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As June comes to a close and we pass the midway point of the year, there’s no letting up on the region’s events calendar. This week we’re bringing you a wide range of events from across the region, including comedy in Darlo, our very own festival, semi-experimental electronica and the very first appearance of food and drink on the roundup…

Monday 29th June
MUSIC The Sidekicks @ Head of Steam, Newcastle

Music For Lovers have a lot of tricks up their sleeves. Not in a menacing way, mind, they’re not super villains. No, instead they’re more like cuddly magicians bringing us some of the best DIY gigs the region has on offer, a trend they’re continuing by bringing gritty Ohio punk rockers The Sidekicks to Newcastle’s premier basement venue today. Supported by The Great Cynics and our very own Do It Yourself heroes Martha, it’s set to be an unmissable start to the week.

Tuesday 30th June
STAGE Who Do We Think We Are @ Northern Stage, Newcastle

Things might be winding down a little across the region’s theatre venues (curse you, Edinburgh!) but for the next month at least we’re getting a small smattering of amazing stage productions to dig our teeth into. Who Do We Think We Are isn’t as tedious or self-flagellating as the similarly-titled celeb-laden BBC production, and it’s set to be all the better for it. A group of ageing actors will be looking into their histories to find out more about their past and the lives of their ancestors, bringing to light some fascinating tales and big surprises. Accompanied by some video and discussion, this is set to be a wonderful exploration of what makes us who we are.

Wednesday 1st July
COMEDY Darlington Comedy Festival @ Various Locations, Darlington

Darlington might not be the first place you think of when you’re asked about five-star comedy, but their latest comedy festival might make you change your mind. The festival is bringing together some of the region’s best comedic talent –  including Chris Ramsey, Patrick Monahan, Alun Cochrane, Seymour Mace and Matt Reed – into a spectacular showcase.

Thursday 2nd July
ART AND LIT Brian Ord @ Newcastle Arts Centre

After years of sculpting and working in 3D, Brian Ord has gone two-dimensional for his latest exhibition. The artist is transferring some of his ideas into paintings and collages depicting the ideal home. Only, the furnishings are just a little bit unreal and the homes they’re placed in just a little bit too big, a bit too unattainable. Impossible Interiors will be challenging perceptions of the perfect home and making us wonder if a domestic utopia really is something we should aim for in life. Who wants to keep up with the Joneses anyway?

Friday 3rd July
MUSIC Lunacre @ Head of Steam Newcastle

It’s a good week for the Head of Steam, isn’t it? First Music For Lovers brought us a meaty slab of punk from across the pond and now Beyond the Wall have tempted semi-experimental electronic outfit Lunacre to the venue. The band’s Troupe EP is a beautiful collection of expertly written songs combined with wide-ranging musical influences wrapped into a package you’re unlikely to have heard before. Supported by What We Call Progress, Plaza and Nico Cara, you probably don’t want to be anywhere else on Friday night.

Saturday 4th July
MUSIC NARC. Fest @ Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

Yes, it’s finally here! NARC. Fest will be bringing you some of the best in local talent – and a few acts from beyond – to brighten up venues across the Ouseburn Valley. The Tanners, Free Trade Inn, Cumberland Arms, The Cluny and The Tyne Bar are all set to host the events, with the likes of Shields, Coquin Migale, Parastatic, Falls, Milky Wimpshake ad Monkey Junk lined up to headline each stage. I know we’ve said it a lot but honestly, it’s totally free and you’d be a fool to miss it.

Sunday 5th July
FOOD AND DRINK North East Chilli Festival @ Seaton Delaval Hall

I think this is the first time the Weekly Events Roundup has ever featured a Food and Drink event… but really, who doesn’t love a good chilli? If you’re a fan of everything from jalapenos to scotch bonnets, there’ll be something here to (quite literally) tickle your taste buds. Don’t worry if you’re not that into spice though, there’s plenty of other delights on offer to keep you entertained. Then again, there’s always a first time for trying out a ghost chilli…

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