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 […]