Here’s our sixth round-up of concerts, plays and other shows on in the North East over the next week.
Another will follow next Thursday.
• US rapper 50 Cent, alias Curtis Jackson, can be seen at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night. The 40-year-old, best known for his 2003 debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, a No 2 hit over here, is due to release his sixth LP, provisionally titled Street King Immortal, next year. His last album, Animal Ambition, was a No 21 hit last year. Tickets to see the New Yorker and his backing act, the G-Unit, cost £40 or £45. Colin Francis will be supporting. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk
• Country-and-western singer Kacey Musgraves is playing at the Sage Gateshead on Monday as part of a six-date UK tour. The Texan is over here to plug her fifth album, Pageant Material, a No 11 UK hit and a No 3 in her native US following its release in June. Tickets, priced £24.50, to see the 27-year-old have sold out, but returns might be available on the night. Sugar and the High Lows will be supporting. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• Singer-songwriter Tom Robinson, pictured, is back on the road to promote his first album for almost 20 years, Only the Now, and he can be seen at the Sage Gateshead’s hall two on Monday. Tickets to see the Cambridgeshire-born 65-year-old – best known for his two top 10 singles, 1977’s 2-4-6-8 Motorway and 1983’s War Baby – cost £22. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com
• Lord Huron can be seen at the Cluny in Newcastle on Monday. The US indie folk act, formed in California in 2010, are this side of the Atlantic to promote their second album, Strange Trails, a No 95 hit upon its release in April. Radical Face will be supporting. Tickets cost £13. For details, go to www.thecluny.com
• Will Young is playing at Newcastle City Hall next Wednesday. He’s touring to plug his sixth album, 85% Proof, a chart-topper following its release in May. Tickets to see the Berkshire-born 36-year-old, winner of the 2002 ITV talent show Pop Idol, cost £35 or £45. For details, go to newcastlecityhall.org
• Reunited indie pop band the Ordinary Boys are playing at Think Tank in Newcastle next Wednesday. The quartet – best known for the single Boys Will Be Boys, a No 16 in 2005 and a No 3 the year after – are on the road to promote their self-titled fourth LP, released last month but yet to chart. Tickets to see the West Sussex band, formed in 2002 and reunited in 2011 after splitting up three years earlier, at the Digital venue are £11. For details, go to www.thinktanknewcastle.com
• Indie rock act Foals are playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy next Wednesday. The Oxfordshire band, formed in 2005, are on tour to promote their fourth album, What Went Down, a No 3 hit following its release at the end of August. Tickets, priced £25, have sold out but might be available from other sources. Real Lies will be supporting. For details, go to www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle or www.foals.co.uk