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Royal Blood back in north east to plug second album

Following up a debut album as successful as Royal Blood’s self-titled 2014 LP might be a daunting prospect, but the alternative rock duo reckon they’re finally ready, three years on, to do just that.

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Maximo Park.

7 shows to see in the next 7 days, including ones by Maximo Park, Diversity and Seasick Steve

Here’s our 16th round-up of 2017 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including concerts by Seasick Steve, Spear of Destiny, the Quireboys and Maximo Park.

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Maximo Park have a new album out this week.

Treat in store for fans of Maximo Park

A treat is in store for fans of north east alternative rock act Maximo Park this week as not only have they got a new album out and a tour lined up to follow but they’re also playing a string of free record store shows to plug it.

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Ian McCulloch.

Live review: Ian McCulloch at the Sage Gateshead

Easter bunnies might be strictly seasonal, but Echo and the Bunnymen, happily, are a year-round phenomenon, and so it was that fans of the Merseyside alternative rock act got to see their frontman, Ian McCulloch, last night, April 8, over a week ahead of Easter Sunday.

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Echo and the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch is playing a solo show in Gateshead this weekend.

Easter Bunnyman Ian McCulloch needs no egging on to line up solo shows

The Easter Bunny might not be out and about for over a week yet, but a pre-Easter Bunnyman will be putting in an appearance in the north east this weekend.

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Sage Gateshead Chamber Choir

Spring concert for choir

A concert of chamber music is being held in Monkseaton with performers from the Sage Gateshead.

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Jesus and Mary Chain frontman Jim Reid live at Glasgow's Barrowland the night after their Newcastle show.

Review: The Jesus and Mary Chain live in Newcastle

The Jesus and Mary Chain might have started off their Newcastle show last night with new song Always Sad, but the near-capacity crowd there to see them at the Riverside were anything but sad to have them back.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain's Jim Reid and, right, his brother William.

Jesus and Mary Chain’s second coming yields first album for 19 years

The second coming of the Jesus and Mary Chain is about to yield their first album for almost 20 years, and fans of theirs in the north east will be given a sneak preview of it the day before it comes out.

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Trevor Nelson

A green weekend at coast

Discover an event jam-packed with Irish colours, live music, fun runs, a world record attempt, dancers, choirs, north east flavours and a tented village containing five interactive worlds in Tynemouth this week.

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Free Convention at Tynemouth

Celebrate Free for a night

A self-confessed Free fanatic will once again be staging a tribute to his favourite band in Tynemouth.

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The Handsome Family are returning to Gateshead this month.

Handsome Family can be seen plugging Unseen on tour this month

Their latest album might be called Unseen, but US alternative country act the Handsome Family are anything but seldom seen in these parts.

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Aladdin Sane - one of the tribute acts at the Fake Festival which is coming to Tynemouth

Touring festival is back

The UK’s only touring tribute festival is back and is celebrating its 11th year this summer, starting with an event in Tynemouth.

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Brook Miller

Whitley Bay teen in Open Mic final

A Whitley Bay teenager has made it to the national final of a singing competition.

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Dale Mason, Festival on the Wall founder and director. Picture by Craig Connor / North News & Pictures.

Global music stars lined up for new regional festival

Global music stars are heading to the region for a major music festival that could challenge the likes of Glastonbury.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry.

Live review: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry at Playhouse Whitley Bay

Railways over here don’t enjoy anything like the cachet that they do in the US.

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Duo’s tale from West End

Duo’s tale from West End

Direct from its success in London’s West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon and Garfunkel Story is back with a date at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay.

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Junior Turner.

Wallsend’s Junior scoops a US music award

Wallsend singer ‘Junior’ Turner, has picked up a prestigious award at the USA Independent Music Radio Awards.

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North east band STAN release tribute to home city

North east band STAN release tribute to home city

It’s common for musicians to release songs about lifelong love affairs, but for one north east band the subject isn’t about a lover, it’s about their passion for Newcastle.

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Learn the basics of guitar with musician

A six-week guitar course will start on Thursday night in Tynemouth.

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