Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We've Got Class Acts

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We've Got Class Acts

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

In the final part of his lookahead to the musical year on Tyneside, Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr takes a look at who's coming to the universities and Newcastle Opera House

While the Telewest Arena and City Hall may be the biggest music venues in Newcastle, a host of acts also play the city's universities and Opera House.

And this year looks set to be no different. Newcastle University kicks the year off with the Drive Thru Records Invasion Tour on January 17, featuring Allister, Homegrown, Hidden in Plain View and The Early November.

The gig is followed three days later with Captain Everything, with support from Belvedere, before Matchbook Romance and Jackson take to the stage on January 24.

Three days after that, Arrested Development, Spooks and Lifesavas are at the university. The show marks the return of Arrested Development to the UK's live circuit, with a show full of music, dance, percussion, turntables and, of course, the songs that have made them so well-known.

Then it is the turn of The Vaults, who formed in late 2001 in the distinctly un-rock `n' roll area that is Stowmarket. Not letting this hamper them, they gigged relentlessly and eventually caught the eyes and ears of John Peel. An invitation to record a session for him followed and soon after they were chosen as one of Radio 1's unsigned playlist artists.

February 7 marks Groove Armada's much-anticipated North East debut with their travelling club night, Lovebox.

They are followed the next night by Pontypridd's finest, The Lost Prophets, in what looks set to be a sell-out show.

On February 9 it is the turn of Suicide Machines, plus Adequate 7, Freaks and Chowder Boy, while February 10 sees Alfie take to the stage.

Probably the most talked-about gig is that of Damien Rice on February 12. …

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