Band ready for debut album launch after pressing pause on recording

A band from South Tyneside is staging a launch to celebrate their first album - after returning to pick up where they left off four years ago.

Will you be watching Top of the Pops this Christmas?

Who will appear on the Top of the Pops Christmas special?

The line up for the Top of the Pops Christmas Day special has been announced.
James Arthur put on an emotional performance at the Metro Radio Arena.

Review: James Arthur, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Of the many X Factor production-line pop prodigies, James Arthur seemed to be the exception to the rule.
Billy Bragg preaching to the converted at Wylam Brewery. Pic: Gary Welford

Review: Billy Bragg, Wylam Brewery, Newcastle

For an artist of Billy Bragg's stature, it's not shifting albums or selling out gigs that concern him - though he's pretty good at both.
South Shields singer Brooke Bentham.

South Shields singer Brooke Bentham set for homecoming show

Rising South Shields singer Brooke Bentham is coming home to the North east this weekend for a very special show.
James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers at their last Newcastle show in August. Pic: Carl Chambers.

Manic Street Preachers announce new album and UK arena tour

Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers have announced a new album and tour for 2018 - including a big North East date.
Ginger is bringing The Wildhearts back out on tour.

The Wildhearts team up with Reef and Terrorvision for UK tour

North East rockers The Wildhearts are teaming up with two other party-hard bands for a very special tour which includes a hometown date.
The first line-up announcement for Slam Dunk 2018 was made today.

Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday confirmed in first announcement for Slam Dunk Festival 2018

The headline act has been announced for next year's Slam Dunk Festival.
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden on their last visit to the Arena. Pic: Carl Chambers.

Iron Maiden aim to beat ticket touts as they return to North East

Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced a North East arena show next year - and aim to beat the ticket touts.

Jeff Lynne's ELO are coming to the Metro Radio Arena.

Jeff Lynne's ELO announce arena tour, including North East date

Jeff Lynne's ELO today announced a string of UK arena shows next autumn, including one in the North East.

Rick Wakeman is apeparing at the Customs House tonight.

Rock star Rick Wakeman set for South Shields show

Rick Wakeman – who made chart history earlier this year when his Piano Portraits album became the first solo piano album to enter the Top 10 – is in South Tyneside tonight.

Little Mix

Review: Little Mix, Glory Days tour, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, until tonight

You don’t have to be a seven-year-old with pink deeley-boppers in your hair to like Little Mix.

The Killers are at the Arena in Newcastle this week.

7 North East gigs to see in the next 7 days

From pub gigs to arena shows, there's plenty on offer for music lovers in the region this week.
Little Mix perform tonight

10 things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

It’s not just fireworks set to go with a bang in the North East this weekend.

Sting. Photos by Mark Savage.

Sting announces month-long run of shipbuilding epic in North East

Sting has announced he will bring a new production of his The Last Ship to his native North East next year ahead of a national tour.

Theatre and Comedy
Aidan Martin performing on The X Factor. Picture: Thames TV/Syco.

Aidan Martin knocked out of The X Factor as wildcard winners announced

An X Factor hopeful who grew up in the North East has had a chance at pop stardom dashed as he failed to make this year's wildcard category.
Liam Gallagher plays a sold-out date at the Metro Radio Arena this week.

7 North East gigs to see in the next 7 days

From pub gigs to sold-out arena dates, there's plenty of live offerings for North East music lovers this week.

Morrissey announces North East tour date

Morrissey has announced a North East tour date.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Boiler Shop.

Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Boiler Shop, Newcastle

History repeated itself, as post-rock kings Godspeed You! Black Emperor delivered a monumental performance before an enthralled Boiler Shop audience.
Cheryl has thanked her fans for their support.

Cheryl celebrates 15 'amazing' years as a pop star

Geordie pop star Cheryl has thanked fans for their support as she celebrates 15 years in the music industry.
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