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North East venues

The North East is home to the Tyne Bridge, stunning coastlines, the Parmo – and, of course, some great small music venues.

These can be found in all corners of the region, from Newcastle city centre to Stockton-on-Tees, and each venue offers musicians something different.

Our selection includes a café with a capacity of 80, a Grade II listed building and an iconic riverside venue with a long heritage as a live space for local, national and international touring bands.

With such a diverse range of cultural institutions, it’s little wonder that some of the biggest acts in the world came to the North East to perform while they were still relatively unknown.

These include The Cribs, Reverend and the Makers and Bombay Bicycle Club, as well as local acts like Wildhearts, Maximo Park and Whitesnake.

These venues have such a standing within music that they still attract established artists on a regular basis, while at the same time providing a platform for local musicians.

Ku Bar in Stockton-on-Tees has not only recently hosted headline acts like Blossoms and Cabbage, but it also helped launch the careers of such North East favourites as Abel Raise The Cain and Avalanche Party.

For more information about the North East’s small music venues, check out our interactive map above.

The Cluny, Newcastle
The Georgian Theatre, Stockton On Tees

Did you know that...

The Grade II listed Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees dates back to 1766 and was previously a home for the Salvation Army and a sweet factory among other things.

It was threatened with demolition numerous times before becoming a live music venue back in 1993.

Since then, it has hosted Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs, Martha Reeves and many more.

What Music Festivals Are Hosted In The North East?

The annual Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough is a multi-venue music event which showcases some of the North East’s finest creative talent. Launched in 2014, it is the creation of two Middlesbrough independent music promoters; The Kids Are Solid Gold and Pay for the Piano.

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