Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: New Kids Grown Up and Ready to Roll out Nostalgia

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: New Kids Grown Up and Ready to Roll out Nostalgia

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THE return of Stateside boyband phenomenon New Kids on the Block heralded queues aplenty at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena yesterday.

Looks like the nineties five-piece: Jordan and Jon Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood are hoping to make a Take That-esque come back... and judging by the response to tickets going on sale, they might be on to something.

The band, famous for songs like Hangin' Tough, The Right Stuff and I'll Be Loving You Forever, are embarking on an arena tour bringing them to Tyneside on January 28.

Now a fully grown man-band, Jordan et al have been in the studio for the first time in 15-ish years and have received positive reviews for their new single, Summertime, and new album The Block.

But Tyneside audiences will be able to judge for themselves in the new year.

Although tickets were metaphorically flying out of the box office at the Arena yesterday, there were apparently a smattering left... so New Kids fans, flex your dialling fingers and bag yourself a slice of nineties nostalgia.

Tickets (pounds 45 and pounds 35) from the box office on 0844 493 6666 or online at www.metroradioarena.co.uk.

There must be magic in the air over Teesside.

The area spawned Paul Daniels and also Pete Firman, born in Middlesbrough in 1980.

Pete got into magic at a young age after seeing Paul perform.

He was given his first magic set at the age of eight and got his TV break in 2002 when he auditioned for a show called Monkey Magic, shown on Five. He went on to make a name for himself in Channel 4's late night magic show, Dirty Tricks . He has also written a successful book, Tricks To Freak Out Your Friends.

Nowadays critics are inclined to refer to him as part comedian, part magician.

Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he brings his new show, Flim- Flam, to the Customs House, South Shields, on Wednesday. …

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