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. […]

 Mark Tyers

INTERVIEW: Comin’ Straight from the Underground: The Just B

WARNING: There is strong language in the videos.

Since the release of their first album, and a memorable headline slot at Static, North East Grime duo HB (Newcastle’s H-Man and Ashington’s Just B) are arguably the hottest thing in the local underground rap-scene right now and they’re only just warming up.  Mark Tyers caught up with Just B to get his take on […]

 Mark Tyers

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Young Sceptic (aka Rob Leatham) has been running The Hip-Hop Show on Spark FM since 2014 and has also started to host a monthly live rap night at Sunderland’s Independent music-venue. In this interview with Mark Tyers he talks about meeting Tim Westwood and some of his other music idols, life with Dyslexia and some […]

 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 […]

 Sophie Dishman

Interviews with Local Writers

Interviews with Local Writers

  2015 is drawing to a close with many successes for local writers in Sunderland and in Tyne and Wear.  Sophie Dishman spoke to ten local writers: Amy McLean, Jenah Colledge, Blaine Ward, Alan Parkinson, Iain Rowan, Glenda Young, Colin Mulhern, Tom Smith, Stephanie Gallon and Michelle McCabe. Amy McLean and Stephanie Gallon are independent writers. Blaine Ward, Alan […]

 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 […]

 Rachael Harker

Coasts come to Sunderland’s INDEPENDENT

Coasts will be playing INDEPENDENT Sunderland this next Tuesday (June 2). The Bristol five piece will be joined by The Montagues and SunDance Tuesday for a night of live music. Coasts formed in 2012 and since then have been going from strength to strength. In 2013 they released their debut EP titled Paradise and are […]

 Rachael Harker

Review: SOLO presents Adam Wilson Holmes

Review: SOLO presents Adam Wilson Holmes

Adam Wilson Holmes opened up the five night exhibition on Monday (April 27) at INDEPENDENT in Sunderland. Numbers slowly flocked in. A great turn out for the first exhibition Adam has done by himself. There was a charming offer of different flavoured milk on entry as background and current information was the next thing that […]

 Rachael Harker

SOLO presents Adam Wilson Holmes

SOLO presents Adam Wilson Holmes

A five night exhibition at Sunderland’s INDEPENDENT for emerging artist Adam Wilson Holmes started last night (April 27). The SOLO presents…Adam Wilson Holmes event will run from April 27 up until May 1 from 8:00pm until 11:00pm. Adam, who is a fine art graduate from the University of Sunderland, specialises in the field of performance, […]

 Rachael Harker

Interview: Wille and the Bandits “We’ve always found the North East crowds are into different music and are really responsive”

Interview: Wille and the Bandits “We’ve always found the North East crowds are into different music and are really responsive”

Passionate and tour loving band Wille and the Bandits spoke to us about playing in Sunderland, their time touring with Status Quo, their fans, their influences, festival season and the best kebab in the world. They continue their European Tour and start a new tour in October this year. We wanted to find out more […]