Here’s our eighth round-up of concerts, plays and other shows on in the North East over the next week.
Another will follow next Thursday.
• Rock veteran Paul Weller is playing at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena next Wednesday. The former Jam frontman, pictured, is touring to promote his 12th solo album, Saturns Pattern, a No 2 hit following its release in May. Tickets to see the Surrey-born 57-year-old cost £38. Young Fathers will be supporting. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk
• Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena is hosting a film and comic convention on Saturday and Sunday. Former Doctor Who Colin Baker and ex-Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves will be among those signing autographs and posing for photos with science-fiction fans. Tickets cost from £15. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk or filmandcomicconnewcastle.com
• Alternative rock act the Maccabees can be seen at Newcastle’s O2 Academy tonight. The five-piece band, formed in London in 2004, are on tour to plug their fourth album, Marks to Prove It, their first chart-topper following its release in July. Tickets cost £25.87. Drenge will be supporting. For details, go to www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle
• Brix and the Extricated will be visiting the Cluny in Newcastle on Sunday. Tickets to see former Fall guitarist and fashion pundit Brix Smith-Start and her current band cost £15. For details, go to www.thecluny.com
• The Enemy are playing at Think Tank in Newcastle on Tuesday. Tickets to see the indie rock act, formed in Coventry in 2006, at the Riverside venue cost £15.40. The trio are on the road to plug their fourth album, It’s Automatic, a No 21 hit following its release last month. For details, go to www.thinktanknewcastle.com
• Folk-rock veterans the Waterboys are returning to the Sage Gateshead on Saturday night. The band, formed in 1983, are on the live circuit to promote their 11th album, Modern Blues, a No 14 hit upon its release in January, their highest chart placing since 1988’s Fisherman’s Blues. Tickets, priced £34.50, for the band’s first show at the venue for over three years have sold out, but returns might be available on the night. US singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson will be supporting. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com, www.mikescottwaterboys.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• Gateshead comedian Gavin Webster will be bringing his latest stand-up show to Playhouse Whitley Bay tomorrow night. Tickets to see the Blaydon-born 46-year-old, seen on TV shows including BBC2’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, at the North Tyneside venue cost £14. For details, go to www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk