Music

 James Morris

Stockton Calling Unveil Young Rebel Set (And A Battleship)

Stockton Calling Unveil Young Rebel Set (And A Battleship)

Stockton-on-Tees very own Young Rebel Set will headline the main stage at this year’s Stockton Calling Festival, while organisers have also announced a brand new stage for the multi venue event. The five piece band have spent most of 2013 touring the UK and will return home to play the festivals biggest stage at ARC. Annabel […]

 Sam Griffiths

The Weekly Live Music Round Up

The Weekly Live Music Round Up

Gig of The Week: Mayday Parade Newcastle will play host to Florida’s quintet Mayday Parade in a raucous performance that will be sure to thrill. They will bring out tracks from their latest hit album Monsters In The Closet, joined by previous classics such as Stay, which will surely create an electric atmosphere. Mayday Parade […]

 Natasha Steel

Review: City and Colour @ O2 Academy, Newcastle

Review: City and Colour @ O2 Academy, Newcastle

City and Colour, the recording and performing alias of Dallas Green, last played Newcastle’s City Hall in late 2011, and with the Alexisonfire farewell tour ending in 2012; his return with the band was greatly anticipated by the North East. Support came from Hannah Georgas, a fellow Canadian. Her light indie-pop songs were spoilt by […]

 Natasha Steel

Sunderland To Get Its Own 4,000 Capacity Music Venue?

Sunderland To Get Its Own 4,000 Capacity Music Venue?

Plans for a 4,000 capacity music venue could transform the live music scene in Sunderland. The venue would be double the size of Newcastle’s O2 Academy which is currently the main venue in the region for bands to play on UK tours, and would be situated on the north bank of the River Wear just west […]

 sophieheward

Foals Line Up Newcastle Academy Show

Foals Line Up Newcastle Academy Show

Oxford indie rock five-piece Foals are to bring their sold out UK tour to Newcastle’s o2 Academy on February 12th. After a string of ever-growing successes since their debut album was released in 2008, it looks to be an unmissable night. The year 2013 brought Foals a Q award for Best Live Act, a Mercury […]

 

Applications Now Open For Evolution Emerging 2014

Applications Now Open For Evolution Emerging 2014

The application process for Evolution Emerging 2014 is now open, and if you’re an unsigned band in the region, that sentence is up there with “it’s raining spare guitar leads” and “The Offspring have reformed”. Following on from yet another successful event in 2013, UK arts development agency Generator have opened the floor for another […]

 

Bloody Hell, Brilliant Mind Are Back!

Bloody Hell, Brilliant Mind Are Back!

A long long, time ago (I think it was May 2012), local left-field pop outfit Brilliant Mind played one of their already too infrequent gigs. They went home, popped the kettle on, and decided that was probably it for a while. If that’s a little bit before your time then trust me, it was a […]

 Josh Hollis

Peggy Sue To Open 2014 At Pop Recs LTD

Peggy Sue To Open 2014 At Pop Recs LTD

Sunderland’s favourite musical entrepreneurs Frankie & The Heartstrings have announced their first in-store show of 2014, as they continue their mission to bring culture, excitement and, above all, fantastic live music to Wearside. And Brighton four-piece Peggy Sue (formerly Peggy Sue and the Pirates) are set to be the first band to play Pop Recs […]

 Sam Griffiths

2013 – The Year Robin Thicke Made Me A Feminist

2013 – The Year Robin Thicke Made Me A Feminist

Sam Griffiths looks back at this years most controversial moment in music, and the impact it's had on the gender debate in the media

Whether Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ video is a joke, a true representation of a night out for him, or as Tricia Romano put it, “kind of rapey”, it worked. The biggest selling single of the year, and a Youtube viewership of over 293 million is generally classed as a success. Yet, as a society, should […]

 Josh Hollis

INDEPENDENT's Christmas Bash – Music, Merriment, and Mince Pie Eating Contests

INDEPENDENT's Christmas Bash – Music, Merriment, and Mince Pie Eating Contests

Christmas will come a rockin’ to Sunderland next week as INDEPENDENT host their annual Christmas party. Taking place next Sunday night on December 22nd, the event will include performances from four bands, a well-known DJ and a club night to top it all off. The proverbial holy trinity of a festive bash. Taking to the INDEPENDENT […]