Here’s our seventh round-up of concerts, plays and other shows on in the North East over the next week.
Another will follow next Thursday.
• US pop-rock group Imagine Dragons, pictured, are playing at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday. The four-piece act are on tour to promote their second album, Smoke and Mirrors, a chart-topper over here following its release in February. Tickets to see the Nevada band, formed in 2008, cost £30. Sunset Sons will be supporting. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk
• Shrek: The Musical, a stage show based on the four animated DreamWorks films released between 2001 and 2010 about an ogre voiced by Mike Myers, can be seen at the Sunderland Empire until Sunday, November 22. Tickets for the hit show’s 11-day run cost £10 to £49.50, plus fees. For details, go to www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
• Happy Mondays are playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Saturday. The alternative rock act, formed in Manchester in 1980 and reunited in 2012 after a series of splits, are on the road to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of their third album, Pills’n’Thrills and Bellyaches, a No 4 hit in 1990. Tickets to see the band, still fronted by Shaun Ryder, also of Black Grape, cost £32.06. Alias Kid will be playing a support slot. For details, go to www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk
• Sunderland bluesman Trevor Sewell will be launching his latest album, Hollow, with a show at the Cluny in Newcastle tomorrow night. Wily Bo Walker and Matty Oliver will play support slots. Tickets cost £8. For details, go to www.thecluny.com or www.trevorsewell.com
• Singer-songwriter Lucy Rose is paying a visit to Think Tank in Newcastle tonight to plug her second album, Work it Out, a No 9 hit upon its release in July. Tickets to see the Surrey-born 26-year-old at the Riverside venue cost £16.90. Flyte and C Duncan will be supporting. For details, go to www.thinktanknewcastle.com
• Singer-songwriter Frank Turner can be seen at Newcastle University’s students’ union on Saturday. The 33-year-old, born in the Gulf state of Bahrain but brought up in Hampshire, is on the road to promote his sixth album, Positive Songs for Negative People, a No 2 hit following its release in August. Tickets, priced £25, have long since sold out but might be available from other sources at much-marked-up prices. Skinny Lister and Will Varley will be supporting. Go to www.nusu.co.uk/social/gigsandclubs or frank-turner.com/home for details.
• Northumbrian folk quartet Kathryn Tickell and the Side can be seen at Playhouse Whitley Bay on Monday. Tickets to see the act – made up of pipe and fiddle player Tickell, harpist Ruth Wall, cellist Louisa Tuck and accordionist Amy Thatcher – cost £17.50. For details, go to www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk