The Lindisfarne Story When Tyneside group Lindisfarne exploded onto the UK music scene in 1970 they became the standard bearers for acoustic based rock music. Their sparkling song-writing cut through the prevailing pop and glam sounds of the seventies, the group achieved international success and Lindisfarne’s music is still ever-present on UK radio in 2016. Former group members Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw tell The Lindisfarne Story from the very beginning featuring acoustic versions of the classic songs and ‘behind the scenes’ stories, all illustrated with archive video and stills. Tickets £16 and £19 from the Sage box office or online. Cheer on Sam Lavery on The X Factor After sailing through weeks one and two on the public vote, Divas Week is next for Coxhoe singer Sam this Saturday.
Sam Lavery is through to week 3 of X Factor Live Shows The 17 year old got an approving tweet from the man himself after giving a powerful performance of James Arthur’s Impossible after the first live show while judge Nicole Scherzinger last weekend. The North East is right behind the County Durham teenager, with her name adorning Tyne Tunnel electronic message boards, businesses throughout the region and The Red Lion pub in Coxhoe. To see how she gets on with Divas tune into ITV at 8pm on Saturday. Joe Black, Prohibition Bar Joe Black is coming to Gateshead One of the world’s leading figures in dark cabaret, Joe Black, will head to the Gateshead Bar on Friday with SHADE. Joe has toured extensively across the UK, Europe, Australia and America. He has raised the roof at the British Library in London, astounded the rock elite at the ‘Kerrang!’ Awards and headlined music and arts events worldwide. The gin drinking cabaret darling and acid tongued ringmaster is making a much welcomed return to the North East when he joins Newcastle’s Shady Bunch for SHADE In England – promoting the best drag artistes the British Isles have to offer. Joe is the latest star to take the Shady stage after the local misfits have brought Crystal Lubrikunt, Charlie Hides, The Vivian, Anna Phylactic and Cheddar Gorgeous to the region. Tickets will be available on the door for £15 or you can get yours in advance for £13 from Paypal. Mary Poppins, Theatre Royal
The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. Running for eight weeks, it features legendary songs from the Julie Andrews film including Jolly Holiday, Step In Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Stepping into Julie’s shoes on stage is Zizi Strallen. Tickets, from £22.50, are available from the box office and online from www.theatr…