Friday, 24 March 2017

#minireview #photos @WeAreKahuna @SonicBoomSix @GhoulsUK and @FireLadyLuck @O2Academynewc

Ska Party!

Sonic Boom Six returned to Newcastle this week, and what a great night!

The local support bands Kahuna and Fire Lady Luck were absolute gems. Fire Lady Luck, on first, had a touch of the Jellys about them , with the singalong harmonised vocals and  guitar chipper melodies. Kahuna were more ska and clearly perfectionists in their craft. 

The Ghouls, on tour with Sonic Boom Six, were seriously good ska. Plenty of great songs and onstage energy. The crowd really got going by this point


By the time Sonic Boom Six came to the stage, the crowd were well fired up by this quality lineup. Their new album The F-Bomb provided some of the set, but they didn't ignore the back catalogue. Sonic Boom Six have come a long way in the last decade. I'd say to some degree they've come full circle, with a more ska sound in the new album. However, For The Kids of the Multiculture and Virus really got the crowd bouncing and a human pyramid growing. It was a good-natured crowd too, which was great to see. One lad with a massive mohican requested Northern Skies, Laila (female lead vocalist) asked him why he wanted that song. "Because it's a lovely song" he replied. Aww. It became a proper midweek party. Sonic Boom Six gigs, possibly the best gigs in the world. Don't miss the next one.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Coming to @WeareThinkTank (which one?) 26/4/17 @edgarsummertyme @cutglasskings @TheSundownersUK





In raring anticipation of their two bountiful new releases on cult Liverpool label Skeleton Key Records - emphatic indie force The Sundowners and the veritable Godfather of Scouse-Psych Edgar Jones & The Joneses have come together for a joint headline tour of mind bending proportions. 

As if the combination of two behemoths of celebrated psychedelia wasn’t potent enough, Birmingham upstarts Cut Glass Kings have been anointed as tour support for the nine date tour commencing at Brudenell Leeds on April 25th and ending at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on May 7th. 

A breeze of true, artistic freedom blows through the bold and brilliant second album from The Sundowners, as the Liverpool five-piece release Cut The Master, the keenly anticipated follow up to their lauded debut, appearing on Skeleton Key Records on 21st April.

Watch the Official Video for The Sundowners ‘Great Beauty’ 

An assembly of rare, unconventional musical minds gathered for the band’s recording sessions at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, placing a multitude of hands on the production tiller, resulting in a fascinatingly, multi-directional record. Collaborators led by the band included James Skelly and Rich Turvey (The Coral, She Drew The Gun, Blossoms) and part-musical archaeologist, part-sonic alchemist, Andy Votel, with the latter not only co-producing two tracks, but curating/penning a series of curious, cinematic interludes that weave between each track.

A regular mainstay of the Liverpool scene, for over 20 years, Edgar returns (from illness) in 2017 with a fresh new record. ‘The Song of Day and Night’ is released on Skeleton Key Records on  Friday 14th April 2017. Already being lauded by those lucky enough to hear it as his best work since 2005's seminal ‘Soothing Music for Stray Cats’, touted by Noel Gallagher as his favourite album that year - "It bent my head man", he stated in an Observer interview. 

Watch the Official Video for Edgar Jones & The Joneses ‘Best Thing’ 

Drawing influence from his big love of 60's stateside soul music labels both North and South. Edgar was first introduced to the Liverpool scene as Ian McCulloch's (Echo and the Bunnymen) bassist aged only 18, leaving to form his own group the much loved scouse psychedelic group the Stairs whose debut LP ‘Mexican R’n'B' is now a rare and  collectable item. 

From there on, a bona-fide bass guitarist, Edgar's skills have been called upon by many including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Cherry Ghost and Love. Alongside this he has led his own groups, highlighting his love of rhythm and blues and soul music, which have always been a delight to witness. 

The release of the record will see him embark on a national tour with his 4-piece band presented by Skeleton Key and also featuring label mates The Sundowners and Brummie trio Cut Glass Kids.


