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Friday, April 3, 2020

Film, Music & Theatre

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...
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The Sixties Gold Farewell Tour is set to call in at Sage Gateshead this November. The tour will feature a stunning line-up, including Liverpool bands The Merseybeats and The Searchers, American rock ‘n’ roller PJ Proby, and vocal harmony specialists The Fortunes. Also on the bill will be Steve Ellis –...
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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American R ‘n’ B stars The Stylistics – famous for hits like You Make Me Feel Brand New, You Are Everything and Betcha by Golly Wow – will play Gateshead Sage on 26th October. A vocal group, The Stylistics formed in Philadelphia in 1966 from a merger of two bands,...
Newcastle's own Great Magician of the North, Chris Cross, will be performing a comedy magic show at The Tyne Theatre & Opera House on the 9th February at 6pm, alongside Martin Daniels, the late Paul Daniels' son. Combining quick wit and stand-up comedy with Very Clever Illusions and Magic Tricks,...
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A jobcentre manager from Newcastle has criticised Ken Loach’s popular recent film I, Daniel Blake. Steve McCall, employer relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, said, “I hope people don’t think the film is a documentary because it’s a story that doesn’t represent the reality...
Clive John performing as Johnny Cash, dressed in black with the head of his guitar thrust forward.
The Johnny Cash Roadshow – a spectacular tribute to the Man in Black – is coming to the North East next week. The Johnny Cash Roadshow will play Consett’s Empire Theatre on February 9th and the Customs House, South Shields, on February 12th. Aiming to be a “a concert crossed...
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Blues veterans The Blues Band are set to play Sage, Gateshead, on 28th October. Formed in 1979 by ex-Manfred Mann members Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness as a band “just to play the blues”, The Blues Band are today regarded as one of the best purveyors of rhythm and blues...
Reformed Bananarama Coming to Newcastle City Hall
If you’re of a certain age, you might remember them being always on Top of the Pops or their cheery sassy songs forever blaring out of radios. Well, Bananarama – one of the most successful girl groups of all time – have reformed their original line-up and are due to...

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