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Welcome to A Week of Late Shows, where we’re looking a bit deeper at some of the amazing events happening across Newcastle and Gateshead after dark on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May!

Hatton Gallery (Saturday 16th May only)

Behold as the Hatton is transformed into a lab of experimentation. But there won’t be anyone shouting “It’s alive!” No, instead the gallery is inviting you to look back at two times when our vision of sci-fi and subcultures couldn’t have been more different. The space is being transformed into a meeting place for the utopian visions of the 1960s and the dystopias of the 80s, including dancing artists on the ceiling (no Lionel Richie), a trawl around concrete constructs and a live, futuristic DJ set.

There’s also a last chance to see two of the gallery’s most recent exhibits, Invisible Cities and Peter Yates: Paintings 1939-1982, with comedian-led “hack” tours giving you a humorous take on the artwork on offer.

NewBridge Books (Saturday 16th May only)

Ah, the cassette. Those little rectangles and a classic tape deck helped to get me into some of my favourite artists as a child and so the medium holds a special place in my heart. Luckily, thanks mostly to Guardians of the Galaxy, the cassette has been experiencing something of an upturn in fortunes, and you can join NewBridge Books in celebrating everything great about the tape.

Both individuals and record labels will be sharing their tapes from the “golden age” of cassettes to bring you a brand new megamix of tunes that includes everything from African disco and field recordings of Polish frogs to Burmese pop and new Canadian synth. Bring your old Walkmans, tape decks, ghetto blasters and worn-out cassettes, even those old mixtapes you have tucked away in the cupboard; it’s about time they got an airing again!

System Gallery (Saturday 16th May only)

Some of the region’s best local artists have been hard at work producing a range of interactive sound sculptures for you to enjoy on a fine Saturday evening. As well as meeting and greeting with the installations, sculptures and other 3D works, you can also attempt to draw your favourite noise and add it to System’s Great Sound Wall. Local bands will be playing on the lower floor and food and drinks come courtesy of the lovely Bar Loco.

Newcastle City Library (Saturday 16th May only)

Feel like you might be a bit of a wordsmith? How about joining the City Library for Word Play, an evening of music, art and performance? Create an interactive artwork inspired by the prints of Thomas Bewick, peek through the looking glass with poet Joanne Clement, “that poetry bloke” Craig Bradley will be performing his poetry bomb… plus there’s music from Gateshead’s Strings Attached. Of course, if you’re feeling like quite the brainiac then you could well test your vocabulary’s might against the Wii Scrabble Challenge. Good luck…

To find out more about the participating venues and events, visit the Late Shows official website.

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