April 25th - Brudenell, Leeds -Tickets

April 26th - Tink Tank, Newcastle - Tickets

April 28th - Opium 10, Barnsley (THIS FEELING) - Tickets

April 29th - Jimmy’s Bar, Manchester (THIS FEELING) - Tickets

May 1st - Lexington, London (THIS FEELING) - Tickets

May 3rd - Sticky Mikes, Brighton (THIS FEELING) - Tickets

May 4th - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham - Tickets

May 5th - The Rocking Chair, Sheffield - Tickets

May 7th - King Tuts, Glasgow - Tickets on behalf of Sonic PR

Sundays: Sunday dinner and local musicians at The Central Bar, Gateshead

Friday, 10 March 2017

A #DIYgig with an #anythinggoes vibe #alternative #rock #newcastle

A DIY gig with an anything goes vibe

Problem Child presents 4 different bands coming together to showcase some of the best music the Newcastle’s Alternative scene has to offer. There is something for everyone ranging from songs about rum and good times to tackling the darker side of life and mocking society. The Globe on the 7th of April is the place to go to if you want to experience what is becoming one of the best Alternative music scene’s in the UK, And its free entry. Starts at 7, first band on at 8, Finish at 11.   

Formed in 2008 Blackjack are an uncompromising hard rock band from Newcastle. Having coined the term “groove rock” they produce a sound that is easily identifiable, sets them apart and seen them become one of the most successful bands to come out of Newcastle. In 2015 the band released “the gent” EP and sold out the 02 academy 2 in Newcastle a feat that is rarely accomplished by a local home grown band. Off the back of this the band received radio play on FM and online radio as well. With an energetic live show that has the band compared to the likes of Led Leppelin, Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Airbourne, Pearl Jam and Wolfmother they are set to take the next step in their journey with the highly anticipated follow up to “The Gent”.   
Blackjack by Jowheretogo/Carliol Photography

Auto Immune
Auto Immune are 3 piece band from the north east of England. The band blend different styles of Alternative music together to create a sound that is their own. Having concentrated their efforts on gigging in Newcastle the band have gained a reputation for putting on a live show that keeps you guessing whilst gaining notable comparisons to bands from the 90’s. The bands self-titled mini EP has received nothing but positive responses from fans of the band as well as praise from the music press and is currently enjoying radio play on both FM and online radio. 
Altcorner - January 31, 2017 | Nathan Blackstone
“the instruments hold together while keeping the song loose enough to feel fun in an almost old school way, something I find refreshing in a world full of computer corrected performances”
Box Wallet and the Roadside Shrimp
Box Wallet and the Roadside Shrimp is a 4 piece alternative acoustic band with folk, blues and jazz influences based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The band are formidable live and impress at every turn, their relentless gigging landed them a coveted slot at 2017’s canny fringe festival on the main Alternative stage. 

Devils Night 
Grunge/Rock/Alt band formed in Newcastle. The band’s unique blend has seen them compared to Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Screaming Trees and Bush amongst others. With an explosive live show that has seen Devils Night gain the reputation of one of the best Alternative bands in Newcastle’s ever growing Alternative music scene.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

#ska #punk #grime with a bit of #pop @SonicBoomSix are @o2academynewc 22.3

‘The F-Bomb’
brand new album
Deluxe Edition 

27 May 2016

"By taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid, Sonic Boom Six demand attention." Kerrang!

SONIC BOOM SIX is an explosive and outspoken five-piece described as "taking ska, pop, grime, dubstep, punk and metal apart, then rebuilding them as a hyperactive hybrid" (Kerrang! Magazine). With a live show infamous for "clashing activism and good times", SB6's legendary gigs are a party that started in Manchester, UK, with an open-door policy towards all races, genders, ages and orientations. The Boom’s influences include The Specials, The Streets, and The Fugees, and the band signed with Cherry Red Records in early 2016. They will drop The F-Bomb — SB6's latest album — on 27th May 2016.

Just out is the video for the single Do What You Wanna Do, an eclectic mash up including horns and breaks from Geno by Dexy's Midnight Runners.

