Here’s our second round-up of 2018 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including gigs by Roger Chapman and To Kill a King.
Next week’s will follow next Friday, January 19.
• Rock veteran Roger Chapman and his old band Family are playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy next Thursday, January 18. The four-piece band, formed in Hertfordshire in 2015, released their debut album, 100, in August 2016, notching up a No 13 hit. Three of Family’s seven albums made the top 10 – Family Entertainment, a No 6 in 1969, and 1970’s A Song for Me and Anyway, a No 4 and No 7 respectively – and they also notched up one top 10 single, In My Own Time, a No 4 in 1971. Tickets to see the Leicestershire-born 75-year-old and his sidekicks cost £32.75 or £34.25. Edgar Broughton will be supporting. For details, go to academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle
• The Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Ray McVay, return to the Sage Gateshead on Sunday, January 14, accompanied by the Polka Dot Dolls and Swing Time Jivers. Tickets to see the orchestra, formed in 1988 by Renfrewshire-born McVay,cost £28.30 or £26.20. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com
• Comedian John Bishop is bringing his latest stand-up tour, his first for three years, to the Sunderland Empire tonight and tomorrow, January 12 and 13. Tickets to see the 51-year-old Merseysider, best known for TV shows including John Bishop’s Britain and the John Bishop Show, cost £43. For details, go to www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
• The Cluny 2 in Newcastle is hosting a benefit concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday, January 14. Martha Hill, the Great and the Magnificent, Penguin and Twist Helix are among those on the bill. Tickets are £5. For details, go to thecluny.com
• This year’s Christmas pantomime at Newcastle Theatre Royal, Peter Pan, runs until Sunday, January 21. Tickets to see the festive show – starring Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward – cost from £13. For details, go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk
• Folk-rock act To Kill a King are on at the Cluny in Newcastle on Monday, January 15. The five-piece band, formed in London in 2009, though originally known as Kid iD, are on tour to promote their third album, The Spiritual Dark Age, out today, January 12, as a follow-up to their self-titled second LP, released in 2015. Tickets cost £10. For details, go to thecluny.com
• A double bill of classic rock tribute acts is on offer at the Riverside in Newcastle tomorrow, January 13. Live/Wire will be playing the songs of AC/DC, and Limehouse Lizzy will be running through the back catalogue of Thin Lizzy. Tickets cost £20. For details, go to www.riversidenewcastle.co.uk/live-events