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The O2 Academy may be celebrating their 10th anniversary this month, but the building has always had music in its veins. It was built in 1912 and operated as a cinema, The New Westgate Picture House, until 1958 when it was transformed into the Majestic Ballroom, the place to be in Newcastle; everyone from The Kinks, to the Small Faces and the Beatles played there.

Since the building’s re-launch as a live music hub in 2005, it has once again played host to many memorable gigs, as well as popular club nights. After securing the likes of Blur, The Killers, Katy Perry and other big names, the venue has become a centrepiece of Newcastle’s thriving live music scene. As well as attracting big name artists, the Academy also holds the health of the region’s music scene in high regard, with many local emerging bands and artists cutting their teeth in the intimate Academy 2 space.

To celebrate a successful decade, the venue will be hosting a 10th anniversary gig on Wednesday 14th October which will gather 10 of the region’s established and emerging talents. The night will be headlined by Newcastle’s very own autumnal indie rockers Little Comets, who released third album Hope Is Just A State Of Mind earlier this year. They will be in good company, with the likes of Beth Jeans Houghton’s latest pop punk project Du Blonde, retro super-duo Hyde & Beast and anthemic alt. pop specialists Shields joining them. In keeping with the Academy’s support for upcoming local artists, the bill will also include sets from rising indie slow-rockers Cape Cub, whose reverb drenched ballads have recently gained them widespread attention, alongside sets from atmospheric experimentalists Tessera Skies, folk pop five-piece Kosoti and self-identified ‘Liquid Candy Shop Afro-Pop’ youngsters Street Party In Soho, plus a few more surprises to be announced.

That tickets are a priced at a measly – and appropriate – tenner, it’s a happy birthday all round.

We’ve got 5 pairs of tickets to give away to the birthday celebrations! To be in with a chance of winning, email us at with the answer to this question:

Who was the first band to headline at the newly opened Academy in 2005?

A. Futureheads

B. Sting

C. Maximo Park

Closing date is Monday 12th October at 10am.

O2 Academy present Little Comets, Hyde & Beast, Du Blonde, Shields, Kosoti, Cape Cub, Street Party In Soho, Tessera Skies and more on Wednesday 14th October.

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