Local Music

The British music industry contributed £6.7 billion to the UK economy in 2022. Yet, according to the Music Venue Trust, 66 venues have closed in the last 12 months. But why and what can be done? The origins of this crisis are due to rent increases with 125 UK venues abandoning live music in the […]

I saw ‘Bring Me The Horizon’ for the first time on tour on January 16 2024 at Newcastle Utilita Arena – they simply did not disappoint. This tour had three different support acts, the first support act was Staticdress, second was Cassyette and third was Bad Omens. Since the tour I have had Cassyette on […]

Indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs will be the headline act as Soundwave festival returns to Seaton Carew for the second year. After Bastille set the town alight for the event’s maiden year last summer with over 5,000 people gathering by the sea, and on the back of the incredible success, organisers worked hard to lock […]

Camel Island pictured above [Jay Morris, William Gofton, Daniel Taylor, Alex Lipanov] (Credit: Jake Granlund)  North East band Camel Island claims that the global pandemic COVID-19 put a “pause” on their musical progression.  The band, formerly known as Bottle Rocket, won the Young Performer category at the 2019 Best of South Tyneside Awards, but have […]

Written by Peter Doherty and Floyd Cordelia The annual WAVES festival hit Sunderland’s shores on Saturday, November 11. Sweeping up the city’s venues, WAVES fest attendees made their way through the streets of Sunderland city to catch the best that the North East and its surrounding areas had to offer. The morning sun set the chilled […]

REVIEW On October 26, a thunderous rumbling could be felt all throughout Sunderland, emanating from the hub of all things alternative as ‘Goth Christmas’ shook the foundations of Life of Riley. Teaming up to melt some faces were Rituals, coming off the back of playing Download Festival 2023 and Sorrow, an unstoppable force from Sunderland. […]

Kubix Festival have announced that Busted will headline Sunderland’s biggest Pop Party on Saturday 13th July 2024 as part of their series of huge outdoor UK shows in 2024. Following on from a sell-out UK arena tour, and with their greatest hits recently reaching number 1 in the UK, Busted will have Herrington Country Park […]

Since the lockdown struck in March 2020, perhaps no industry has been hit as hard as the hospitality industry throughout the North East. Before the pandemic, 7.1% of total UK employment was in the hospitality industry while in the two years following the lockdown around £115 billion in expected sales was lost. Local businesses like […]


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