Having toured the UK, Europe, the US, and Japan constantly for the last decade (while also managing to release three albums on their own label Rebel Alliance Recordings) the band took time out in 2014 to write The F-Bomb album, and record it with Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns), finished with a mix courtesy of Adam Noble (McFly, Kids In Glass Houses). The promo video of the infectious first single ‘No Man No Right’ was premiered on Clash Music in November 2015, and saw SB6 flipping the typical, macho, testosterone-fuelled gig experience on its head, with the lads in the band suffering the same everyday ordeals that your average female stoically tolerates at almost every rock show.

Across The F-Bomb’s ten tracks (and the record’s unflinching cover art) SB6 tackle the hotly-contested subject of female identify head-on, through missives on body image, immigration, gender politics, and domestic abuse. Musically, the record enjoys all the imaginative genre-hopping that Sonic Boom Six are admired for — starting with the anthemic call-to-arms opener ('No Man No Right'), the band take in their 2-tone roots ('From The Fire To The Frying Pan'), electronica elements ('Worship Yourself'), drum 'n bass influences ('Do What You Wanna Do’), all wrapped up in their trademark ska pop packaging. With this album the band have written the sound of summer 2016. The second disc on this deluxe version is a live show taken from the band's storming set at Norwich’s beloved venue The Owl Sanctuary on 7th November 2015.

Sonic Boom Six has released 4 studio albums and two full-length compilations with countless singles, EPs and compilation appearances. SB6 has performed headline tours of Europe, America and Japan as well as slots at festivals including Glastonbury, Download, Sonisphere and the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festival. Sonic Boom Six has written and performed songs that have appeared on BBC Radio 1, Channel 4, BBC 2 (TV), Rock Band and Sims 3 video games and much more. Catch the band's explosive live show throughout the UK this summer. 

The F Bomb - The New Album
1. No Man, No Right
2. From The Fire To The Frying Pan
3. Do What You Wanna Do
4. Drop The Bass (And Pick It Up)
5. Train Leaves Tomorrow
6. L.O.V.E
7. Worship Yourself
8. Joanna
9. All The Same To Me
10. Echoes In The Dark 

Disc 2 – Live from Norwich Owl Sanctuary
1. Bigger Than Punk Rock
2. Virus
3. No Man, No Right
4. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
5. Do What You Wanna Do
6. Sound of a Revolution
7. L.O.V.E
8. All In / Monkey See Monkey Do
9. Northern Skies
10. Drop The Bass (And Pick It Up)
11. Piggy in the Middle
12. Joanna
13. The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions
14. For the Kids of the Multiculture
15. Blood for Oil

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

@corbridgefest has an epic lineup this year..get #tickets!


 ......are just some of the bands coming to Tynedale Park, Corbridge on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July thus summer. Corbridge Festival, the increasingly popular family-friendly music festival, returns for its’ seventh year with a spectacular musical line-up that somehow manages to top all previous years! As usual, the musical delights cover most genres, ranging from brit pop to punk rock/mod, funk/soul to 2 tone/ska, and from folk to a smattering of offerings that just can’t be pidgeon-holed.

Friday With a jammed packed year in the making, the funk and soul train keeps movin’ along - making a stop at Corbridge on Friday 7th July and we’re delighted to be able to announce that Corbridge 2017 has bagged CRAIG CHARLES and his Funk & Soul Club to kick Corbridge 2017 off on Friday evening. The legendary actor, host and broadcaster is one of UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJ’s. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf,10 years of broadcasting BBC 6 Music’s primetime Saturday night show, have established Craig as a genuine Funk & Soul icon. Live every Saturday night with an assortment of classic gems and emerging artists, Craig has garnered global support as one of the UK’s foremost Funk and Soul commentators, DJ’s and promoters of new music. 

Limited space in the marquee for Friday evening means that there is a limited number of Weekend (ie, Friday & Saturday) tickets (there are no Friday-only tickets) and they will sell out fast! so be sure to grab a Friday & Saturday ticket as soon as possible if you want to hop on the groovy train with Craig! 

