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What’s on in Newcastle this bank holiday weekend

6 gigs, foodie events and a huge music festival you don’t want to miss.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 24.05.2023
Chastity Brown stands against a dark background. She raises her face in the air with her eyes closed.

Chastity Brown

7.30pm, Thursday 25th May

The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Chastity Brown’s roots lie in Americana, folk, and soul music, while her lyricism is inspired by the isolation of lockdown, as well as the global racial reckoning that led to the riots just blocks from her home in South Minneapolis. Don’t miss this special performance of new songs.

Tickets: from £14.00

Mexican Stand Off Taco Heads Wylam Brewery Newcastle upon Tyne

Mexican Stand Off: ‘Taco Heads’

Friday 26th – Saturday 27th May

Wylam Brewery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Another bank holiday weekend, another special foodie event at Wylam Brewery.

Returning to the food battle arena for the first time since 2017 are some of the finest taco vendors across the North East, all serving up their very best creations in a bid to be crowned your Mexican Stand Off champions.

Add into the mix the prospect of some seriously sunny weather, as well as plenty of sides, desserts and refreshments on offer, and you’re onto a winner.

Price: Free


In Between Days

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th May

Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

This bank holiday weekend will see Times Square unleash one belter of a live music festival, with everyone from Tom Walker and Happy Mondays to Two Door Cinema Club, Lightning Seeds and The Wombats on the line up. Don’t miss homegrown talent Andrew Cushin, Liam Fender and Lizzie Esau, too.

Tickets: from £39.00


Comic Con North East

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th May

Utilita Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne

The first ever Comic Con North East will be stopping at the Utilita Arena to celebrate comic book culture and the best comic books around.

You’ll get to meet creators, experts, characters and likeminded people across the two days, which will involve a range of activities, cosplay, panels and collectables.

Tickets: from £28.50


Bank Holiday Dinner

5pm – 8pm, Sunday 28th May

Six Restaurant, Gateshead Quays

Mealtimes in the iconic rooftop restaurant at the Baltic are always swanky affairs, but this bank holiday weekend SIX have created a menu of some of the best dishes their kitchen has to offer – curated for you to enjoy as you relax and unwind with a glass of something nice, taking in one of the finest viewpoints of the city.

Price: from £35.00


Ouseburn Family Pride 2023

12pm – 6pm, Sunday 28th May – Venues across the Ouseburn Valley   

For young people recognising that they belong within the community, or for children being brought up by LGBTQIA+ parents, there’s not often a lot of representation to be found in the school yard.

Taking over Newcastle’s cultural quarter for the day, Ouseburn Family Pride 2023 is a celebration of the North East’s LGBTQIA+ community – open to everyone, suitable for all ages and with a host of creative venues already on board.

Price: Free



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