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Food & DrinkMusicOutdoorsDeershed 2018 – A Review 25th Jul 2018

Well what can we say? The best festival just gets better. Yes the weather plays a huge part and after last year’s soaking it was [...]

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MusicThe Smiths Remembered….. 19th Jul 2016


Today is the 30th anniversary of the “Festival of the 10th Summer”. On Saturday the 19th of July 1986 The Smiths, New Order, The Fall, [...]

MusicThe Nivens: From A Northumbrian Mining Village Comes The Sound Of Summer 30th Mar 2016

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It’s a bit hard doing a review of something you are involved in without either being too self-critical or too overblown. So we will just [...]

Art & DesignLunch Break Culture 8th Mar 2016


Taking a break from your desk at lunchtime means you can stretch your legs, clear your head and unwind for a brief while before heading [...]

MusicI Am Kloot – ‘natural History’ 14th Sep 2015

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It’s Monday morning again, and I’m in one of those contemplative moods, thinking about where to go and how to muddle on through life. I [...]

MusicOutdoorsSplit Festival Announcement 12th Mar 2015

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Due to financial constraints Split Festival will not take place again. The Sunderland based festival has been a big part of the North East music [...]

MusicEnd Of Year Review 2014 12th Jan 2015

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This year’s review is not really a review at all just a list of winners. Most years I ramble on and on but this year [...]

Everything ElseFood & DrinkOutdoorsA Winters Tale 27th Nov 2014


As the Christmas tree goes up and the council switch the lights on, folk busy themselves up and down Whitley Road. The Christmas scramble has [...]

MusicDaisy Hill Puppy Farm – John Peel, 10 Years On! 20th Oct 2014


This Friday (25th October) will be the tenth anniversary of the death of John Peel. I will be spending a considerable part of that day [...]

MusicSplit Festival: Sunday 10th August 2014 13th Aug 2014


We arrived in the rain. We watched the bands in the rain. It rained all day……. First up was TISSUE CULTURE a band we have [...]

MusicOutdoorsLucky 13th… The Wickerman Festival Preview 24th Jul 2014

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It’s been likened to a ‘smaller version of Glastonbury’. It’s been labelled ‘family friendly’. ‘Chilled out’. ‘Amazing’. ‘Well organised’. ‘Cool’. And last time TheNorthernLine was [...]

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