Essential Gig Guide: May 2019 Edition
With summer fast approaching it can only mean one thing: festivals and even more live music in all shapes and sizes across the North East.
Check out our May gig picks below which, alongside a great selection of talent-packed gigs, also features some absolutely gigantic metropolitan festivals to get you into the swing of things!
And if that’s not enough there is plenty more going on as you’ll see over on our jam-packed Gig Listings page.
Without Andrew x AshesToAngels w/ Set Your Sights / Chain The Phoenix / Goodsprings
Where: Central Bar Gateshead
Genre: Punk-Pop / Alt-Rock / Ska
Cost: ADV £7
Promoters Make Emo Great Again presents this mighty co-headline show by Manchester punk-rockers Without Andrew and DIY goth-punk rascals Ashestoangels from Bristol. And what is already guaranteed to be a scorching feast of punk-rock mayhem is only going to get better with not one but three local supports, including pop punk power trio Set Your Sights from Middlesbrough, our favourite fiercely attacking pop-punk heroes Chain The Phoenix and the fun-filled ska-punksters Goodsprings.
This is going to be a pretty bonkers night that you should not miss out on!
Hit The North Festival 2019
Where: Various Venues Newcastle
The North East’s largest inner-city music festival returns with its BIGGEST line-up yet spread across a number of Newcastle’s best venues, big and small. Featuring a superb mix of the well renowned acts such Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, Shame and Blaenavon as well as a massive list of the best emerging talent for you to get up close and sweaty with including Mini Mansions, Ten Tonnes, Seafret, She Drew The Gun, The Academic, The Blinders, APRE, Pib Blom and Sports Team. But of course there will also be plenty of the North-East's very own home-grown acts to check out such as The Lake Poets, Swine Tax,Tall Shaves, FEVA, PLAZA, Ten Eighty Trees and many more! Whatever you’re into, you’re certain to find your new favourite act in the midst of what is no doubt one of the best days of the year for us music lovers!
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Rockstock Festival 2019 ft October Ends / Ravenface / Wild Front / Ghost Signals & more
Where: Newcastle University Students' Union
If HTN is not quite your thing, Rockstock offers another incredible full day of live music featuring Rock, Indie and Alternative acts from across the UK.
The North-East’s original Charity Music Festival in aid of Sophie Lancaster Foundation will feature Newcastle Metalcore band October Ends, Blackpool metal 5-piece Ravenface, Southampton indie marvels Wild Front plus our very own dark-pop heroes Ghost Signals alongside High Visions, Overlaps, Heyzeus, Love the Sinner and A Dying Reign.
10th – 12th May
Women Are Mint Festival
Where: Cobalt Studios Newcastle
Cost: Weekend = £20 / Fri = £10 / Sat = £12 / Sun = Donation entry
This incredible multi-faceted women focused music festival taking place at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle is, well….MINT! With music workshops, family friendly yoga and tasty food stalls there is plenty going on alongside the expertly curated live music line-up spread across the whole weekend.
Friday will kick things off with performances from Becca James, Me Lost Me, Portraits and the mighty Twist Helix plus DJ Akward Black Girl while Saturday will provide a joyful mix of sounds provided by Jolly Abacus, The Cornshed Sisters, Picnic, Ladies of Midnight Blue, Cadi and Mariam Rezaei.
Bringing this fantastic festival to a close on the family friendly Sunday event are Laurie Shepherd , Ruth Patterson, Ceitidh Mac and Lady Annabella! So no matter if you’re coming for one or all 3 days, you will have a splendid time at this showcase event that is certain to raise the flag sky high for female artists everywhere.
Read our interview with the mastermind behind the festival here.
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The Rookery at Newcastle Castle
Jamming session legends The Rookery have pulled out all the stops of their most impressive gig offering yet. Taking place at Newcastle’s very own Castle Keep, this limited entry “smart dress code” gig will see you being guided around the beautiful rooms of the keep as live music awaits within, including performances from stunning singer songwriter Afnan Prince, alt influenced quartet Luna Rosa, the groovy-psych outfit Mr Comfortable and busking icon Ojay.
Red Rum Club / October Drift / Be Quiet Shout Loud
Where: Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
Genre: Indie-rock / Alt-Rock / Funk-pop
Liverpool band Red Rum Club have already created quite a storm in the North-East in recent months thanks to their infectious wild-west-pop sound and equally wild on-stage antics in the likes of the Surf Café Tynemouth, Head of Steam Newcastle and Stockton Calling, but since the release of their debut album Matador in January there seems no stopping this adventurous six-piece. With a whole host of anthem-ready tunes that are taken to another level by a triumphantly prevalent trumpet, as well as buoyant frontman Fran‘s powerful vocals, their upcoming tour is sure to be their biggest and most unforgettable yet. With real potential to reach big stages in the near future we highly recommend you grab a ticket for this Middlesbrough leg of their tour hosted by promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold! And if that’s not enough to persuade you to come along the support lined up certainly will as also on the bill are thrilling and high-energy laden rockers October Drift as well as Middlesbrough’s very own legendary disco-inferno assemble Be Quiet Shout loud! Undeniably one of the hottest shows of the month!
