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Bryan Ferry makes his debut as Culture cover boy this month ahead of a May gig at Newcastle City Hall.
Inside he reminisces about his student days in the city. Back then he had to earn ‘pocket money’ in a tailor’s and could make a small beer last five hours.
How times change! Ferry made the grade, made his fortune with Roxy Music and blazed a trail which others have been trying to follow ever since.
Also in this month’s issue you will be introduced to some of the up-and-coming North East bands who will be performing at Evolution Emerging – and also a folk group called Pons Aelius, award winners at Celtic Connections.
They’re going places but you can catch them at the Hexham Gathering in May.
There are those eager to make a mark and those who were snatched away before realising their full potential.
Poet and playwright – and all-round good egg – Julia Darling passed away 10 years ago, although it doesn’t seem that long.
Live Theatre, where she was a writer-in-residence, remember her this month with a series of new plays inspired by her work. We also remember her in this month’s issue, delving into The Journal’s cuttings library.
You’ll find a refreshingly summery flavour to this month’s magazine. There’s a list of festivals for you to mark on the calendar and in our Taste section we pick out some beer gardens where good times might be had.
We also take an extended look at increasingly busy and popular Beamish where the past is alive and kicking.
Finally, via this First Say column, Culture passes on its best wishes to two of the biggest players on the North East arts scene – not artists or performers but men who have provided a platform for plenty of them
Anthony Sargent steps down from Sage Gateshead in May, having seen the project from drawing board to world renown, and Godfrey Worsdale is to leave BALTIC in July to head the Henry Moore Foundation. Both will be missed in the North East.