Published on June 15th, 2016 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Summer time and the livin’ is easy
A selection of festivals, fun, food, music, arty and beery things to celebrate sunny days
The Ship Isis, Silksworth Row, Sunderland SR1 3QJ
Prizes to be won from 8pm plus free buffet. Wednesdays are Buskers Nights – pints for players – and the pub is always on the lookout for new talent to play on other occasions.
Plus quizzes at:
The Collingwood Arms, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS (tel: 0191 281 0570)
The Forth, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW (tel: 0191 232 6478)
The Central, Half Moon Lane, Gateshead NE8 2AN (Tel: 0191 478 2543
Pub quiz at The Eye On The Tyne, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DQ (tel: 0191 261 7385)
Mr Lynch, Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1DB (tel: 0191 281 3010)
The Carriage, Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1DB (tel: 0191 281 2151)
The Mile Castle, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 5XU (tel: 0191 211 1160)
The Bodega, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 4AG (tel: 0191 221 1552)
EVERY FIRST THURSDAY
AULD ROCKERS MUSIC QUIZ
The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE 8 3AF
Auld Rockers Music Quiz is great fun for anyone interested in music from the 50s through to the 90s – from 8pm-ish once a month on the first Thursday. Fun and prizes at the second-best bar in Gateshead.
The Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle
Pub Quizzer every Sunday from 9pm. 50p per person and the chance to win a share of a great big 55 quid. There’s also some bottles of booze to be won on the spot prize question. Quiz runs for a couple of hours. “If you want to bring yer own furniture, thats alreet with us.” Check out the Pub Quizzer Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/1663867257195683/
UNTIL JUNE 19
THERE WERE ISLANDS
Baltic 39, High Bridge, Newcastle NE1 1EW
BxNU MFA graduate exhibition featuring the work of the BxNU Master of Fine Art course delivered by Northumbria University in partnership with the Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art. Performance event on June 16 (6pm-8pm).
UNTIL JUNE 26
Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays NE8 3BE
Present Continuous is the first comprehensive monographic exhibition in the UK by filmmaker Omer Fast.
UNTIL JULY 9
CHARCOAL EARTH PAPER
The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN
An exhibition by Colin Rose inspired by his use of earth and charcoal together when working in Australia. The exhibition of recent work presents Colin’s interest in using these natural materials with their intensity and contrast of colour and the richness they offer for making drawings. Open during normal library hours.
UNTIL DECEMBER 31
Centre for Life, Newcastle NE1 4EP
Explore what makes you “you”. Scientists are discovering new things every day and you, and your brilliant brain, can help improve our understanding by visiting The Brain Zone and taking part in experiments.
UNTIL JANUARY 3 2017
ANIMAL INSIDE OUT
Centre for Life, Newcastle NE1 4EP
Explore the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures, large and small in this fascinating new exhibition by Body World creator, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Animal Inside Out takes visitors on an anatomical safari of more than 100 specimens, each painstakingly preserved by the remarkable process of Plastination. From goats to giraffes, elephants to eels and octopuses to ostriches visitors will discover the form and function of animals both exotic and familiar. Animal biology textbooks spring to life in this unforgettable museum learning experience.
JUNE 2-JULY 25
SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL
South Shield Amphitheatre and Bents Park, South Shields
Thursday and Saturday live music and Sunday concerts in a summer of great live entertainment. Free. Starring The Blow Monkeys, Alexandra Burke, The Proclaimers, Lindisfarne, Tony Hadley, UB40.
THE NORTH EAST
Wylam Brewery, The Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle
Eight breweries, three sessions and you – featuring pop-up bars from Allendale, Almasty, Box Social, Camerons, Northern Alchemy, Three Kings, Wylam, plus special guest Northern Monk (Leeds)
Fresh beer, food trucks, music.
MANCHESTER BEER WEEK
Manchester Beer Week includes a brewers’ market, collab fest and Big Buzzin’ Party at the iconic Granada Studios. Among others, Hawkshead Brewery is hosting a series of events – meet the brewer evening and tap takeover, plus being involved in a brewers market and closing party. Hawkshead is also one of eight breweries teamed up to create four collaboration brews exclusively for the festival. The Cumbrian brewery has been paired with Runaway Brewery in this collab-off and have brewed a “Manchester-themed” beer.
SOUL FINGER #1
The Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1LD
DJs Rob Heron and Stagger Lee Fisher play rare soul records where nothing taken seriously apart from the quality of the music. 8pm-1am, £3.
