a year before the album was released. The emo-rap and rock artist, born Gustav Ahr, managed to […]