What’s on in the North East in September 2022
With Newcastle’s first independent whisky festival, Bishop Auckland’s last open-air spectacular of the season, and the arrival of the most magnificent Anglo-Saxon manuscript, your calendar’s about to fill up fast.
7pm, 11th September
The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne
Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Liddle has been making waves in the North East music scene with her unmistakable vocals and a setlist that will keep you hooked from start to finish.
6.30pm, 20th September
Utilita Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne
2022 is the year of the comeback for George Ezra – the Green, Green Grass of pastures new, as it were. New singles, a new album and now a new tour (sounds like Paradise to us). We call Shotgun.
The Gathering Sounds
2pm, 24th September
Venues across Stockton
Frank Turner, Dead Pony, Dayna Leadbitter, The Native and Faye Fantarrow are just some of the acts confirmed for this popular music festival in Stockton, with venues ranging from ARC and The Georgian Theatre to indie grassroots venue KU.
Beyond The Moor Festival
1pm, 24th September
Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Beyond the Moor is Newcastle’s latest music festival – showcasing the best in local and national artists playing contemporary, alternative and traditional folk and roots music.
All The Beds I Have Slept In
8th – 9th September
Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne
A charpai on a roof in Afghanistan. A dirty bunk in a hostel in Milan. Under a bridge in Liverpool Street. This energetic company of performers with lived experience of forced migration explore the seam of kindness and care that lies within their experience of leaving their homelands to seek asylum.
Derren Brown: Showman
13th – 17th September
Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne
The multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, Derren Brown, returns to the UK to launch his first new theatre show in six years: Showman.
20th – 24th September
Few musicals have been received with such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers – and Bill Kenwright’s production has surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End alone, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
Earth Requiem II / A Tale of a Few Cities
7th September – 15th October
Arts Centre Washington
Through painting, sculpture, photography, film, music, poetry, dance, performance, talks and discussions, Sunderland’s artistic community will open a dialogue with the wider public on the most important issue facing life on earth today.
11am – 1pm, 10th September
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne
The Biscuit Factory’s next seasonal social celebrates their autumn exhibitions. Meet headline artist Graham Rider, Contemporary Young Artist Award 2020 winner Millie Suu Kyi, and bestselling author LJ Ross, who will open The Northern Photography Prize 2022 shortlist exhibition. Plus, browse new jewellery collections and enjoy seasonal refreshments.
17th September – 3rd December
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
The most spectacular manuscript to survive from Anglo-Saxon England will be on display at the Laing Art Gallery this month, on loan from the British Library – featuring in a contemporary exhibition about its meaning today and its relationship with themes of personal, regional and national identity.
7.45pm, 16th September
A show bursting with big jokes and fat punchlines. Sofie Hagen returns to her craft of devastatingly brilliant joke writing and storytelling to create this collection of ‘fat jokes’ and unforgettable moments.
8pm, 17th September
Durham Gala Theatre
Has the pandemic changed Jen Brister for the better or is she the same old pessimistic naysayer she’s always been? I think we all know the answer to that. Let’s just hope she can make it funny.
7pm, 21st September
Utilita Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne
Join Joe Lycett (the artist formerly known as Hugo Boss) for MORE jokes, MORE comedy anecdotes and MORE inappropriate and arguably disturbing paintings, all in the hope of answering the age-old question: How do you Lycett?
Whisky Indy Fest
12pm, 10th September
Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle’s first independent whisky festival promises to cater to all tastes (and convert anyone who ‘doesn’t like whisky’, too). Sample some of the finest blends the whisky world has to offer and meet the best independent bottlers and retailers across two sessions: noon–4pm and 5pm–9pm.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson Book Talk
11am, 17th September
Meet one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors. Dame Jacqueline will be chatting about all her characters, signing books and introducing her latest story, Project Fairy, which is free with ticket purchases.