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Stuck for something to do in the week? Don’t worry, we’ve got the next seven days covered with the best range of events from across the north east. This week we’ve got some Alternative BRASS, some tasty treats on Teesside, a double dose of comedy and much, much more.

Monday 13th July
FOOD AND DRINK Restaurant Week @ Various Locations, Middlesbrough

Teesside has a wonderful array of eating establishments to tickle even the fussiest of tastebuds. From Italian and Chinese to Indian and Middle Eastern (with the potential for some good ol’ fashioned English grub in-between), Restaurant Week offers the opportunity for Middlesbrough natives the chance to check out what fine dining is available on their doorstep. With a number of acclaimed establishments taking part, the discounted set menus are a perfect opportunity to fill up on an old favourite or try something new. There’s really no excuse not to eat well on Teesside this week.

Tuesday 14th July
COMEDY Glenn Wool @ The Stand, Newcastle

Are we alone in this world? Is that voice in our head just an inner monologue? Or is there some greater power or force following us around and taunting us as we live our lives? Essentially, if you’ve ever played The Sims and wondered if there’s a god up there selecting us with a big green diamond, then you’re not alone, as comedian Glenn Wool has been musing the same thing. Without relying on commercial TV success and panel shows, Wool has gained a reputation for being one of the funniest and intelligent comedians on the circuit and as he previews his latest show Creator, I Am But A Pawn at The Stand, there’s no better time to catch him performing some of his philosophical stand-up.

Wednesday 15th July
MUSIC Heavy Trash @ The Cluny, Newcastle

Since 2005, native New Yorkers Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray have been peddling their trade as possibly one of the best rockabilly bands you’re likely to see. Fusing genres as wide as garage punk, blues and alt country to create a distinctive and infectious blend of rock’n’roll, the duo are rarely on British shores, making their show at The Cluny one not to miss. Who knows when the pair might be venturing out again?

Thursday 16th July
STAGE Everyman @ Various Locations

The story of the National Theatre’s latest production Everyman happens to one of the oldest tales in the English language. Written by an unknown author, it follows the story of a man who looks for a person to defend his honour as Death comes calling and time is running out to decide whether our protagonist has led a good life. Starring Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and transported into the modern day by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the NT’s production of Everyman will be screened live in various cinemas across the region.

Friday 17th July
MUSIC Mr. Woodnote @ The Alligator Club, Durham

Australian saxophonist, beatboxer and loop master Mr. Woodnote is bringing his good friends MC Lil’ Rhys and Snareophobe to the Empty Shop’s new pop up venue The Alligator Club as part of Alternative BRASS. Combining hip hop, jazz and a bit of D&B, Woodnote and Rhys have been banned from the streets of many European streets for playing their loud, infectious and improvised funk fusion but no-one’s going to be shutting the Alligator Club down. It’s a chance to see some of the most daring musicians on the underground brass circuit do what they do best, all ably supported by Durham’s own alt hip hop stars Outside Your House and a DJ set by Zero DB.

Saturday 18th July
COMEDY Barnard Castle Comedy Fest @ The Witham, Barnard Castle

If you’re not in Newcastle and you can’t come to our audio-visual spectacular in support of Razmataz Lorry Excitement’s album launch, then it might well be because you’re cramming in a big quota of laughs at the Barnard Castle Comedy Fest. Featuring a whole array of the country’s best comedians, including Alex Horne, Mark Watson, Jo Caulfield, Tony Law and the region’s very own Lost Voice Guy, the one-day spectacular boasts one of the best furiously funny line ups The Witham has ever seen. There’s even a special appearance by Lee Kyle presenting his family friendly Gunge Show to entertain smaller chuckle-chasers (and, of course, big kids). You’d best bring the Kleenex because you’re guaranteed to be crying with laughter.

Sunday 19th July
MUSIC Foot Hair @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle

Ah, Sunday. The day that Lionel Richie once called easy as part of a very loose metaphor. Or you could just forget all about it being a day of rest and go see a free show by Newcastle noiseniks Foot Hair instead. The group are doing a rare live performance and, after the release of their thoroughly powerful and kind of terrifying debut LP on Box Records, it’s set to be a stormer. Filled with apathy and a lot of nihilism, you’d be foolish to miss out on one of the best noise bands the region has to offer. We recommend you take some earplugs though. We don’t want to be responsible for any bleeding eardrums…


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