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Those into their psych/ambient/garage vibes will love allday fest Waveform, held at Saltburn House Hotel (3/2), which is headlined by kraut-adelic duo Warm Digits, plus supports from Silver Trees, Primitive Painters, Behold A Pale Horse, Parastatic and more.

Increasingly becoming the ‘go to’ venue for many, Newcastle’s Boiler Shop host Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart (1/2) and electronica septet Submotion Orchestra (20/4). Also at the venue, Great Northern Soul Food present top live music, DJs and street food, with Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Kevin Rowland (1/4) and reggae icon Don Letts (27/5) scheduled to appear.

A little respect (sorry…) is due to Newcastle’s City Hall, as synth pop duo Erasure perform (4/2), plus there’s appearances from Washington crooner Bryan Ferry (15/4) and Animal Eric Burdon (23/6). Sage Gateshead’s 2018 is full of variety, of particular note are alt. rockers Arcane Roots (27/2); superb western gothic group The Handsome Family (2/3); revered composer and producer Nils Frahm (2/3); harmony-led popsters Belle & Sebastian (22/3) and Americana duo Secret Sisters (29/3).

Metro Radio Arena brings some big hitters to town, including Morrissey (23/2), Manic Street Preachers (23/4), Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (3/5) and Iron Maiden (31/7). Similarly, Newcastle’s O2 Academy present some big names including post-hardcore heroes At The Drive In (10/3) and Plan B (29/4). SSD Concerts continue to book some corking up and comers as well as household names; top among their 2018 calendar are appearances from Mogwai (Northumbria Institute, 1/2), The Go! Team (Riverside, 16/2) and Gengahr (Think Tank?, 21/4).

Newcastle’s Cluny can always be relied upon for great live shows. There’s far too many to list, but we highly recommend grabbing tickets early for The Lovely Eggs (10/2); honky tonk superstar Dale Watson (17/3); psych/noise rockers Hookworms (18/3); post-punkers Shame (11/4) and post-punk/new wavers The Monochrome Set (13/4). Also down in the Ouseburn Valley, Cobalt Studio’s The Cult of the Space Cassette night of music, dance and theatre features music from Henge, Age of Glass and Talos 4000 (10/2).

Stockton’s Georgian Theatre welcome Nine Below Zero bluesmen Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham (3/2); the ‘crown prince of punk blues’ Bob Log III (1/3); and revitalised punks The Members (14/4). While in Middlesbrough at Westgarth Social Club, The Kids Are Solid Gold continue to shine with lo-fi pop from Girl Ray (15/4).

On a jazzier tip, improvisation is king at Jazz North East’s gig at Jazz Café (15/2) featuring Group Theory and The Early Bird Band demonstrating the creative vibrancy of the scene. See also Gosforth Civic Theatre’s regular monthly jazz club, with John Pope Quartet (8/2), Minnie Frazer (8/3) and Tryptych (10/5) already confirmed.

On a world music tip, Gem Arts present the infectious sounds of Raghu Dixit at Sage Gateshead (4/3), plus there’s South Asian arts and culture at the award-winning Masala Festival (16-22/7)

Don’t forget festival season too, with confirmed outings for Stockton Calling (31/3), Gateshead International Jazz Festival (5-8/4), Evolution Emerging (9/6), NARC. Fest (7/7), Lindisfarne Festival (30/8-2/9) and Twisterella Festival (13/10).

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