WOMEN MAKE MUSIC
The Bridge Hotel, Castle Square, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Sue Ferris Quartet plus Ruth Lambert Trio. A concert in Jazz North East’s Women Make Music series where two of our outstanding North East artists were invited to bring in bands, with an open remit to do whatever takes their fancies.
WHITLEY BAY PROPER FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear NE26 1BG
More than 100 stalls of artisan foods from Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria, Yorkshire and Scotland to eat in the open-air area or to take away. Full bar with entertainment, cooking demos and much more. 10am-7pm both days.
www.properfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk Tel 07904 187 644
BEER DAY BRITAIN
The 2nd National Beer Day follows last year’s original idea – drink beer, ideally in the pub or a brewery taproom and join in the National Cheers to Beer at 7pm using the hashtag #CheersToBeer. Last year the National Cheers trended on Twitter so the challenge is to trend again this year. (No relation to Cheers magazine.)
TANFIELD LEA WORKING MEN’S CLUB INAGURAL BEER FESTIVAL
West Street, Tanfield Lea, Stanley, Co Durham DH9 9NA
Durham Camra’s Pub of the Year features 20-plus real ales plus four ciders. Entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Food available. Supported by LWC Wholesale.
Details and opening times: 01207 238783.
TYNEDALE BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL
Tynedale Rugby Club, Corbridge
Three days, 120 beers, 25 ciders, 10 wines, eight bands, two children’s entertainers, six street food stalls, three good causes, two enormous marquees in one fantastic festival. Beers from around the North East and way beyond, plus cider, wine, music and fun on a grand scale. Camping, free car parking. Just absorb the aromas of grass and canvas tinged with fine ale. Heaven.
Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 4AN
Four days of stupendous music in the heart of North Yorkshire plus real ale tent, high quality food stalls, vintage market and trade stands. Featuring: The Undertones, Stereo MCs The Beat, Misty In Roots and a whole lot more. This year, audiences will be encouraged to play tribute to rock legend David Bowie through a fancy dress theme. Reckoned to be the UK’s best value four-day music festival.
BORDERS BOOK FESTIVAL
Harmony Garden, St Mary’s Road, Melrose, Scottish Borders TD6 9LJ
Some of the biggest names in books, entertainments and public life take to the stage to bring their work to life. Headlined by Frederick Forsyth, Phil Jupitus, Evlyn Glennie (in conversation with Kirsty Wark), Rory Bremner Kathy Lette and Sarah Pascoe. Live music (including Scottish Opera), theatre performances, workshops, street market wine tastings, kid’s crafts.
THE JUNE GENIE
The Cluny, 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE1 2PQ
Calling All The Young Dudes, Diamond Dog Dystopian Dreamers, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, Heathens and Blackstars. Come and join like-minded souls to celebrate the life, music and influence of the Late Great David Bowie. Let’s Dance and Freak Out to some of the greatest rock, pop, funk and soul records ever made. Sound And Vision: Bowie Video Disco. Loads of classic Bowie records – Glam, Plastic Soul, Berlin era avant-garde synthetic pop and music and rare videos from all career era ch…ch…ch…ch….changes along with great tracks from Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson.
Bowie character face painting. Best dressed Bowie Fan Trophy and raffle prizes. Tickets £5 advance or £6 on the door – 7pm till late. Proceeds and donations to the Teenage Cancer Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital, RVI Newcastle.
CYCLONE FESTIVAL OF CYCLING
Various locations, Newcastle
The 2016 Cyclone Festival of Cycling weekend features the Virgin Money Tyne Six Bridges family rides (Friday evening June 17), followed by the popular Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge Rides on the Saturday (June 18). Sunday June 19 will see top men’s and women’s road racing action in the Beaumont Trophy and Curlew Cup races. The traditional three 34, 64 and 106 mile Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides have been joined by a 90-mile option.
DURHAM BLUES FESTIVAL
Gala Theatre, Durham
Starring King King, Connie Lush And Her Band, Laurence Jones, Albany Down, Billy Walton Band, Blues Boy Kings, and Southbound. 2pm-10pm.
Box office: 0300 026 6600 www.galadurham.co.uk
JUNE 21-JULY 24
THE TOWN MOOR: A PORTRAIT IN SOUND
Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG
An immersive installation by Chris watson celebrating the iconic green space that is Newcastle’s Town Moor through cinematic sound. Starts on the hour (Monday 10am-8pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm). Free entry.
