Published May 14, 2013
It’s that time of year again – when venues all across Newcastle and Gateshead open their doors to host late night events that give the public the chance to visit places they may not have done otherwise. It gives people a glimpse of what the venues are about and free activities are held between the hours of 7-11 pm. The companies involved from this year have come up with some great ideas to capture the imaginative and fun vibe that Hoults Yard is known for. First off new tenants Scratch Bikes will be teaming up with Unit-44 for to create a bike tour of the white walls project. Visitors will hire a bike for free and be given a map designed by Unit-44 to ‘ride the walls’ and view the amazing artwork dotted around the walls of the Yard. The guys from Unit-44 will once again be opening their doors to the public to share unique artwork. The focus of the opening will revolve around International Street Artist Nosego from America. He is showing for the first time in the UK with his exhibition ‘the marvellous clash’ from the 10th of May’. Go 2 Ticketing, who currently use the Think Tank to host live music will be opening their doors to promote local bands. They will also be adding more art to the already graffiti clad walls. The bar will also be open and alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks will be served. To add to the busy night, our on site café, Mckennas will be opening, serving hot food fresh from a BBQ alongside some acoustic music sets. There is a free bus service to take advantage of throughout the night, so there’s no excuse to miss the fantastic opportunity to experience the real Hoults Yard. Visit the official websitwww.thelateshows.org.uk to view bus routes and times.
Published April 22, 2013
The wonderfully eccentric King Charles is promoting his music in Warehouse 34 – a relevant location for his authentic, unique style and voice. It’s rare to see such a popular artist in stripped back, original surroundings, which is why King Charles performance tonight looks set to me a memorable one. Things have really escalated for the solo artist since being the first Brit to ever win the International Songwriting competition in Nashville. Judged by Tom Waites, Jeff Beck, Loretta Lynn and Jerry Lee Lewis, it’s clear that King Charles is one talented man. He has also toured with Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale and Mumford and sons. His critically acclaimed debut album ‘Loveblood’ was release in May last year to rave reviews. Doors open at 7 and tickets can be purchased at www.ssdconcerts.co.uk
Published April 11, 2013
balletLORENT are celebrating their 2oth birthday party by throwing an amazing fundraising party in Warehouse 34. The ballet company have teamed up with some influential and impressive businesses to ensure the event with go with a bang! The night will be focused around an original and show stopping catwalk show; professional dancers from balletLORENT will strut their stuff, auctioning the beautiful costumes and garments they are wearing. Amongst clothing, other unique items will be auctioned off – right down to the bean bag chairs members of the audience will be sitting on whilst watching the show! The fashion show isn’t the only thing that will be happening – with comedy supplied by Ben Crompton (Pramface) and great music from Guest DJs Ben Ponton and Davie Rae, the night looks set to be an unforgettable one.
All money raised will go towards helping keep balletLORENT creating breathtaking performances and to continue their educational programmes that work with young people from deprived parts of the UK. The arts have taken a huge cut in public funding recently but it’s great to know that businesses in the area know how important it is to keep the creative and arts industry alive, and have shown this via generous donations which will be raffled/ auctioned off on the night. Items being auctioned off include two platinum club tickets to see Newcastle vs. Liverpool (27th April 2013) and an overnight stay, with breakfast included at the Red Lion, Alnmouth. By paying just £1.00 for a raffle ticket you could be in with the chance of winning a luxury hamper from Fenwicks, vouchers for Las Iguanas, vouchers for afternoon tea at Olive and Bean and many more special prizes.
All you need to do to be a part of the best party this year is make a donation to balletLORENT, as little or large as you want. It is advised to make a donation prior to the event to secure a place at the party, as organisers are anticipating it to be hugely popular. To make a donation simply follow the link http://www.balletlorent.com/fundraiser.html which will take you to the official website. Doors are open at 7pm and anyone of the age 16 or over is welcome (Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and leave by midnight).
