New security procedures in place at Metro Radio Arena ahead of Katy Perry gig

Venue security at the Metro Radio Arena has changed ahead of a big gig at the venue next week.
Newcastle Gateshead

Review: Re-Take That, Sunderland Empire

Hot on the heels of Gary Barlow’s solo gigs, the next best thing took to the stage at Sunderland Empire last night.

Courtney Hadwin.

Singing sensation Courtney Hadwin appears on Good Morning Britain

A British teenager who has been sent straight through to the live shows on America's Got Talent said the experience "felt like a dream".

County Durham

Boyzone to play North East in farewell tour

Boyzone will play the North East as part of their swansong arena tour.

Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones during their gig at the Murrayfield Stadium. Picture: PA.

Review: Rolling Stones, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

It’s a crying shame Sunderland’s Stadium of Light couldn’t host The Rolling Stones this summer as North East music fans certainly missed out on one hell of a show.


Review: Public Image Limited, Newcastle Academy

With the TV adverts for butter, appearances on reality TV and his, now, cartoonish persona it is sometimes easy to forget just what a unique voice John Lydon is.


31 pictures of you having fun at Let’s Rock the North East in Sunderland

You came armed with your sunglasses, headbands and face paint - and you really did look the part.

Californian rocker Ty Segall in action at the Boiler Shop. Pic: Gordon Armstrong.

Review: Ty Segall, The Boiler Shop, Newcastle

The past year or so has seen the Boiler Shop establish itself among Newcastle’s premier live venues, with stellar bookings from some of the UK’s most acclaimed artists and acts of international renown.
Ed Sheeran has played his opening night of a three-show run at St James's Park in Newcastle.

Ed Sheeran rocks St James's Park with first sold-out show - review + setlist

If you're looking for an ideal date for a Friday night, I'd say everyone's favourite redhead Ed Sheeran fits the bill.
Bill Jones at The Avenue in Roker, Sunderland

BBC Folk Award winner returns to music with Sunderland pub charity gig

A BBC Folk Award winner who put her music career to one side to raise her three children is returning to the stage for a charity gig.

Win tickets to five different Sunderland Empire shows this summer

Win tickets to five different Sunderland Empire shows this summer

We’ve teamed up with Sunderland Empire to give away tickets to five top music shows coming up this summer.

Sheeran has been announced as the most-played artist on UK radio, TV and in public last year.

Ed Sheeran crowned UK's most-played artist in 2017

Ed Sheeran was the most played artist on UK radio, TV and in public in 2017 - and also had the most played track with Shape of You, it has been announced.
Flogging Molly are playing the Fuelling the Fire tour.

Flogging Molly, Face To Face and Lost In Stereo to play Fireball - Fuelling The Fire tour

The line-up has been announced for the third annual Fireball - Fuelling The Fire tour, which is heading for the North East this winter.
Drenge promise special homecoming show for Deer Shed Festival

Drenge promise special homecoming show for Deer Shed Festival

Drenge have promised a special homecoming show at the Deer Shed Festival this summer.

John Lydon is celebrating 40 years on Public Image Limited.

Punk rock icon John Lydon plans surprises as Public Image Limited celebrate 40 years

Notorious former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten, a.k.a John Lydon, is celebrating 40 years with his other band Public Image Limited.
Michael Jackson impersonator James Aston.

Thrilling Michael Jackson tribute added to South Tyneside Summer Festival bill

A tribute to the King of Pop will be moonwalking into South Shields this summer as part of the borough's annual festival parade.


Singer James Bay visits Sunderland to view new home for city culture hub

“This is the beginning of what dreams are made of,” said singer James Bay as he visited the city today to help an independent venture realise its cultural ambitions.


33 top music acts you can see in Sunderland this summer

It’s going to be one of the best summers ever for music fans in Sunderland, with a galaxy of stars set to appear in the city.

James Bay is set to visit the new Pop Recs soon for a tour of the premises

Pop star James Bay backs Sunderland’s Pop Recs as it moves into historic new home

Chart-topper James Bay will be patron of a Sunderland culture hub as it breathes new life into a once derelict historic building.

Rick Astley

Rick Astley announces North East tour dates

Rick Astley is back - and has announced two live dates in the North East this winter.

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