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Every week we pull together some of the best events taking place across the region, from music and theatre, to comedy, art and film. Read more on these, and other events, in the July issue of NARC. magazine – out now in print and online.

Newcastle Jazz Festival
There are several events building up to the main weekend programme. Amy Thatcher & Fran Knowles and The Ben Shankland Trio are at The Globe on Wednesday, The Strictly Smoking Big Band at The Bridge Hotel on Thursday and the Alex Clarke Quartet and Festival Jam at The Black Swan on Friday. The main event includes two days of music at Tyne Bank Brewery from 1pm each day. Saturday has Ruth Lambert Duo, Giles Strong Quartet, JazzMain, Dean Stockdale, Nigel Price Trio and Swannek, while on Sunday it’s Graham Hardy with the Stuart Collingwood Duo, Matthew Forster Quartet, Steve Summers & Sue Ferris, Slowlight Quartet and Jonny Mansfield with Andy Champion & Dave McKeague. Plus, there’s a variety of ticket packages available, check the website for more.
Wednesday 16th-Sunday 20th August @ Various venues

Up Tees Telly
Dedicated to providing a valuable platform for rising artists in the region’s hip-hop, grime and associated genre scenes, the Up Tees Telly collective present a showcase of talent from hip-hop artists Brad Robinson, Conn Ramsey, Robson and Chris Sayer, grime/drill artists J Trussy, Gee Planter and Ricki Frost, plus emo/trap sounds courtesy of Omnei and p33.
Friday 18th August @ Disgraceland, Middlesbrough

Carl Eaton
As a firm member of the Teesside music scene for many years, Carl has profound experience in all aspects of music: whether that be writing and releasing albums and EPs, or as an accomplished live performer. His way of storytelling through music is magical, and represents his immense skill as a singer-songwriter.
Launching his new album at The Georgian Theatre, The Illusion Of Age features an astounding twenty songs, and includes ten fresh tracks along with ten reworked versions of some of his finest previous work. Aside from showcasing Carl’s signature lively pop sound, additional musical inflections have also been carefully embedded, resulting in album which spans country riffs and bluesy undertones. He’ll also be performing alongside Derek Wafer and Silent Voice, who will be debuting their new work.
Saturday 19th August @ Georgian Theatre, Stockton

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Newcastle University Master of Fine Art exhibition
Bringing together the work of a wide range of artists across a variety of disciplines, materials and individual responses, this MFA degree show will feature work by both mid-point and graduating artists from Newcastle University.
Saturday 19th August-Saturday 2nd September @ Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

For a two-man team modestly staking a claim for themselves as practitioners of “a little rock, a little blues, a little hardcore” Josh Scogin and Nikko Yamada throw everything into the mix when it comes to performing as ’68. Named after Scogin’s dad’s Camero, there’s an earthy atmosphere created in their music that’s offset by a hunger and stripped back to basics sound. The whirlwind of energy, rollercoaster of sonic chaos and adrenaline is what gives songs like Whether Terrified or Afraid, Track 5 or Lovers In Death their emotional heft and intensity. This for all the ways to define their sound ‘68 don’t dabble with the standard blues or rock and roll, their tunes kick much harder and louder.
Monday 21st August @ Bobiks, Newcastle

Common Courtesy
Having gained serious praise from the likes of BBC Tees Introducing (as well as this very publication) for their varied and vibrant sound, Darlington-based genre-fluid four-piece Common Courtesy are serious ones to watch. Support comes from Dailo & The Ransoms.
Tuesday 22nd August @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington

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