Rory Bremner: Partly Political review

Rory Bremner at The Customs House for the South Tyneside Comedy Festival ~ a guest blog review by Cheish Merryweather   President Donald Trump is the ultimate gift to the comedy world who just seems to hand comedy writers new material to mock him about on an almost daily basis. Impressionist[…]

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SummerTyne Americana Festival review

SummerTyne Americana Festival – The Sage Gateshead ~ a guest blog review by Cheish Merryweather This weekend witnessed the return of the annual SummerTyne Americana Festival at The Sage, Gateshead, as the venue celebrated the festival’s 13th year. The free indoor Concourse Stage displays all feel-good Americana songs people can tap[…]

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The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers review  ~ a guest blog review by Cheish Merryweather Father Ted’s co-writer Graham Lincoln adapted the hit movie The Ladykillers for stage and a large part of me believes this is the best format for the macabre comedy.  The People’s Theatre certainly made it feel that way, as we[…]

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Rip it Up preview

Get ready to Rip it Up, with two Strictly Champions and one of the UK’s favourite dancers ~a guest blog interview with Jay McGuiness by Michelle Nicol   Featuring not one, but two Strictly Come Dancing champions, Jay McGuiness and Louis Smith, together with one of the show’s most popular[…]

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Blink 182

Blink-182 review ~ a guest blog review by Cheish Merryweather   Pop-punk band Blink-182 are currently on tour following the release of their seventh studio album, California.  Last Sunday, they swung by Metro Radio Arena and were greeted with a near sell-out crowd.  Band members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker were[…]

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Handmade Burger Co review

Handmade Burger Co – The Gate Newcastle   Here at Nights Out In Newcastle we really love a good burger!  So we were thrilled to be asked to review the food at the Handmade Burger Co. restaurant in The Gate.   We made our way there last Saturday for a lunchtime feast, and having skipped[…]

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Newcastle Gin Festival 2017 review

Newcastle Gin Festival 2017   Here at Nights Out In Newcastle it is safe to say we love a good Gin and Tonic.  So image our excitement at being invited to the Newcastle Gin Festival 2017 at Newcastle Racecourse.  We absolutely loved last years Gin Festival which has been held at Castlegate[…]

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Kevin and Karen Dance review

Strictly sweethearts Kevin and Karen Clifton sweep the audience at Sage Gateshead off its feet   Strictly Stars Kevin and Karen Clifton won over the audience at the Sage Gateshead with their beautiful dancing and their charming love story brought to life on stage. Against a simple backdrop of their[…]

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Chloe Reynolds review

Chloe Reynolds at the Sage Gateshead – Thursday 1st June 2017 ~a guest blog by Cycles with Wolves. I arrived to the Sage to watch the Anastacia ‘Ultimate Collection’ tour and headed straight in to take my seat. I was quite intrigued to see Chloe Reynolds perform for the simple fact[…]

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Evolution Emerging 2017 review

Evolution Emerging Evolution Emerging 2017 took place on Saturday 27th May across 10+ venues in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle.   We were lucky enough to have a couple of press tickets to go along and see what it was all about. Presented by the UK’s leading music development agency, Generator and now[…]

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The Beach Boys at the Sage Gateshead

The Beach Boys, Wild Honey Tour, Sage Gateshead ~ a guest blog by Mandy Charlton The Beach Boys really need no introduction at all, they’ve been performing together for over 55 years, they’re truly legendary icons of music. Although some of the members of The Beach Boys are either no longer[…]

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Leo Sayer at the Playhouse

Leo Sayer: Live in Concert 2017 On Saturday, I attended the Leo Sayer’s concert at Playhouse Whitley Bay.  When we arrived at the playhouse, the people at the door greeted us and directed us to the box office where we were to pick our tickets up from.  Once the tickets had[…]

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ARRIVAL – The Hits of ABBA

Abba-solutely Fabulous   This weekend The Playhouse, Whitley Bay was transported back to the glitz and sparkle of the 70s and 80s to join Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Ani-Frid on stage as the hits of the band came alive once more through the tribute act that was Abba Arrival, the[…]

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Frankly Sinatra

Frankly Sinatra Starring Stephen Triffitt – The World’s No1 Frank Sinatra   The Sage Gateshead – Thursday 18th May 2017 Ol’ Blue Eyes certainly lit up all eyes when he hit the stage at The Sage, Gateshead.  The ‘Armadillo‘ shaped Sage with its prominent position on the bank of the[…]

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Chicago Blues Brothers review

THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS – BACK TO BLACK TOUR – PLAYHOUSE WHITLEY BAY It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.  Hit it!…..OK, its 13 miles to Whitley Bay, I’ve just filled up with petrol,[…]

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The All New Jersey Boys at the Lancastrian Suite

The All New Jersey Boys at the Lancastrian Suite   On Friday evening, the fully booked Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead had a great atmosphere, as tables were seated and eager to see the All New Jersey Boys take to the stage.  One of the largest capacity banqueting suites in the North East, the Lancastrian Suite often hosts[…]

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Hit The North review

Hit The North review ~ a guest blog by Katie Meehan Football and Music.  Two things you think of when you hear ‘Newcastle.’  Well, I do anyway.  When I heard there was a new festival coming to the North East, I was so excited.  Long gone are the days of[…]

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A Vision of Elvis review

A Vision of Elvis at the Playhouse Whitley Bay   Since the refurbishment of Whitley Bay Playhouse several years ago it has attracted some excellent shows and wonderful entertainers.  It’s a great contemporary venue for all audiences and brings together a truly mixed crowd and a really warm Whitley Bay[…]

