Here’s our second round-up of 2016 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the North East over the next week.
Another will follow next Thursday, January 21.
• US singer-songwriter Patty Griffin is playing at the Sage Gateshead’s hall two tomorrow night. Griffin, winner of 2011’s Grammy Award for best traditional gospel album, is over here to promote her ninth LP, Servant of Love, released in September last year. Tickets to see the Maine-born 51-year-old, a former backing vocalist for Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, cost £21.50 or £24.50. Fellow American singer-songwriter Frankie Lee will be supporting. Lee also has an album to plug, American Dreamer, his debut, released in October. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or www.pattygriffin.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• The Cluny in Newcastle is hosting a free screening of the 2010 documentary Lemmy: 49 per cent Motherf****r, 51 per cent Son of a Bitch on Sunday as a tribute to the Motorhead frontman, pictured above, following his death from cancer at the age of 70 last month. The film features interviews with the Staffordshire-born bassist and singer, alias Ian Kilmister, and friends and fans of his including Alice Cooper, Dave Vanian, Peter Hook and Dave Grohl. Directed and produced by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, it will be screened at the Ouseburn venue at 4pm. Refunds are available at point of purchase for the band’s planned sellout show at Newcastle City Hall on Saturday, January 23, now cancelled, obviously enough, like their two previous scheduled dates there, in November 2013 and February the year after. For details, go to www.thecluny.com or newcastlecityhall.org
• Acoustic acts SkyRush, Craig Roddam, Sean Hainey, Meghann Clancy, Hannah Brown and Connor Thomas are playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy 2 tonight. Tickets for the show at the Westgate Road venue cost £7.05. For details, go to https://academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle
• The Sunderland Empire will host Abba Mania, a tribute act playing the Swedish pop legends’ greatest hits, on Saturday. Tickets to see the show, featuring performances of classic singles such as Super Trouper and Dancing Queen, at the High Street West theatre cost £19.50 to £25. For details, go to www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
• North Tyneside’s Playhouse Whitley Bay is hosting an amateur pantomime until Sunday. Tickets to see Whitley Bay Pantomime Society’s version of Cinderella at the Marine Avenue cost £14. For details, go to www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk
• A new production of the hit musical Hairspray can be seen at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday until Saturday, January 30. Based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Divine and Ricki Lake, the 2002 musical was written by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. This production stars Tony Maudsley, Claire Sweeney, Peter Duncan and Brenda Edwards. Tickets cost from £16. For details, go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk
• Heavy metal band Despite My Deepest Fear are playing at Think Tank in Newcastle on Monday. Tickets to see the Londoners at the Digital venue cost £6.60. Exist Immortal will be supporting. For details, go to www.thinktanknewcastle.com