Gig Guide: Dizzee Rascal, Mike Skinner & Twisterella

“Nothing ever happens in Newcastle” cry many Geordie muso’s. When in fact, the opposite can be said about the entire North East of England. There’s always something going on – you just need to know where to look. Fortunately, TheRootMusic knows where to look for the best gigs going down around Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas. Here’s a guide to the most appealing gigs this week:


Tom Grennan @ Riverside
Whilst TheRootMusic covers hip-hop and grime more than it does indie-centric singer-songwriters, it’s always important to not assume genres. Back in the day when we had a radio show on Spark, Tom Grennan was sporadically played, particularly upon the release of ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For.’ Check Tom Grennan out at Riverside in Newcastle this Tuesday.


Joe Fox @ Think Tank
Last year, Joe Fox headlined a Think Tank Underground event supported by SoShe and Kay Greyson. It was one of the better gigs TheRootMusic had the privilege of attending – even if the headliner’s energy was understated in the wake of the hometown supports. Given his collaborations with A$AP Rocky and Nas, Joe Fox is being hotly tipped as the next big thing. Hartlepool’s Michael Gallagher offers support this time around – will he steal the show like his predecessors? Find out at Think Tank on Wednesday night.


Dizzee Rascal @ o2 Academy
You must have been living under a rock if you missed the millionth time Dizzee Rascal and Wiley reignited their decade and a half long beef. Some questioned Dizzee’s outburst on Twitter as cynical promotion for his tour – which happens to be stopping in Newcastle on Thursday night. With Donaeo providing support, it’s a must-see and a certain to be highlight of the week – just don’t expect Wiley to turn up at the o2 Academy skanking along to ‘Raskit’ cuts.


Ceiling Demons @ Empty Shop HQ
Twin brothers Psy and Dan better known as the core of Ceiling Demons have gone from strength to strength since TheRootMusic’s first introduction to the duo. Way back when Ceiling Demons submitted a single they had done in collaboration with mental health charity CALM for review. Since then they’ve smashed Evolution Emerging, released ‘Belly Of The Hopeless’ and they’re only just getting started. Fresh off of the release of ‘Nil’, they’ve been on a mini-tour which includes a stop in Durham on Friday. The alternative hip-hop band can be found at Empty Shop HQ with support from Otis Mensah and Me Lost Me (I Lost My).


Twisterella Festival
If you love discovering new emerging acts from the region, Twisterella Festival in Boro is one of the best opportunities to do so. With an eclectic line-up of artists ranging from indie-rock to hip-hop with a bit of everything in between, the annual event looks like one of the better North East festivals this year. We’re particularly excited about the inclusion of Jister and Dylan Cartlidge; both smashed their sets at Evolution Emerging earlier this summer (Cartlidge as part of Chaos Jigsaw).


NATO @ ObSceNE
As the trend of finding ways to fit puns into the event name which reflects each month’s hosts grows more difficult with each passing month, October’s ObSceNE is set to be hosted by NATO. ObSceNATO will land in Gateshead’s Arch Sixteen this Saturday night and any performer is welcome to show their stuff. ObSceNE has become a cornerstone of local hip-hop in the North East, with each event introducing us to new emerging talents. You might just discover the next Rick Fury this month. Failing that, Rick Fury himself has been hinting he’s looking to perform on the night and that’s more than enough to get us excited for another ObSceNE.


Mike Skinner DJ Set @ Independent
Mike Skinner is back. The legendary UK hip-hop pioneer cemented his legacy with The Streets’ discography but appears to have reignited his love for music lately. Whether it’s been as a result of working with Grim Sickers or the renaissance grime has enjoyed lately, it’s a pleasure to see Mike back making music. Hopefully we’ll see Skinner perform a PA in the North East soon, but for the time being we’re more than happy to settle for a DJ set in Sunderland. On Saturday night, Mike Skinner will be selecta at Independent.

Next Week: JP Cooper, TDQ, GXNG PXRT II, Too Many T’s & More.

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