Michael Bolton announces Valentine’s Day gig in Sunderland

Michael Bolton has announced he will play Sunderland in one of only a handful of tour dates for 2018.

Social Room to play at Independent. From left Adam Potts and Matty Smith

Sunderland’s Social Room cap off most successful year yet with hometown gig

Homegrown act Social Room will cap off their most successful year yet with a sold out Sunderland show.

Simple Minds

Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall announce Emirates gig

It’s been announced this morning that Simple Minds and The Pretenders with special guest KT Tunstall will play a big outdoor North East gig next summer.

Boy JUmps Ship are playing a fundraising gig for the Chloe and Liam Trust.

Seven North East gigs to see in the next seven days

The countdown to Christmas may be underway, but there's still plenty of gigs to see this week.
Chris Rea performing in Oxford moments before he collapsed on stage. Pic: @Darren_Fewins/Twitter/PA Wire.

Singer Chris Rea cancels gig after collapsing on stage

North East singer Chris Rea has cancelled 's scheduled concert tonight will not go ahead after he collapsed on stage last night.

Winner Tahnee Kelly

Teenage singing sensation wins Sunderland’s Genfactor contest

A teenage singing star has taken the crown at this year’s Genfactor finals.

Friday night headliners Soul II Soul

Soul II Soul to play Sunderland’s Sunniside Live festival

Classic British dance band Soul II Soul are the first headline act announced for next year’s Sunniside Live festival.

This year's finalists

Who will be crowned Sunderland’s Genfactor winner 2017?

Tonight’s the night the winner of this year’s Genfactor will be crowned.

The Fall singles box set is available in 3CD or 7CD editions.

Review: The Fall - The Singles 1978-2016

Post-punk legends The Fall have always been a bit of a marmite band, who you either love or hate.
Steps bring their Party On The Dancefloor to the Metro Radio Arena this week.

Seven North East gigs to see in the next seven days

From pop to stoner rock, there's plenty for gig-goers to choose from in the region this week.
Shed Seven at their sold-out gig at the O2 Academy in Newcastle.

Review: Shed Seven, O2 Academy, Newcastle

Just three weeks after the release of their first studio album in more than a decade, 1990s indie favourites Shed Seven don't seem to have aged.
Big Country m- We're Not In Kansas (The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998)

Review: Big Country - We're Not In Kansas: The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998

Big Country were one of the biggest British alternative rock bands of the 1980s, selling millions of albums around the world.

Mark Lanegan

Review: Mark Lanegan, Boiler Shop, Newcastle

With snow falling and Tyneside dates increasingly a fixture of his tours, you’d have forgiven Mark Lanegan’s following for giving this particular visit a miss.
James Braxton, Charles Hanson, Charlie Ross and Philip Serrell, the stars of Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt and Flog It!

TV antiques experts lend voices to Christmas charity single

The stars of Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt and Flog It! have joined forces - and voices - to release a special Christmas single in aid of BBC Children In Need.
Boy Jumps Ship will play a fundraising gig for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust at Riverside in Newcastle.

Boy Jumps Ship to play fundraising gig for Chloe and Liam's Trust

A South Tyneside band are playing a very special gig next month, for a charity set up in memory of a young couple who died in the Manchester Arena bombing.
South Shields
Grace Davies performing her original song Dont Go. Copyright �Syco / Thames

X Factor final six to perform on tour with wildcard act

The X Factor’s six semi-final acts will star in The X Factor Live Tour 2018 when it’s held at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, on February 22.

Gary Numan.

Gary Numan back for another North East date

Gary Numan is to bring his acclaimed Savage tour back for another North East date.

Little Mix.

Little Mix to play Gateshead International Stadium as part of 2018 summer tour

Girl band Little Mix are to play Gateshead International Stadium next year.
Robert Plant.

Review: Robert Plant, Newcastle City Hall

Rock legend Robert Plant first performed at Newcastle City Hall 48 years ago, way back in 1969.

Little Mix have spoken of the pressures of growing up in the spotlight.

Little Mix: 'We're good role models because we're not perfect'

The members of girl group Little Mix have told of the difficulties of coming of age in the public eye and missing out on a "normal" life.

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