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It’s only time for another round up of the best events to fill out your week! This time around we’ve got thrash-tastic brothers, piss-taking musical comedy, another chance to see one of the best productions of the year so far, a bumper charity gig and much much more!

Monday 13th April
MUSIC Drenge @ Sage Gateshead

Let’s face it, you don’t always want to be starting off your week gently and  Drenge’s powerful blast of garage rock will no doubt kick you right into gear, setting you up for a killer week (hopefully!) The brothers are the originators of the current trend of balls-to-the-wall scuzz rock produced by duos and, whisper it quietly, have always been just that little bit better than Royal Blood. Just sayin’. The Sage may not seem a likely location for their tunes but maybe this is a sign of things to come from the venue…. Just don’t go if you’re nursing a hangover. Your head probably won’t be able to take it.

Tuesday 14th April
COMEDY Jonny and the Baptists Rock the Vote @ The Stand, Newcastle

I know I keep going on about this but we’ve got a chance to kick the coalition out in less than a month’s time! And after the success of their STOP UKIP TOUR, who better than to provide a night of politics-based musical comedy and silliness than Jonny and the Baptists? Rock the Vote is their most ambitious show to date and will see the group take on all the big issues of the day. Nominated for five national awards, Jonny and the Baptists are experts at combining political awareness with all-round silliness. If things on the campaign trail are getting a bit heavy for you, let them show you the lighter side.

Wednesday 15th April
STAGE The Frights @ ARC, Stockton

When I saw The Frights at the Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle a few weeks ago, a serious of unfortunate events worthy of Lemony Snicket transpired, causing the cast to be depleted and a radio-play style to be adopted. But it didn’t matter. The tale of lies, journalism and social media was still captivating, dramatic and quite often hilarious. In a nutshell, even in its makeshift form it was one of the best productions I’ve seen in some time. Now it’s going to Stockton’s Arc in all its majesty. You won’t want to miss it.

Thursday 16th April
MUSIC Rated R Presents Mouses @ Corner Flag, Sunderland

After a super-successful second EP launch and an amazing performance at Stockton Calling, Middlesbrough band Mouses are proving that not only are they young and superbly energetic, but they’re also immensely, ludicrously talented. Their brand of lo-fi punk rock is infectious, filled with tons of enthusiasm and swimming in boundless waves of scuzzy riffage. Rated R is bringing the band down to Sunderland for the latest in their run of gig nights and if you’re a Mackem with a penchant for rock who hasn’t had the pleasure of seeing Mouses live yet, there isn’t any other place to be on Thursday.

Friday 17th April
FILM Force Majeure @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Slowing the pace down quite considerably (in the best possible way), Force Majeure comes to the Tyneside Cinema from Friday. The new Cannes award-winning Swedish film is wonderfully uncomfortable and riotously funny. Centring on the “perfect” family on a skiing trip, a single cowardly and unexpected action by their patriarch leads to rifts, dysfunction and some seriously witty set-pieces. If you like your comedy as black as the night then don’t miss out.

Saturday 18th April
MUSIC In Aid of MIND Gig @ The Cluny, Newcastle

It’s likely that the vast majority of us will know someone with a mental health problem; MIND are a charity who aim to support and empower those people who suffer from such issues. In Aid of MIND sees a number of the region’s best acts coming together to support the charity at The Cluny. And this is a lineup you definitely don’t want to miss. The Lake Poets, Brilliant Mind, Lilliput Tissue Culture, High Tide 15:47, Coquin Migale and Street Party in Soho are all playing, with Mr. Paul Smith taking to the decks in-between sets. And it’s all for an amazing cause. It doesn’t get much better.

Sunday 19th April
MUSIC Martha and Milky Wimpshake @ Empty Shop, Durham

Rounding off the week in similar fashion to how it began, punk pop heroes Milky Wimpshake are teaming up with Pity Me’s finest DIY rockers Martha to create some madness on the final leg of their joint UK tour. Wimpy are joined by Sophie from Life Model, performing songs from their upcoming duets EP while Martha will no doubt be airing songs from their acclaimed recent debut LP. The pair are joined on the night by fellow pop-punkers T-Shirt Weather, playing their first home town gig in eons.

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