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4 Newcastle festivals, throwbacks and celebrations this weekend

Think it’s too early in the year for those carnival vibes? From a premier wedding showcase to a raucous ‘90s festival, Newcastle is here to prove you wrong…

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 31.01.2023

The Power presents… Born in the ‘90s

When: 7pm, Friday 3rd February

Where: Wylam Brewery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: from £7.00  

Get ready for a heady balance of grunge and Britpop, girl power and hip-hop as The Power turn up the volume on our favourite ’90s bangers for an all-night party at the Palace.


The Northern Wedding Show

When: 10am, Saturday 4th February

Where: Utilita Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: from £14.50 

Brides, mothers of the brides and grooms, bridesmaids – assemble! If you’re in the wedding party of an upcoming ceremony, chances are you’ll find oodles of inspiration at The Northern Wedding Show.


‘80s Live

When: 7.30pm, Saturday 4th February

Where: O2 City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: from £31.65

Arguably the best (and worst) decade for music, brace yourself for power ballads, synth-pop bangers and Euro disco galore as the Electric Dreams band bring us the best chart-topping anthems from the ‘80s.


Frets ‘n’ Bows ‘n’ Tales ‘n’ Ales

When: 2pm, Sunday 5th February

Where: The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: Free

A collaboration between band Miggins Fiddle, local poet Harry Gallager and Cullercoats Brewery, this special showcase will combine live poetry, original music and plenty of beer – all inspired by tales of the Northumbrian Coast.

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