Comedians from Patrick Monahan to Ed Byrne will be performing on Tyneside at a new comedy festival called Jesterval.
Organisers of Lumiere have unveiled the full programme this year's event, which installs light displays and sculptures around the city.
A joke by a York comedian Rob Auton has been voted the funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Kings of Leon will play at St James' Park next year.
Originally from Tennesee, the American rock stars will be in Newcastle on 31st May 2014.
It is the first in a series of similar events that Newcastle United are hoping to stage.
The last major gig at the stadium featured Rod Stewart in 2007.
The Enchanted Parks event returns to Saltwell Park in Gateshead tonight.
Now in its eighth year it will give students from the region's universities an opportunity to show their work alongside professional artists.
A military band will entertain shoppers at the Metrocentre in Gateshead this afternoon.
Members of the Corps of Army Musicians will be on hand to surprise shoppers with Christmas songs.
A row has broken out between South Tyneside Council and an animal cruelty organisation.
The Cruelty Free Christmas Group think camels should not have been used in a festive procession through South Shields. The Council insist every care was taken not to harm the camels.
Julie Harrison has the story.
Chart-topping pop star and former Take That member Robbie Williams has added a second Newcastle date to his Swing Both Ways 2014 tour. Metro Radio Arena has confirmed he will perform there on June 23 as well as June 22. The date has been added because of 'phenomenal North East demand'.
X Factor star Abi Alton, from Guisborough, will switch on the Christmas lights in Hartlepool. The singer tweeted her excitement to her fans ahead of the event.
Sir Elton John has announced he will perform in Newcastle in 2014. The legendary musician will play the Metro Radio Arena in July. He first played Tyneside at the City Hall in 1971.
Durham County Council has apologised to traders who lost thousands of pounds because of Lumiere, the light festival which attracted tens of thousands of people.
Shops and businesses on Elvet Bridge say customers were diverted away from the area at one of their busiest times of year.
Lucy Taylor reports.
Shops and bars on Elvet Bridge in Durham said Lumiere cost them thousands of pounds in trade, despite attracting 175,000 people to the city over four days.
The light festival included a giant 3D elephant projected over the River Wear. However, while it was installed and taken down, roads were closed and shoppers diverted away from the area.
The Oxfam bookshop and boutique were two shops affected. Their manager, Michael Ridsdale, said the two shops lost £2,500 in one week before the light festival had even begun.
Little Mix management confirm Jade Thirlwall is not engaged, after pictures of her wearing a ring on her engagement finger are posted to Twitter.