Saturday: What treats this year brings with Britpop legends CAST headlining. Formed in 1992 in Liverpool by frontman John Power and bassist Peter Wilkinson. CAST bring a back catalogue of hits that goes on and on. Hits such as ‘Alright’, ‘Fine Time’, ‘Walkaway’ and ‘Flying’. The timing for Cast to come to Corbridge is perfect too as they have just released a brand new track ‘Paper Chains’ from their forthcoming album ‘Kicking up the Dust’. The single is available to download now and the album is due to be released in the Spring. 

Next up - From the Jam featuring former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, legendary vocalist & guitarist Russell Hastings and drummer Mike Randon, and they’re coming to Corbridge to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Jam’s debut album ‘In The City’. The band will be performing a selection of songs from the album as well The Jam’s greatest hits like ‘Going Underground’ and ‘a Town called Malice’. Bruce Foxton says "I can't believe it's 40 years since we were first signed to Polydor. It's a testament to the strength of the songs and of course the fans that we are able to continue touring with the intensity that we do!” The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977 delivering their ferocious mission statement - debut single ‘In The City’ – and in 1978 released their third album ‘All Mod Cons’. The Jam became the sound of The British youth and one of the greatest and biggest selling bands in British history. 

Also performing at Corbridge this year is The Selecter a 2 tone ska revival band from Coventry formed in mid-1979, and famous for hits such as ‘On My Radio’ and ‘Three Minute Hero’. Led by iconic front woman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson they bring with them an incredibly talented band of musicians,. While the anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there, if anything, Pauline & Gaps are more driven than ever! Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of “Three Minute Hero”, “Missing Words” and “On My Radio”. Their latest album, Subculture, was mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty and released to critical acclaim in 2015. 

Another recognisable name coming to Corbridge is Lucy Spraggan. Lucy, famous for hits such as ‘Last Night’ and ‘Tea and Toast’, may not have taken the traditional singer-songwriter route, but after three Top 40 albums and several sell-out tours, it’s clear to see she has developed a truly loyal fan base. Since she appeared on the X Factor in 2012, Lucy’s audition video has been viewed 35 million times on YouTube. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012 and after she came off the show she immediately signed to Columbia Records. Her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success and Lucy has enjoyed sell-out tours since then. She recently released her fourth studio album ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’, which entered at #12 in the official UK Album Charts. 

Over the last few years, Keston Cobblers Club have been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness and Green Man; they’ve sold out their own headline tours, been play listed by 6Music and Amazing Radio and have been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. Their last album ‘Wildfire’, won them huge praise from MOJO Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, Songlines, fRoots and Clash. Burberry asked the band to perform at their Menswear SS2106 event to a VIP audience and after a triumphant UK tour including sell-out dates at London’s Lexington and Scala, the band were invited to open for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting, often a full-on celebration! Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country. 

More than the music:  Although the music is at the centre of things, Corbridge Festival is about much more than just the music; it’s the wonderfully friendly atmosphere of Corbridge that wins new friends year on year. The compact nature of the venue ensures that everything is close; no long walks between stages and parking near to the campsite, which is on the same site as the music arena. Parking is free and 2 nights camping is available. For full details of artists, tickets and everything else please see and join them on Facebook at Tickets are on sale now from, currently priced at: 

£43- Adult Weekend, 
£35 - Adult Saturday only, 
£25 Concession Weekend, 
£20 Concession Saturday only. 
Under 12’s FREE. 
Friday and Saturday night camping is available at extra cost (see the website for prices) 

Corbridge Festival is proud to support Josie’s Dragonfly Trust in 2017!  Corbridge Festival will take place at Tynedale Park, Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5AY 

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Twitter @corbridgefest

Friday, 10 February 2017

The #WESTWALLSARTISTS launch their #exhibition in #Carlisle Tonight #preview

‘A New Conversation’
West Walls Artists exhibition
Opening 6 pm Friday 10th February 2017
Closing 5 pm Saturday 25th February
 Mon - Fri 10.30-4.30
 Sundays 12-4:00
The Old Fire Station, Carlisle.
no admission fee

