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Gateshead Rising Star Bags Charts Top 5



Keiran Bowe, 24, released his latest track ‘Hinny’ last month on 26th November.

The Gateshead singer-songwriter found a silver lining during lockdown, using his time to work on himself and evolve as a musician.

The new single blends his vast range of influences together including anywhere from 70’s icon Marc Bolan (T. Rex) to modern day indie-rockers Wolf Alice, creating a really unique blend of emotional yet hard-hitting sound.

Keiran worked with producer Lyndon Philliskirk, to really unleash his emotions on the new single. He describes the single as being about “an older and wiser me looking back at a particular emotional scenario.” Philliskirk helped achieve this, with the song starting with the piano, guitar and vocals – gradually building up to the whole arrangement smacking you right in the face all at once. You can really feel the deep emotion in this track which is incredible through instrumentals alone. The lyrics feel all so familiar too, making the single a real relatable and personal listen.

The 24 year-old never expected the single’s release to be met with such great success, with ‘Hinny’ managing to progress into various UK Charts. The single managed to get to into the top 60 alongside singles by the likes of Adele in the Official iTunes UK Chart and even to Number 3 in the UK Singer-Songwriters Chart, alongside fellow Geordie Sam Fender.

The North-East singer-songwriter has just finished his stint of local perfomances in the region following the release of the single. He played the likes of Newcastle, Sunderland and North Shields promoting the track.

With a strong and growing local fanbase, an outstanding talent and a keen passion for performing, Keiran is set to be the next big thing to come out of the North-East music scene, following in the footsteps of local hero Sam Fender.

You can catch Keiran live on Saturday April 2nd headlining The Cluny2.  You can also stream the latest single here.


Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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Former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock to enter I’m a Celebrity!



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News had not long broke that ex Health secretary Matt Hancock was to enter the jungle in I’m a celerity that he has had his Tory Whip suspended.


Matt Hancock is expected to be added as a surprise final addition to the line-up of celebrities who will travel to Australia as part of the reality TV show this year.


Asked about Matt Hancock appearance, Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said: “The PM believes that at a challenging time for the country MPs should be working hard for their constituents, whether that is in the House or in their constituency.” The spokesman said it was “unlikely” Mr Sunak would be watching the programme.


Simon Hart, the chief whip, confirmed that Mr Hancock would have the whip removed – “Following a conversation with Matt Hancock, I have considered the situation and believe this is a matter serious enough to warrant suspension of the whip with immediate effect.”


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Sam Fender: How Much Are Tickets?



Sam Fender has delighted fans by announcing a huge stadium show at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park. The North Shields singer will play at the home of Newcastle United on June 9, 2023 and fans can sign up for pre sale tickets now.

The 28-year-old singer will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, for his performance and becomes the first Geordie musician to headline the iconic stadium.

It’s been a huge 2022 so far for the ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ singer, picking up BRIT, NME, and Ivor Novello Awards, and a first nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize next week, for his second album, the critically acclaimed number one album, ‘Seventeen Going Under’.

Tickets for the huge stadium show go on general sale at 10am on Friday, September 9 via Ticketmaster and See Tickets. Pre-sale goes live at 10am on Wednesday, September 7.

But how much are tickets? Pitch standing tickets are £57.50 (plus fees) and seating tickets start from £47.50 (plus fees).

Speaking of the show, Sam Fender said: “Ever since I started this band, I always used to joke with the boys that one day we might play St James’ Park in Newcastle.

“It’s a childhood dream come true, and we’re actually gonna play it on the 9th June. This is literally gonna be the biggest show we’ve ever done – our first stadium show, which is so weird to say! I can’t wait, it’s gonna be absolutely lush and I hope to see yas all there.”

Support for the show will come from Inhaler and Holly Humberstone.

Will you be trying to bag tickets? Do you think they are a reasonable price?

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