Here’s our 10th round-up of concerts, plays and other shows on in the North East over the next week.
Another will follow next Thursday.
• Pop veterans Duran Duran are returning to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday night. The new romantics, pictured, are on the road to promote their 14th album, Paper Gods, a No 5 hit following its release in September. Tickets to see the band, formed in Birmingham in 1978, cost £35 to £65. Seal and the Bloom Twins will be supporting. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk
• A hat-trick of veteran hard rock acts is on offer at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena next Wednesday. Whitesnake and Def Leppard will be co-headlining, and Black Star Riders will play a support slot. Whitesnake, formed in Middlesbrough in 1978 and reunited in 2002 after splitting up in 1990, released The Purple Album, their 12th LP, in May, yielding their first top 20 hit since 2008. Def Leppard, formed in Sheffield in 1977, released their self-titled 11th album last month, scoring a No 11 hit. Tickets cost £45. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk
• South Tyneside comedian Chris Ramsey will be making mirth at Newcastle City Hall tomorrow night. Tickets to see the South Shields-born 29-year-old, one of the stars of the BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, cost £17.50. For details, go to newcastlecityhall.org
• The Darkness can be seen at Newcastle’s O2 Academy tomorrow night. The quartet, formed in Suffolk in 2000 and reunited in 2011 after splitting up five years previously, are on tour to plug their fourth album, Last of Our Kind, a No 12 hit following its release in May. Tickets cost £28.12. These Raven Skies and the River 68s are also on the bill. For details, go to www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle
• Television comedian Matt Berry, currently to be seen in Toast of London on Channel 4, is playing at Think Tank in Newcastle tomorrow night with his backing band the Maypoles. Tickets to see the Bedfordshire-born 41-year-old, also one of the stars of the Channel 4 hit The IT Crowd, at the Riverside venue cost £19.25. For details, go to www.thinktanknewcastle.com
• Aynsley Lister will be playing the blues at the Cluny in Newcastle on Saturday night. Tickets to see the Leicestershire-born 39-year-old cost £13. For details, go to www.thecluny.com or www.aynsleylister.co.uk
• Folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span, best known for All Around My Hat, a No 5 hit single in 1975, are playing at the Sage Gateshead tonight. Tickets to see the band, formed in 1969 and reunited in 1980 after two years apart, cost £21 or £26. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com