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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 quirky singer songwriters, blisteringly fun music, food glorious food, a film about the most famous band of all time and a whole lot more…

Monday 19th September
MUSIC Natalie McCool @ Think Tank?, Newcastle
The alternative pop sounds this mesmerising songstress offers up have been winning a lot of acclaim lately, and there’s a chance to see just what all the fuss is about as you kick off your week. Her songs are catchy, perfect pop in one breath, and subtly twisted in another. It should make for a very exciting live show, as she’s pulled in support for the Newcastle date from the immensely talented, folksy Savannah Betts, whose haunting indie pop vibes make her an ideal addition to the bill.

Tuesday 20th September
MUSIC Doe, Charla Fantasma, Pale Kids @ Pop Recs, Sunderland
The indie punk fused sounds of Doe are a real treat, and with them touring their just released debut album, there’s a fresh exciting vibe that should well carry on into this show. They’re joined by power-pop trio Charla Fantasma and indie pop funsters Pale Kids, for an evening that’s all about lush guitar driven sounds, heartily earnest at its core and filled with sumptuously straightforward melodies that’ll have you bouncing all the way into Wednesday.

Wednesday 21st September
COMEDY Red Raw @ The Stand, Newcastle
Midweek laughs courtesy of The Stand’s ever popular Red Raw night this week. It’s only £3 and you get a chance to see some of the best acts around honing new material as well as people taking the first tentative steps in the comedy world. A night that’s always packed to the rafters, this week welcomes compere Rahul Kohli and headliner Gordon Southern.

Thursday 22nd September
STAGE 1001 Nights @ Northern Stage, Newcastle
This play follows the story of Sheharazade, a storyteller who saved her own life together with the lives of her children by telling stories for 1001 nights, in one of the great cultural creations of the Arab world. Stories nestle within stories, with demons, errant spouses, thieves, fools and comedians all jostling for attention. The fabulous Egyptian storyteller and performer, Chirine El Ansary tells some of the most intriguing and deliciously seductive episodes from The Arabian Nights.

Friday 23rd September
MUSIC The Golden Age Of Nothing, Baba Yaga, Ghost//Signals @ The Westgarth, Middlesbrough
An evening of gothic and alternative music hosts these three excellent bands and DJ Tom Butchart from Sound It Out Records, also sharing some banging music. The night belongs to these three though with Stockton’s favourite psych goths The Golden Age Of Nothing, trip-hop gothy popsters Baba Yaga and retro goth tinged indie from Ghost//Signals making this a night of twisted Friday night fun.

Saturday 24th September
FOOD Sunderland Restaurant Week
With an immense selection of wonderful eats on offer, Sunderland has launched its own food and drink guide to showcase the sheer range of what can be had. To highlight it all even further though, they’re hosting the very first Restaurant Week in the city. A chance to dive into some of the best food and drink on offer, the week long event will be well worth sampling on whatever day your naughty day this week is.

Sunday 25th September
FILM The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Ron Howard’s film Eight Days a Week about the Beatles’ Touring Years has just had its World Premiere in London’s Leicester Square, with this film an intimate portrait of the band, and a behind-the-scenes look at The Beatles on tour. Exploring the musical revolution they created, as well as their own musical evolution, it follows through the effect this all had on the fab four, in a not to be missed document of musical history. This extra date has been added to see an incredible film due to the popular demand, so snap up tickets early.

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