Jordan Davidson

James Bay to headline Mouth of the Tyne Festival

From Glastonbury to Tynemouth, the Brit Award winning James Bay will appear at upcoming Mouth of the Tyne Festival. The artist, who has also been nominated for a Best Artist Grammy Award, will perform at the outdoor venue of Tynemouth Priory and Castle on July 9. North Tyneside mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are thrilled to welcome the […]

 Gemma Hirst

Review: Corbridge Festival

Summer is out and that can only mean one thing: the festival season is about to start. Corbridge Festival rocked the house down last night (July 11, 2015) as the North East audience were entertained with the latest and upcoming artists of this year. Set in the fields of Tynedale Rugby Club, the family festival […]

 

Sunniside Live: new free summer festival for Sunderland

Sunniside Live: new free summer festival for Sunderland

Acts from across the North East will take to the stage as part of a new free summer festival in Sunderland.  Sunniside Live will take place on July 11 at the Sunniside Garden and will include ten hours of live outdoor music. Among the talent at the free festival will be soul and Motown singer Joe […]

 Tor Bainbridge

Award winning Chase Park Festival returns this August

Award winning Chase Park Festival returns this August

Chase Park Festival, held in Gateshead, returns this year with a bigger and better line up. Iris rock outfit Ash have been confirmed to headline the fifth annual all-inclusive family festival this August. The open air festival will feature two stages of live music on Saturday August 8. The festival is set to bring thousands of […]

 

Slam Dunk Review!

Slam Dunk Review!

    Abbey Booth had only ever been to one day of Leeds festival back in 2012, so had no idea what to expect when walking up to the gates of Slam Dunk festival. Luckily, I’m a Slam Dunk veteran, though I’d never had the chance to watch the gig outside before. We got in […]

 James Stevenson

Evolution Emerging: “Playing live is crucial to an artist’s development and events like this can make a real difference.”

Evolution Emerging: “Playing live is crucial to an artist’s development and events like this can make a real difference.”

It has been a disheartening year for music festivals in the North East with the cancellation of three of the region’s festivals in Split, Evolution and Stockton Weekender. While the region did gain the BBC Radio 6 Festival in Tyneside it was a bittersweet moment; it was a resounding success but it was always a […]

 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 […]

 sophieheward

UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival, Live At Leeds, returns next weekend

UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival, Live At Leeds, returns next weekend

Each year since 2007, various Leeds city centre venues have been rocked by some of the country’s most exciting musicians for the colossal event that is Live At Leeds. Last year, it was crowned the UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards and next weekend it’s back with an irresistible line-up. With acts such as […]

 Melanie Hall

Ska and Mod Fest @ Riverside Live 2015

Ska and Mod Fest @ Riverside Live 2015

As many look to the release of the major festival line-ups for this summer, there’s a new festival launching right here in the North East. A Ska and Mod Festival featuring Bruce Foxton from The Jam plus The Selecter, Secret Affair and The Lambrettas, along with more bands to be confirmed, on bank holiday Sunday, May 24, […]

 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 […]