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Sam Fender Celebrates Victory With Gregg’s-Filled Party Bus

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Sam Fender was looking dapper as ever he hit the red carpet at the Brit Awards on Tuesday evening in London. Sam and co were nominated for a whopping three awards against big names in the industry such as Adele, Dua Lipa and Little Simz.

The Geordie lads looked absolutely ecstatic as they took home the trophy for Best Rock/Alternative act, this award was based purely on fan votes via TikTok. The North-Shields singer sadly lost out to his two other nominations with stiff competition from Adele who bagged the awards instead.

This year, Best Male and Best Female awards were scrapped to be more gender inclusive, now just represented by one, Best Artist award. Many have argued if there was still a Best Male category, Sam would have walked away with two Brits.

However, the true star of the show was saxophone player Johnny Blue Hat, who represented the Toon in style by wearing a vintage Newcastle top for the whole occasion. During his acceptance speech, Sam gave shout outs to the fans who voted, his manager Owain and everyone back in the North-East, including beloved charity North-East Homeless.

Fender also got a big helping hand from Greggs for his Brits celebrations as he revealed the bakers had sorted him out with some pasties or his party. He was interviewed on the Brits red carpet for ITV2 and it was then that he told host Clara Amfo of his plans for after the ceremony. During the interview, Clara asked Sam if the party bus was making a return for 2022, to which he confirmed it was, before adding: “Greggs have sorted us out with load of pasties again…so it’s going to be full of carbs!”

In 2019, after winning the Critics Choice award, Sam travelled around London in style in a party bus. Him and pal Radio 1 presenter Greg James were seen partying in Alan Shearer and Sting masks. Classic.

Our thoughts are with a very hungover group of lads this morning. At least you’ll have plenty Gregg’s to get through though boys.

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Johnny Depp set to make appearance in Gateshead tomorrow

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Music fans across the North East will be ecstatic to hear that Johnny Depp is due to make a special appearance in Gateshead this Thursday (2 June), as long time friend Jeff Beck takes to the Sage as part of his ongoing tour of the UK.

This comes after the 58-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star appeared unsuspectedly at Beck’s gig in Sheffield on Sunday (29 May) sending gig-goers into a frenzy.

Depp also joined Beck on stage on Monday and Tuesday (30/31 May) at two Royal Albert Hall performances in London, where the duo played a combined seven songs together including covers of Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On? Dennis Wilson’s Time, and A Day in the Life by The Beatles.

The surprise appearance at the concert was Depp’s first public appearance, following on just two days from his six-week defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard – in which a US jury is currently deliberating the result. In the case, the Kentucky native sued Amber for $50m for an article she wrote claiming to be an abuse victim, with his ex-wife, 36, in-turn counter suing him for $100m.

Sadly, the Sage show is now sold out to many fans dismay. But no doubt there will be plenty on-lookers searching for Depp along the Quayside tomorrow.

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Popular Newcastle party bar set for a six-figure makeover this Summer

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Since Revolution arrived to Newcastle in 2001, on the corner of Collingwood Street and Pudding Chare, they have established themselves to be one of Newcastle’s most loved bars and have served some of the city’s best cocktails and food for the last 21 years.

The UK’s premier vodka bar is reopening on 13th May, just in time for summer, showcasing it’s remarkable transformation. A £190,000 investment will make way for an eye-catching, open plan look, centered around a luxury, VIP, vibrant feel, perfect to capture those all-important Insta moments. Revolution will of course be paying tribute to their much-loved home of Newcastle, with new striking décor showcasing Newcastle’s very own Angel of the North with a vodka twist taking main stage.

The refurbishment brings a brand new ‘best seat’ VIP booth and updated seating areas with a new lighting show and DJ booth. This deluxe renovated best seat VIP booths will allow guests to get to the heart of the party and provide the perfect private place for any celebration or all-important special occasions with DJ’s and bespoke party packages.

The refurbished venue will be the perfect location to cater for lunchtime diners, after work drinks, evening get-togethers, and of course, late-night partying with the finest local DJ talent and events.

The brand is also continuing its mission to be carbon neutral by 2030, after hitting the headlines in 2021 for their forward-thinking tactics. One of just a handful of UK-based companies to sign up to the pledge to hit net zero, the Revolution Bars Group won the prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice for their commitment to the scheme.

One notable change for the brand was the decision to remove the passion fruit halves from its Pornstar Martini cocktail, replacing them with a rice paper alternative. Prior to removing passion fruit from their bestselling cocktail (Revolution sell over 1m across the UK each year), they were shipping 36 tonnes from South America to the UK, only for them to be used as garnish. The group has also continued their drive to reduce energy usage, dropping this by an impressive 19% since 2017.

 

 

With summer on it’s way, Revolution has also welcomed a brand-new special Cocktail menu – with 4 American-themed Cocktails to complement their classic concoctions. The bespoke menu is made up of the Malibu Beach Bae, Tennessee Cherry Sour, Hollywood Highball, and Gold Rush.

 

 

Revolution Newcastle Sales and Events Manager, Meagan Hill, said:

“I am super excited for the venue to reopen with its new look on the 13th May. The refurbishment includes an updated look to our beautiful Grade 2 listed building, highlighting the historic bank features, with a Revolution twist.”

“We can’t wait to kick off our relaunch with a huge agenda, starting on Thursday 26th May with the launch of our new Bottomless Dinner, on Friday we are hosting our corporate re-launch event and then going onto our main event of the week – our huge Saturday re-launch party. We have such an exciting line up of big entertainment including DJ’s, sax players, percussionists and so much more across the weekend – this will be a party like no other at Revolution Newcastle”

“We’ve spent a lot of time reviewing our guests’ feedback and we know that they expect great quality and excellent service. We have undergone a big recruitment push and training program to ensure our team, old and new, are ready to deliver the best party in town and welcome guests into our venue for our exciting launch party.”

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Best Free Things to do in the North East

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Thinking of something to do can be tough enough, never mind when it also has to be free. But don’t worry – we’ve rounded up a list of free things to do in the North East.

 

Jesmond Dene

Think lavish greenery and stunning flowers. Jesmond Dene is picturesque – the perfect place for a stroll through beautiful displays of nature. A definite highlight is the grand waterfall, which anyone who lives locally will know as a famous photo spot. But what is arguably the best spot is Pets Corner. Situated in the heart of the Newcastle-based park, the farm is home to all your favourite farm animals. Expect pigs, goats, rabbits and so, so many colourful birds!

Jesmond Dene

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