March 20, 1980: Elvis Costello and the Attractions play Sunderland

It is not just since the Stadium of Light opened that big music names have played Sunderland.

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).

The Flytes

The Flytes to play Sunderland reunion gig

Nine years since they hung up their guitars, Sunderland band The Flytes are back with a reunion gig.

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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.
Theatre and Comedy

Sunderland indie rockers Cohesion launch new EP with hometown gig

Sunderland indie rock quintet Cohesion are back with a new EP and a hometown show to celebrate.

Social Room on stage.

Wearside Matters: Emerging artists set for battle at Sunniside Live

Emerging acts are once again being given the chance to take to the stage with some of music’s biggest names, after the launch of Sunniside Live’s Battle of the Band competition.

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.


Acid jazz band Incognito added to Sunderland festival bill

Acid jazz stalwarts Incognito have been added to the bill for Sunniside Live.

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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.

Ocean Colour Scene

Ocean Colour Scene, Pete Doherty, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Buzzcocks to headline Hardwick Live

It’s been announced that Ocean Colour Scene with special guest Pete Doherty will headline this year’s Hardwick Live festival.

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.

Synthpop duo Eurasianeyes - Paul Russell (seated) and Mel Bell who's music is getting international radio airplay.

Meet the Sunderland musicians who record in a garage and get global airplay

An electronic music duo who write and record their tracks in a Sunderland garage are receiving international radio airplay.

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