Published March 22, 2013
Currently touring the UK, The Martin Harley Band chose the Think Tank to promote their latest music offerings, and the intimate, atmospheric vibe of the venue reflects the bands sound perfectly. The blues band has a huge and loyal following, particularly in the USA and Australia and their live performances have played a huge part in this. Anyone who has listened to the band, or watched them perform will no doubt mention the unusual, wonderful instruments the band use, including a Weissenborn guitar, balalaika, cocktail drumkit, cajon and double bass. The effect of this is appealing, soulful music, which has led to the band touring with James Morrison, and getting their music aired on BBC radio 2. They released their album Mojo Fix last year, and look set to grow in popularity in this country. Supporting the band is Marc O Reilly, a rising blues star from Ireland, who is tipped for big things this year. His album ‘My Friend Marx’ released last year won rave reviews, and he looks set for success. Tickets are £10 and can be bought from www.ssdconcerts.co.uk
Published March 15, 2013
Driven Serious have chosen The Think Tank for the launch of their new Album, a fitting choice considering their energetic, high fuelled performances. Formed in 2010, after lead vocalist Rob Jones answered an advert placed by the violin player Tom –Gregory-Smith, Driven Serious have gained themselves an array of fans, who have described their music as F**k you folk. Cathy Geldard’s fiddle playing perfectly compliments Johnie Walker’s drums whilst Tim Packer’s base playing skills, accompanied by the outstanding vocals of Jones, gels the whole thing together, creating an unforgettable sound. The band have been building up support playing live gigs around the North east, and are set to play at this years Willowman festival, kmown for it’s chilled yet energetic vibe. Supporting the band is Chris Willis, Silver Trees, George Sharpe and Dave Marsdin. Doors open at 8.
Published March 7, 2013
Spill the Gravy, a club night like no other…is an underground radio show in the North East. A collective of Newcastle based DJs and promoters, Spill the Gravy is holding down a series of exclusive parties all over the city and has chosen the hidden gem that is Warehouse 34 to hold its official launch party! Headlining the launch is SKREAM (Oliver Dene Jones), one of Dubsteps first electronic record producers. Born in Britain, SKREAM has helped to promote Dubstep all over the world. He will be doing a set with Sgt Pokes – a collaboration which went down a storm when they worked together for a Radio 1 dubstep show. Also playing a set at the on the night is DJ Mele – the twenty year old, who is fast making a name for himself, has been tipped as one of the DJ stars of 2012 with fans including Radio 1s Annie Mac and Toddla T. Joining the DJ will be Slick Don, a favourite of BBC 1Xtra whose MC tracks have been credited by fans and critics alike. Finishing off the impressive collection of DJs and producers is Joonipah (Jonathan Phethean) a Newcastle based remixer who is known for his techno/ house mixing talent. So if you don’t want to miss one of the best techno nights to ever grace the North East make sure your free to come down to Hoults Yard on Saturday the 9th March. Tickets can be bought by visiting http://www.notjustaticket.com/events/288 or can be bought on the night for £15 on the door.
Published February 5, 2013
If you haven’t heard about The Villagers yet, chances are you soon will, as they are picking up popularity at amazing speed. The Irish band, fronted by Conor J. O. Brien, has been gaining recognition from some of the music industries most credited. They got a 4 star rating from Q magazine for new album Awayland in which O. Brien’s talent is described as ‘out of this world.’ They also appeared in MOJO, were a large section was dedicated to an album review and Q&A session with the band. They were given the seal of approval again with 4 stars with credit given to O. Brien’s ‘winsome’ voice and ‘flair for taking songs somewhere different. The Villagers have toured with Tracy Chapman and Elbow, exciting the music world with their electronic sound, accompanied with strings and brass. The Mercury Prize nominees will be playing a live set in the atmospheric warehouse with tickets close to selling out. It’s a rare opportunity to see such a hyped up band perform in a stripped back, authentic venue. Doors are open at 7pm and tickets can be bought on the website http://www.ssdconcerts.co.uk/ costing £12.50. The gig is open to people aged 14 years and over and there will be a bar at the venue.