Play Hard

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.

Other stories by Becky Hardy
Cantina Newcastle

Your guide to Newcastle Restaurant Week 2024

Becky Hardy

The North East’s best Dry January approved nights out

Becky Hardy
Newcastle events

5 things to do in Newcastle this weekend

Becky Hardy

3 impressive staycations that have a Saltburn vibe

Becky Hardy
North East events

What’s on in the North East this January

Becky Hardy

January’s coolest gigs in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham

Becky Hardy