Swing Jazz

What’s happening in July

Well July has been a tough month. I’ve been struck down by a horrible virus, but I’m on the mend now and excited to get back out on the Toon. In eager anticipation I’ve compiled a selection of the best events in and around Newcastle this month:

Northern Pride

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th
There will be a parade at the Civic Centre at noon on Saturday, and some satellite events in the bars around the Pink Triangle later on. You can catch the main event on the Town Moor, which is on both Sat and Sun. The atmosphere is bound to be great! Oh and Five are playing, if you’re into your vintage boy bands.6811.png


North East Brewers Market @ Wylam Brewery
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th
; £5
I visited the new Wylam brewery for the first time a few weeks ago, which is now based in the impressive ‘Palace of Arts’ building by the pond in Exhibition Park. It’s bit different from the old farm in Northumberland where we used to pick up kegs of Wylam ale in our student days. The great selection of (pricey!) craft beer and the pulled pork burgers draw in a definite hipster crowd (there were beards galore), but it’s a cool venue and a nice vibe. This weekend welcomes more live music and street food in the main hall.


The Proclaimers @ South Tyneside Festival
Sunday 17th, 1-5pm; Free
Bents Park, South Shields seafront
I would walk 500 miles to see these Scottish legends perform, but luckily I don’t have to as they will be playing this weekend at the South Tyneside Festival. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain…


Joe Strouzer @ The Cluny
Sunday 17th, doors open 6pm; Free
A harmonica player, blues shouter and guitar picker, Joe Strouzer sings songs from his travels from around the world. He has busked all over from Glastonbury Festival to New Orleans. The perfect way to round off the weekend.


Imelda_May_en_Madgarden_Festival_2015_-_07.jpgSummerTyne Americana Festival 2016 @ The Sage
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th; Free / £32 for Sage main hall
The Sage is hosting a  weekend jamboree celebrating American roots music and culture. There will be free live music on the concourse and outside at the Jumpin’ Hot stage, as well as performances from Imelda May and Mary Chapin in the main concert hall. To be honest though the biggest draw might be the American inspired street food… mmm dawgs!


PLANB (Australia) @ The Cluny
Friday 22nd, doors open: 7pm; Free
No, not the British rapper who fancies himself a gangster, but a ‘grassroots’ Australian band with plenty of brass (ooh!), playing rock and soul melodies (ahh!).


Fatboy Slim @ Times Sq
Friday 29th, doors 6pm; Sold out
Sadly it’s sold out, but if you’re happy to pay over-inflated tout prices this will be an awesome event I’m sure. After party at WHQ (£6).


Outdoor Theatre @ Warkworth Castle
Sunday 31st, 7:30pm; £15
This one is pretty special: an outdoor performance of Wuthering Heights inside the ruins of Warkworth Castle. I really can’t think of a better setting for a theatre performance. Warkworth is a 45 minute drive from Newcastle. It’s a pretty village in its own right with some decent pubs, so you could spend the afternoon and make it a day trip. I used to work at this castle, so call me biased, but it really is worth visiting even if you don’t go for a show.4594813_8182814f.jpg


Swing 16 @ the Globe
Sunday 31st, 7:30pm- 10:30pm; £5
Vintage gypsy / swing jazz
To get a taste of their music listen to their biggest influence, Django Reinhardt.