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What’s on in July 2022 across the North East

It’s officially festival season – and whether it’s a big BALTIC birthday bash, live music, Ladies Day or UK Pride 2022, the North East is delivering those summertime vibes across the board.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 30.06.2022



Dominion Festival

12pm, Friday 29th – 11.30pm Sunday 31st July

Near Durham City

Dominion Festival is a brand new, 3-day festival showcasing metal, heavy metal and hard rock bands, set in the stunning surroundings of Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens in County Durham.



Kubix Festival

3pm, Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th July and Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July

Herrington Country Park, Houghton le Spring

At the Pop & Dance Day on 9th July, expect to find cheesy chart-toppers Steps, Aqua and Vengaboys, while the Rock & Indie Weekend across the 15th and 16th July will host UB40, Happy Mondays, Lightning Seeds and Shed Seven.





Durham Brass Festival

12pm, Sunday 10th – Sunday 17th July

Venues across County Durham

Taking inspiration from the brass band heritage of County Durham, Durham Brass Festival is an eclectic, vibrant and colourful celebration of brass music in all its forms – with everything from headline performances in iconic locations to an inclusive engagement programme.



This Is South Tyneside Festival

7pm, Sunday 10th – Sunday 31st July

Bents Park, South Shields

The famous, fabulous, FREE Sunday Concerts are back at South Shields’ seafront across four weekends this month, where we’ll see the likes of Will Young, Ella Henderson, The Fizz, Sonique and Kelly Llorenna.





Loose Fest

12pm, Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st July

Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne

Black Eyed Peas give us a healthy dose of throwback hits, while AJ Tracey, Clean Bandit, Example, Joel Corry, Jonas Blue and Sigala will all be bringing the beats to Newcastle’s Town Moor.





Make Hope Possible

11am, Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July

Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Over the course of one radical weekend, Live Theatre becomes a centre for new ideas about society and how it can be reshaped to make the world better, brighter and kinder – bringing together writers, thinkers and makers to explore (playfully and seriously) how we can make big changes to bring back hope to the world.



Mamma Mia!

7.30pm, Tuesday 5th – Saturday 16th July

Sunderland Empire

Get a healthy dose of the ultimate feel-good factor at the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical, fuelled by ABBA’s greatest hits, at the Sunderland Empire this July.





Boeing Boeing

7.30pm, Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th July

Darlington Hippodrome

Marc Camoletti’s award-winning comedy – all about the trials and tribulations of successful architect Bernard and his attempt to juggle three fiancées (who all happen to be flight attendants) – was a West End and Broadway hit and has delighted audiences worldwide for over 50 years.





Lubna Chowdhary, Erratics

Until 9th October

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

MIMA has recently welcomed an exhibition of new sculptures and installations by internationally renowned artist Lubna Chowdhary – who combines industrial manufacturing techniques with handmaking skills in clay, wood and construction materials to examine visual languages and art histories.



Paint and Sip

2.30pm, Saturday 9th July

Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Fast becoming our new favourite cultural pastime, this month’s Paint and Sip spot comes in the form of the North East’s leading craft and design gallery, the Shipley.





BALTIC’S 20th Birthday Weekend

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July

BALTIC, Newcastle upon Tyne

BALTIC are turning 20! To celebrate, they’re hosting a whole host of special events, workshops, BTS tours, interactive exhibitions and meet-the-maker sessions.


Kevin Bridges O2 City Hall Newcastle upon Tyne



Kevin Bridges

7pm, Thursday 21st July – Sunday 24th July

O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne  

Everyone’s favourite Scot has earned a reputation as one of the most astute observational comedians around right now – take in one of his new shows at Newcastle’s City Hall this month and find out if it’s deserved.





Eliot Smith Dance: Life and Other Works

7.30pm, Thursday 7th July

Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Eliot Smith Dance returns with their popular North East spring tour, performing four diverse contemporary dance works that are filled with physical movement, passion, and excitement.





Here Come The Boys

2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday 24th July

Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne

Join Strictly stars Graziano, Nadiya, Pasha, Karim and Nikita, alongside a cutting-edge soundtrack of dance-floor anthems, club classics and guilty pleasures, in this show-stopping dance extravaganza.


Ouseburn Festival 2022 Newcastle upon Tyne



The Ouseburn Festival

12pm, Saturday 16th July

53–55 Lime Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Head to the Ouseburn Valley and enjoy a day of celebrations and events including live music and performances, makers’ markets, river boat trips and a short film festival, all under the cover of the rail bridge and canopy of trees in the woodland.



UK Pride 2022

5.30pm, Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th July

Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne

Northern Pride have been chosen as this year’s UK Pride hosts, meaning the eyes of the world’s LGBTQ+ community will be on the North East. And with a stellar line up of superstars, family events, marches and performances, it’s easy to see why.





Ladies Day

11am, Saturday 23rd July

Newcastle Racecourse

A highlight of the social calendar here in the North East, Ladies Day combines the most glamorous (at least, that’s how it starts out) race day of the flat season with an exciting showcase of fashion and music from none other than local lass Rosie Ramsey, who’ll be bringing Newcastle’s biggest-ever karaoke to the grandstand.



For more events coming up in the North East, check out our What’s On calendar.

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