A former University of Sunderland student has reached number two in the music charts after his debut release. Nathan Brown, from Ryhope, Sunderland had his first single released earlier this month after signing with Italian record label DPE. His two track EP went to number two in the Beatport electronic music chart. The single ‘I […]

Small music venues are in crisis, according to the Music Venue Trust, 66 venues have closed in the last 12 months. However, we at Spark believe they need celebrating. As part of this we went to Cobalt Studios and asked them why they love their venue and why you should too. One of the reasons […]

Hey guys I’m LNX an upcoming artist from Manchester and my main genre overall I’d say is pop but I do like experimenting with different styles and genres too. My inspiration as an artist is my passion for music since I was a kid remembering all the lyrics to my favourite songs on the radio […]

In the last decade-and-a-half, there has been an explosion in the popularity of vinyl records. But who are the people fuelling the vinyl revival? Callum Rowe investigates. 

North East venue Bobiks has announced its closure after over four years. The closure comes after the Punch Bowl Hotel (which houses the venue) in Jesmond has recently changed operators from Frank & Bird to local Mexican restaurant Birria Bella. Bobiks themselves have given the reason for the closure as the music venue  “doesn’t fit […]

By Erin Jardine Divine Image are a six-piece hardcore metal band from Sunderland, who describe themselves as “defying genre boundaries” and creating a “harsh, groovy wall of sound.” And it’s true that although they do a lot of heavy guitar riffing, they also have an atmospheric tone, reminiscent of Realm Of Torment and Xnomad. Divine […]

By Arley Armfield This month two masterful Madchester-era heavyweights resurfaced: Liam Gallagher, the powerful voice of Oasis, and Liam’s hero, John Squire of The Stone Roses. This unlikely duo formed after Squire’s search for a singer in the summer of 2023 ended up when Squire supported Gallagher at the sold-out Knebworth gigs, playing a mesmerising […]

A rise in the top 40 artists releasing more music on vinyl is helping independent shops to flourish in a time when high street footfall is at the lowest it has ever been.  According to the ERA (Entertainment Retail Association), 36.7% of total physical music sales last year were in independent shops.  This rise is […]

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