A Newcastle based rock band has had a taste of the big time after winning a North East competition.
The Heavy Jets, who are a brit pop rock act, reached the final of the SoundWave Music Competition at the O2 Academy in Newcastle. The band successfully saw off competition from hundreds of acts.
The band is made up of Rhys Breen, Liam O’Brien, Matt Johnson and Scott McCall. They have been together since 2011 and the judges compared them to the likes of The Black Keys and Oasis.
They won recording time, radio airplay, and more.
"It was a cracking night, we were up against some great competition too so it makes it all the more rewarding to have won. "Thanks to everyone who voted for us or came along on the night, there couldn't have been a better atmosphere."
Olly Murs will perform a second night in Newcastle on his UK tour. Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena said there had been 'incredible demand' for the first date, 18th April 2015. The second date will be the following night, 19th April.
The pop singer has three multi-platinum selling albums and four number one singles to his name so far.
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Cheryl's single I Don't Care has gone straight to the top of the UK chart, making her the first British female to have five solo number ones.
The singer from Newcastle, who is also a judge on the X Factor, also had another four number one singles with her group Girls Aloud.
With her latest hit, she has overtaken Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora, who have four number ones each.
However, she has a long way to go to beat the best international female, Madonna, who has thirteen UK number ones, Rihanna who has seven and Kylie Minogue, who has eight.
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After disappointment when the original date was cancelled, a new date has been announced for the T'Pau Pleasure and Pain Tour'.
The Pullman Hotel at Seaburn was due to host the first night of the tour earlier this month, but the gig had to be cancelled following the death of lead singer Carol Decker’s mother.
The group will new head to Sunderland on February 12.
“We were really sorry when the tour had to cancelled but we’re delighted that T’Pau will be back with us early next year.”
Anyone who has bought tickets and requires a refund should contact The Pullman.
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80's star Carol Decker and her band T'Pau, had been due to launch their Pleasure & Pain Tour on Wearside on October 2nd at the Pullman Hotel. The show has been postponed until February 12, due to unforeseen problems.
"Due to a sudden family illness, the forthcoming T'Pau tour has been postponed,” said a spokesman for the band.
“Dates have been re-arranged for early 2015 and all original tickets remain valid.
“Carol and the band wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused but are looking forward to seeing their fans next year and performing songs from their new album and classic hits.”
T’Pau became an instant hit with their first single, Heart and Soul, which was released in 1987 and led to the group becoming a worldwide success, It was followed by China In Your Hand.
Anyone who has bought tickets and requires a refund should contact The Pullman on 0191 5292020.
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The lead singer of AC/DC, Brian Johnson, is to receive an honorary degree from Northumbria University in Newcastle. The musician, who is from Gateshead, will be made an honorary Doctor of Music.
Others who will receive honorary degrees this summer include Vera Baird QC, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and former Labour MP, and Baroness Howells of St David, a life peer who campaigns for racial equality.