Essential Gig Guide: December 2018 (Part 2)
Check out our extended seasonal selection of upcoming gigs that offers something for everyone, from Christmas lover to steadfast Scrooge.
The most festive of seasons is upon us and what better way to enjoy it than out and about experiencing some live music! And with so many special Xmas gigs happening, especially on the three Saturdays preceding the arrival of the big man, we found it simply too hard to just select one for each day so we’ve chucked in an extended selection for you to choose from.
The Rookery Christmas Party ft Deep.Sleep / Mayfare & More
Location: Cluny 2 - Newcastle
Genre: Indie / Alt-Rock
Price: £6 ADV / £8 OTD
What could be better than a festive jam hosted by the lovely folks at The Rookery.
Making it an extra special edition of the now frequent events, this one will offer a generous eleven hours of music which starts with the renowned jam session at noon that is open to all.
These festivities will be followed from 7PM onwards with an impressive showcase gig featuring the superb indie outfit Deep.Sleep, infectious indie rockers Mayfare, psychedelic disco band Velvet Shakes from Manchester, garage rock duo Palm Beach and alt-rockers Bellyfeel.
Come and get stuck in with these music makers and lovers!
Krampusmas ft Slurs / Lost On Me / Swine Tax / Pacer
Location: Bar Loco - Newcastle
Genre: Alt-Rock / Post-Punk
Price: £6 ADV / £8 OTD
A darker take on the festive season will be on offer with this riff-laden fuzzfest over at Bar Loco. The event will raise money for the People’s Kitchen and promises fierce performances by noisy alt-rockers Slurs, gothic post-punk bank Lost On Me, unpredictable chaos-rockers Swine Tax and lo-fi outfit Pacer. A rather generous offering from good old Krampus we must say!
Spotlight UK Culture Quarter Music Crawl
Location: The Peacock / The Engine Room / The Dun Cow - Sunderland
Genre: Indie / Acoustic / Singer-Songwriter
We are proud to present this very special Charity Music Festival in partnership with Mind. Taking place across 3 venues in Sunderland to form this crawl, the main action will be upstairs at The Peacock with a mighty North East indie triple-pack featuring Great Waves, Club Paradise and Cohesion. While more chilled acoustic performances will be provided by the likes of Tall Shaves, Aimee Lambert and many more at The Engine Room & The Dun Cow. Be sure to bring spare change for those collection buckets and raffles!
Subwaves Music Christmas Festival
Location: Head Of Steam - Newcastle
Genre: Indie / Rock / Heavy-Metal / Alternative
Another great selection of the freshest new talent will take to the stage at the Head Of Steam from 1PM for this special Christmas edition of Subwaves events. Expect something from all genres when the likes of LC Grey, Lava Frog, Celtic Man, White Houses (formerly known as Columbia), Plastic and Blood Sport show off their impressive sounds and skills. There's a high possibility you’ll find your favourite new band!
A Dark, Dark Christmas #4
Location: Georgian Theatre - Stockton
Genre: Alt hip-hop / Rock / Indie
Price: £5 ADV / £7 OTD
This fourth instalment of the annual winter showcase is full of darkly tinged sounds from some of the region's finest acts. Alt hip-hop outfit Ceiling Demons will no doubt deliver another intriguing and provoking show in the main room of the glorious Georgian Theatre alongside brooding rockers The Broken Broadcast and Swears. In between acts, The Covers Club will provide festive favourites in the intimate bar area to keep the atmosphere on a high.
A Cattle & Cane Christmas
Location: Sage 2 - Gateshead
Genre: Folk / Pop
The Teesside siblings return with this special show at the Sage as part of their Christmas UK tour that promises to be full of their classic harmonies, folk-pop tunes and festive delights.
Special guests are yet to be announced.
White Legs / Roxy Girls
Location: Independent - Sunderland
Price: £3 ADV / £5 OTD
Newly formed project White Legs from Sunderland celebrate the release of their debut single 'Cut it Away' with this show while already having a full debut album in the making for release in the new year. With a strong pedigree in their midst, including Martin Longstaff from the Lake Poets, we have high expectations for this trio that promises a sound packed with riff-heavy rock and a strong attention to the lyrical content. The ever edgy alt-rockers Roxy Girls are also in support to make it even better.
Be Quiet Shout Loud / The Yada Yada Yadas / Little Doves / Steve McCormick
Location: Whole Latte Love Café - Stockton
Genre: Disco-Pop / Indie / Alt-rock / Singer-songwriter
Much loved disco-pop superheroes Be Quiet Shout Loud bring their sparkle and infectious tunes to the intimate Whole Latte Love along with their adorable mascot Daryl in tow. Always delivering a crowd-hyping show, the Middlesbrough band are sure to pack this one out especially with support from superb alt-rockers The Yada Yada Yadas, sublime indie band Little Doves and highly skilled singer-songwriter Steve McCormick.
Festive Window ft. Ceiling Demons / N/\L/\ / Roxy Girls / Badger
Location: The Cumberland Arms Newcastle
Genre: Alt Hip-Hop / Indie / Rock
Price: £5 OTD
Mighty North East promoters Endless Window throw one final end of year show before going into hiatus. With all proceeds going towards mental health charity Mind, the night kicks off with diverse lo-fi duo Badger, Sunderland’s sharp and short alt-rockers Roxy Girls and dazzling electronica outfit N/\L/\ before the mind-boggling Ceiling Ceilings unleash their unique alt hip-hop sounds to finish things on a staggering high.