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Sunday, 18 March 2018

#review @numanofficial at @Mbro_empire 17/03/2018 #garynuman #SongsFromABrokenWorldTour

Review: Gary Numan at Middlesbrough Empire

A big crowd braved the chill of the Minibeast From The East, (some had to stay in hotels in the area after the gig, it got so bad out there). But it was warm as toast in the packed (what is the fire limit?) Middlesbrough Empire where Numan fans from far and wide had gathered to witness the latest outing of a man whose musical career has spanned four decades. Trio, Nightmare Air from the US opened the night with their guitar/electro sound that had some similarities to the Sugar Cubes and a bit of Teenage Fanclub. The songs were catchy and at times had a darkness befitting the evening. 

Gary came on with much dry ice and light beams singing Ghost Nation from the new album  Savage: Songs From a Broken World. The night featured a good few of the songs from this excellent new album. My personal favourite is My Name Is Ruin, which has Numan’s daughter’s vocals giving it an ethereal feel over the industrial rhythm.

Indeed it is noticeable that although Gary Numan sowed one of the seeds for electronic music, he has reaped some of the fruit in the form of inspiration from such sources as Nine Inch Nails (with whom he has collaborated) and Rammstein. I’m of the opinion that his last album Splinter, and this one, are a form of rebirth for Numan and a welcome one. Songs such as Halo, Pray for the Pain You Serve and Haunted were interspersed with classics like Me! I Disconnect From You which worked really well. The new material is dramatic, dark and big enough to engage an audience who are not yet familiar with it.

Onstage, Numan looked happy and totally at home, belying his age by at least a decade. It was a great performance. Gary Numan has a brilliant band around him as well which certainly is a major factor in the impressive live sound. Of course a large section of the crowd were waiting for Cars. But there was a good response for Are Friends Electric with enthusiastic singing along. For the encore, A Prayer For The Unborn and My last Day made for an appropriately apocalyptic ending. Gary Numan continues to be a living legend in my eyes. 

Friday, 16 March 2018

#ONTOUR @BWandtheSavages hitting @TheCluny 10/5/18



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From a far out moon beyond the rings of Saturn to a dingy studio in Cincinnati, BARRENCE WHITFIELD AND THE SAVAGES' new platter embraces a cosmic and groovy unification. It’s a wild, electric phantasmagoria of blues, rock, garage, and soul; it blasts off into diverse orbits only to come back together into a singular Savage cosmology. Soul Flowers of Titan is about people shooting guns, separating, coming home (someday), falling in love, running around, leaving this earth, going crazy, drinking coffee, and thinking about Sun Ra.

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, a planet which astrologically symbolizes pain and struggle. Cincinnati, where the album was recorded (at Ultra Suede Studio), is home to many classic and unknown independent labels, like King and Federal, that fostered a frayed and raucous sound in the 1950s and ‘60s. With such history at their fingertips, the Savages could not resist the urge to celebrate and elaborate on this legacy, to go places high and low, faraway and downhome.

Longtime followers of the Savage Sound will notice right away a heavier sound, a blast of B3 and Rheem organs (courtesy of newest Savage Brian Olive) and a live-in-the-room urgency. It’s a multi-faceted vehicle for a top-notch band wigging out with beefy, staccato blues scales, punk and garage riffs, fronted by a first-order shouter well-heeled in the aesthetics of soul, R&B, and rockabilly.

Barrence’s deep, gravelly rumble anchors muscular struts into madness, out the door and off to Mars. “Slowly Losing My Mind” and “I’m Gonna Leave You Baby” are by Federal alum Willie Wright and his Sparklers, while “Let’s Go To Mars” is an original by Savages guitarist Peter Greenberg and bassist Phil Lenker, written after multiple viewings of an early ‘70s documentary on Sun Ra. Also from the Federal canon is the Midnighters’ “I’ll Be Coming Home Someday,” done here with a somewhat menacing dark street corner doo-wop vibe. “I Can’t Get No Ride,” originally by Finley Brown on the M.O.C. label, will inspire you to Frug off towards a fantastical horizon. And try NOT to flip when the original raunchy rockabilly shuffle “Tall, Black and Bitter” hits the speakers. It’s an album that will take you everywhere and, in doing so, will bring you right back to the center.