GLASGOW REAL ALE FESTIVAL
The Briggait, Bridegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ
Ten mins from both Glasgow Central and Queen St Stations; five mins from St Enoch Subway with 150-plus beers, ciders and foreign beers. Hot food available. Open: Thu 3.30pm-10.30pm; Fri Noon-10.30pm; Sat Noon-10.30pm. Prices £4 Camra membs/£6 non-membs. Price inc festival glass.
SUE RICHARDSON: TOO COOL
The Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW
A show devoted to the life and music of Chet Baker. Sue Richardson, herself a trumpeter and vocalist, works with a hand-picked North East group to recreate Baker’s music, adding original tunes of her own, and stringing the whole thing together with a spoken narrative developed with the help of actress Sylvia Sims.
NORTHUMBERLAND PLATE BEER FESTIVAL
Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park NE3 5HP
The world-famous Northumberland Plate meeting includes a beer festival on the Friday evening in association with Box Social Brewing with seven races, including the Betfred Gosforth Park Cup. Real ales and ciders. Choose from our admissions tickets or hospitality packages. Beer tent is located next to the pre-parade ring – entry is included within your admission ticket price.
The Red Lion Inn, Milfield, Northumberland NE71 6JD
Featuring 20 real ales and ciders and live entertainment (Saturday) at this 18th Century sheep drovers’ inn. Tasting night Friday, family hog roast, Sunday. Huge marquee. B&B with four new, en-suite chalets.
South Beach, Links Road, Blyth, Northumberland
Brit award winners Scouting For Girls with their infectious indie-pop style plus an impressive support from local bands that includes Percy & The Piglets, David Neil, Shields, Dust Town Dogs, Sarah Holmes, Just So and Hayley McKay.
Tel: 01670 854084 www.facebook.com/NorthumberlandLiveFestival
THE ART MARKET
Grainger Market, Newcastle NE1 5QG
Loveartnortheast’s latest art and design market. takes places on the fourth Saturday of every month inside the historic Grainger Market Arcade. Around 20 of the region’s best artists, designers and crafters pop up from 9am till 5pm. Tel: 07973108608
TIM RICHARDS HEXTET
The Black Swan Bar & Venue, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE11SG
Leading UK pianist returns after a long absence, with a top flight cross-generational sextet. The Hextet’s 2015 album Telegraph Hill was acclaimed for its “buoyant, grooving melodies and arrangements which sparkle with his players’ individual, improvisatory freedom”.Its this new material that will be at the heart of the Black Swan gig.
BEYONCÉ: THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR
Stadium of Light, Sunderland SR5 1SU
Beyoncé, one of the biggest female artists of all time, is set to light up the North East in the summer.
Recognised as the most powerful woman in the music industry and Billboard’s Artist of the Millennium, Beyoncé will take to the stage at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in what will be the prestigious opening night of the European leg of the Formation World Tour and is the iconic singer’s first-ever stadium performance in the North East, with Sunderland selected as one of only five UK venues to host the global superstar and one of only two stadium venues in England, the other being Wembley.
INTERNATIONAL TAU DAY
Hawkshead Brewery’s Key Lime Tau makes its return. Pubs, bars and bottle shops are joining the celebration to collectively launching the beer in keg and bottle. Tau Day is an annual celebration of the circle constant pi (τ = 6.28318) which takes place every June 28 (6/28 in the American calendar system). It proves that the equation τ = 3.1415926 (the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter) isn’t what it seems. Errr… don’t ask us.
JUNE 30-JULY 5
SUNDERLAND SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
Various venues, including Independent, NGCA and Sunderland Minster
With more than 65 unique films spread across nine screenings in four venues across Sunderland, you’re sure to find something new and exciting to watch. Popular Sunderland band Hyde & Beat play Sunderland Minster after the first screening on June 30.
HAYDON BRIDGE BEER FESTIVAL
Low Hall Park Football Ground, Haydon Bridge, NE47 6AE
Festival number eight features ales, ciders and wine from around the world. Live music and entertainment from The Street Martins, Tyne Valley Big Band and The Promise – funds raised go to lcommunity causes with 2016’s main benefactor being Tynedale Hospice At Home.
NORTH EAST CHILLI FEST
Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Sluice, Tyne & Wear
The fifth Chilli Fest features live music from Kenny Thomas, Smoove & Turrell The Din and Soulutions. Real ale and cocktail bars, more than 80 independent food producers, top class entertainment, including the legendary chilli-eating contest. Early Bird advance tickets £4.50 (£7 when the Early
Saltwell Towers, Saltwell Park, Gateshead
Saltwell Park is full of pieces of sculpture and public art. If you want to find out what they are all about, join Anna Pepperall, public art curator, on this informal walk and talk. £3.
