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Once again we’re bringing you the best that the next seven days has to offer from around the region! This time we’ve got neo-gothic blues, the examination of mental health issues, a pub quiz unlike any other, the launch of a new record label and much, much more.

Monday 18th May
COMEDY Foil Arms and Hog @ The Stand, Newcastle

They’re Ireland’s best comedy sketch group; you can tell because they’ve got a whole song dedicated to the, ahem, “wonders” of Ryanair. Foil Arms and Hog’s high energy and unpredictable brand of sketch comedy is sometimes surreal, often just a bit twisted but always thoroughly hilarious. If you don’t believe us, watch one of their many YouTube sketches (they’ve got over five million hits you know) or, better, yet, pop down to The Stand to see the trio in action.

Tuesday 19th May
MUSIC Bernaccia, Mouses, Spitfire Hostels @ Think Tank, Newcastle

Power to the hills! If you want one last chance to catch Newcastle’s best neo-gothic blues band before they disappear into the studio for an undisclosed amount of time to no doubt record more blinding amazing material, then here’s your chance to grab the buffalo by the horns. The band are set to give a sneaky airing to some of their new songs and bring out a few old favourites in an extravaganza no fan will want to miss. Joining them are raucous Boro duo Mouses and rising alt rockers Spitfire Hostels. It’s gonna be loud, it’s gonna be crazy, but above all it’ll be a bloody good night.

Wednesday 20th May
STAGE The Art of Not Getting Lost @ Arc, Stockton

It’s a fact of life that one in four people will experience some kind of mental health distress during their lifetime. That means that you’re more than likely to have known someone who has suffered from some kind of mental health problem, whether they’ve been open about it or not. Despite the prevalence of mental health problems in our society though, the issue is still often stigmatised and hidden away from public view as something to be ashamed of. The Art of Not Getting Lost examines what it’s like to be one of the hidden ones and asks some serious questions about society’s attitude to these issues, cloaked in a somewhat whimsical tale set in Bakerloo Station. It’s thought-provoking and challenging, and will leave you asking some serious questions about how we treat mental health issues.

Thursday 21st May
COMEDY Not Quite A Pub Quiz @ Dun Cow, Sunderland

Ever wanted to be on a comedy sketch panel? Well, we can’t get you on to Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks or 8 Out Of 10 Cats but we can let you know about Middle Child’s latest foray into the interactive pub quiz world. Except, as its title suggests, it’s Not Quite A Pub Quiz. Instead, it’s the ultimate interactive experience, as the company litter their brain-busting night with performances, riddles, sketches, picture puzzles and even live music. There’s so much going on but we’d advise keeping your eyes on the prize; otherwise you might just forget to answer the questions.

Friday 22nd May
MUSIC Tessera Skies, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, Immy Williams @ Sage Gateshead

Amazing Media’s latest venture, Amazing Record Co., is being launched at the Sage Gateshead this week with a showcase of some of the most talented musicians in the region. Headlining the bill are Tessera Skies, whose genre-bending, blissed out alt pop has had everyone all aflutter since their performance at the 6 Music Festival. They’re joined by folk group Bridie Jackson & The Arbour, whose gorgeous, swooning compositions are always a joy to watch live. Rounding off the bill is young singer-songwriter Immy Williams, whose delicate voice and skilful piano playing has earned her comparisons to Lana Del Rey and Tori Amos.

Saturday 23rd May
ART AND LIT Game On 2.0 @ Life Science Centre, Newcastle

Yes, video games are art. Not everyone agrees, but when you think about the time and effort that goes into making them and the sheer splendour of the narratives and the graphics, can we say any different? For the sceptics out there, you might have your mind changed by 60 whole years of gaming history laid bare at the Life Science Centre as Game On 2.0 begins its run. Play on some of the original consoles from the 1970s, try to smash that high score on Donkey Kong and other arcade classics, experience the cinematic splendour of modern day triple-A gaming and delve into the design of some of the worlds’ most memorable games. We’re not responsible for any dislocated thumbs or RSI though…

Sunday 24th May
FILM A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

The words skateboarding, Iran and vampires don’t usually go together easily, unless you’re trapped in some weird parallel universe or are having a cheese-induced fever dream. But the question is: why don’t these things go together? It sounds amazing. Ana Lily Amirpour certainly wondered why these three things didn’t slot together like a wonky jigsaw, and so created her pulpy masterpiece A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, a tale of vampires and the occult that draws on everything from spaghetti westerns to horror and graphic novels. It’s one not to be missed for any fans of cult cinema.

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