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Stuck for something to do in the next seven days? We aim to have you covered with an event a day for the next week, all across the region. This time around we have dreamy pop music, touchingly funny cinema, a futuristic play, lots of punk, soulful favourites and much more…

Monday 15th February
MUSIC Money @ Think Tank?, Newcastle
The Manchester based alternative rock trio released their second album last month, showing themselves to be a band with a gift for melancholic, intricate music twinkling beneath tortured, swoony vocals. Their dreamy pop features beautifully written lyrics set to the backdrop of music with a darkly romantic edge. They’re a band hugely on the rise, and this is a chance to catch them during what could well be a breakout year.

Tuesday 16th February
FILM Rams @ Tyneside Cinema
This touching and drily funny story was the winner of the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival 2015. Set in a remote Icelandic farming valley, it follows two estranged brothers who haven’t spoken a word to each other in 40 years. They band together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their flocks of sheep, which the authorities want destroyed, in this darkly comedic tale.

Wednesday 17th February
MUSIC T-Shirt Weather, No Ditching, Carnist, The Repossessed @ Empty Shop HQ, Durham
Durham’s own T-Shirt Weather provide catchy pop punk with bouncy choruses and just the right amount of attitude, alongside fellow Durham natives No Ditching’s similar pop sensibilities with an angsty punk attitude. Carnist bring a heavier, more hardcore punk sound from London, while rounding it all out are Sheffield’s The Reposessed; very fast and very loud, there’s a sprinkling of everything punk can be from four awesome bands.

Thursday 18th February
STAGE The Nether @ Northern Stage, Newcastle
American playwright Jennifer Haley’s cutting edge play premiered in 2013, and is now being brought to life by the Newcastle University Theatre Society. In the play, The Nether is an ever expanding network of virtual reality realms, as we see just how far the internet could expand. Following Detective Morris’ investigation into a realm of the dark and depraved, some huge ethical and moral questions are raised, with alarming conclusions drawn both in-realm and in the outside world.

Friday 19th February
MUSIC Smoove & Turrell @ Customs House, South Shields
This Friday night in South Shields is surely one to get on your dancing shoes, as Smoove & Turrell bring their soulful, catchy songs south of the river. Their sound carries a heavy Northern Soul influence, with funk filled music flowing under some captivating crooning. This is the first time the six-piece will ever play The Customs house, and off the back of a UK and European tour, and headline spots across various festivals last year, this gig is putting a firm stamp on 2016 being an even better year for them to continue in their rich vein of form.

Saturday 20th February
COMEDY Gary Delaney – There’s Something About Gary @ ARC, Stockton
The king of the one-liner is back with a brand new tour, and having had his last one extended four times, playing over 240 dates, this new one is much anticipated. It’s expertly crafted, beautifully written comedy, with a dark edge from one of the sharpest and funniest comedians around.

Sunday 21st February
MUSIC Shearwater @ Cluny, Newcastle
A decade on the road has honed an assured sound from Shearwater that comes over with a tremendously confident edge live. A treasured band for a number of ardent fans, their eighth stufio album captures the light and dark of our times, through loud, soaring, beautiful indie rock. A quirky band with a gift for fascinating songwriting, it’s time to discover Shearwater if you haven’t already.

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