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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

Tyneside musician hopes to crack America

Pam Royle talks to musician Beth Jeans Houghton Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

On ITV Tyne Tees News tonight Pam Royle talks to Newcastle singer-songwriter Beth Jeans Houghton who has been given a grant by the government to take her talent to America.

Beth has been given a government grant to take her music to America Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The 24-year-old from Heaton performed her first gig aged 16 at the Head of Steam pub in Newcastle.

She is now among a small group of UK musicians who will receive funding to help export their products.

Pam and Beth in the Tyne Tees studios Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The 14 acts are to receive a grant from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills to help promote British music abroad.

For more on the Music Export Scheme goto

Little Mix take America!

The group have been a huge success in America Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The girlband Little Mix have done what so many British bands have failed to do - and cracked America.

Half of the band are from South Shields and just over two years since becoming the first group to ever win the X factor, their album is number one in the US iTunes charts and their name is up in lights in New York's Times Square.

Little Mix perform a concert for their fans at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment


Tinie Tempah announces Middlesbrough show

Tinie Tempah Credit: PA/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Brit award winning UK artist Tinie Tempah will perform at Middlesbrough's TFM Soundworks. He joins a list of acts playing in the town including Dappy, The Game and Chip. Tinie will be there on April 8. Event organiser Junior Masandi called the show 'a great coup for the town'.

12 finalists battle it out in Newcastle music competition

Twelve North East acts will battle it out tomorrow at the Soundwave Music Competition grand finale. Over 1,000 musical acts applied and now the final bands have been chosen.

The Blackfire are finalists

They will perform in front of a capacity crowd in Newcastle's O2 Academy tomorrow and also a panel of industry experts.

High Tide

The competition offers aspiring artists the chance to gain performing experience.

The winning act will receive a full day’s recording, radio airtime, press coverage, magazine interviews, and photo shoots.

Jessie J will perform at the Stadium of Light

Jessie J performing on stage during the 2013 Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sunderland's Stadium of Light will play host to some of the biggest acts in the country as part of North East Live 2014.

Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, The Saturdays and Union J will join top US act Jason Derulo - and more acts will be announced in the coming months.

SAFC Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson, said: "Naturally we are absolutely delighted that the event is coming back to the Stadium of Light.

"Last year's 'North East Live' was a fantastic event so it's great to be working with AEG again on what provided to be such a hugely successful format.

"There is a great live-up already in place for 2014 and its one that I'm sure will appeal to a diverse audience .

"The show really does have something for everyone and it's an affordable price for what will be a great day's entertainment."

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