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 spoken word from a punk legend, political satire, one of this year’s cinematic hidden treasures, a handful of the North East’s freshest emerging bands, a country singing gem, a celebration of our region’s musical heritage and one of the founder’s of Viz magazine’s newer creations.
Monday 11th January
STAGE Henry Rollins @ Tyne Theatre
Out on tour for the first time since 2012, the former Black Flag frontman and all round punk legend comes to Tyne Theatre with a new spoken word show. A modern renaissance man, having acted, presented and toured the world as frontman for both Rollins Band and the aforementioned Black Flag; the spoken word string to the bow is the perfect showcase for a trememndously funny, intelligent and engaging performer.
Tuesday 12th January
COMEDY Andy Zaltzman @ The Stand
Following on from a sell-out show last year, political comic Andy Zaltzman returns with a new, uniquely interactive stand-up show. Audience members are invited to email in political issues to be discussed in an evening of sharp satire from one of Britain’s leading political comedians.
Wednesday 13th January
FILM The Danish Girl @ Tyneside Cinema
There’s a truly phenomenal cast on show in director Tom Hooper’s pseudo-biographical drama. It’s Eddie Redmayne on form yet again in the lead role as Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery. With Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts and the always brilliant Ben Whishaw also on screen, it’s little wonder this film has been garnering many a positive review.
Thursday 14th January
MUSIC Drifts/No Ditching/Integers/A Festival, A Parade @ Head of Steam
Four of the North East’s brightest and best bands are part of a sumptuous line-up at Head Of Steam on Thursday. Drifts provide an alt indie, post-punk influenced sound that really stands out, with melodic guitar riffs undercutting charming vocal melodies. There’s also post-punk influences on show from No Ditching, though with a bouncier, poppier edge. A heavier tinge comes courtesy of Integers, and there’s delightful, folksy melodic goodness from A Festival, A Parade.
Friday 15th January
MUSIC Patty Griffin/Frankie Lee @ Sage 2
Grammy winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin brings her folksy, country influenced, stripped-back sound to Sage 2, showcasing songs from her tenth album Servant Of Love. Story driven narratives within her lyrics, and captivating musicianship on show will also be present within the Americana influenced sound of super talented and hotly-tipped support act, Frankie Lee.
Saturday 16th January
STAGE The Pitmen Poets @ Barnard castle
Four of the region’s leading champion’s of our musical heritage come together to celebrate the triumphs and ponder the tragedies and hard times of the North East’s coal mining tradition. Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe are the men who individually and collectively, through song and spoken word, celebrate a key period in our region’s history. This date is slap bang in the middle of a tour which ends back up in the North East at the end of the month.
Sunday 17th January
COMEDY Simon Donald: Barry Twyford Isn’t Meant @ The Stand
The co-founder of Viz magazine is also quite the successful stand-up comedian too. Having created numerous 2D legendary characters for Viz, he’s shown a knack for creating equally brilliant characters on stage, as we are treated to a full hour of hapless Geordie market researcher Barry Twyford, in this remarkable one-man show. Inventive, silly and very, very funny, it’s an original show well worth catching, as there’s even support from the always brilliant Lee Kyle.