If you need a reason to Get North, 2018 is definitely the year to do it. From a huge line-up of events at the Metro Radio Arena, to comedy gigs, festivals and the first ever Great Exhibition of the North. This year promises to be the best yet to visit Newcastle.
The Great Exhibition of the North
We can't let you consider a visit to the Toon without mentioning the Great Exhibition of the North. The details are still being kept under wraps about what we can expect from the colossal 80-day programme of cultural events taking place over the summer across Newcastle and Gateshead. But, what we do know is, it's set to be the biggest event in England in 2018. The exhibits will kick off in spectacular fashion with an 80m long water sculpture on the River Tyne and evening light display. All set against a soundtrack of specially-commissioned music. Cutting edge, immersive experiences will take place in the likes of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the spectacular Sage Gateshead. The event has been created to showcase innovation, art and design in the North of England and the full events listing will be announced at the end of February. Head back to our blog to find out all the latest news on the event.
Events at the Metro Radio Arena
The Metro Radio Arena has a huge year ahead, with big name headliners lined up including Paloma Faith, Stereophonics, Sam Smith, Katy Perry and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Grammy award winner Sam Smith will perform at the Arena for the first time, despite having family in the North East. His latest number 1 single Too Good At Goodbyes was filmed in North Tyneside, with the video featuring a couple from South Shields. Famous local spots in the video include the High Level Bridge, Gateshead Quays and North Shields Fish Quay - all well worth a visit. Limited tickets are still available for 21st March.
Polish your dancing shoes and slap on your best Geordie tan, Strictly is coming to the Toon! You can expect all of the celebs (including Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke) and their professional partners, as well as some dance lessons from the judges. The Telegraph have described it as 'the happiest show in the world', so we can pretty much promise you'll be leaving with a smile on your face. And perhaps a few new moves up your sleeve.
If you were glued to last year's X Factor (guilty!), you can watch winners Rak - what?! - Rak-Su on the X Factor Live Tour 2018, alongside runner-up Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Matt Linnen, Lloyd Macey, The Cutkelvins and duo Sean & Conor Price on 22nd February.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher's latest release Who Built the Moon? is braced to hit the Metro Radio Arena stage on 3rd May 2018. Anything but predictable, Noel's new sound is synthy, feisty and anthemic - with uncontrollable crowd pleaser Holy Mountain guaranteed to get fans fired up.
Comedy Gigs in Toon
John Bishop is heading back to the North East at the end of January. Catch him at Newcastle City Hall on 31st Jan or 1st Feb. You best be quick though, Bishop is known for selling out arenas up and down the country and his last tour received high praise, having been watched by more than 500,000 people. Winging It is set to be his biggest, best and funniest show yet. FYI, no under 16s allowed.
Millennial, brunch advocate and pun king Joe Lycett will grace the stage at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House on 25th May and 24th October (by popular demand). The catchily-named 'I'm About To Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett' tour sees the charming and effortlessly witty comedian on the road with his biggest tour yet. Grab tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment!
For even more lols, Jason Munford presents his Muddle Class tour on 10th February at City Hall, with an extra date added for 2nd May. The 8 out of 10 Cats star says there's "nothing like live" stand-up, so we imagine guests will be in store for a treat. And, undoubtedly, some witty observations about the U.K. class system. FYI under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.
Sports fans will be in their element as the world famous Harlem Globetrotters bring their 2018 World Tour to Metro Radio Arena on 23rd May. Fans can choose from bench experience tickets, to courtside and tier options. The ultimate in family entertainment, the show includes incredible skill showcasing, trick shots, comedy and fan interaction. Put it this way, they recently broke the record of setting world records, with nine in one day in 2016. Including the longest basketball shot blindfolded.
Extra dates have been added to experience Ed Sheeran in concert at St James Park on the 8th, 9th and 10th June 2018 as part of his nationwide stadium tour. Be prepared for an electric atmosphere at Newcastle's best-loved venue. Get tickets before they sell out!
Ladies Day Newcastle
Geordie girls need no excuse to glam up, but there could be no better reason than the North East Ladies Day, a social calendar summer highlight. The gates open at 11am and they're off by 1:30pm, with the last race at 5pm and 7 in total. Grab yourself an early bird Prosecco Package before Saturday 31st March to flutter in style. Best Dressed Lady will be crowned in the afternoon, so maybe save the Prosecco for afters, lasses - just in case!
© Newcastle Racecourse
To top off a summer off class events in the Toon, Lindisfarne Festival takes place from 30th August til the 2nd September on the picturesque Northumberland cost. Seriously, it's been recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty! There will be a line-up to appeal to a whole host of music tastes in an intimate setting (3,500 capacity), 7 marquee venues with regional food and market stalls. Show up if only to introduce yourself to the next generation of break-through artists - and brag about seeing them at a boutique festival when they become "big time".
Newcastle International Film Festival
For the first time ever, the city will host a Newcastle International Film Festival 2018. A four-day event from 29th March until April 1st. There will be an awards ceremony, the Victorems, celebrating all genres and aspects of film, including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay and – of course – Best Film. The organisation will also be nurturing local silver screen talent through apprenticeships and scholarship programmes. The events will start getting announced over the next few months, but you can expect a range of movie magic events across a variety of venues, masterclasses, premiers and – in true Geordie fashion – fabulous Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Multi pass tickets start at £14. VIP Opening Ceremony Tickets include arrival drinks and canapes, plus entrance to the official after party.
There'll be absolutely no shortage of stuff to get stuck into when you stay at Euro Hostel Newcastle this year. Keep an eye on our blog for all the latest news and events.