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 […]

 sophieheward

Review: Circa Waves @ Riverside

Review: Circa Waves @ Riverside

Just nine days after releasing their sunny debut album Young Chasers, Circa Waves kicked off their UK tour with an electrifying night of soaring choruses and rowdy mosh pits at one of Newcastle’s most thriving venues, Riverside. A sea of teenagers were gathered eagerly at the barrier early enough to catch support firstly from fresh-faced, […]

 Joe Bentley

Bipolar Sunshine plays Newcastle’s Think Tank tonight

Bipolar Sunshine plays Newcastle’s Think Tank tonight

Bipolar Sunshine will follow up the release of his newest single Daydreamer by playing Newcastle’s Think Tank tonight (March 31). The Manchester born vocalist was previously part of the 6-piece group Kid British before going solo in 2013 and has already released 3 EPs, and appeared at both Lovebox Festival and SXSW in 2014. Tipped […]

 Leah Goodwin

Review: Little Comets @ Newcastle’s O2 Academy

Review: Little Comets @ Newcastle’s O2 Academy

Little Comets took to Newcastle’s O2 Academy stage on Saturday (March 14). The atmosphere got giddier by the second as local lads Little Comets prepared to enter the stage and celebrate the last stop on their UK tour. When Jarrow brothers Rob and Mickey Coles and Washington’s Matt Hall arrived, whistles and cheers broke out. […]

 Leah Goodwin

Little Comets to play Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday

Little Comets to play Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday

North East indie-poppers Little Comets, who have been famed for their impromptu gigs in unorthodox venues, such as the Tyne and Wear Metro and even a Marks and Spencer bakery aisle, are back on home turf for the final stop of their 2015 tour at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on March 14. Hailing from Jarrow and Washington, […]

 daniel benson

Review: Echo and the Bunnymen @ Newcastle's O2 Academy

Review: Echo and the Bunnymen @ Newcastle's O2 Academy

After getting ushered out of the venue at 10pm because the Alpha night club was due to start, there was little time to badger the roadies for a guitar plectrum. They were so eager to keep to the schedule I got asked twice to move so a man could pick up the cups off the […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Lisbon unleash new Life Is Good single at first o2 Academy headline gig

Lisbon unleash new Life Is Good single at first o2 Academy headline gig

It’s a rarity that I miss a gig from Whitley Bay’s Lisbon. The band fronted by Matthew Varty, are, in my opinion, the most promising, up-and-coming act coming from the North East right now. And, their meteoric rise to relative success in the past twelve months has been a pleasure to watch. So, the news […]

 Rebecca Leighton-Cox

REVIEW: Kaiser Chiefs @ Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

REVIEW: Kaiser Chiefs @ Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOxjFaQPw7A] Kaiser Chiefs did not disappoint with an energetic show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Thursday February 5. The Brit Award winning band are renowned for their high energy indie-rock anthems, pleasing and shocking fans with their effortlessly dynamic live performance. The five-piece band from Leeds have released four studio albums, however, it […]

 Libby Bateman

Imagine Dragons are back with new album and UK tour

Imagine Dragons are back with new album and UK tour

The wait is finally over for Imagine Dragons fans as their new album Smoke + Mirrors is to be released on February 16. As well as a new album, the US chart phenomenon are set to perform at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena for the first time on November 14, as part of their ten UK […]