Luke Smith

How the local alternative scene still has some growing to do – Interview: Glass Harbour

How the local alternative scene still has some growing to do – Interview: Glass Harbour

Alternative music in the North East is something that is slowly growing into a sought after demographic for those who like their hair long, skin inked and music loud. Middlesbrough, in particular, has seen the arrival of Pop Punk, Hell Metal and Hardcore on the smoggy streets, but what is it like trying to build […]

 Mark Tyers

Ballad Of The Princess – Leddie MC takes stock of her career to date

Ballad Of The Princess – Leddie MC takes stock of her career to date

Leddie MC is one the North East’s best rappers and producers and one half of Middlesbrough duo L&S.  Fresh from her first gig in 18 months, Mark Tyers talks with Leddie about supporting The Game and Chester P, career lows, getting engaged, her solo EP and L&S’s next album.   MT: So how did last […]

 Hanna Valley

Enter Shikari to play at Middlesbrough Town Hall this weekend

Enter Shikari to play at Middlesbrough Town Hall this weekend

Enter Shikari are set to tour across the UK to celebrate the release of their much hyped fourth album. The album was released online on January 19,and includes singles The Last Garrison and Anesthetist. The album has received many good reviews, and features the trademark mix of electronic music with rock and post-hardcore, displaying every aspect of their […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Review: Killimari unleash North East Hip Hop's All-Stars on The Davy Jones Files

Review: Killimari unleash North East Hip Hop's All-Stars on The Davy Jones Files

Off the back of my list ranking the best Hip Hop releases from the North East in 2014, I was told I had overlooked a few of the finer talents the local rap scene has to offer. While I stand by my selections, I do wish that I’d been alerted to the Killimari All-Stars prior […]

 

Naming – Twin Peaks Director David Lynch's art exhibition opens at MIMA

Naming – Twin Peaks Director David Lynch's art exhibition opens at MIMA

Best known for his work on Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire and of course Twin Peaks, American director David Lynch is to have his artwork on display at Middlesbrough’s Institute of Modern Art this December. The first UK showing of Lynch’s Naming exhibition, which originally debuted in Los Angles […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Review: Jister & The Lion Ranger's Absurdism EP

Review: Jister & The Lion Ranger's Absurdism EP

In 2014, James Russell, better known by his pseudonymous hip-hop persona, Jister, has grown exponentially in terms of his approach to music and his popularity level. The Middlesbrough man is looking to capitalise on the recent sky-rocketing rise of his fan base with a collaborative EP working alongside The Lion Ranger – who solely produced […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Jister to release Absurdism EP this Sunday

Jister to release Absurdism EP this Sunday

Middlesbrough’s Jister has had a whirlwind of a year in 2014 – from gaining a co-sign from Scroobius Pip, to being hospitalised with what he described as a “hole in his black”, and then being asked to join the aforementioned spoken word poets countrywide tour. In an attempt to capitalise on the excitement around this […]

 sophieheward

Diamond Dogs Halloween – The Voyeurs on the stage, The Horrors on the decks

Diamond Dogs Halloween – The Voyeurs on the stage, The Horrors on the decks

One of the UK’s hottest synth-rock bands, The Horrors, will make their way to Middlesbrough this week for an extravagant Halloween Ball DJ set at alternative club night, Diamond Dogs. Along with live performances from local talents Cellar Door and Abel Raise The Cain, London guitar band The Voyeurs will be taking to the stage […]

 Josh Hollis

Northern Lights Awards 2014 – biggest coup for the North East

Northern Lights Awards 2014 – biggest coup for the North East

It’s one of our pet peeves here at Northern Lights when ‘UK tours’ decide that Manchester is as far north as the country goes, and in the past it’s often been incredibly infuriating for the North East to have to watch from the sidelines as other regions are treated to the best shows. But no […]

 Adam Hopkins

Jon Richardson – 8 Out of 10 Cats Star Comes Middlesbrough Town Hall

Jon Richardson – 8 Out of 10 Cats Star Comes Middlesbrough Town Hall

8 out of 10 Cats team captain Jon Richardson is bringing his fantastic brand of dry, self-deprecating comedy to the North East. The cardigan wearing British Comedy Award nominee will be at Middlesbrough Town Hall on April 17th with his new show ‘Nidiot.’ Famous for his relentless pessimism and unique take on the world, Richardson is set […]