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What to do this week

The online events, gigs and exhibitions you don’t want to miss

Written by High Life North
Published 27.02.2021

By Becky Hardy


BALTIC Open Submission Exhibition

Celebrating North East creativity in all its forms, BALTIC’s annual open submission received more than 540 entires during the summer when the gallery was closed. Now you can see 150 of the best with a 3D virtual tour of the exhibition on their website. From painting, drawing and sculpture to print, ceramics and video and sound installations, you won’t be disappointed.

Take the 3D virtual tour here



Carl Hutchinson Live (Kind Of…)

Determined to keep the flame of live comedy alive (kind of), Geordie funnyman Carl Hutchinson returns to the stage in this live stream that promises to deliver nearly all the hilarity of the real thing, (it is on YouTube, after all). After many years of sell-out shows on the North East’s comedy circuit, you can bet Carl has plenty of funny tales to tell – all in his unique and characteristically affable style.

Tickets: £5.00

Buy tickets here




Maximo Park

To celebrate the release of their brand new album, Nature Always Wins, Geordie alt-rockers Maximo Park will play an exclusive live-streamed show from Newcastle’s Riverside. The first chance to hear songs from the new album live – as well as a selection of their biggest hits – fans would be daft to miss it.

Tickets: £10.00

Buy tickets here



The Riviera Quartet

Fancy lounging on the beach at Saint Tropez with a margarita in your hands, listening to lazy jazz and the gentle murmuring of the waves lapping the shore? Yeah, us too. But while international travel is still a little way off, we can bring a slice of old-school French Riviera life to you, thanks to the endless talent of The Riviera Quartet – who will be blending a jazzy cocktail of bebop, hard-driving blues and Latin-infused originals to recreate the sounds of the 1960s’ ‘jet set’ in this livestream from The Globe.

Tickets: £7.50, £15.00, £20.00

Buy tickets here


Sofar Sounds International Women’s Day Livestream

Ok, you’re going to have to take our word for this one, because the line up is yet to be announced. But what we can tell you with much certainty is this: Sofar Sounds never disappoint. Broadcasting live (and free via Facebook) from one of our fave indie venues, Gosforth Civic Theatre, this International Women’s Day special will feature three of the most exciting musicians on the North East circuit right now. Don’t miss it.

Check out the event here


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