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Northumberland coast at night

Northumberland coast at night

Intrepid cameraman Steve Highfield ambles up the rocky road on the wild Northumberland coast in the dark – all in the name of photography Photographer Steve Highfield is one of nature’s night owls, preferring to do his work under cover of darkness.He packed his camera gear and headed to the Northumberland coast taking a range of great shots at dusk, night and dawn. He said: ‘I arrived at Embleton at 3am to a beautifully clear starry sky: Embleton being reasonably remote doesn't suffer from light pollution t

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Durham by night - photography tips

Durham by night - photography tips

Durham – by night owl Photographer Steve Highfield takes a walk on the dark side round Durham City. Like the writer Bill Bryson before him, Steve Highfield took one trip to Durham – and fell in love. That first experience moved the world-famous author (and, later, Chancellor of Durham University) to describe the place as a “perfect little city” in his book Notes from a Small Island. Steve recorded his new-found passion in a different way – on camera. He took the famous views of the cathedral and

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A walk on Lindisfarne

A walk on Lindisfarne

The holy land Pictures copyright Graeme Peacock Michael Hamilton returns to a childhood haunt to check out if the magic is still intact I first got my feet on the holy ground of Lindisfarne as a 12-year-old on a week-long visit to the St. Vincent de Paul boys’ camp. This year, on the Holy Island Discovery Trail, I walked in the footsteps of saints again. Driving over the causeway on a day blessed with brilliant sunshine cherished memories of ha

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Return of Rumours

Return of Rumours

Having performed 500 major concert shows to over a half a million fans around the world since they formed over a decade ago, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac return to the UK to present a spectacular new stage production celebrating the music of the legendary rock supergroup Fleetwood Mac.  You can see them at the Sage Gateshead on 16 February and at Darlington Civic Theatre on 27 March. Their new show features all the classic hits from one of the most endur

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I'm sorry I haven't a clue

I'm sorry I haven't a clue

Sunderland Empire Theatre 8 January The Empire Theatre played host to the stage show of the long-running Radio 4 ‘antidote to panel games.’  Sandi Toksvig replaced Jack Dee in the chair but otherwise the regulars were there: the evergreen Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Grahame Garden and Jeremy Hardy as well as pianist Colin Sell – albeit there were plenty of the usual double-entendre-laden excuses for the absence of Samantha or Sven. Devotees of ‘I’m Sorry’ packed the theatre, and I couldn

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First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Newcastle City Hall 20 January   Nominated this month for a Brit Award in the International Group category, First Aid Kit are a Swedish duo who play folk-rock based around sweet harmonies that Simon & Garfunkel would be proud of. Indeed they sing a version of Simon’s ‘America’ here, having explained how nervous they’d been singing it in front of him when he was honoured with The Polar Music Prize in 2012 – the same year First Aid Kit’s song ‘Emmylou’ was named in the top 10 songs of the

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Run for home

Run for home

The Lindisfarne Story is running for home! The show – performed by the band’s founding drummer Ray Laidlaw and guitarist Billy Mitchell – is topping the bill at the first-ever Holy Island Festival from June 25-28. Although the Tyneside Seventies’ band took their name from the historic island off the Northumberland coast, the band never played there professionally. Now 45 years on, Ray and Billy will be performing their hit UK touring show – which charts the history of the group in music an

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Rebecca revived and reimagined

Rebecca revived and reimagined

Ground-breaking production company Kneehigh returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal from 11-16 May with an adaptation of the world-famous and much-loved classic novel Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. Her son Kits Browning talks about growing up knowing his mother was a household name and how he feels about this new adaptation of her most famous novel. Interview by Al Senter: By any standards Rebecca is a classic of popular literature. It continues to do a brisk trade and it has reportedly nev

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Your chance to rock the mic

Your chance to rock the mic

Calling budding North East singing stars – the national music competition Open Mic UK is holding an audition at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House on 6 September. It is one of 15 regional auditions across the UK searching for the best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups. See this link to see the 2014 winner Richi Jones:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NMwcSX4i6M&app=desktop  The contest is run by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artist

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When I rock the mic…

When I rock the mic…

Open Mic UK is coming back to the North East on Sunday 18 September at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG in search of up-and-coming singing talent to challenge for a top spot in the national competition.It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to music industry judges at every stage of the music competition, from the auditions to the grand final. They include judges from major record labels as well as regional press and

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Image by Idil Sukan 30 May Thea Gilmore opened a short tour at Sage Gateshead three days before the launch of her fourteenth studi...

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Open Mic back in Newcastle

Open Mic back in Newcastle...

The North East again plays host to Open Mic UK, the national music competition seeking the country’s best singers, singer-songwriters, rappe...