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My name is Rob Heron. You may know me from playing music and DJing about town, but these days I am the events manager at The Globe in Newcastle. I took this job on in late 2020, and I have been having a brilliant time helping the venue’s owners, Jazz Coop, develop what was already a superb venue, into something even better! We have been running livestream shows three nights a week throughout lockdown, and we look forward to inviting audiences in ASAP, for a programme of gigs that we are very proud of.

The following selection of tracks are all from artists that we have hosted, or are yet to host, at The Globe! Check out our social media and website for updates on what’s coming up.

 

HOWLIN RIC & THE ROCKETEERS – I WANNA KNOW
These guys are the meaning of rock ‘n’ roll. A Leeds-based band, and good pals of mine, they produce authentic sounding 50’s style R&B and RnR with immaculate execution. This track is from their debut LP Waiting By The Dancefloor, and I cannot recommend it enough. They’re playing at The Globe on 5th November.

RAPASA NYATRAPASA – NYALOKA
I first saw Rapasa playing at The Coal Yard, and when I started at The Globe I contacted Carl from the Coal Yard immediately because I needed to get Rapasa booked in (and he’s playing here on 28th May). He is from Kenya and plays an eight stringed lyre called a Nyatiti and sings beautiful soulful songs in his native tongue. Really worth checking out.

SERIOUS SAM BARRETT – LAST OF THE YORKSHIRE OUTLAWS
This guy is a true Yorkshire troubadour, and his blend of folk song, banjo playing, 12 string guitar melodies and songs about skateboarding makes for a humble and unique performance. A true gent and a magical songwriter. Sam did a live stream for us in January for Independent Venue Week, and will return in July!

NISHLA SMITH QUINTET – BLUE DREAM
I can’t talk about music at The Globe and not talk about
jazz. The place is owned by Jazz Coop, a cooperative of jazz fans who purchased the building so they could create a hub of music. Nishla Smith is an extraordinary vocalist and songwriter, with a gentle but soulful voice. She will be joined by her quintet at The Globe in July.

THE KUBRICKS – DOWN WITH THE DOGS
Some people might remember The Globe hosting a number of
reggae sound system nights in the past; and nothing will be changing there, as we have a number of brilliant reggae events lined up in the autumn, including this seven-piece band from London. Proper knees up stuff.

BASKERY – ROCK & ROLL
These guys are a Swedish trio made up of sisters who play a kind of punky Americana
country reminiscent of the [Dixie] Chicks et al. Killbilly, mud-country, banjo-punk! Coming to The Globe in November – this will sell well, so get your tickets soon.

MOON WAX – SLICK COSMOLOGY
These guys are a disco-pop band from Middlesbrough. They contacted me about doing a live stream at The Globe, and I was instantly blown away! What a band! Seriously tight and slick, and definitely filling a gap in the North East music scene. I think they will go real far!

TIM DALLING – A ROUND FOR THE NHS
Oh Tim! Tim Dalling has been a pal of mine for some years now, and he is an extremely charming, hilarious and talented man. With his tongue in his cheek and his witty humour protruding, he still manages to write and deliver an almost perfect political hymn in this anthemic ditty about the NHS! Thanks NHS, but also, thank you Tim Dalling!


 

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