Spinn / Arcade Hearts
Where: Think Tank Underground
Another Liverpool band that is quickly rising to the top is dreamy indie-pop outfit Spinn. With their self-titled debut album freshly released on the 3rd of May, these guys are certainly set to only gain more momentum and recognition from here. Having already taken their colourful, feel-good sounds to far-flung countries such as Japan and mainland Europe, this latest UK-wide tour is easily their biggest yet and includes a number of intimate in-store performances too. With cleverly written pop tunes, endless youthful energy and rather quirky beatles-esque vibes there is no surprise these lads have done so well, and judging by their previous appearances in the North-East we expect this to be another bouncing night of upbeat melodies, stunning vocals and a super infectious atmosphere. Support comes from Indie-Disco outfit Arcade Hearts.
Creature / Nana White Pepper / Grasscutter
Where:Surf Café Tynemouth
Cost: £4 ADV / £5 OTD
Well-established promoters Pillar Artist present this perfect Friday night delight of high-energy live music at the cozy Surf Café Tynemouth. Expect plenty of pleasantly eardrum-rattling noise and uncontainable energy especially when alt-rockers Creature take to the stage as the highlight of this show. But only after Blackpool based alternative rockers Nana White Pepper and darkly brooding heavy-rock band Grasscutter kick things off with a bang and get the tiny room bouncing from the word go! A superb trio of acts to dig your teeth into, and let your hair down to, good and proper!
Songs From A Northern Britain
Cost: AVD £15
Because we absolutely adore Teesside’s thriving music scene, and even more so after last month’s incredible Stockton Calling, we simply had to feature this superb fourth installment of Songs From A Northern Britain; a jam-packed one-day showcase event that brings together a wealth of talent from the North-East and Scotland. Headed up by the positively thriving indie-rockers The Snuts from Glasgow, the line-up also features fellow Scots Carla J Easton with her wondrous synth soaked pop, high-energy art-pop outfit The Vegan Leather and smart-casual indie 4-piece Wojtek The Bear among others. Representing the equally strong and impressive talent-pool from across the North-East of England are well-established indie-pop outfit Para Alta, the superb alt-retro-rockers The Yada Yada Yadas, fresh and funky indie outfit Fever Days, up-and-coming indie-pop marvels Mt Misery and Hip-Hop act Rhyme Molesters to name just a few! Things are kicking off nice and early with a line-up that is cleverly spread across the mainroom of the Georgian Theatre, next door’s Green Room and the intimate Bar Stage, giving you the chance to achieve maximum live music for your money from this incredible day!
Into The Deep / Home Truths / Thieves of Liberty / Split Sentence
Where: O2 Academy2 Newcastle
Genre: Alt-Rock / Punk-Pop / Blues-Rock
Newcastle’s Into The Deep create a well-crafted alt-rock that packs as much intense vocal power as it does brimming guitar hooks - as proven in their latest release ‘Animal’. So where better to hear it than live at their next massive headline show at the O2 Academy2! The enigmatic four-piece balance their merited confidence with their charming wit and likable characters that shines on and off stage, which in turn is certain to create an incredibly lively energy on the night. Adding to the sizzling fire of this show are three incredible local acts: 4-piece punk-pop outfit Home Truths, incredibly powerful classic-rockers Thieves of Liberty and the hard-hitting and highly apt alt-rockers Split Sentence. With so much fierce rock-power in one room this night is sure to blow the roof off the Academy!
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Hun – The Summer One
Where: HIT THE BAR Middlesbrough
The collective known as Hun are returning for their summer edition of last year’s successful event to exhibit female creatives in the North East. As well as providing a platform for the highly talented artists there will be a live performance from utterly fierce all-female rock band Venus from Leeds who are set to deliver an absolute storm of a live show
24th – 26th May
This Is Tomorrow Festival ft. Foals / Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds / Stereophonics
Where: Exhibition Park Newcastle
Cost: Day tickets from £45 / 2-Day tickets from £79.00 / 3-Day ticket £125.00
Three nights of unmissable outdoor live music awaits you when This Is Tomorrow Festival descends on Newcastle’s Exhibition Park this May. With all three nights headed up by legendary acts, as well as an incredible offering of well-established and up and coming acts to give it that festival feel, it would be impossible not to be excited for this event – and that’s despite the rather high price-tag compared to our usual gig-picks. Friday’s headliners Foals are joined by You Me At Six , Nothing But Thieves, Anteros and Bad Sounds as well as some of the region’s very own high-flyers The Pale White, The Old Pink House, Callum Pitt, Picnic and more. Saturday meanwhile will see the brit-pop hero Noel Gallagher with his High Flying Birds take to the stage right after acts such as The Vaccines, Editors, Glasvegas, RedFaces, Pip Blom, Whenyoung plus plenty more local talent such as FEVA, Baltic, Echolines and Swine Tax! All before Stereophonics finish the weekend on a high with Johnny Marr, Lewis Capaldi, Yonaka, Marsicans in tow as well as the region’s finest such as Cattle & Cane, PLAZA and Swears among others. If you decide to go for just one day, or all three, this is an absolute music lover’s dream taking place in the green heart of the Toon!
Creegan, winners of Hit the North’s premium slot competition