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7 shows to see in the next 7 days, including ones by the Skids, Maccabees, Undertones and Blue Oyster Cult

Here’s our 25th round-up of 2017 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including concerts by the Undertones, Emily Maguire, the Skids and Blue Oyster Cult.

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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.

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Lindisfarne. Picture by The Beautiful Image.

Bumper line-up for Picnic

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Folk rock legends for Picnic

Folk rock legends for Picnic

Organisers of Northumberland Miners’ Picnic are thrilled to announce that this year’s event will host one of the north east’s most well-known and loved bands.

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Bananarama

Bananarama reform and announce North East tour date

Get ready to backcomb your barnet - the original Bananarama are back.

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Royal Blood are back with a new album and tour.

Royal Blood back in north east to plug second album

Following up a debut album as successful as Royal Blood’s self-titled 2014 LP might be a daunting prospect, but the alternative rock duo reckon they’re finally ready, three years on, to do just that.

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Tamsin Reed with Mayor of Ashington

Young musicians reap rewards and bursaries at annual festival

Young musicians showed off their skills at Wansbeck Music Festival.

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Maximo Park have a new album out this week.

Treat in store for fans of Maximo Park

A treat is in store for fans of north east alternative rock act Maximo Park this week as not only have they got a new album out and a tour lined up to follow but they’re also playing a string of free record store shows to plug it.

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Ian McCulloch.

Live review: Ian McCulloch at the Sage Gateshead

Easter bunnies might be strictly seasonal, but Echo and the Bunnymen, happily, are a year-round phenomenon, and so it was that fans of the Merseyside alternative rock act got to see their frontman, Ian McCulloch, last night, April 8, over a week ahead of Easter Sunday.

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Echo and the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch is playing a solo show in Gateshead this weekend.

Easter Bunnyman Ian McCulloch needs no egging on to line up solo shows

The Easter Bunny might not be out and about for over a week yet, but a pre-Easter Bunnyman will be putting in an appearance in the north east this weekend.

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Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band won the regional title two years in a row

Band takes regional title for second time

For the second year running a Newbiggin band has won a prestigious award.

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Jesus and Mary Chain frontman Jim Reid live at Glasgow's Barrowland the night after their Newcastle show.

Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain live in Newcastle

The Jesus and Mary Chain might have started off their Newcastle show last night with new song Always Sad, but the near-capacity crowd there to see them at the Riverside were anything but sad to have them back.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain's Jim Reid and, right, his brother William.

Jesus and Mary Chain’s second coming yields first album for 19 years

The second coming of the Jesus and Mary Chain is about to yield their first album for almost 20 years, and fans of theirs in the north east will be given a sneak preview of it the day before it comes out.

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The Handsome Family are returning to Gateshead this month.

Handsome Family can be seen plugging Unseen on tour this month

Their latest album might be called Unseen, but US alternative country act the Handsome Family are anything but seldom seen in these parts.

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Band will bring back ‘70s

Band will bring back ‘70s

A top rock tribute band will be transporting audiences back to the 1970s when it performs in Blyth this week.

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