SCOTTISH REAL ALE FESTIVAL
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ
Lothian Bus 35 or 4, 20, 34, 44 will get you there; Slateford Railway Station within 200yds. 160-plus Scottish real ales plus dider and perry. Camra products, tombola and games. Open: Thu-Sat noon-10.30pm. Hot food available throughout. Entry: £6/£4 Camra members. Free re-entry to all sessions with 2016 souvenir glass. Live music every night and Sat afternoon.
MOUTH OF THE TYNE FESTIVAL
Live at Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
Featuring Bryan Ferry, James Bay, Will Young, Lulu and local heroes Hyde & Beat and Tunde Baiyewu (the voice of the Lighthouse Family).
Legendary Good Times DJ
NORMAN JAY MBE
Wylam Brewery, The Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle
As well as the good man himself there are food trucks, Jacks Gin Palace and a glorious selection of fine wines available (plus of course some fabulous Wylam Brewery beers). Doors: 6pm to midnight. Earlybird tickets: £10 – early purchase is advised 🙂
THREE MILE INN BEER FESTIVAL
Three Mile Inn, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 2DS
Great selection of ales from local breweries, live music in this second beer festival.
Newcastle and Gateshead, various venues.
A mix and blend of the finest South Asian arts and culture Featuring Riverside Ragas: The Monks of Majuli, Mini Mela, Shri Sriarm’s Just A Vibration. Film screenings, workshops and demonstrations of South Indian cooking, meditation, yoga, Bollywood dance and more.
Tel: 0191 440 4124 www.gemarts.org
NORTHERN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
The Beer Hall, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9LR
Hawkshead’s 10th festival continues to draw beer lovers to The Lakes to witness craft brewing in the north of England at its finest. It’s all about British craft brewing… what’s new, who’s new, what’s stood the test of time, but most of all… what’s good. It’s mostly cask, but there’s a fair amount of keg too. It’s a family affair… kids, dogs, babes in arms, great grandmas, weird brewers – all are welcome. There’s food all day, live music, great beer, good crack and no tickets – the Beer Hall is a pub, it doesn’t charge entry.
SIXTH BATTLESTEADS BEER FESTIVAL
Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, Northumberland NE48 3LS
The fifth annual beer festival at Northumberland’s eco-friendliest pub, hotel and restaurant features great beers, lagers, ciders, food and live music from The Mudskippers and Alive And Kicking. This year’s charity is The Great North East Air Ambulance. Stay the weekend and unwind. Great sponsorship opportunities too.
SUMMERTYNE AMERICANA FESTIVAL
Sage, Gateshead Quays NE8 2JR
The weekend-long party introduces another sizzling celebration of American roots music. The hugely-popular event this year features Imelda May, Mary Chapin Carpenter, ward Thomas and Striking Matches, plus many, many more (local and breakthrough).
THE ART MARKET
Grainger Market, Newcastle NE1 5QG
Loveartnortheast’s latest art and design market. It takes places on the fourth Saturday of every month inside the historic Grainger Market Arcade. Each month around 20 of the region’s best artists, designers and crafters pop up from 9am till 5pm. Each month the traders taking part varies.
SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP
Centre for Life, Newcastle NE1 4EP
A five-day event for 13- to 16-year-olds, offering the chance to do lots of exciting and cool stuff. Led by Life’s education team, participants will cover topics from astronomy to zoology.
Tel: 0191 243 8210 www.life.org.uk
The Lake District’s music festival celebrates its annual success ( now a 12,000-capacity, three-day event) with a lineup that includes The Charlatans, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Madness, Jason Manford, Rudimental, Maximo Park, The Bottlemen, Peter Doherty, Donovan… and mountains more. See you in the fields!
PROPER FOOD FESTIVAL
Seven Oaks Park, Dudley Lane, Cramlington, Northumberland
Sixty of the finest artisan food producers selling the best locally made food the country has to offer.
Licensed bar selling real ales and ciders from Wylam Brewery and others, plus wine and cocktail bar.
A huge array of hot food. Producers selling the best food from around the world to eat in a huge outdoor picnic area. Live entertainment and lots more interesting stuff.
GATESHEAD ART SOCIETY ANNUAL SUMMER EXHIBITION
St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead
Gateshead Art Society’s amateur art work. Pictures will hang from the pillars for you to enjoy throughout the month of August. All of the pieces on display will be available to purchase. Free.
