12 North East gigs you won't want to miss in January 2019

A new year is upon us and with it an exciting range of live music, at venues big and small.

Thursday, 3rd January 2019, 1:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 7:25 am
January 2019 gigs

From pub gigs to arena shows, here's some of the nights out you should make an effort to see in the North East in the first month of 2019.

The Irish boy band, who have sold millions of albums around the world, are calling it a day, and their Thank You & Goodnight farewell tour calls at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
The singer-songwriter from Wakefield has been described as "the most exciting voice in UK punk", and her new EP Street Revolution is out on January 11. She plays The Cluny 2 in Newcastle.

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The Edinburgh-based band, who won the Mercury Music Prize in 2014 for their album Dead, were meant to play the Boiler Shop in Newcastle in December. It's been rescheduled.
This four-piece from Atlanta, Georgia, are one of the biggest names in prog metal, and their live shows have to be seen to be believed. You can catch them at the O2 Academy in Newcastle.
Indie-rockers The Vaccines are entering their 10th year as a band, and celebrating by touring last year's acclaimed fourth album Combat Sports. The run includes this date at the O2 Academy.
The Michigan singer-songwriter received rave reviews for Love Is Magic, his fourth solo album, which came out in October. Hear material from it and some older classics at The Sage Gateshead.
Bristol's Heavy Lungs supported Idles, one of 2018's biggest breakthrough bands, on tour last year. Now they've got their own headline shows, including one at Think Tank Underground in Newcastle.
Ace, Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics are just some of the bands that the Sheffield singer dubbed "the man with the golden voice" has been in over the years. He's at The Sage Gateshead.
Mason started his music career as lead singer and one of the founding members of cult Scottish group The Beta Band. He plies his trade solo nowadays, and brings his tour to Riverside in Newcastle.
Back with their original label Polydor Records, the Leeds indie favourites' seventh studio album #KC7 is due for release in early 2019. You can catch them at the O2 Academy in Newcastle.
Mike Skinner's return was one of the musical surprises of 2018, and his 12-date tour was sold out. Don't worry if you missed it, he's on the road again with new songs to boot, and due at the O2 Academy in Newcastle.
Pete Shelley practically invented indie music when Buzzcocks released self-pressed EP Spiral Scratch in 1977. Local groups will be playing lots of his best songs at a tribute event at The Cluny in Newcastle.