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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 top comedy, hilarious theatre, psychedelic music, poetry and much more…

Monday 6th June
COMEDY Jesterval @ BALTIC Square, Gateshead
Jesterval comedy festival started with a bang over the weekend, with packed out shows of some of the biggest names in comedy. There’s more throughout this week too, though Monday could really prove to be a stand-out day, as local favourite and rising star Lauren Pattison performs her debut solo show Reet Petite. This is followed by the quite brilliantly named The Time I Tattooed Gazza and Other Hilarious Anecdotes from fellow North East native Si Buglass.

Tuesday 7th June
STAGE Nobody’s Perfect @ The Little Theatre, Gateshead
The humorous play, full of mishaps is sure to get plenty of laughs whilst still being filled with plenty of touching moments. Actor and comedian Sean Turner takes on the lead role of Leonard Loftus, a repressed statistician and single parent who lives with his wayward teenage daughter and cantankerous father. Dreaming of becoming a writer, he enters a competition, though with the entries needing to be romantic fiction by women for women, he enters under a pseudonym. Will Leonard manage to get away with it though?

Wednesday 8th June
MUSIC Moon Duo @ Georgian Theatre, Stockton
Moon Duo have had ambitious reaches for all that psychedelia can do with their latest release. Often extended instrumentals with cyclical riffs and deeply melodic keyboards, transport the listener into distant realms. Their raw, organic sound is really captivating and is sure to sweep all in attendance to another plane entirely.

Thursday 9th June
STAGE John Cooper Clarke @ Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
John Cooper Clarke has carved a role as one of Britain’s most famous performance poets. For decades, the Bard Of Salford has wowed with his way with words, becoming much loved and much revered in equal measure. Rising to prominence in the 1970s, his biting satire and sharp take on socio-political issues brought him legions of fans, and his rapid-fire performances gave a short, sharp shock to those who witnessed it. He became a counter culture icon in the process, as well as an important alternative literary figure. With a new anthology of his work released late last year, there’ll be some all time favourites to be heard, from an absolute master of the spoken word.

Friday 10th June
MUSIC Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Riverside, Newcastle
The psych rock legends are now 25 years into their existence as a band. A quarter of a decade on, they’re showing no signs of letting up. Still going strong, their live shows are an always unique experience, and the chance to catch them in Newcastle this week is a must, seeing in the weekend with a real bang.

Saturday 11th June
ART & LIT Shoes: Pleasure & Pain @ Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Whether the comfy pair or the pair we wear for best, shoes form a huge part of our identity; whether you have a wardrobe full, or just that one slightly worn pair, they say so much about us. There’s a huge cultural and social importance to footwear that shouldn’t be underestimated, and in its only showing outside of London, a new exhibition at the Bowes Museum aims to get to the bottom of the world’s fascination with what we put on our feet.

Sunday 12th June
FILM Di Di Hollywood @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
The final film from acclaimed Spanish director Bigas Luna closes off Tyneside Cinema’s season of his films, the first part of a sadly unfinished trilogy. The film follows a young woman who has grown tired of working in bars and nightclubs and decided to follow her dreams of stardom; and travels from Madrid to Hollywood. A short stop in Miami is followed by a trip to Hollywood, with things seemingly on the right path, until the powerful agent that’s noticed her appears to only want her for a sham marriage to a secretly gay star.

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