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St James' Park to host a gig a year after Kings of Leon

After the success of One Direction at the Stadium of Light the music scene moves to Newcastle for the American rock band Kings of Leon, who play at St. James' Park on Saturday night.

It is the first concert the stadium has hosted for seven years - but Newcastle United is hoping to make concerts an annual event.

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Robbie Williams' Soccer Aid raises £12m so far

Robbie Williams has been speaking to ITV News about the Soccer Aid event he started in 2006 with his friend Jonathan Wilkes. So far, the event has raised more than £12m for UNICEF UK.

He told Caroline Whitmore it was only ever meant to be a one-off.

Brazilians teach teenage musicians to "loosen up"

A group of Brazilian musicians are spending time in Gateshead as part of a unique exchange programme.

They are sharing their expertise with Sage Gateshead as well as local schools and community groups. A group from Gateshead went to Brazil last October.

Jane Oxnard is a musician with Folkestra, a folk music ensemble in Gateshead for teenage musicians.

She said: "Generally we're quite static in the way we play so there is not much movement but they made us really loosen up which was actually really helpful. I think it has really helped with the music as well."

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Deaf woman hears live music for the first time

A woman whose emotional reaction to hearing sound for the first time was filmed and posted on the internet has been to see her first live concert.

Joanne Milne had been profoundly deaf since birth, until cochlear implants gave her hearing. She took ITV News Tyne Tees cameras with her to the Sage Gateshead, for a special performance of Stabat Mater by a baroque orchestra called The English Concert.

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County Durham band releases EP after arena success

North Road Credit: Ian West

An acoustic trio from County Durham, North Road, is launching an EP one year after winning a competition that saw them perform at the arena in Newcastle.

North Road Credit: Ian West

The band won the Big Audition and supported acts such as Lawson, Example and Pixie Lott at Metro Radio Live. In September, they're going it alone, releasing an EP at the Gala Theatre, Durham, to raise money for a children's charity.

Status Quo to play Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

Rockers Status Quo have announced a concert at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena in December.

Status Quo have had over 60 chart hits in the UK since the 1960s Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

“Status Quo Live In Concert” is an 11-date tour, which will bring them to the North East on Monday, 8th December. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 28th March.

The band will be supported by Chas and Dave.

Lawson to perform at Mouth of the Tyne Festival

The pop band Lawson will perform at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival in Tynemouth on 11th July.

The four-piece only released their first single in 2012, but they have already had five top ten singles and a top five debut album.

Lawson at the Brit Awards in February 2014 Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment
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