Soul Flowers of Titan is Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ third LP for Bloodshot Records and fourth since reforming in 2010 after a 25-year hiatus. BW&S shot out of Boston in the mid-’80s with the force of a rocket ship. Through their sweaty dance party shows and love of primal soul, they were to R&B what the Cramps were to rockabilly—a gateway musical drug for nascent underground roots mavens. Along with original Savage Peter Greenberg (The Lyres, DMZ) and Phil Lenker, they released several records on Rounder Records, became a favorite of BBC DJ Andy Kershaw, and won seven Boston Music Awards. After they reunited in the 21st century, adding Andy Jody on drums and Tom Quartulli on sax, they released Savage Kings on Shake It Records and Dig Thy Savage Soul and Under the Savage Sky on Bloodshot.

UK Tour Dates

2nd May    Dublin - Grand Social

3rd May     Belfast - CAQF

5th May     Ballydehob - Jazz Festival

9th May     Edinburgh - Voodoo Rooms

10th May     Newcastle - The Cluny

11th May     Middlesborough - Westgarth Social Club

12th May     Manchester - The Soup Kitchen

13th May     Leeds - Brundenell Social Club

15th May     Birmingham - Academy 3

16th May     Oxford - Academy 3

18th May     Southend - The Railway

19th May     London - The Garage

THE first of three star-studded, paid-for concerts taking place over the Pride weekend has been announced, providing a huge boost to the LGBT festival.


THE first of three star-studded, paid-for concerts taking place over the Pride weekend has been announced, providing a huge boost to the LGBT festival.

Event organisers, Geordiemoor, have bought the use of the big top tent after Newcastle Pride has wrapped up each evening, to provide music fans with a series of gigs featuring fantastic, big name acts.

And Dutch Eurodance group, The Vengaboys - famous for their hit singles, We Like to Party, Boom Boom Boom Boom and We’re Going to Ibiza - are the first act lined up for the Friday evening concert.

They will be joined by a yet-to-be-named superstar group and the event will act as the launch party for the free Newcastle Pride festival, which takes place between the 20 – 22 July.

The three events will not disrupt the Newcastle Pride programme - which is running independent of the concerts organised by Geordiemoor - and a percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to LGBT charity, Northern Pride, to help sustain free entry to Newcastle Pride for future years.

Festival director, Stephen Willis said: “I am delighted that Geordiemoor have bought the use of the space in the evenings to provide these amazing concerts.

“Because Newcastle Pride wraps up at the Nuns Moor Park site at 6pm, it meant that the tent was going to be standing vacant in the evenings which seemed like such a waste.

“The concerts won’t impact any of Newcastle Pride’s events and money raised from ticket sales will help fund future Pride events so that we can keep the festival free.”

Early bird tickets for the Friday night launch party are £33.32 and can be purchased online at

Details for the other two concerts, taking place on Thursday 19 and Saturday 21, will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the concerts, go to Geordiemoor’s website or search Geordiemoor on Facebook.



CELEBRITY spotters will get a chance to see some of TV and music’s biggest names at a glittering, red carpet event next week (20 March).

A host of famous faces are set to attend a special, gala performance of Sting’s play The Last Ship at Newcastle’s Northern Stage on Tuesday 20 March.

And fans can be there to watch as Sting himself is joined by some of the region’s best loved stars on the red carpet.

Among those attending are Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and Nick Baines, presenter Jeremy Kyle and golfer Lee Westwood along with homegrown stars such as Denise Welch, Alan Shearer, Joe McElderry and Hairy Biker, Si King – and there may be a couple of surprise appearances.

The celebrity audience is set to arrive at the theatre from 6pm and an area has been set y for fans, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourites.

The gala performance is being held in aid of the Graham Wylie Foundation and all funds raised on the night will support the Newcastle-based charity which was formed to ‘help, inspire and educate children across the region.’

“I am incredibly grateful that some of the greatest talents this region has ever produced are giving up their time to attend the premiere and support the Foundation,” said Graham Wylie.      

“It promises to be a spectacular night to rival anything the West End of London can offer in terms of glamour and I hope as many people as possible will come along to welcome them.”

The charity has built the first Nordoff Robbins music therapy centre outside London, at the Matron’s Lodge of the former Fleming Hospital – and Sting and Ricky Wilson will officially declare it open the following morning, Wednesday 21 March.

