Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (left) attend a press conference where they announced that they will produce a record to help fight Ebola

Is Band Aid is need of a re-tune? Why charity singles don't always sound the right note

Northumbria University academic  Dr Lee Barron looks at the place of charity singles in popular culture

Nostalgia: Records getting back in the groove

The return of the vinyl LP is not just a nostalgic interlude, but a change in buying habits that is music to the ears of the region's independent record stores

stars, solar system, night sky, stargazing, astronomy

Poet and composer inspired by the solar system

Two major artistic talents - a poet and an electronic music pioneer - join forces tomorrow for a new solar system-inspired ‘sound journey’ called Edge

Stevenage 1 Carlisle United 0

STEVENAGE hauled themselves right back into the play-off mix as they subjected Carlisle to their second consecutive defeat to keep things tight at the top as the race for sixth spot gathers pace.


Tuesday's morning bulletin

Jobs under threat at entertainment retailer ChoicesUK; Housebuilder Persimmon posts better than expected results; Owner of music publisher Chrysalis is to review his stake in the business.

Galaxy switches over to Global

Radio stations including Galaxy North-East were sold for £170m yesterday in a deal involving ex-ITV chief exec Charles Allen.

I WAS watching something about Jimi Hendrix the other night and it had loads of people talking about their best rock ’n‘ roll memories.

They had Jimi setting fire to guitars and the Hells Angels causing carnage at the 1969 Altamont festival.

Contraband snatched

Customs officers have seized almost 14,000 cigarettes from a house in County Durham.

Treat for Suede fans

Having never heard of Brett Anderson before going to the gig, it would be unfair to say I had any preconceptions as to what the performance would be like.

Small talk

Is Luc Besson's latest film, Arthur And The Invisibles, small fry or big time?

Get it on

There is much excitement in the Marc Bolan camp. Next year sees the 30th anniversary of the glam rock singer's death and the fan club is busy preparing events to commemorate the date.

Sinatra first to No1 spot

With the help of the Official UK Charts Company, we get in the groove to present some head-spinning facts about No1 albums during the last half-century.

Glam rock icons – the story of Slade

Parodied by Vic Reeves, covered by Oasis and forever known for screeching "It's CHRISSSTMASSSS ..." Slade have been a part of British cultural history for 30 years.

Art that stopped the traffic

David Bomberg is one of Britain's most important 20th Century artists.

teaser, The Tweenies

Tweenies are the Fab Four

Among three-year-olds Bella, Fizz, Jake and Milo trip off the tongue as easy as the names John, Paul, George and Ringo do with Beatles fans.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
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Business Editor
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Newcastle United Editor
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Sports Writer