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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 music from Canadian punks and a Canadian Country songstress, an intimate little comedy night, short films celebrating our region, inspired sculptures and some of the North East’s very best bands in a birthday bonanza for a local promoter.

Monday 25th January
COMEDY Mr Shindig’s Laughter Store @ True Coffeehouse, Newcastle
Why not start the week with a good giggle? Mr Shindig’s Laughter Store brings its first comedy show of 2016 to True Coffeehouse. There’s another carefully curated line-up of silliness as Joby Mageean, Lee Kyle, Cal Halbert, Jack Gardner, Catherine Scott and Neil Harris bring the laughs.

Tuesday 26th January
MUSIC Cancer Bats @ O2 Academy, Newcastle
Canadian punks Cancer Bats released their fifth album last year and a tour followed, with them now bringing menacing melodies, riffs, savage screaming and hook filled choruses to Newcastle. Fast, frenetic and forceful, a perfect gig for you to just let yourself go.

Wednesday 27th January
FILM Amber Documentary Short Film Festival @ St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead
A four day film festival starts on Wednesday, with seldom seen documentary films from the 1970s at its heart. Concentrating on North East history, there’s lots of rare footage captured for the screen in one for the film and history buffs as much as one for those who just want a unique look at our region.

Thursday 28th January
MUSIC Jenny Ritter @ Heaton Perk, Newcastle
A perfectly quaint and cosy setting for some delectable Americana from the Canadian songstress. Folksy flavours and a traditional country music vibe sway throughout her utterly beguiling songs, the captivatingly delicate way she sings over her beautiful banjo playing is sure to captivate all in attendance.

Friday 29th January
MUSIC Field Music/Kingsley Chapman & The Murder @ Georgian Theatre, Stockton
The quirky, eccentric pop rock of the ever popular Field Music and the dark melodic tunes of Kingsley Chapman and The Murder make for a super strong selection of bands, with support from Stockton locals and alternative rockers Weird Shapes.

Saturday 30th January
MUSIC Lone Wolf 4th Birthday @ Independent, Sunderland
A birthday bonanza for Lone Wolf promotions on Saturday, who celebrate four years of epic gigs and pushing bands further down the road to success. The promoters, who look after two of the finest local bands, Cellar Door and Goy Boy McIlroy have a really special birthday line-up as indie wonders Cohesion, alternative rock outfit Dalaro, and the dark pop of Shields come to Sunderland.

Sunday 31st January
ART & LIT B. Wurtz – Selected Works 1970-2015 @ BALTIC, Gateshead
A trip to the BALTIC is always a treat, and this weekend could be the perfect time make a little visit to see the carefully assembled structures of American artist B. Wurtz. Inspired installations made from a wide range of commonplace and discarded materials are well worth a look.

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