"Music has been the most important part of my life, ever since I was a young boy growing up on Tyneside,” said Sting.

“I truly believe that access to music, in its many forms, can benefit and support everyone, giving them the chance to discover a life-long love.

“It's great to see a music therapy centre coming to the North East funded by the Graham Wylie Foundation to support the important work of Nordoff Robbins.”

The musical tells the story of a group of North East shipyard workers who, faced with the closure of their yard, decide to build and launch their own great vessel and stars Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick, stage and screen actor Joe McGann and former Coronation Street actor Richard Fleeshman.

A proportion of the money raised on the night will also go to support FACT – Fighting All Cancers Together.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

#TRAVIS #THEMANWHO 2018 tour! @CityH4ll on 15/12/18


Following their triumphant headline show at On Blackheath Festival last September and due to popular demand, Travis, one of Britain’s best loved bands play their classic album ‘The Man Who’ live in full for two limited runs this June & December and will be performing on the City Hall stage Sat 15 Dec 2018.

Released 19 years ago, ‘The Man Who’ sounds as fresh today as it did then.  One of the most successful British albums of the last 20 years, it spawned the timeless singles, ‘Writing To Reach You’, ‘Driftwood’, ‘Turn’ and possibly the band’s most iconic song, ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’.

“Songs are like emotional bookmarks in time,” Fran Healy said. “When you hear a song you are transported to those times and feel strong echoes of the feelings you felt. Rarely does an album have this ability so performing ‘The Man Who’ once again will be a joy!”

Produced by Nigel Godrich, ‘The Man Who’ spent an astonishing 11 weeks at Number 1, selling nearly 3 million copies. It was the biggest selling UK album in 2000, propelled by an incendiary Glastonbury performance in the rain! Recognition quickly followed including Ivor Novello Awards for ‘Best Songwriter’ & ‘Best Contemporary Song’ for ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ and BRIT Awards for ‘Best British Band’ and ‘Best British Album’.

Tickets for Travis on general sale Friday 9 March from 9am and can be purchased online at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

#NEWS Coming to @CityH4LL #newcastle #EARLYDOORSLIVE Pub Sitcom goes on tour


EARLY DOORS, Britain’s best loved pub sitcom is to tour the country later this year for the very first time. The live incarnation of the BBC TV favourite kicks off in Newcastle on 25 September.  Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 16 March.

The live show was originally planned as a one week run at Salford Lowry’s Quay’s Theatre.  But due to huge public demand for tickets those shows sold out instantly and a further two weeks of shows at the Lowry’s larger Lyric Theatre were added, which also sold out in record time.

Commissioned by leading West End producer Philip McIntyre to adapt their award winning television series for the stage, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey have written a brand new story featuring the same hilarious characters from the TV show.

Craig Cash and Phil Mealey said: “Writing Early Doors again has been a joy and we’re really excited by the results. Putting it on stage for the first time ever will be a huge thrill. One that we hope you will come along and share.”

The Grapes Pub will reopen its doors for the UK tour, in a not-to-be-missed night of fun and laughter. Ken’s got love on his mind, but will barmaid, Tanya, ring the landlord’s bell? Old Tommy would play Cupid - if only he didn’t have IBS (Irritable Bugger’s Syndrome). Crime is on the rise but fear not, as local cops Phil and Nige are getting stuck in... to a couple of pints in the back room. After all, “Crime can’t crack itself.” All of this and much, much more when Early Doors returns.

Starring Craig Cash, Phil Mealey, John Henshaw, Susan Cookson, Joan Kempson, James Quinn, Lisa Millett, Judith Barker, with further casting to be announced.

To the regiment!  Don’t just wish you were there - make sure of it!

Tickets for Early Doors Live Tour are on sale Fri 16 Mar from 10am and can be purchased online at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

More tickets released for the bigger @o2academynew venue required by @ACDCExperience #indemand #wholelottarosie #backinblack

“The AC/DC Experience boys capture the spirit of all those great anthems” 
Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake)

UK TOUR 2018

The legendary sound, spirit and attitude of the mighty AC/DC is alive and kicking… and coming to Newcastle in March 2018.

THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE – arguably Britain’s best AC/DC tribute band having rocked some of the biggest tribute festivals in the UK – are heading out on their second nationwide tour.

