The Delegators' Jumpin Hot gig offers support for firefighters

A gig in support of the region's firefighters and legendary Clash singer Joe Strummer, is taking place on Saturday at The Cluny

Dealmakers toast Head of Steam pubs takeover

Camerons Brewery acquires well-known Newcastle group

Charity night at The Cluny helps out The Bubble Foundation

Scores of people watched the Smokin Spitfires perform at The Cluny in aid of the Bubble Foundation

Preview: Jesterval brings laughs to Baltic Square, Gateshead

A crowd of comedy is coming to Tyneside this week as Jesterval beds itself in. Sam Wonfor finds out more from chief organiser Della Haq

Jumpin Hot Club launches inaugural festival

The Jumping and Hot Club is all set for its first boutique festival - The Jumpin Hot Jamboree. Sam Wonfor has the details

Emily Maguire is making the most of her many talents

Anyone imagining the only way to a music career is via The X Factor should take a leaf out of Emily Maguire’s book

Where would Britain be without the pub?

The pressures currently facing pubs threaten this important piece in the fabric of British life

The Cluny explores flavour and an age old question

Ageing does different things to different people. Usually regarded as a negative loss of youth, it actually seems to bring out the best in some folk

Terrorvision and Black Star Riders frontmen go acoustic

Two of the loudest men in rock promise a more placid summer set in Newcastle, reports Simon Rushworth

Preview: Vintage Trouble at Metro Radio Arena

Vintage Trouble will play two shows in one night in Newcastle tonight as their race towards rock ‘n’ roll stardom gathers pace

Preview: Reggae band Misty In Roots to play Newcastle

Reggae legends Misty In Roots play Newcastle this weekend. Matt McKenzie will be there

Flytes make light work of pleasing audiences

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DESPITE full-time jobs and a jam-packed schedule, the lads who are The Flytes find time to perform on the streets of Newcastle, strumming out melodies for the chilly shoppers who stop to hear them.

Gap year for teacher to hobnob with band

A NORTHUMBERLAND teacher has proved to her students that she definitely rocks by taking a break from the classroom to get close to one of the music world’s trendiest bands.

Radio Newcastle presenter Steve Drayton gives his My Place.

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STEVE is the Afternoon Show producer for BBC Radio Newcastle. Steve is also part of the long-running comedy duo The Big Fun Club with showbiz partner Rob Walton.

Yellow Moon shining

IF you have never experienced theatre-in-the-round before, I heartily recommend it.

Sohodolls are Lords of glam rock

HANDS up if you remember a band called The Lords of the New Church .

Autumn harvest

WHILE the open-air festivals appear to grow in number with each passing year, August is traditionally the quiet month for indoor events on the roots scene.

Honeyboy is truly a legend

NOWADAYS the term legendary, significantly diluted by overuse and often applied to some moderately successful musicians, has all but lost its true meaning.

Blues to hit the fields

FESTIVAL frenzy is in full flight, and the 15th Stanley Blues Festival gets into action tomorrow.

The Locals - The North East Music Scene

Residing at The Station, in Whitley Bay, last month saw the birth of Born Snapped, and like a newborn baby being yanked kicking and screaming into the world, so did the new night of local musical offerings.

The Locals - North East music scene

THIS week GARY BECKWITH takes a look at the busy going on on the local music scene including the Ouseburn Festival extravaganza.

Reggae legend going strong

ONE of the biggest names in reggae is on Tyneside tomorrow.

’Milo head up festival that’s Ous-ing talent

IF you ever want to look at exactly how rapidly Newcastle is evolving in the 21st century, then the Ouseburn area of the city would be a good place to start.

Keeping Cajun sounds alive

TO CONTINUE last week’s accordion theme, a quintet from Lafayette, Louisiana, gets the chance to prove just how important that instrument is in the world of Cajun music.

Round comes full circle

The North-East's first theatre-in-the-round is to open in Newcastle next month.

Fans Toon into popular gigs

It is probably fair to say the accordion, despite a worldwide presence, is not one of the coolest instruments on the music scene.

Blowing their own trumpet

I suppose this article is proof that the self-publicising ways of Blah Blah Blah are paying off.

Southern-style rock and roll

New Orleans is the undisputed birthplace of jazz. However, in the 50s, 60s and 70s it held a pivotal role in the establishment of rock and roll, rhythm and blues etc.

Taster of a great event

This week saw the launch of this year's Ouseburn Festival with a sneak peak at the Cumberland Arms in Byker at some of the live music acts which will perform at the event as well as highlighting what takes place over the summer weekend.

Festival plans to leave valley brimful of fun

A valley in the heart of Newcastle will fill with music, art and street entertainment as an annual festival broadens its horizons this year.

Best of urban beat

The UK's first summer festival starts tomorrow and it's on the doorstep.

Ban puts old-style pubs under cloud

With the smoking ban in England now less than seven weeks away, is the business community geared up for the changes this will bring?

My Place

Award-winning photographer David Glen Walker speaks to the Journal on his My Place.

A family to Harp on about

There's a double helping of Harpers next week, with Roy Harper appearing at The Sage on Tuesday closely followed by his son Nick at The Cluny on Thursday.

Savoretti at The Cluny

Radio 2 darling Jack Savoretti will be playing The Cluny on May 14.

Band get their fans in a spin

A gig at the Head of Steam on Tuesday night proved to be a tad unusual, as around half the audience seemed to be from out of town.

Shooter fast on the draw

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Living up to expectations can be a real incentive or it can prove the most onerous of responsibilities.

Lucky's switch in fortune

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Next Friday's guest at The Cluny in Ouseburn, Newcastle, was born lucky !

The Locals

After the sell-out success of Hot Club de Paris, Fields have been confirmed as the next band to play The JD Set at The Cluny, Byker on Tuesday, April 10.

The Locals

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At least once a week I'm meant to fill this column with informative and entertaining information for the good readers out there keen to keep a grasp on the local North East music scene.


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