The Story…
West Walls Artists are Cumbria’s longest established artist’s studio group.
Last year they celebrated our first 21 years with an exciting contemporary
art exhibition in Carlisle’s Old Fire Station Arts Centre. Braving Storm
Desmond hundreds of guests came to the opening night. The next day
Carlisle was hit by the devastating floods and the exhibition was
Now West Walls reopen to start a new conversation about contemporary art in
Carlisle and the region
Information • An opportunity to see a survey of two decades of art in Carlisle
•  Cumbria’s longest established artists’ studio group... that means artists
collaborating to provide affordable studio space.
• Over 20 years the group has had many members and this exhibition will showcase
NEW artwork by 45 present and past associates.
• Members and associates work in many disciplines ranging from painting
sculpture and print; to film, video, installation and performance art.
• The group has run highly acclaimed public art events in Carlisle and Trafalgar
• West Walls are expanding their associate member scheme
• Many of our members are graduates or staff of the University of Cumbria’s Fine
Art Department, and the show is partly funded by the University of Cumbria,
and Independent Businesses.

Update on Facebook Event today: "The art works are making their way into the space little by little. Only 24 hours to go now til the opening of exhibition A New Conversation. Photos show some works as taster including Paul Taylor's A History of West Walls - a large format digital print, Kevin Phillips pen and ink works and superb sculptural work by Mark Gibbs. Come along Friday night from 6pm... Including music and bar."


Caroline Dalton 07856820680
Marilyn Laugesen 07708367272

Tattoo fans check out Javier Rodriguez at Immortal Art Studio, Carlisle :


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

#5starfun from @MischiefComedy @TheatreRoyalNew #theplaythatgoeswrong

5* Fun At The Theatre Royal

The Play That Goes Wrong
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Until Saturday 21st January 2017

With the precision of a classic Harold Lloyd movie, The Play That Goes Wrong is one of the funniest shows around. This was our second time and that gave us a chance to catch the jokes that we missed first time around when we were laughing too much.

Mischief Theatre have produced a play within a play. The “Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society” attempt to put on a 1920s murder mystery called The Murder At Haversham Manor, but they don’t have a great track record. A lack of funding and volunteers has resulted in scaled down shows. Snow White doesn’t need 7 dwarves. Jason Callender is Jonathan, the straight man, who desperately wants the production to succeed after previous disasters such as James and the Peach when they couldn’t afford a giant peach…which became James, Where Is Your Peach? when the peach became mouldy.

This is a chance to experience schadenfreude – enjoying yourself at the misfortune of others. Props are misplaced, the cast forget their lines, the set malfunctions and the murder victim gets in the way of the action.

The cast is a fabulous ensemble whose comic timing is first rate. It may appear to be a very loose disaster unfolding in front of the audience but the reality of staging a show like this is far more challenging. The producers get it right and so the theatre is filled with laughter from start to finish. It is easy to see why it won the Olivier Award for the best new comedy in 2015.

The set, designed by Nigel Hook, acts as an additional character as it literally falls apart in front of your eyes.  How The cast don’t get hurt is down to good direction by Mark Bell. There were a couple of occasions this time when it was hard to believe someone wasn’t at least a bit hurt.

Congratulations go to Katie Bernstein, Jason Callender, Edward Howells, Edward Judge, Alastair Kirton, Meg Mortell, Graeme Rooney and Patrick Warner. They kept a packed Theatre Royal entertained.

…and if you see the Duran Duran Box set please pass it on to the Sound Engineer Trevor, he has been looking everywhere for it.

I’m still worried about the whereabouts of the dog…

Review by Joanne Oliver.

Photos by Helen Murray

On The Web:


The Play That Goes Wrong appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 17th  – Saturday 21 st January 2017 including an extra matinee performance on Wednesday 18th January. Tickets are available from £12.50 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21
21 (calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at