Here’s our 20th round-up of 2017 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including concerts by Simple Minds and Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind.
Next week’s will follow next Friday, May 26.
• Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena will be hosting Showmasters’ latest twice-yearly film and comic convention tomorrow and Sunday, May 20 and 21. Fans will be able to meet and get autographs from celebrities including former Doctor Who actor Sylvester McCoy and time lord’s sidekick Sophie Aldred. Tickets cost from £8 daily. For details, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk or filmandcomicconnewcastle.com
• Goth goliaths the Mission are playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy tomorrow, May 20. The West Yorkshire band – together from 1986 to 1996, 1999 to 2008 and since 2011 – are on tour to promote their 11th album, Another Fall From Grace, a No 38 hit following its release in September last year. Tickets cost £30.95. The Skeletal Family and Penetration’s Pauline Murray will be supporting. For details, go to www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle/academynewcastle
• Pop-rock act Twister are on at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Sunday, May 21, to play a show rescheduled from last Sunday, May 14. The County Durham quartet, formed in 2004, are out and about to plu their debut album, Designed State of Mind, released digitally in October last year. Tickets cost £13.10. Judas, Offpeak, A New Nowhere and Sam Gibson are supporting. For details, go to www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle/academynewcastle
• Veteran alternative rock act Simple Minds are playing an acoustic set at the Sage Gateshead tonight, May 19. The Scots, formed in Glasgow in 1977, are on tour to promote their 17th album, Acoustic, a collection of re-recordings of some of their old songs, a No 16 hit upon its release in November. Tickets to see the band, still fronted by Jim Kerr, cost £39.20, £50.10, £61 or £104. The Anchoress will be supporting. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• The Rifles are also playing an acoustic show at the Sage Gateshead tonight, May 19, but in its hall two rather than its main stage. The indie rockers’ fifth album, Big Life, was a No 26 hit upon its release in August last year. Tickets to see the five-piece band, formed in London in 2004, cost £16.40. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• Irish pop group the Cranberries are on at the Sage Gateshead next Wednesday, May 24. The four-piece act, formed in Limerick in 1989 and reunited in 2009 after splitting up in 2003, are over here to plug their seventh album, Something Else, a No 18 hit following its release at the end of last month. Tickets cost £51.80 or £43.60. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind can be seen at the Cluny in Newcastle tonight, May 19. Tickets to see the alternative rock act, formed in 2014 as a successor to the Jim Jones Revue and on tour now to plug their debut album, Super Natural, out next week, cost £10. For details, go to thecluny.com