DURHAM BREWERY BIRTHDAY BEER BASH
Durham Brewery, Bowburn North Industrial Estate, Bowburn, Co Durham DH6 5PF
Celebrating its 22nd anniversary on August 6 (12noon-5.00pm), this brewery festival is now a yearly tradition on the first Saturday in August. It’s a great afternoon of good beer and food plus gin from Durham Distillery; a way to meet the brewery’s customers and say thank-you for their support. Steve, Christine, Elly, Georgie, Sean, Craig and Will will be available to answer any questions. At least six cask beers and four keg beers on offer – some old favourites as well as new beers launched on the day – with the first pint of 5% abv and under free. There’s also a massive range of bottle-conditioned beers to try with 10% discount on bottles, mini-casks, glasses or gifts from the brewery shop on the day. The visitor centre, marquee and main brewery will keep everyone dry should it rain.
CAMRA GREAT BRITISH
The Great British Beer Festival is organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and offers visitors over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers as well as fantastic entertainment, food, seating areas, and traditional pub games to enjoy all under one roof in the heart of London.
Carts Bog Real Ale & Music Festival
Carts Bog Inn, Hexham NE47 5NW
Thirty real ales and ciders. Live music from King Size Voodoo Travellers, Diablo, gate Crashers, The Happy Cats. £10 entry includes three beer tokens (£15 both nights), 6pm-12midnight. Set in a traditional country pub in the North Pennines surrounded by stunning countryside.
THE ROCK’N’ROLL BIKE RIDE
The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF
The 6th Annual Tyne Cruise is in aid of the MS Society and Daft As A Brush cancer charity. The trip takes the route of The Schooner to The Boathouse, Wylam, with select stop-offs en route to a few pubs and breweries. Last year the ride broke its record for the number of entrants with 130 taking part and raised an amazing grand total of £7,057 with donations going to Alzheimers Society, Stroke Association and Daft As A Brush. Get your name down!
NORTH SHIELDS PROPER FOOD FESTIVAL
Northumberland Square, North Shields, Tyne & Wear
A huge array of food and drink producers and hand-crafted products – some familiar, others less so – including, The Northumberland Cheese Company, Kenspeckle chocolates, Kittie’s Ginger Wine, The New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company and The Brownie Bar.
THE BOATHOUSE WYLAM
BANK HOLIDAY BEER FESTIVAL
The Boathouse, Station Road, Wylam, NE41 8HR
The award-winning pub’s annual August Bank Holiday Beer Festival with some of the finest ales available. Live music and great company. More details in July/August Cheers.
Tel: 01661 853 431.
Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street
Twelve hours of music and entertainment starring Lee Scratch Perry, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, The Undertones and The Ordinary Boys. The highly eccentric Lee Scratch Perry has collaborated in the past with Bob Marley, the Beastie Boys, Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. He’ll be performing his masterpiece 1976 album Super Ape in full.
AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3
DURHAM BEER FESTIVAL
Durham University Students’ Union, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN
One of the region’s most popular beer festivals with 120 real ales, ciders and perries, wines and spirits. Battle of the Beers competition. Entrey £10 includes glass, programme and three tokens.
Beal Farm, The Causeway, Beal, Northumberland TD15 2PB
A music and creative arts festival for over 18s with music from a range of internationally renowned acts, as well as a selection of up-and-coming artists and North East talent. Indie rock, soul and funk, blues, folk, jazz and hip-hop sounds include The Cuban Brothers, Reef, British Sea Power, Beardyman, Little Comets, Molotov Jukebox, Rob Heron & The Teapad Orchestra, The Baghdaddies, James Taylor Quartet, Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus… and much, much more.
BERWICK FOOD AND BEER FESTIVAL
Berwick Barracks, The Parade TD15 1DF
Now in its ninth year and one of the best places to buy fresh, local and seasonal produce. Organised by the town’s Slow Food Group, the event will highlight the region’s thriving food and drink scene. More than 40 local produce stalls, street food, children’s entertainment, demonstration kitchen. Berwick Beer Festival has up to 10 local artisan brewers from Alnwick and Amble to Galashiels and Wylam.
CRAFT BEER CALLING INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL
The Boilershop, Stephenson Works, Newcastle
The cream of the world’s leading craft brewers assembled under one roof for one weekend only. Gin palace, cider cellar, street food market, top-class DJs, what more do you need?