It's getting near Christmas so the whole entertainment landscape is starting to change in Newcastle. Theatre especially, has got into the festive spirit with all the panto's and Christmas themed shows. Local musicians are releasing charity singles, and collaborating on charity albums, because that's the kind of people we are up here! So before I go ahead with what's on, I'll just let you know about some great music you can buy, and at the same time, raise money for a good cause.
Tiny Lights Recordings has gathered local musicians together to record ‘Silent Night, Tiny Lights’, released on 16th November which features a host of new Christmas songs and a few old festive classics. There’s a host of awesome contributors to the album, including Playlounge,Fawn Spots, The Union Choir, Tissue Culture, The Railway Club, John Egdell, The Lake Poets, Natasha Haws and many more. I've got it and its really rather good, and makes a change from the usual Chistmas recordings we hear every year. You can download and/ or order the CD from this website and by doing that you will contribute to to Smile for Life, a wonderful North East charity which is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of children, who cannot get help from the larger national charities. So now to what's on, and what I will be blethering on about on NE1FM on Thursday 29th November.
Thursday 29th November
Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at The Cluny ..flamboyant individualist drumming from ex Cream, Blind Faith member, collaborator with Gary Moore and world music enthusiast Ginger Baker.
Electric Boys at Trillians
Russ Tippins Electric Band at Wardles, Hebburn.
Friday 30th November
The Lake Poets launch their single "Rain" with O' Messy Life and Crooked Hands at the Old Town Hall Gateshead.
A Lake Poet and a ship.
Saturday 1st December
Rizzle Kicks at O2 Academy
Stan at the Brandling Villa playing rocking power pop the way it should be! I like them, you can tell can't you? Only found out about this after I got my Lovely Eggs tickets, no matter, say hello to them for me. Tell 'em Jo who went to the Cavern with them told you to come!
The Lovely Eggs at The Head of Steam..a band after my own heart...rather like me (except better) they like to make songs of many different kinds, lengths, and varying degrees of seriousness or lack of it. It will be a fun gig. So I'm going. New album can be ordered here.
Monday 3rd December
Gentleman's Dub Club at the Cluny. Dub, ska, roots reggae, should be a canny party.
Tuesday 4th December
Rancid at the O2 Academy, sort of punk, but American. I kind of like them.
Mumford and Sons at the Metro Radio Arena..a few tickets left, and there will probably be some become available on the day. Don't be ripped off by online sellers! Buy in cash in person at the box office if you can.
Wednesday 5th December
Orbital at O2 Academy Newcastle
Steve Vai legendary axeman at Newcastle City Hall
Inme at the Cluny New album, "The Pride" out now.
Friday 7th December
Uberbyte at Legends, mixing up their genres and getting seriously radio friendly. EBM crazies getting dangerously close to dubstep and EDM. Get your tickets here.
Sex Pistols Experience (tribute) and Rebel Truce (tribute to The Clash) at the O2 Academy
The Human League at The City Hall, Newcastle. Guaranteed end to end hits. Phil Oakey, Joanne Catherall and Susan Sully will make this a night to remember. Yes, I'm going, again.
Saturday 8th December
The Complete Stone Roses ( another tribute) + Pete McLeod at O2 Academy
Pop up Shop tour with Squeeze and Paul Heaton at the City Hall, Newcastle.
Charge of the Mad Brigade! Madness at the Metro Radio Arena. This will be good, but I've got a date elsewhere.
China Shop Bull and Big Beat Bronson at Hoults Yard, Ouseburn. Whoa I just opened that website, that music is massive! Ow me ears...that bass! Good stuff!
Junior Turner at Tynemouth Priory. (Buy tickets, £5) Debut album "Under Scrutiny" out now. Young Mr Turner has had great success in 2010with a Children in Need single " The Impossible Dream" and he also was asked in 2011 if Help For Heroes could adopt his song "Say Goodbye", which went on to sell over 300000 copies, raising over £250k. He is now signed by Starfighter Records and the only way is up. You can buy his album here. I'm enjoying the album, especially the song, Loveblind.
Junior Turner Debut Album
Sunday 9th December
Longsands at the The Cluny, good proper anthemic songs! With support from Smokin' Barrels! Get tickets here.
Wednesday 12th December
Status Quo at the Sage, Gateshead. A seriously festive night with the Quo. I took my son last year and it was excellent.
Thursday 13th December
NARC Stars In Their Eyes at The Cluny .Tiny Lights Band as Bruce Springsteen, The Lake Poets as Green Day, Bonsai Five as Supper Furry Animals. You get the idea!
Soul Sister: (trailer) a musical about the life of Ike and Tina Turner with critically acclaimed Emi Wokoma belting out the hits and doing a convincing Tina. At the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre on Westgate Road.
Its Pantomime season!
Aladdin at the Theatre Royal until the 19th January. Starring Clive Webb, Danny Adams, and Chris Hayward.
Aladdin at the Theatre Royal
Jack and The Beanstalk at Dance City. From 5th to 8th December. The story is told through aerial acrobatic dance...expect ropes, ribbons and hoops, and some great skill.
The Little Detective Agency and the Case of the Festive Thief. For children under 7 and their confused adults. Watch as the children solve the mystery hidden in Grandma's house. At Northern Stage until the 15th January.
Also at Northern Stage from 3rd to the 29th December: The Borrowers, the story of the tiny people who live, for now, undiscovered amongst the "human beans".
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood by Newcastle Panto Company in my experience, great value panto and good fun. We went last year and had a great time! From 7th December until 6th January.
Snow White by Phillip Meeks at the People's Theatre in Jesmond. Another way of enjoying panto without breaking the bank. On from Sunday 8th December until Sunday 16th December.