North east date is doubly wonderful news for Killers fans

It will undoubtedly be wonderful news for Killers fans that their five-year wait for a new album is now almost over, and the fact that the band will soon be on tour over here to promote it can only be better still, doubly wonderful even.

Robert Plant is returning to Newcastle in November.

Rock legend Robert Plant returns to Newcastle City Hall for first time since 2002

Rock legend Robert Plant has announced his first date at Newcastle City Hall for 15 years to promote his latest solo album, due out in October.

Alice Cooper can be seen in Leeds in November.

Alice Cooper’s back in north, and so are his old bandmates

US rock veteran Alice Cooper hadn’t put a new album out for six years until the end of last month or headlined a tour this side of the Atlantic for almost as long, but, to quote his 1986 single of that name, he’s back.

Madness in concert in Falkirk earlier this month.

7 shows to see in the next 7 days, including ones by Madness, Ocean Colour Scene, Peter Doherty and Ken Dodd

Here’s our 33rd round-up of the year of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including the return of County Durham’s Hardwick Live after a year off.

Tony and Karen Houghton with David Yellowley at the hand-over of the money to The Peoples Kitchen from a fundraising Christmas punk CD.

CD is a hit for homeless

A punk pair from Blyth have brought together musicians from across the region to raise more than £2,000 for the homeless.

Melvin Benn launching his ReBalance plans with Lande Hekt from punk rock band Muncie Girls, PRS Foundation chief executive Vanessa Reed and Lucy Wood, also from Festival Republic.

VIDEO: Festival boss launches ReBalance scheme to get more girls into music industry

Girl power got a helping hand today when one of the world's biggest music promoters launched an initiative in to encourage more female UK led bands, solo acts and sound engineers.

Whats on
The Manic Street Preachers return to Newcastle this Saturday.

Manic Street Preachers promising square deal this weekend

1980s pop act the Bangles might have been more bothered about Mondays being manic, but this Saturday, August 5, is set to be much more so as Newcastle’s Times Square hosts what will undoubtedly be one of the north east’s biggest shows of the summer.

Sting. Picture by Eric Ryan Anderson

Sting to play one-off concert in north Northumberland

North-East legend Sting will come home to the region this October to perform a special benefit concert at Bamburgh Castle.

Northumbeland live event organiser Mel Jackson with Councillor Bill Crosby

Free festival for family

After a successful Northumberland Live at Blyth, the same winning formula comes to Bedlington on Saturday.

Joey Landreth

Ashington gig for Joey Landreth

Musician Joey Landreth will be playing his only northern gig in Ashington.

US singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet.

Murder mystery the inspiration for US rocker’s latest album

Most north east folk won’t have the foggiest notion who Bobby Fuller is, but a chance to find out is on offer at the Sage Gateshead this weekend.

Wilko Johnson

Free music festival and family fun day

A free music festival and family fun day will take place in Ashington next week.

Cast will be headlining at Corbridge Festival.

Big music names head to Northumberland festival this weekend

Cast, Craig Charles, From The Jam, The Selecter, Lucy Spraggan, Keston Cobblers, Bloxed Beats, Coquin Migale, The Baghdaddies are just some of the bands who will be performing at Corbridge Festival.
The Undertones, who are headlining Northumberland Live Festival at Blyth.

Stage is set for festival

Thousands of music fans are expected to descend on Blyth this weekend as the Northumberland Live Festival returns.

Lindisfarne. Picture by The Beautiful Image.

Bumper line-up for Picnic

A bumper programme of family fun will make up the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic.

Christie Wilce who organised a fundraising concert at Bede Academy, Blyth.

Students on song for trip

A taste of tinseltown came to Northumberland in a fundraising concert.

Peesh will be performing at Northumberland Live in Blyth

Festival names local acts

Organisers of the largest free family festival in the region have announced further details of the entertainment on offer, which will bring Blyth a full day of quality music and family entertainment.

Royal Blood are about to make the step up from the likes of Newcastle's O2 Academy to arenas.

Review: Royal Blood live in Newcastle

Less is definitely more in the case of alternative rock duo Royal Blood.

Ashington and District Male Voice Choir.
Bigger and not cropped.

Marking church’s 130th

Organisers are putting the final touches to a planned weekend of celebration in Ashington.

Beldingtonshire Community High School perform Hairspray

Performers put on enthusiastic show

Talented pupils set toes tapping as they staged a much-loved musical.

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