Tickets for the 11-date UK Tour – which hits Newcastle 02 Academy 2 on Saturday 24th March – are on sale now via our Ticketmaster affiliate
THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE – Darran Short (vocals); Andy Holt (lead guitar); Steven Wolf (bass); James Stringfellow (guitar) and Dennis Duxbury (drums) – brilliantly nail the power and look of the stadium rock god’s incendiary stage performance, backed by a state-of-the-art lighting and projection show.
Thousands of rock fans have seen the Lancashire-based band perform across the UK and they have won plaudits everywhere they have played.
After seeing them live last year, ex-Whitesnake guitar great Bernie Marsden said: “Seeing THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE brought back memories of one of my greatest tour experiences with the Australian rockers in 1980.
“THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE boys captured the spirit of those great anthems I heard every night. If you love AC/DC music a night out at one of their gigs will leave you smiling!”

THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE authentically cover all eras – so expect explosive versions of the classics Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Thunderstruck, Hells Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T, Whole Lotta Rosie and many many more.
James Stringfellow said: “We had such a great time on our first UK Tour last year that there really was only one thing to do – get back on the road again in 2018!
“AC/DC die-hard fans love us, rock fans love us and we love getting up there on stage and bringing the AC/DC sound to the masses.
“Rock fans are very discerning – they will not stand for cheap imitations – and we believe we are the closest you will get to the real thing. We aim to shake audiences ‘all night long’ and we cannot wait for our second UK tour to begin.”
As well as last year’s debut UK tour, the band has played many headline slots at festivals where they have won rave reviews and rapturous responses from the crowds.
James added: “As professional musicians, and most importantly fans of AC/DC, it spurs us on to bring the true spirit of the real thing to as many people as possible. We absolutely bring the full AC/DC package both in terms of the music and the performance, and the response from audiences across the country has been fantastic.”
So, get ready to rock – THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE are coming to Newcastle!
THE AC/DC EXPERIENCE play the Newcastle 02 Academy 2 on Saturday 24th March 2018. Tickets can be bought via



Hailing from the North West of England, The AC/DC Experience perform classics from both the Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras such as "Highway To Hell", "Shoot To Thrill", "Back In Black", 

"Whole Lotta Rosie", and many, many more - The AC/DC Experience provide a live show second only to the legends themselves

From festivals, parties, to local shows - The AC/DC Experience will make sure you have the greatest AC/DC experience possible! 

Head over to if you're interested in booking the band.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

THE North East’s biggest live music event has announced its line up for what will be this summer’s hottest festival


THE North East’s biggest live music event has announced its line up for what will be this summer’s hottest festival – extended into two full days of sizzling entertainment for the first time.

Hardwick Live Festival will return on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August – and has unveiled some of the top acts which will be taking to the stage.

On Saturday indie favourites the Kaiser Chiefs will headline, followed by the Happy Mondays on Sunday.

The multi award-winning Kaiser Chiefs, headed up by frontman Ricky Wilson, have a string of major hits to their name including Ruby, Every Day I Love You Less and Less and I Predict A Riot.

The Happy Mondays emerged from the 1980s Manchester rock scene and were first signed to the legendary Factory Records.

Led by singer songwriter Shaun Ryder, the band continues to have a huge following and will be one of the Hardwick Live highlights.

Also headlining on Sunday is Shed Seven, who last year successfully released their first studio album in more than a decade.

And they are just three of the many acts lined up to appear, along with big names including Echo and The Bunnymen, Feeder, Vintage Trouble, Public Image Limited, Ash, Melanie C and Heather Small.

Also appearing across the weekend are the Cuban Brothers, New York Brass Band and Lucy Spraggan.

The family-friendly festival will also offer fairground rides, a food village, a comedy tent, silent disco and – for the first time –  a unique dining experience prepared by celebrity chefs.

The DJ line up is stronger than ever this year and reads like a who’s who of the music industry.

Danny Rampling, Graeme Park, Greg Wilson, Brandon Block, Alex P, Linden C, James Parker, Tony Hutchinson, Steve Butler, Michael Johnson, Peter Wharrier and Rob Oxley will all take to the decks at various times over the weekend.

And for anyone who doesn’t want to miss a minute of the event, there are both glamping and camping options available.

