And that community isn’t limited to the bands or their fans. There are some incredible unique buildings to watch the next big thing, unsigned artists and genres you won’t hear on most radio stations.
From Durham to North Tyneside, these are some of our favourites across the region.
5. The Cluny
As one of Newcastle's most loved music venues, The Cluny has a wonderful roster of artists who have graced the Ouseburn stages, which are spread across the main room and a smaller capacity venue, the CLuny 2, in the same building.
6. The Globe, Newcastle
Newcastle's Utilita Arena may be the flagship venue in the city, but The Globe, a community owned space sits on the hill overlooking the vast building. Teeming with bands whose influences span genres from all over the world, The Gloe is a fantastic option for cheap nights of live music.
7. Tyne Bank Brewery
Far more than just the brewery it is named after, this building in Byker has hosted food festivals, drag shows, painting groups and live music. A true social space with incredible drinks to boot, this is a venue to keep an eye out for. It also hosted socially distanced gigs across the summer of 2020.
8. The Three Tuns, Gateshead
Sat on Old Durham Road, the Three Tuns is a live music spot off the beaten track of traditional venues. The pub has a speciality for hosting rock bands and does so often.