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Meet The North review

Meet The North review We were lucky enough to get some tickets to see Hit The North and Meet The North on the 28th and 29th April last week.   Check out our review of Meet The North here… Newcastle first City Centre Multi Venue Music Festival Hit The North launched on[…]

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The Big North Total Tattoo Show review

Undercover at the Big North Tattoo Show 2017 METRO RADIO ARENA, NEWCASTLE – SATURDAY 29TH & SUNDAY 30TH APRIL 2017   ~ a guest blog by Laura Geldard   Total Tattoo magazine arrived in the toon this April at the Metro Radio Arena bringing the glorious smell of disinfectant and the buzz[…]

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The Waiting Rooms

THE WAITING ROOMS (Formerly the Long Bar) The Long Bar, at the bottom of Westgate Road, was a popular haunt for people starting or ending their night out on the town due to its handy location, right next to the Central Station.  As its name suggested, it had a very[…]

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GATESHEAD BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL – 2017 Being a festival virgin and not especially into real ales, preferring lager as a drink, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was invited to attend and write a blog on the 8th Annual Gateshead Beer and Music Festival.  This years event[…]

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NEWCASTLE DARTS MASTERS 5 THE LANCASTRIAN SUITE – DUNSTON   This years “Newcastle Masters” takes the form of a knockout darts competition between 3 ex World Champs 1 former World No.1 and 4 local wildcards.  8 of the Uk’s finest, polyester clad, darting experts, finely tuned at throwing pointy sticks[…]

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Whitney – Queen of the Night review

Whitney – Queen of the Night review ~a guest blog by Sprog on the Tyne I love Whitney Houston.  Her music felt like it was the soundtrack to my childhood.  I remember watching The Bodyguard at primary school sleepovers, singing along and wagging my finger disapprovingly to ‘It’s not Right’ in[…]

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Diversity Genesis review

Diversity Genesis review I have been to some great concerts and shows at the centrally located Newcastle Metro Radio Arena and although I was looking forward to my afternoon with the Britain’s Got Talent winning dancers; Diversity, I can honestly say they far exceeded any expectations that I previously had.  They[…]

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CC Cabanas

CC Cabanas Here at Nights Out In Newcastle we really love our scran, so we were thrilled to be asked to review the food at CC Cabanas in Walker, and we certainly were not disappointed when we popped in for a Friday night feast! This hidden gem is tucked away on Mitchell Street in Walker,[…]

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East is East review

East is East at Northern Stage ~ a guest blog review by Cheish Merryweather In 1999, British comedy film East Is East was a mainstream success winning over both audiences and critics. Screenwriter Ayub Khan-Din has since brought his semi-autobiographical story back to the stage so audiences could be presented face-to-face with issues surrounding multiculturalism, adolescence[…]

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Keep Dancing review

Keep Dancing is the ballroom dance sensation that will high kick your summer off to a good start.   Fans of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will be flocking to the Theatre Royal this week as the ballroom sensation that is Keep Dancing showcases some of the show’s finest stars. A[…]

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Robin Hood blog review

Robin Hood – Playhouse, Whitley Bay ~ a guest blog by Mandy Charlton When I first heard of the Robin Hood Easter Pantomime I was a little taken aback, I’d always assumed that Pantomimes were a Christmas affair but no, apparently the Easter pantomime is growing in popularity and it’s unsurprising[…]

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The Red Lion Review – Live Theatre

Photo Credits: Feature Image -Live theatre. Others: Keith Pattison Red Lion Review On the surface, The Red Lion is a play about football, tactics and rituals surrounding ‘the beautiful game’. When we look deeper there’s a more powerful message… Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion is set in the locker room of a[…]

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Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017 review

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2017 The Sage Gateshead opened its doors to thousands of music fans for the 13th Gateshead International Jazz Festival last weekend (Friday 31 March – Sunday 2 April).  Here at Nights Out In Newcastle we were lucky enough to be invited to sample some of the best, most innovative, challenging and[…]

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You’ve Got A Friend review

YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND The Music of James Taylor and Carole King – Playhouse Whitley Bay   ~a guest Blog by John Gregson from Blade Printers for Nights Out In Newcastle. As a last-minute request, I was asked to cover “You’ve got a friend”, a new show from Maple Tree Entertainment which chronicles[…]

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Lets Twist Again Review

Lets Twist Again at Playhouse Whitley Bay review ~a guest blog by Sprog on the Tyne. Having grown up with Radio 2’s Sounds of the Sixties, I was thrilled to be invited along to Let’s Twist Again at the Whitley Bay Playhouse.  The sixties music was thrust upon me in my teenage[…]

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Copacabana blog review

Copacabana – Tyne Theatre and Opera House West End Operatic Society presents: Copacabana  Tues 4 – Sat 8 April 2017 | 7pm (2pm matinee Thurs & Sat)   ~ a guest blog review by Mandy Charlton   In 1985 Barry Manilow wrote a TV musical called Copacabana, it later became a stage musical[…]

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Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra

Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra Celebrate the First Ladies of Swing – Sage Gateshead ~ a guest blog by Mandy Charlton I’m going to take a moment to admit something, a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t actually know who Clare Teal was!  I know, shocking right?  I’ve been a[…]

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Rule The World review

Rule The World – Playhouse Whitley Bay ~ a guest blog by Mandy Charlton I just want to state, for the record and of course in the interests of unbiased journalism that I, Mandy Charlton am a pretty die-hard fan of Take That, being a lady of a certain age I’ve[…]

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the searchers


THE SEARCHERS CONCERT 2017 – Playhouse Whitley Bay Back in the day, when I was a 14 year old kid, I remember growing up in a house full of music, all from completely different tastes and genres.  My brother, blasting out “Save Me”, the latest hit from Queen – from[…]

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