Here’s our 41st round-up of the year of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including gigs by Emeli Sande, Richard Thompson, Train and Fickle Friends.
Next week’s will follow next Friday, October 20.
• US pop-rock act Train will be making tracks to Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Tuesday, October 17. The band, formed in California in 1993, are over here to plug their 10th album, A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat, a No 13 hit upon its release in January. Tickets to see the San Francisco group – best known for their two top 10 singles, Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me), a No 10 in 2001, and Drive By, a No 6 in 2012 – cost £33.75. For details, go to www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle
• Emeli Sande is on at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Monday, October 16. The Sunderland-born 30-year-old, brought up in Aberdeenshire in Scotland, is on tour to promote her second album, Long Live the Angels, a No 2 hit following its release in November last year. Tickets cost £41.25, £49.50 or £60. Calum Scott will be supporting. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk
• Justin Currie and the Pallbearers are playing at the Sage Gateshead’s hall two on Monday, October 16. The Scottish singer-songwriter is on tour with his backing band to promote his fourth solo album, This is My Kingdom Now, a No 54 hit following its release in May. Tickets to see the 52-year-old Glaswegian, best known as Del Amitri’s frontman, cost £27.30. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• Folk-rock veteran Richard Thompson returns to the Sage Gateshead next Wednesday, October 18. The 68-year-old Londoner is on the road to promote his 17th solo album, Acoustic Classics 2, a No 24 hit released in August and featuring stripped-back versions of songs from throughout his career, including his time with Fairport Convention. Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker will be supporting him. Tickets cost £27.30, £32.70 or £38.20. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• West Sussex indie pop act Fickle Friends are playing at the Riverside in Newcastle next Wednesday, October 18. The five-piece Brighton band, formed in 2013, released their second EP, Glue, last month, and their debut album is scheduled to follow next year. Tickets cost £9. For details, go to www.riversidenewcastle.co.uk
• A production of the 1971 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey musical Grease, turned into a film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in 1978, opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal on Monday, October 16, and runs until a week tomorrow, October 21. Its cast includes Danielle Hope, Tom Parker and Louisa Lytton. Tickets cost from £16.50. For details, go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk
• South Tyneside comedian Sarah Millican will be giving a talk about her autobiography, How To Be Champion, out this month, at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House on Sunday, October 15. Tickets to see the South Shields-born 42-year-old cost £12.50. For details, go to tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk