Here’s our 12th round-up of concerts, plays and other shows on in the North East over the next week.
Another will follow next Thursday, Christmas Eve.
• Indie rock veterans the Charlatans, pictured, are on at Newcastle’s O2 Academy tonight. The group, formed in the West Midlands in 1989, are on the road to promote their 12th album, Modern Nature, a No 7 hit following its release in January, their first top 10 entry since 2006’s Simpatico. Those two LPs are among nine by the band, fronted by Tim Burgess, to have hit the top 10, including three chart-toppers – 1990’s Some Friendly, 1995’s self-titled fourth album and 1997’s Tellin’ Stories. Tickets cost £30.93. For details, go to www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle or www.thecharlatans.net
• Newcastle funk and soul act Smoove and Turrell are hosting a Christmas party at the Sage Gateshead tomorrow night. The band – formed by Jonathan Scott Watson, alias Smoove, and John Turrell in 2007 – are planning to release their fourth album next year. Wearside indie pop duo Hyde and Beast – alias Dave Hyde, also of the Futureheads, and Neil Bassett, previously of the Golden Virgins – are on the bill for tomorrow’s seasonal show too, as are Grey Tapes. Tickets cost £24.50. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• John Bramwell can be seen at the Cluny in Newcastle tomorrow night. The Cheshire-born 51-year-old, frontman of the veteran alternative rock act I Am Kloot, is nearing the end of his first solo tour to promote a forthcoming EP, to be called Leave Alone the Empty Spaces. Tickets cost £16. For details, go to www.thecluny.com or www.johnbramwell.com
• Wearside roots-rock act Martin Stephenson and the Daintees are playing at Newcastle City Hall on Saturday night. Tickets to see Durham City-born Stephenson, 54, and his backing band cost £18. Helen McCookerybook and El Cid will be supporting. For details, go to newcastlecityhall.org or www.daintees.co.uk
• The Osmonds are bringing a festive tribute to easy-listening legend Andy Williams to Newcastle City Hall on Sunday. Tickets to see the US vocal act, formed in 1958, cost £27.50 to £150. Irish comedian Jimmy Cricket and the Moon River Singers will be supporting. For details, go to newcastlecityhall.org
• This year’s pantomime at North Tyneside’s Playhouse Whitley Bay, a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, can be seen until Sunday, January 3. Tickets to see the seasonal show, starring Steps singer Faye Tozer and Wallsend comedian Steve Walls, at the Marine Avenue venue cost £14 to £20. For details, go to www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk
• The Sunderland Empire’s panto this year, a take on Aladdin, can be also be seen until Sunday, January 3. Tickets to see the festive production, starring Coronation Street actor Terence Maynard, at the High Street West theatre cost £15.75 to £36.25. For details, go to www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire