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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 […]

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Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host The Spice Girls in 2019

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host The Spice Girls in 2019

The Spice Girls will perform at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light in the first of a new series of concerts at the venue. The group, who scored nine number one chart hits between 1996 and 2000, have reunited for live shows in 2019; they will be supported by top-selling English artist and singer-songwriter, Jess Glynne. Councillor […]

 Amy Ray

Album Review: Tennessee & 48th – Dave Giles

Album Review: Tennessee & 48th – Dave Giles

A first glimpse into a long-awaited second album. Big labels are not needed when you have a loyal fan base – and that certainly seems the case for Dave Giles, who is eagerly awaiting the release of his second album, Tennessee & 48th, next month. The London-based, independent singer-songwriter has toured the UK for the […]

 Courtnie Kerr

Eight independent music venues in the North East

The music culture in the North East is constantly growing. With large venues such as the Metro Radio Arena, O2 Academy and City Hall hosting well-known acts, smaller venues tend to get overlooked. Little do some people know, these independent music venues have hosted a range of household names that are known and loved – from Nirvana to James Bay. […]

 Tabitha Peverley

Album review: The Overtones by The Overtones

Album review: The Overtones by The Overtones

Bringing some swing music magic to their latest album, The Overtones are back and just as brilliant as ever. It’s been a tough year for the band, with the unexpected death of their band mate and lead singer Timmy Matley in April. The newly minted four piece have put a lot of emotion and passion […]

 Tabitha Peverley

Review: Fans at Live Theatre, Newcastle

Review: Fans at Live Theatre, Newcastle

Four characters. Four stories. One passion. The story of Fans is one of four friends trying to form their own band so they can be the next big thing. Along the way we see creative differences over their sound, as well as what they should call themselves. All of this is glued together with their […]