Play Hard

16 North East gigs to book now

Written by Laura Kingston
Published 03.04.2021

By Becky Hardy

HOLY MOLY AND THE CRACKERS 

When? 23rd April

Where? LIVESTREAM from Sage Gateshead

The first and (hopefully) only full-band livestream from these fiery folk-rockers, you can bet HMATC are going to pull out all the stops.

Tickets: From £8.80 here

SAM FENDER

When? 1st May

Where? Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Rescheduled from April 2020, Sam’s biggest homecoming gig to date will be one to remember.

Tickets: £32.25 here

WOMEN ARE MINT FESTIVAL 2021  

When? 14th–16th May

Where? LIVESTREAM from Cobalt Studios, Newcastle  

Our favourite three-day celebration of women in music is back, although this year it’s sticking to online performances. But with the likes of Kay Greyson, Beccy Owen and Cortney Dixon on the line up, you’re not gonna wanna miss it.

Tickets: Ok, so this one isn’t exactly one to ‘book now’ – you’ll get a link on the day and tickets are on a pay-what-you-feel basis. We just really didn’t want you to miss it! See more here 

 

GLASTONBURY

When? 22nd May

Where? LIVESTREAM from Worthy Farm

This uninterrupted five-hour production has been designed to resemble ‘one continuous wild night’ at the festival. With performances from Coldplay, Haim and Wolf Alice, you’ll almost feel like you’re really there. Almost.

Tickets: £20.00

 

 

 

CHANTEL MCGREGOR

When? 21st June

Where? The Cluny, Newcastle

At 14, Chantel was told by major labels that she ‘had a great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that’. Wisely ignoring the comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of Music and became the first student in its history to achieve a 100% pass mark. So yeah, we love her.

Tickets: £15.00

FREEDOM ALL-DAYER

When? 26th June

Where? NE Volume, Stockton

NE Volume’s first all-dayer, full-capacity gig features Glass Caves, The Balcony, PussyWillowFurryVenus and Charlotte Grayson, among others.

Tickets: £11.00

LADIES DAY WITH JESS GLYNNE

When? 24th July

Where? Newcastle Racecourse

The most glamorous race day of the flat season combines fashion, fillies and plenty of (bottles of) fizz. This year it’ll also feature Grammy-winning firecracker Jess Glynne, too.

Tickets: From £60.00

LAMPLIGHT FESTIVAL 2021

When? 7th–8th August

Where? Mowbray Park, Sunderland

The big draw to Sunderland’s new music festival is undoubtedly the Kaiser Chiefs. But with the likes of Deacon Blue and KT Tunstall also flexing their musical muscles here, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

Tickets: £43.45 (for one day)

OLLY MURS

When? 28th August

Where? Darlington Arena

Our hearts skipped a beat when we heard Olly was coming back to the North East. He never disappoints. 

Tickets: From £44.25

THE PIGEON DETECTIVES

When? 19th September

Where? The Middlesbrough Empire

Bringing their infectious blend of classic rock and 90s’-inspired indie, The Pigeon Detectives will have you forgetting lockdown even happened.

Tickets: £19.80

 

INHALER

When? 1st October

Where? Newcastle University

Combining the new-wave innovation of Depeche Mode with the dark sensibilities of Joy Division, Irish rockers Inhaler (led by frontman Elijah Hewson, son of U2’s Bono) are a musical tour de force.

Tickets: £15.40

 

 

THE WATERBOYS

When? 12th October

Where? Stockton Globe

Few bands have as great a live reputation as The Waterboys. Yes, your Dad might love them – but in this case that’s not a bad thing.

Tickets: From £40.15

 

THE SNUTS

When? 18th October

Where? Middlesbrough Town Hall

If being stuck in lockdown for over a year has made you crave the uninhibited human contact that only a raucous, sweat-drenched gig can give you, then The Snuts will deliver in spades.

Tickets: £14.50

RAG’n’BONE MAN

When? 3rd November  

Where? O2 Academy, Newcastle

You’d recognise his voice anywhere, but nothing compares to hearing it live.

Tickets: £33.95

KAWALA

When? 24th November

Where? St Dominic’s Catholic Club, Newcastle

Kawala are just cool, man. They’re just proper cool. Trust us, you’ll dig them.

Tickets: £13.75

FLEETWOOD MAC’S RUMOURS WITH THE TRANSATLANTIC ENSEMBLE

When? 22nd December

Where? Wylam Brewery, Newcastle

We’ve lost track of the number of times we’ve watched the Transatlantic Ensemble perform Fleetwood Mac’s iconic Rumours album at Wylam Brewery – but we’ll be back again in December. Just you try and stop us.  

Tickets: £20.00

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