7 shows to see in the next 7 days, including ones by Louisa Johnson, Chuck Prophet, William Bell and Yes Lad

Here’s our 29th round-up of the year of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including gigs by William Bell, Yes Lad and Beth Nielsen Chapman, plus a free show by X Factor champion Louisa Johnson.

US singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet.

Murder mystery the inspiration for US rocker’s latest album

Most north east folk won’t have the foggiest notion who Bobby Fuller is, but a chance to find out is on offer at the Sage Gateshead this weekend.

Eight-year-old Leo Bailey-Yang, in practice for the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

Trio of dates for pianist

A young, but incredibly talented piano star will be performing a trio of concerts in North Tyneside this week.

Cast will be headlining at Corbridge Festival.

Big music names head to Northumberland festival this weekend

Cast, Craig Charles, From The Jam, The Selecter, Lucy Spraggan, Keston Cobblers, Bloxed Beats, Coquin Migale, The Baghdaddies are just some of the bands who will be performing at Corbridge Festival.
Festival’s line-up reaches theatre

Festival’s line-up reaches theatre

Legendary rocker Ian Hunter and Canadian-American folk singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright will appear at the Mouth of the Tyne festival.

Mandy Watson in Cloudbusting - The Music of Kate Bush.

Reaching heights of Kate Bush music

The music of Kate Bush will be ringing out in Whitley Bay as a top tribute act returns.

Royal Blood are about to make the step up from the likes of Newcastle's O2 Academy to arenas.

Review: Royal Blood live in Newcastle

Less is definitely more in the case of alternative rock duo Royal Blood.

Walter Trout.

Blues star Walter Trout at the Playhouse

Blues rock artist Walter Trout is back on stage as he brings his UK tour to Whitley Bay.

DJ Ricky Morrison

Top DJ Ricky plays at new Tynemouth venue

One of the UK’s most respected house DJs and record producers is making his first visit to the North East in more than 25 years to perform tomorrow (Saturday) in Tynemouth.

David Bowie tribute act Aladdin Sane, who will be perfoming at the Tynemouth Fake Festival this weekend. Picture by Rod Wetton Photography.

Festival’s back with top tribute bands

Get ready to rock as the Tynemouth Fake Festival returns.

A Ned Corvan self portrait.

Bringing Corvan’s music hall to life

The next biennial Sunday for Sammy show may not be until February 2018, but the team behind the popular entertainment charity is urging the north east public to attend one of its main 2017 projects, Mr Corvan’s Music Hall, which tours the region in May and June.

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Bananarama reform and announce North East tour date

Get ready to backcomb your barnet - the original Bananarama are back.

Royal Blood are back with a new album and tour.

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.

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.

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.

Sage Gateshead Chamber Choir

Spring concert for choir

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

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.

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.

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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