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It’s the Grainger Market, but not as you know it! Newcastle’s iconic market has gained something of a second life in the last few years as a prime destination for fantastic scran and local merchants, proving that there’s still plenty of demand for an alternative experience to the more chain-oriented, corporate sprawl that has engulfed the city centre elsewhere.

Inspired by the likes of downtown Boston’s Faneuil Hall and London’s Brixton Market, The Great Market Caper looks to take Grainger Market’s offerings one step further, transforming it into a 2,000-capacity venue boasting great street food, excellent bars, live music and DJs, and a wide programme of other novel entertainment.

The Capers will run on the first Saturday of every month from 6pm til midnight, with guest food vendors operating alongside the market’s current mainstays, salsa maestro Chris Pendleton providing free lessons to all comers, comedians from Whitley Bay’s celebrated Felt Nowt, and a line-up of live music and DJs. Saturday 3rd September will see musical performances from the likes of indie folk artist Zac Younger Banks and Gateshead songwriter Hannah Robinson, plus comedy from Gavin Webster, David Hadingham and Rachel Jackson.

It’s a welcome addition to the Toon’s cultural happenings, especially given the recent losses we have experienced in the city centre’s creative community. So, with that in mind.. long may the Capers continue!

The Great Market Caper takes place at Grainger Market, Newcastle on Saturday 3rd September.

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