Seven gigs which North East music fans can see this week

There's plenty of nights out to choose from this week for the discerning North East gig-goer.
John Otway has survived in a changing pop world.

Review: John Otway, The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle

It's 40 years since the punk rock explosion of 1977 when John Otway with Wild Willy Barrett broke onto the scene with the double-A side hit Really Free and Beware of the Flowers (Cos I'm Sure They're Going to Get You, Yeah).


Biggest names in music lead tributes to Chuck Berry after rock 'n' roll legend dies

The Rolling Stones led tributes to “true pioneer” Chuck Berry after the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s death at the age of 90.

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REVIEW: The Stranglers, O2 Academy, Newcastle

REVIEW: The Stranglers, O2 Academy, Newcastle

It was never meant to be like this. Punk was supposed to blast the old guard into oblivion in a whirlwind of rebellion, fury and energy. Clearly no-one told The Stranglers the grand plan but then The Stranglers weren’t like the rest of the Punk crowd, being more musical, more versatile and far, far superior musicians and bearing more influences of The Doors, Velvet Underground and The Who than The Stooges and the New York Dolls of their Punk compatriots.

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Lulu James

South Shields’ Lulu James to headline Evolution Emerging

Soul sensation Lulu James from South Shields, Coquin Migale and Eat Fast will top the bill at Evolution Emerging when it takes over Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley on Saturday, May 27 for a day and night of live music.

Picture c/o Kluens | Cuffe & Taylor.

Jason Donovan announces 'Midlife Crisis' North East dates

Eighties Australian legend Jason Donovan has announced two dates in the North East as part of a UK tour.
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Steps have added a second Newcastle date to their Party On The Dancefloor tour.

Steps add extra North East date to their arena tour

Reformed pop sensations Steps have added an extra Newcastle date to their UK arena tour due to phenomenal demand to see them.


Ed Sheeran to guest star in Game of Thrones

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is to guest star in Game Of Thrones.

TV and Film
Little Mix were named best global pop stars at the Nickelodeon Kids. Awards.

Little Mix win Nickelodeon Kids' Choice award - and escape a sliming

Little Mix have been honoured at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - but didn't get soaked in the show's trademark green slime.

Former X factor winnerJames Arthur was part of the line-up at the Pitch Invasion festival in Hartlepool in 2012 , organised by charity Red Dreams.

REVIEW: James Arthur, O2 Academy, Newcastle

James Arthur sent fans into a frenzy last night at Newcastle’s O2 Academy. The 29-year-old, Middlesbrough man kicked-started his set with Back From The Edge, which is also the title of his latest album.

Cracked Actor, one of two limited-edition albums by David Bowie which are to be released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. Picture: PA.

Limited-edition David Bowie albums to be released for Record Store Day in April

Two limited-edition David Bowie albums are to be released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day.

Grandaddy - Last Place (30th Century Records).

Album Review: Grandaddy - The Last Place

This is Grandaddy's first new record in 11 years, and fans will agree that it's been well worth the wait.
The Stranglers

The Stranglers frontman on the ups and downs of being a Sunderland fan and hitting the road again

Ahead of The Stranglers tour date in Newcastle next week, Mick Burgess caught up with Sunderland frontman Baz Warne and Jean Jacques-Burnel

Picture by PA

'Army of music lovers' carry out first UK live music census to help industry flourish

An "army of music lovers" will take to Britain's streets today to carry out the world's first live music census.

Review: Roy Orbison - Black & White Night 30

Review: Roy Orbison - Black & White Night 30

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Roy Orbison’s 1987 classic comeback concert at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles, Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings has released Black & White Night 30.

George Michael died on Christmas Day last year.

Singer George Michael died of heart disease and fatty liver

George Michael died of heart disease and a build-up of fat in his liver, a coroner has said.

Joe McElderry on stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.

Joe McElderry releases new album with a tour date at Sunderland Empire

Joe McElderry is back with a new album, new single and a new tour - with a date at Sunderland Empire.

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Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as Belle and Beast. Picture: DisneyMusicVEVO on YouTube.

Watch Ariana Grande and John Legend's Beauty and the Beast video

It's a tale as old as time - and it's nearly time to see it again in cinemas.

TV and Film
Matt (left) and Luke Goss from eighties boy band Bros. Picture: PA;

Bros scrap more than half of comeback tour - including North East date

Eighties boy band Bros have scrapped more than half the dates on their comeback tour, sparking speculation it was because of poor ticket sales.
Will you be going to see Steps on their reunion tour?

Six bands who made successful returns to the spotlight

Pop band Steps have announced their second reunion, 20 years after they initially formed.
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