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The best five albums of 2018: opinion piece

The best five albums of 2018: opinion piece

by Ethan Edwards Two thousand and eighteen was a brilliant year for music of all genres. We have seen the triumphant returns of legendary artists, the reinvention of several heavy hitting bands and new artists rising through the ranks of the music scene. Due to the nature of music, this list will have a personal […]

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Review: Jess Glynne at the Metro Radio Arena

Review: Jess Glynne at the Metro Radio Arena

Words by Samantha Boal and Christy Laverty ‘Tickets to this performance were provided free of charge as part of University of Sunderland partnership with Metro Radio’ With her songs being hit after hit, the future support act for the Spice Girls reunion tour, Jess Glynne, is adding to the girl power movement. The performer blew […]

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Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host The Spice Girls in 2019

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will host The Spice Girls in 2019

The Spice Girls will perform at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light in the first of a new series of concerts at the venue. The group, who scored nine number one chart hits between 1996 and 2000, have reunited for live shows in 2019; they will be supported by top-selling English artist and singer-songwriter, Jess Glynne. Councillor […]

 Tabitha Peverley

Album review: The Overtones by The Overtones

Album review: The Overtones by The Overtones

Bringing some swing music magic to their latest album, The Overtones are back and just as brilliant as ever. It’s been a tough year for the band, with the unexpected death of their band mate and lead singer Timmy Matley in April. The newly minted four piece have put a lot of emotion and passion […]

 Tabitha Peverley

Review: Fans at Live Theatre, Newcastle

Review: Fans at Live Theatre, Newcastle

Four characters. Four stories. One passion. The story of Fans is one of four friends trying to form their own band so they can be the next big thing. Along the way we see creative differences over their sound, as well as what they should call themselves. All of this is glued together with their […]

 Amy Robinson

“A Star Is Born”: a cinematic masterpiece with an all-too-real message

“A Star Is Born”: a cinematic masterpiece with an all-too-real message

A Star Is Born follows a washed-up country singer and alcoholic, Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), who comes across a struggling waitress, Ally (Lady Gaga), who has fallen victim to her own insecurities and suppression at the hands of her boss at the restaurant in which she works. Maine, after hearing Ally perform at a bar, […]

 Emily Mertens

Saxophonist Joe Reeve on his goals, his inspiration and where he hopes to be in five years

Saxophonist Joe Reeve on his goals, his inspiration and where he hopes to be in five years

You might recognise Joe Reeve as the enthusiastic saxophonist who regularly performs in Newcastle’s top clubs: House of Smith, Madame Koo and Florita’s. Speaking to Emily Mertens, he reveals why he began this journey and how he hopes it can eventually take him around the world. Many musicians have idols. And these idols influence musicians […]

 Amie

Review: The Fratellis – 30/3/18

Review: The Fratellis – 30/3/18

A blast from the past had fans bouncing as iconic Scottish band The Fratellis took to the 02 Academy stage on March 30 with their old smash hits and new tracks from their latest album.  Opening the show with the iconic 2006 single Henrietta, Jon, Barry and Mince Fratelli had everyone singing along as they […]

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Review: Jersey Boys

Review: Jersey Boys

Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman’s award-winning Broadway musical comes to Sunderland.

Identity: who you are, how you distinguish yourself and how you portray yourself in the eyes of others. This theme is heavily present in Jersey Boys. Starring Simon Bailey (Tommy Devito), Dayle Hodge (Frankie Valli), Declan Egan (Bob Guadio), and Lewis Griffths (Nick Massi), they form a band titled ‘The Four Seasons’, living New Jersey […]

 Lindsey Gray

DON BROCO come to Northumbria Institute

DON BROCO come to Northumbria Institute

Don Broco are no strangers to Newcastle. Last time they played in the city was at Riverside back in summer 2015, they loved us so much they played two shows — one for each of their albums, which they played in full, Priorities and Automatic. Fast forward to 2018 and they’re back here, playing at […]

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