Mark Tyers

Racism, ‘Realness’ and Rap: Interview with Sunderland’s New North East

Mark Tyers talks 21st century racism, “realness” and all things Grime and Hip-Hop with Wearside’s very own independent movement of rap artists, New North East (NNE), ahead of their first headline gig at Sunderland’s Independent on April 29. MT: A lot has happened since you supported Absorb in Independent last October – tell us a […]

 Annie Roberts

Gabrielle Aplin returns to Newcastle 02 Academy

Gabrielle Aplin returns to Newcastle 02 Academy

Gabrielle Aplin returned to the North East as part of her tour for her second album “Light Up The Dark”. The folk singer-songwriter, from Wiltshire, blew the Newcastle 02 audience away with her amazing vocals on the evening of February 4. The 23-year-old was extremely humble in between songs and grateful for the positive reactions she […]

 Mark Tyers

Live Music Preview: Lloyd Joyce @ Surf Cafe

Live Music Preview: Lloyd Joyce @ Surf Cafe

Mark Tyers talks to Sunderland singer-songwriter Lloyd Joyce about his upcoming gig at the prestigious Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, the local music scene and on the break-up of Sunderland's next big thing; Plecdrum.Inc.

Mark Tyers talks to Sunderland singer-songwriter Lloyd Joyce about his upcoming gig at the prestigious Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, the local music scene and on the break-up of Sunderland’s next big thing; Plecdrum.Inc. Mark : On Friday your playing the Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, that’s quite a venue, pretty much anybody from the region whose […]

 Liam Lillico

Imagine Dragons Amaze Crowd in Newcastle

Imagine Dragons Amaze Crowd in Newcastle

Taking centre stage, Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons frontman, with the rest of the band by his side requested that the almost sold out arena joined him in a moment’s silence to show remeberence and respect to the people of Paris. That was how the band wanted to start proceedings, and a fitting way it was. […]

 Emily Mertens

Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen Concert

Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen Concert

Catfish and the Bottlemen first formed in 2007. The four members include Van McCann, Benji Blakeway, Bob Hall and Johnny Bond. Eight years later, after a long-awaited rise to fame, their UK tour sold out within minutes to venues holding up to 10,000 fans. Their concert felt like an extensive celebration of their recent success […]

 Tor Bainbridge

Interview: Plecdrum.Inc “That’s what we want everyone to know, we don’t hold back”

Interview: Plecdrum.Inc “That’s what we want everyone to know, we don’t hold back”

Mark Tyers interviews one of the North East’s most original, up-and-coming acts ahead of their May 29 headline gig at Independent, Sunderland– Plecdrum.Inc are an unsigned 5-piece band which stand-out thanks to an ambitious coupling of searingly-honest song-writing with a visceral blend of hip-hop, rock, dub-step and drum-n-bass. It’s midday and muted sunshine is beaming into […]

 Leah Goodwin

Lower Than Atlantis embark on their sold out UK tour before leaving music industry forever

Lower Than Atlantis burst onto the scene with a curious hybrid of punk-rock swagger and lyrically well-led tunes, playing their part in the rise of post-hardcore, alternative rock bands. Now, their chart-climbing, self-titled studio album proves that they are capable of turning their hand to a different pop sound. Northern Lights caught up with lead […]

 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 […]

 Adam Delicate

Review: Hyde & Beast @ Surfcafe Tynemouth

Review: Hyde & Beast @ Surfcafe Tynemouth

Sunderland-based band Hyde & Beast rocked up at the Surfcafe Tynemouth in North Shields on Friday night (April 17), playing to a packed-out house. The old-fashioned soft rock band were supported by the young, infectious guitarist Tom Smith, who despite only being 11 has already supported Catfish & the Bottlemen & The Little Comets. The […]