Here’s our 14th round-up of 2018 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including gigs by Bryan Ferry, Bryde, Kim Wilde and Savage Messiah.
Next week’s will follow next Friday, April 20.
• Pop singer Heather Small can be seen at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle tonight, April 13, playing a show rescheduled from last October. The 53-year-old Londoner is best known for fronting M People since 1990 but has also released two solo albums, 2000’s Proud, a No 12 hit, and 2006’s Close to a Miracle, a No 57. Tickets cost £28. Sam Lavery will be supporting. For details, go to tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk
• Savage Messiah are on at Newcastle’s O2 Academy 2 next Tuesday, April 17. The heavy metal quartet, formed in London in 2007, are on tour to promote their fourth album, Hands of Fate, released in October last year as a follow-up to 2014’s The Fateful Dark but yet to chart. Tickets cost £8.45. The Raven Age will be supporting. For details, go to academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle
• Pop veterans the Hollies return to the Sage Gateshead tomorrow, April 14. The band, formed in Manchester in 1962, have a string of hit singles to their name including He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, a No 3 in 1969 and No 1 in 1988, and The Air That I Breathe, a No 2 in 1974. Tickets cost £35.40 or £30.50. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com
• 1980s pop star Kim Wilde is back on the road, and she’ll be at the Sage Gateshead on Monday, April 16. The Middlesex-born 57-year-old, most famous for her 1981 debut single Kids in America, a No 2 hit, is on tour to promote her 14th album, Here Come the Aliens. A No 21 hit released last month, it was her first LP for five years and her first to chart since 1992’s Love Is, also a No 21. Tickets cost £35.40, £32.20 or £27.30. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com
• Pop veteran Bryan Ferry is playing at Newcastle City Hall on Sunday, April 15. The Roxy Music frontman has no new material to promote, his last solo album being 2014’s Avonmore, a No 19 hit, so will instead be singing songs from throughout a back catalogue stretching back to the early 1970s. Tickets to see the Washington-born 72-year-old cost from £41.50. Juanita Stein will be supporting. For details, go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk
• The 2000 musical Thoroughly Modern Millie is being staged at the Sunderland Empire until tomorrow, April 14. Written by Jeanine Tesori, Dick Scanlan and Richard Morris, it’s based on the 1967 Julie Andrews film of the same name. Tickets to see the show, starring Hayley Tamaddon, cost £13.50 to £44, plus fees. For details, go to www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
• Welsh singer-songwriter Bryde, alias Sarah Howells, is playing at the Cluny 2 in Newcastle on Sunday, April 15, to promote her debut album under that pseudonym, Like an Island, released today, April 13. Tickets to see the Pembrokeshire-born singer, also half of the folk-pop duo Paper Aeroplanes, cost £8. For details, go to thecluny.com or www.brydemusic.com