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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Gregg's Bakery Sausage Rolls
The North East is home to some of the world's best stuff, like Gazza. Here are some more excellent things we've come up with: Windscreen Wipers Gladstone Adams patented the world's first ever windscreen wipers ever in 1911, only 15 years after they were first patented in the USA, and 8...
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A Turner-Prize-winning artist has created a haunting soundscape in a historic north-east building. Northumberland’s Belsay Hall is serving as the venue for the sound installation The Yelllow Wallpaper, by Susan Phillipsz. The Yellow Wallpaper features Phillipsz’s voice intoning melancholy ballads that float through the building and overlap with each other. The ballads,...
Alan Shearer used to be famous for being Alan Shearer, but to the young generation today, he's famous for being Hollie Shearer's dad. You can have a listen to her first single, Leave Right Now, when it comes out Friday 31st January 2020, save the link here. EEEEEEEEEEK!! 😃 My new single...
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The author of a novel shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize – and described as a ‘modern fairy tale’ – is to give a talk at Newcastle University. Fiona Mozley will be in conversation with creative writing lecturer Dr Rachel Hewitt in the King’s Hall, Newcastle University, on 14th November. Fiona’s...
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Newcastle will soon have a new sculpture from Anthony Gormley, the sculptor responsible for the north east’s iconic Angel of the North statue. The sculpture – entitled Clasp – is to be installed on the campus of Newcastle University. The artwork – which Gormley will loan to the university –...
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  If you haven’t been to Tyne Bank Brewery yet let me paint you a picture… A wide-open space which is deceivingly warm with fairy lights draped across the ceiling. An oxymoronic, comfortable, factory-like environment. With an eclectic range of tables and chairs spread across the floor of which you share...
Dublin Legends to Play North East - Interview and Dates
The Dublin Legends, the band formed from ex-members of The Dubliners, are due to play the Customs House, South Shields, on March 24th. Founded in 1962, The Dubliners helped popularise Irish folk music around the world with their mix of up-tempo songs, street ballads and instrumentals. Though The Dubliner’s line-up...
The Great Geordie Song Contest deadline is approaching: all entries must be submitted by 9pm, Friday, March 27, 2020. Cheers editor Alastair Gilmour explained, “This is a fantastic opportunity for singer/songwriters. We are looking for songs about working class life in the North East. They can be overtly political, observational,...
Foster & Allen with guitar and accordion.
For more than 40 years now, Foster and Allen have been entertaining the nation. With their easy-listening sound – tinged with country music and Irish folk – the Irish duo have sold over 22 million albums worldwide. Foster and Allen have scored many huge hits – such as A Bunch...
Four men in smart suits with red ties and pocket squares. They are supposed to all be looking at something in sky for this shot, but one of them is looking at the camera.
The Opera Boys – a group of classically trained singers, whose repertoire extends from opera to West End show songs to pop – are to perform at the Customs House, South Shields, on April 2nd. Different Opera Boys have appeared in West End and Broadway musicals like Phantom of the...

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