Put together by the iconic Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground released ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ in 1967 however, it wasn’t until after the band’s demise that their music began to take hold across the planet.
Fifty years on, well forty-nine with the formation of Newcastle-based, The Velvets, late last year, Steve Daggett, along with Ema Lea Daggett, Bad Bob Bates, Willie Angus and guest musician Chris Maynard are set to produce a mini-Academy tour beginning on September 9 in Newcastle....
Review and interview carried out by Peter Mann BSc
From just up the road in Darlington the delightful Hayley McKay wowed the concourse on the final night of this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival with music that was very much Unspoken.
The singer-songwriter, who spends a good portion of her time on the road, recently returned from the deep south, of England that is, where she has not only recorded her next album during a Brighton heatwave, but paid a special visit to the home of BBC Radio ...
When the football season ended the Newcastle United fans’ foodbank did not stop collecting supplies for Newcastle’s hungry.
Last season, Magpies supporters stationed outside St James’ Park on match days gathered tonnes of food for their city’s West End Foodbank, which is Britain’s biggest foodbank. Supporters also arranged a drop-off point in Newcastle’s Grainger Market, where fans could leave donations over the summer.
Produce collected by the fans was distributed to people and families livi...
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With an iconic venue and vibrant mix of music, the SummerTyne Americana Festival has become one of the region’s best-loved festivals. Peter Mann looks ahead to this weekend’s eclectic offering
RUNNING for over a decade now, Sage Gateshead’s SummerTyne Americana Festival continues to go from strength-to-strength and this year’s is no different as a plethora of acts blows across the Tyne.
Across different stages, including the venues main halls of Sage One and Two, a high calib...
Steve Wraith has made quite a name for himself on Tyneside in recent years.
Many will recognise the man who has worked as an actor, agent, manager, author and businessman.
Meanwhile, as an events promoter, he has played host to a long line of famous faces from the worlds of boxing, football and more.
He goes back a surprisingly long way. This month the former Gateshead sub-postmaster and nightclub doorman clocks up a 25-year shift as a promoter.
There have been some big names.
How about boxer...
WEARSIDE Olympian Josh Kelly and Birtley’s Tom Whitfield top the bill at Newcastle’s Walker Dome tomorrow night as Eddie Hearn and his Matchroom team bring their JD NXTGen series of shows to the region, writes Peter Mann.
Kelly, who was part of the British team at last summer’s Rio Olympics, is unbeaten since turning professional earlier this year, while Whitfield, schooled at the Harton and Westoe gym in South Shields, is a former Northern Area title challenger who has lost just one of his f...
If the Sayers family is one of the most well-known on Tyneside, Albert Sayers is perhaps one of Newcastle’s most recognisable faces.
For decades the street trader has plied his trade in the city centre, selling fruit and vegetables to countless thousands of customers.
But now it’s the end of an era for Albert as his distinctive street barrow has been retired and donated to Beamish Museum in County Durham.
The 70-year-old said: “As a family we’ve been selling in Newcastle for six generations n...
Several years in production the newly-named, Northern Country Queen, 32-year-old Chloe Chadwick, is preparing to take country-americana music not only by storm, but to a whole new level, with the release of debut album, ‘Dustbowl Jukebox.’
Chloe, who originates from the Potteries, has been in the Toon for nearly a decade now, finding love and employment and a blossoming music career – she’s living the dream.
Having released her self-titled, four track EP, in 2015, the impending album is a lon...
NORTHERN Area welterweight champion, Billy Snaith, has retired from professional boxing two months after defeating rival Daniel Cope at Hardwick Hall.
Snaith, who turned professional under Peter Cope Snr two years ago, has five wins and two titles from five outings in the paid ranks, but family commitments have prompted the decision to hang up the gloves.
“I’ve a new baby on the way and really want to spend time more with the family,” said Snaith. “I feel it’s the right thing and have achieve...
Northern Country Queen, Chloe Chadwick is about to release her latest single Love Will Find A Way.
The multi award nominee who is based on Tyneside has in the past been nominated for two prestigious awards by UKCountryRadio.Com in 2016; ‘Best UK Female Singer’ and ‘Best UK Act;’ the solo artist, who has performed with the likes of Nell Bryden, The Christians, and spent eleven weeks on the Hot Disc International Country Chart, two of those being at number one with Feels Like Home, is set to ta...
Boasting an undefeated record that features 20 wins and two stoppages, Ward claims to be ready for the biggest fight of his career, and is delighted to be competing at Leeds’ First Direct Arena as the main support to Josh Warrington’s World Featherweight bout with Kiko Martinez.
“I’m really glad that I’ve signed with someone like Frank Warren and it can only mean big things for me and my career,” said Ward. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds and I’m in there to do a job. I k...
THIS has not been a vintage season for some of the North-East’s professional football clubs, but one of the region’s amateur sides has been celebrating after being crowned FA All England Sunday Cup champions.
Hardwick Social FC, who are based in Stockton, can claim to be the country’s best Sunday football team after they triumphed in a dramatic final at Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United.
The team, who are comprised of many of the players who helped Stockton Town win this season’s Nor...