Aaron Hindhaugh

Live review: Yungen – Chosen tour

Live review: Yungen – Chosen tour

Yungen’s very first performance in Newcastle did not disappoint a packed O2 academy crowd that was full of energy. They were clearly ready for the show, with a chorus of ‘Yungen, Yungen, Yungen’ from the crowd moments before he appeared on stage. He started off with Chosen — also the name of his tour — and […]

 daniel benson

Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain @ Newcastle's o2 Academy

Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain @ Newcastle's o2 Academy

My ears had taken a beating and I felt like an old man complaining about how loud it was. Some of the music The Jesus and Mary Chain play is classed as ‘noise’ and that’s all it was, noise. Head-splitting, ear bleeding, I don’t understand how anyone is enjoying this enough to jump up and […]

 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 […]

 Northern Lights

“We’re sticking to our guns” – Boy Jumps Ship have the wind in their sales with debut album

“We’re sticking to our guns” – Boy Jumps Ship have the wind in their sales with debut album

Words: Amy Ridden, Jack Robson, Ryan Young Before their homecoming Christmas gig at the O2 Academy Newcastle on December 19, we spoke to local rock quartet Boy Jumps Ship on their upcoming debut album, PRS Momentum Funding and their year spent touring. Boy Jumps Ship formed in early 2011 and quickly captured the attention of the […]

 Lee Hawthorn

Review: Professor Green @ O2 Academy Newcastle – Better heard than seen

Review: Professor Green @ O2 Academy Newcastle – Better heard than seen

After an eighteen month wait, Professor Green finally took to Newcastle’s O2 Academy stage on Saturday night for his Growing Up In Public Tour. Backed by DJ IQ, the Hackney Hip Hop star had attracted a widely diverse crowd to the venue, something I certainly hadn’t expected. Given his tongue-in-cheek, expletive slurs being entwined within […]

 Amy Ridden

The Kerrang! Tour returns to O2 Academy Newcastle with Don Broco and We Are The In Crowd

The Kerrang! Tour returns to O2 Academy Newcastle with Don Broco and We Are The In Crowd

The Kerrang! Tour is back in the O2 Academy Newcastle for another year, bringing four bands fresh to the tour along with them. The Kerrang! tour was last at the Academy in Feburary of this year, and is already scheduled to return. The 2015 tour was announced by the alt music magazine recently, with headlining and […]

 Rachel Butler

Review: A Day To Remember @ O2 Academy Newcastle

Review: A Day To Remember @ O2 Academy Newcastle

After a few UK dates at the beginning of the year which saw US pop-punk beatdown merchants, A Day To Remember, playing to sell out crowds of over 7,000 at the likes of the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and London’s Alexandra Palace, they returned to Newcastle’s O2 Academy for the first time since 2011 to […]

 Jonny Lindsay

From Basement Bars To The O2 Academy – We Meet Shortside Avenue's Steven Rouse

From Basement Bars To The O2 Academy – We Meet Shortside Avenue's Steven Rouse

Nearly two years from when it all started, Shortside Avenue drummer Steven Rouse explains all; from playing in local dives, to potentially embarking on a US tour.

Rouse arrives alone, to what can only be described as a rundown pub in Sunderland (at least it was quiet). Dressed in black from head to toe in the classic rock ‘n’ roll way, with the one-sided shaved haircut, the grizzly beard, and, of course, the leather jacket – all definite signs of a rock […]

 James Lycett

Review: Pure Love @ O2 Academy Newcastle

Review: Pure Love @ O2 Academy Newcastle

The O2 Academy Newcastle was left stunned after what will be Pure Love’s final visit to the North East. The band, made up of former Gallows front man Frank Carter and ex Hope Conspiracy guitarist Jim Carroll, made sure to leave their mark. And leave it they did. The melodic, yet raw rock and roll of […]

 James Brennan

Embrace Set For O2 Academy Newcastle Show After Eight-Year Hiatus

Embrace Set For O2 Academy Newcastle Show After Eight-Year Hiatus

Embrace will perform at O2 Academy Newcastle next month to support the release of their first album in eight years. The Yorkshire five-piece are to release a self-titled album this month and will embark upon a nine-date UK tour in May. With three of their previous albums having peaked at number one in the UK, the […]