New record label aims to follow in footsteps of indie legends Factory and Stiff

A new independent record label has been launched in the North East by two professional musicians from the region.

Manic Street Preachers at Metro Radio Arena. Photos by Mick Burgess.

Review: Manic Street Preachers, Newcastle Arena

First night nerves were nowhere to be seen as a confident Manic Street Preachers pulled off a stunning performance on the opening night of their latest tour, no doubt buoyed by the chart success of their current album Resistance Is Futile.

Swedish DJ Avicii. Pic by PA.

Swedish DJ Avicii dies aged 28

Swedish DJ Avicii has died aged 28, his representative has confirmed.

Kelis. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Win tickets to Kelis at Bongo’s Bingo night at Rainton Meadows Arena

Milkshake singer Kelis is heading to Houghton – and you could be there for free.

Public Service Broadcasting.

Review: Public Service Broadcasting, Middlesbrough Empire

Public Service Broadcasting’s aim is to “Inform-Educate-Entertain” - and they certainly did that with this amazing gig at Middlesbrough Empire.

The Toy Dolls  The Albums 1983-87 (Captain Oi!/Cherry Red Records)

Review: The Toy Dolls - The Albums 1983-87 boxset

To music fans of a certain age, The Toy Dolls are Sunderland’s finest export, full stop.

X Factor auditions at Bar Justice. Jen Normandale

Performers aim to impress at Sunderland X Factor auditions

Singers took their place on the most famous X in television at auditions held in Sunderland.

Kelis. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Singer Kelis to perform at Rainton Meadows Arena for Bongo’s Bingo night

Singer Kelis is set to perform at Rainton Meadows Arena in Houghton.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys add second North East tour date

Arctic Monkeys have added an extra date at Newcastle Arena.

Kim Wilde

Charity puts call out for volunteers at Sunderland music festival

A charity is on the lookout for volunteers to take part in a Sunderland celebration of ‘80s music.

Boy George and Culture Club are coming to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle.

Boy George and Culture Club announce North East arena date

Music lovers can take a trip back to the '80s after Boy George and Culture Club announced a big North East show.

Arctic Monkeys have announced a Newcastle date in September.

Arctic Monkeys announce first North East gig in five years

Indie-rock heroes Arctic Monkeys today announced a UK arena tour, including their first North East date in five years.
KOYO release their new single Jettisoned this month.

Music interview – KOYO: ‘People can expect a relentless, sonic spectacle from start to finish’

Less than seven months have passed since KOYO launched their critically acclaimed debut album, and with festival dates at Download, Camden Rocks, Bliss Camp, Great Escape Festival and Live at Leeds upcoming this year, the band are heading around the UK with a series of exclusive free warm up shows.

Aidan Martin

Former X Factor star Aidan Martin makes iTunes top 5 with debut single

A singer-songwriter who made it to the judges’ houses of last year’s X Factor has proved a knockout with his debut single.

Pixie Lott will headline the first South Tyneside Festival Sunday Concert of 2018.

Pixie Lott to headline first South Tyneside Festival Sunday Concert

Pop princess Pixie Lott will lead a host of stars heading to the North East this summer as the South Tyneside Festival Sunday concert series returns.


Former X Factor star Chico teaches fitness class in Sunderland

It was Chico time for fitness fanatics in Sunderland as the former X Factor star dropped in to deliver a masterclass.

Lightning Seeds.

Review: The Lightning Seeds close 9th annual Stockton Calling in style

With more than 70 acts spread over nine main stages, the ninth Stockton Calling all-day music festival proved to be the biggest and best yet.

Mensi and Neil Newton of the Angelic Upstarts at the ESC in Gdansk, Poland.

Angelic Upstarts show some Solidarity at centre of Polish uprising

A veteran North East punk band have showed some Solidarity with a very special performance of one of their best-known songs during a visit to a Polish city.

Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays to headline Northumberland’s Lindisfarne Festival

It’s been announced that Happy Mondays will headline this year’s Lindisfarne Festival in Northumberland.

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