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The Sage Gateshead Music Centre with the Baltic

Review: John Wilson Orchestra at The Sage Gateshead

The John Wilson Orchestra played to a packed Hall One of Sage Gateshead. Kieran Gill was there to catch the show led by Gateshead-born John Wilson

Dan Brown and David Shipman sample some of the craft beers at Brew Dog Birmingham

Can craft beer ever become mainstream?

Craft beer is becoming ever more popular. Richard Fletcher gives his thoughts on if it will ever become mainstream

Peace & Loaf restaurant in Jesmond

Secret Diner Review: Peace & Loaf, 217 Jesmond Road, Newcastle

A new restaurant headed by former Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Dave Coulson gets the Secret Diner's seal of approval

Newcastle City Hall

Review: Mott the Hoople at Newcastle City Hall

It may be the best part of four decades since Mott The Hoople last played the City Hall but loyalty knows no bounds where these glam rock heroes are concerned


Review: Stereophonics at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Blue strobe lighting and billows of red smoke is how Kelly Jones and his band opened the gig to coincide with their eighth album release

Sage Gateshead Music Centre

Review: Television at the Sage Gateshead

Church bells ring, then Tom Verlaine leads his Television on.They tune up, perhaps unaware given their sporadic live appearances over these past four decades

Bryan Ferry performs at The Sage Gateshead

Review: Bryan Ferry at The Sage Gateshead

Overheard on the way out of the Sage on Sunday night: "I think I'll put my bus pass back in the drawer. Fantastic!"

Sunderland Empire

Review: La Boheme and Aida at Sunderland Empire

Dick Godfrey caught two of opera's greats at Sunderland Empire during their seven-month tour

Milan restaurant in Wooler

Secret Diner Review: Milan, 2 High Street, Wooler, Northumberland

This week the Secret Diner finds out just how far away Milan is from rural Northumberland

Bertram and his fellow squaddies in All's Well That Ends Well

Review: All's Well That Ends Well at Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Royal Shakespeare Company may well have saved the best of its Newcastle season till last

The Boomtown Rats

Review: Boomtown Rats at 02 Academy Newcastle

The faux-snakeskin suit was brought out of retirement as Bob Geldof and his bandmates turned back the clock at the 02 Academy

Paloma Faith performed at the Sage Gateshead backed by a 42-piece orchestra

Review: Paloma Faith at The Sage Gateshead

The Guy Barker Orchestra did a marvellous job of backing chart-topping singer Paloma Faith at The Sage as Mercedes Broadbent found out

Dabbawal restaurant in Jesmond

Secret Diner Review: Dabbawal, Newcastle and Jesmond

Not many restaurants get second chances with The Secret Diner, however, having two branches, Dabbawal is one such establishment

Comedian Jason Manford

Review: Jason Manford: First World Problems, Newcastle City Hall

Popular comic Jason Manford serves up an evening of two halves on Tyneside as Erin Kerr finds out

Midge Ure performing live

Review: Midge Ure, The Sage Gateshead

Ultravox frontman and Band Aid legend Midge Ure was at The Sage Gateshead. Charlie Taverner went to see the man in action

Crosby Stills and Nash

Review: Crosby Stills and Nash at The Sage Gateshead

Matt McKenzie went along to The Sage Gateshead to catch rock supergroup Crosby Stills and Nash

Spike performing with The Quireboys

Review: The Quireboys at Newcastle 02 Academy

Spike and the lads in The Quireboys cut a professional dash on stage as Simon Rushworth found out

The Trent House Pub in Newcastle

Review: Gee, It’s Great To Be Here, Trent House, Leazes Lane, Newcastle

Ed Waugh reviews Steve Burbridge's Gee, It’s Great To Be Here at the Trent House in Newcastle

Rachel Gay as Charlie in The Noise at Northern Stage

Review: The Noise at Northern Stage, Newcastle

Barbara Hodgson takes in the premiere of "sci-conspiracy" thriller The Noise at Northern Stage, Newcastle

A scene from Dancing at Lughnasa at the People's Theatre, Newcastle

Review: Dancing at Lughnasa, People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Mark Summers catches Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa which is being performed this week at the People's Theatre in Newcastle

Videos & Photos

Culture Awards 2014: Hyde and Beast perform

Culture Awards Alumni Gallery: Class of 2014

Culture Awards Alumni: The Class of 2006

The Journal Culture Awards 2007 at the Northern Stage 31 March 2008 - Hairspray medley by Newcastle College

Culture Awards Alumni: The Class of 2007



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