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January’s coolest gigs in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham

When it comes to gigs, Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland are starting 2024 as they mean to go on…

Written by Becky Hardy
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Sophie Gordon The Globe Music Venue Newcastle upon Tyne

SOPHIE GORDON

When: 11th January

Where: The Globe, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: from £5.00

Kicking off our list of cracking gigs in Newcastle and beyond this month, we’re anticipating great things for local lass Sophie Gordon. The singer/songwriter has the killer combo of powerful vocals and oodles of soul. One to watch for 2024.

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Bring Me The Horizon Utilita Arena Newcastle upon Tyne

BRING ME THE HORIZON

When: 16th January

Where: Utilita Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: from £66.56

BRIT and Grammy-nominated quintet Bring Me The Horizon have been credited by many as being one of the most forward-thinking heavy bands in the UK. See if you agree at one of the top gigs in Newcastle this month.

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Bury Tomorrow Boiler Shop Newcastle upon Tyne

BURY TOMORROW

When: 17th January

Where: Boiler Shop, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: from £27.50

Melodic metalcore heavyweights Bury Tomorrow are taking to the stage at Boiler Shop in support of their seventh studio album, The Seventh Sun. Head banging optional.

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Ruby Turner The Fire Station Sunderland

RUBY TURNER

When: 19th January

Where: The Fire Station, Sunderland

Price: from £31.00

Jools Holland favourite and former Culture Club member Ruby Turner is the real deal when it comes to soul, gospel and RnB. A little different when it comes to Sunderland gigs, but definitely worth catching.

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Tom Clarke The Grove Newcastle upon Tyne

TOM CLARKE

When: 19th January

Where: The Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Price: from £25.00

Having spent the past decade honing his craft and leading vocals for indie three-piece The Enemy, Tom Clarke is giving us one of the unmissable gigs in Newcastle this month as part of his new solo, acoustic tour.

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Hayley McKay The Cluny Newcastle upon Tyne

HAYLEY MCKAY

When: 20th January

Where: The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Price: from £15.00

Homegrown country artist Hayley McKay has drawn comparisons with Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy and LeAnn Rimes thanks to her distinctive vocal range. Read our interview with Hayley here.

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Fleetwood Mac by Candlelight Sunderland Empire

FLEETWOOD MAC BY CANDLELIGHT

When: 24th January

Where: Sunderland Empire

Price: from £31.75

Dreams, The Chain, Landslide, Rhiannon, Everywhere, Little Lies, Go Your Own Way… we’ll never not be listening to the everlasting genius of Fleetwood Mac. Made even more magical when performed by candlelight.

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Coldplay by Candlelight Durham Cathedral

COLDPLAY BY CANDLELIGHT

When: 25th January

Where: Durham Cathedral

Price: from £27.00

Buckle up for an unforgettable night as a string quartet play hits like Clocks, Fix You, Paradise, Yellow and A Sky Full of Stars by candlelight, against the inimitable backdrop of Durham Cathedral.

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Nick Harper Old Cinema Laundrette Durham

NICK HARPER

When: 27th January 

Where: Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham

Price: from £22.00

Folk troubadour Nick Harper is an acoustic balladeer with a touch of a rock ‘n’ roll – and has been described as ‘one of the finest guitarists of his generation’ by Mojo. This intimate performance in Durham’s Launderette should be special.

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Mary Ocher The Studio Hartlepool

MARY OCHER

When: 28th January 

Where: The Studio, Hartlepool

Price: from £8.25  

Experimental political pop artist Mary Ocher returns to Europe with her new record in tow. And with a back catalogue ranging from traditional folk to raw, ‘60s garage and everything in between, expect the unexpected.

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Maria & James The Forum Darlington

MARIA & JAMES

When: 2nd February

Where: The Forum, Darlington

Price: from £12.00  

North East songwriting duo Maria and James are celebrating the launch of their first album, Chapters, by performing at The Forum with a full live band. Expect a night of original music from local talent, with a few covers thrown in too.

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The Voyd The Bunker Sunderland

THE VOYD

When: 2nd February

Where: The Bunker, Sunderland

Price: from £12.00

We’re not used to seeing local lads and indie powerhouses The Voyd play such an intimate show, but we have Independent Venue Week to thank for this one-off performance in Sunderland’s Bunker.

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