What's the best Christmas song of all time?

Now that December has arrived there's only one thing to do - get the Christmas CD on and turn up the volume!
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Dead Men Walking performing at The Cluny 2. Pic: Gary Welford

REVIEW: Dead Men Walking, The Cluny 2, Newcastle

With a combined age of about 240, it’s easy to see where 'supergroup' Dead Men Walking got their name.

Cheryl says researching her family history has shown that northerners are made of tough stuff.

Cheryl hails 'tough, northern Geordie women' as she finds out about ancestors

North East-born pop star Cheryl was full of northern pride after discovering her Geordie roots run deep on BBC genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?.

This year's Sunniside Live

The Farm, K Klass, Allister Whitehead & Chris Helme added to Sunderland festival line up

A host of dance and indie acts including The Farm, K Klass, DJ Allister Whitehead and Chris Helme, have been added to the bill for Sunniside Live.

Muse have been announced as the first headliners of the 2017 Reading and Leeds Festival.

Muse announced as first headliners for Reading and Leeds 2017

Rock group Muse have been announced as the first headliners for next year's Reading and Leeds festivals.

Little Mix have added a fourth Newcastle date to their Glory Days tour.

Little Mix announce FOURTH North East date on Glory Days tour

Little Mix, the world's biggest girl group, have added a fourth North East date to their 2017 Glory Days tour.

Jen Wilson. Photo by Simon Giddings | Prime Photography (

Miss Sunderland features on Christmas charity single

Miss Sunderland Jen Wilson has joined other beauty queens to release a charity Christmas single.


REVIEW: Frankie & the Heartstrings, DFDS ferry, somewhere in the North Sea

Ahoy there music-lovers.

Ne-Yo at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.

REVIEW: Ne-Yo, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Hats off to Ne-Yo, the man knows how to put on a show.

What's your favourite band t-shirt? Picture: Shutterstock.

Tomorrow is Wear Your Old Band T-shirt to Work Day - dig out your favourite!

Note to self: tomorrow is Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day, so get rummaging through the closet tonight to check for armpit stains and moth holes.

Hacienda Classical at Herrington Country Park, Penshaw.

Hacienda Classical to return to the region after success in Sunderland

Following this summer’s Haçienda Classical success in Herrington Country Park, it’s been announced that the tribute to the iconic nightclub will return to the region.

Freddie Mercury pictured in 1985

Freddie Mercury’s death 25 years on: Can you remember his last Queen concert in the North East?

It was arguably the best performance by a frontman at St James’s Park all year.

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A Queen ticket for the 1986 concert.

Freddie Mercury’s death 25 years on: Can you remember Queen’s set at Newcastle in 1986?

So what did Queen play on their last appearance in the North East with original frontman Freddie Mercury?

Bez at Hacienda Classical in Sunderland.

9 things you might not know about The Happy Mondays as group announces North East set

Get ready for that Madchester sound - because The Happy Mondays are coming to Sunderland.
The Happy Mondays on stage

The Happy Mondays announced as Sunniside Live headliner

The Happy Mondays are set to bring their iconic sound to Sunderland next summer.

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Massa Confusa - Two Man Machine (self-released)

ALBUM REVIEW: Massa Confusa - Two Man Machine

Although they're not a household name, Newcastle-based duo Massa Confusa rank among our region's most important outfits.

Slaves' Laurie Vincent struts his stuff at the O2 Academy. Pic: Gary Welford.

REVIEW: Slaves, O2 Academy, Newcastle

Take a cursory look at the charts, and you'd be forgiven for thinking today's youth gorge on an exclusive diet of Drake, Little Mix and Taylor Swift.
Heather Small

Heather Small announced as first headline act for Sunniside Live

Soul singer Heather Small will headline the first night of next year’s Sunniside Live festival.

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Sunderland’s Lilliput release debut album

It’s been five years in the making, but Sunderland six-piece Lilliput have this month released their much-anticipated debut album.

Director of the Sunderland branch of Age UK Sunderland Alan Patchett (left) along with fundraising volunteer Gordon Quinn at the launch of this year's Christmas Spectacular to be held on Friday 9th December.  Picture by FRANK REID

Annual concert to boost lifeline Sunderland charity

An annual festive concert is expected to raise thousands of pounds for a lifeline Sunderland charity.

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