Nothing ever happens round here, right? Wrong. There’s always some live event to be excited about in the North East of England. Each month we’ll be compiling the pick of the bunch and providing a handy playlist to give you an idea of what you can expect from each gig.
Grandmaster Flash @ The Sage, Gateshead (6.9.2018)
Hip Hop just turned 45 years old in August, and there were lots of reminiscent posts about block parties in New York popping up on social media feeds. Imagine what it would have been like growing up and experiencing the birth of hip-hop first hand. When Grandmaster Flash comes to The Sage on the 6th September it won’t be so hard to imagine. This isn’t just a DJ set, its a live interactive and visual experience. A must-see for any hip-hop head.
Tower Fest 2018 @ Leazes Park, Newcastle (8.9.18)
Hip-hop stages are becoming more frequent at the non-genre specific but indie persuaded festivals but its still good to see pure rap events too. After The Bridge UK hip-hop festival at The Sage earlier this year, we not get Tower Fest at Leazes Park for a refresh of what local talent looks like. Noble headlines the festival which is in aid of Newcastle youth charity Chat Trust. Rex Regis and Kay Greyson are well known for their work within Chat and so will suitably perform on the day. BEN, Smooth Jezza, Double U and H-Man’s Vamphigher Life make their local gig debut as a collective which means H-Man, Smooth Jezza and Double U will each be pulling double duty as H-Man performs alongside Just B as HB and The Click have a separate set too. Others on the bill include rapper-busker NATO, grime newcomers NE Dons and Reali-T who is playing more gigs this month than I can count.
Blitz @ Lobby Bar, Middlesbrough (8.9.18)
Tees God Father veteran Blitz is headlining a gig in his beloved hometown to launch his highly anticipated Law Of Attraction mixtape. The TGF MC has teamed up with Kush Promotions for the launch which includes support from his Together Getting Funds cohorts alongside a number of other Teessiders including Jay R, fungiFerg and YH. There are some out of town artists on the bill to such as Huddersfield’s Lugz & Dredz, North Tyneside’s NE Dons and Newcastle based rapper Reali-T although he’s alongside Tees legend Naughty40. Other performers are Gaztime, Ryza, Levi Watson, Levi Lee, Artly, TM and Dano.
Only The Poets @ Riverside (14.9.18)
Every now and again, an indie band will catch my ear. All anyone had to do to sell Only The Poets to me was tell me Joe Atkinson from Lisbon was part of the bands line-up. Listening to Only The Poets, their music is more mature than the likes of Blue Love and deserve acclaim on their own accord. Support comes from recent SoundHub signee’s St Buryan in addition to Mayfare and Honey Bee.
Galaxians @ The Cumberland Arms, Byker (21.9.18)
Each month Endless Window takeover The Cumberland Arms for a night of eclectic live music. You can never really predict what genre of music is going to be booked, but you can guarantee it’ll be at least a little left-field. As such, the nights can be exciting especially for music fans looking for something a little different. September’s event finds Galaxians headlining off the back of releasing Let The Rhythm In. Support duties fall to Reali-T and Crimewave.
Last Train Home Festival 2018 @ Multiple Venues, Darlington (22.9.18)
Darlington is becoming one of my favourite places for festivals. Music Box earlier this year was incredible, as it was the year before and now we’ve got The Last Train Home from some of the same people behind Music Box. Similar bookers make for similar bookings but I’ll not complain too much because not only are the acts all very good but they don’t get too many bookings outside of Darlington events either – with the exception of Rex Regis. Hometown boys Endem and Leum from Legitimate Anarchy lead the line-up at Legacy Skate Store alongside Shakk, Liam Hope, Jister and Kv$hnoodle. Ronin Clan are must-see’s at Hogan’s and NARC.’s stage is amazing too with Talk Like Tigers and Martha Hill highly recommended.
Reali-T @ o2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle (28.9.18)
Its only right that the man doing more gigs than anyone else in the region right now caps off September with a headline show. The Black Guy In Your Neighbourhood isn’t coming alone either. The event is being named Reali-T and Friends In Your Neighbourhood with support from the almost as busy Rex Regis alongside Rick Fury, The Click, Eyeconic, Jamilah, HB and A$AP Alberto. Also featuring on the night will be Two Twice, Cameron Sparks, Kay Supreme and Sebastenelli from Chat Trust.