John Adamson, owner of Ramside Estates which runs Hardwick Live Festival, is delighted with the line-up.

“We had an amazing year last year which is why we have decided to go for two full days this year,” he said.

“The acts are amazing and we should be adding other names as time goes on.

“It absolutely will be a year to remember.”

Tickets for this year’s Hardwick Live are now on sale at £49 for one day or £89 for both days. Concessions are available for children and 13-17-year-olds.For more information visit



Grammy®-nominated, multi-platinum singer and songwriter Demi Lovato today announced additional dates on her European tour due to phenomenal demand.  Produced by Live Nation, the UK will see an additional Newcastle show at the Metro Radio Arena on Friday 15th June 2018.

In July 2017, Lovato released the first single “Sorry Not Sorry” off her album which instantly flew into the Top 5 on the iTunes Charts and is now certified triple-platinum. The hit has garnered over 500 million streams, climbed to #1 on the viral charts, and has over 310 million views for its house party video. Lovato's sixth studio album “Tell Me You Love Me” debuted at #1 on iTunes in 37 countries on September 29th. In addition to her critically hailed album release, Demi released a 78-minute documentary film, Simply Complicated which has amassed over 13 million views to date.  Demi is currently on her 20-city tour across the U.S. and Canada with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, which started on February 26.

Tickets will go on sale 9.00am Friday 16th March and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply.

Legendary DJ Greg Wilson is to headline a free, one-off #bankholidayevent @ColonelPorters Tavern


One of the music industry’s top mix maestros is heading to Newcastle for what looks set to be the best bank holiday party on Tyneside.

Legendary DJ Greg Wilson is to headline the free, one-off event at Colonel Porter’s Tavern, Botanical Garden and Rhum Bar, at Dean Street, on Sunday 1 April.

And the multi award-winning artist will be joined behind the decks by Newcastle-based DJs Tony Hutchinson, Adam Fraser and Craig ‘Disco’ Dewson for the party, which will be held between 8pm and 2am.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Greg, who was the first British DJ to mix live on TV in 1983, has notched up a number of accolades including being named one of the top 20 remixers of all time by DJ magazine.

In 2010, as part of their Essential Mix 500 special, Radio 1 selected his Essential Mix as one of 10 classics that spanned the show’s near 17-year history.

And In 2015, he was awarded with DJ Magazine's Industry Icon Award at The Best Of British Awards.

Chrissie Gladstone, sales manager at Colonel Porter’s, said the venue is delighted to have attracted someone of Greg’s calibre: “It’s going to be one the best nights we have ever held,” she said.

“Greg is an absolute icon of the music scene and we will be pulling out all the stops to ensure everyone really has a night to remember.”

For more information about the BIG Bank Holiday party at Colonel Porter’s on 1 April, call 0191 261 7600, visit or email

Monday, 5 March 2018

The return of @JulieGrantyeah with a new band. Playing @HOS_Newcastle Saturday 10/3

Julie Grant Returns
With A New Sound
A New Band 
A New Attitude

Back in the early 90's, when I was a student blagging my way into gigs by giving out flyers for the old Riverside, I discovered, in my small way, Julie Grant. What I do remember is her soft vocals and semi autobiographical songs about things I had not had to face in my life but it helped me see another point of view. I saw her at small gigs and festivals and then she seemed to disappear along with many other interesting young musicians at the time.

But now Julie Grant is back: 


Heavenly vocals combined with strong melodies and semi autobiographical acoustic/electric songs, earned Julie Grant the much deserved title: “Best Voice in the North” by acclaimed publications such as: Guru Magazine, The Northern Echo and Paint It Red. Live television and radio performances, sold-out gigs, and personal in-store acoustic sets, saw CD and merchandising sales rocket, earning her a second title: “The North’s Finest Artist.” Her long overdue return to the music scene is something to be celebrated. The line-up may be new, but the songs and voice are as distinctive as ever. 

Julie and her band will be playing at Newcastle's Head Of Steam on Saturday March 10th, starting the night early at 6.10.

#review @numanofficial at @Mbro_empire 17/03/2018 #garynuman #SongsFromABrokenWorldTour

Review: Gary Numan at Middlesbrough Empire A big crowd braved the chill of the Minibeast From The East, (some had to stay in hotels in th...