“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:
Wolf Alice @ o2 Academy Newcastle (Monday 13th November)
Whilst not necessarily a rock fan myself, it’s been impossible to ignore Wolf Alice’s rise. They’ve cemented themselves as one of the most exciting proper guitar bands on the planet and from what I’ve heard know a thing or two about putting on a belter live show.
Insane Clown Posse @ Riverside (Tuesday 14th November)
As a fan of wrestling and Eminem in equal measure, I only ever think of ‘Slim Anus’ and their WCW stint whenever I think of Insane Clown Posse. After a complication with Academy Music Group the Newcastle date for their tour (which has faced nationwide venue changes) is now taking place in Riverside.
My Vitriol @ o2 Academy 2 (Tuesday 14th November)
Hands up. I have no idea who this band is. Up until yesterday, I don’t think I’d ever heard of My Vitriol before. I’m reliably informed they were a big deal in the 90’s. What I’m more excited by is another support slot for Hivemind. Formerly Masamune, since their rebrand, the band have been on fire – and should be an exciting watch for those in attendance.
Rex Regis @ o2 Academy Newcastle (Wednesday 15th November)
Rex Regis is a regional treasure. Although he’s headlining on Wednesday night, the show at o2 Academy Newcastle is not about him – but the youth charity he has volunteered for, Chat Trust. Chat Trust has a plethora of young individuals brimming with talent who will be performing alongside Rex, in addition to Reali-T, J Smirk and Kema Kay. This will undoubtedly be the highlight gig of the week.
James Arthur @ Metro Radio Arena (Saturday 18th November)
James Arthur’s career has been a rollercoaster. Regardless of the lows, the high’s have been pretty sweet. There’s bangers littered throughout his discography, from solo releases and collaborations with other artists – he’s bound to bring some big hits to this. With Ella Henderson for support, it’s shaping up to be a pure pop-fest for young casual music fans.
Enter Shikari @ Metro Radio Arena (Sunday 19th November)
I remember as a young teenager, I loved bands like Enter Shikari but never quite got into Enter Shikari themselves – always nailed the clapping in ‘Sorry You’re Not A Winner’ though. They’ve since transformed from emo-rock darlings into a more pop-friendly version of their former selves attracting a much larger audience. With support from Lower Than Atlantis and rock-grime hybrids Astroid Boys, it’s sure to be a cracker.
Yungen @ o2 Academy (Sunday 19th November)
Yungen’s transformation from being the tertiary member of the Play Dirty roster to one of the UK mainstream’s hottest rappers is incredible. With a string of hit records including ‘Bestie’, he’s conquering the teen girl market right now. I’m still holding on to hope for a few old school classics showing that when he’s on game he can really fucking rap too. If I hear that “Yeah you’re from Tottenham but we can’t see you in T, that’s how I know you’re a cunt” bar I’m giving the gig a five star review on that merit alone.
Next Week: Kasabian, Gorgon City & NARC.’s Community Spirit