In addition to a thriving local scene, Newcastle also offers so much for touring musicians and their North East fans. With so many large venues across the city, it isn’t surprising some of the world’s best artists flock to the region.
2022 will see even more gigs across the city, and there are top names scheduled to perform.
Although January has already kicked off the year with postponements from Wolf Alice, who were scheduled to play at the O2 City Hall on January 9, The Kooks remain scheduled to play at the same venue on January 31.
February is where the year really kicks off across Newcastle’s venues, with the biggest pick of the month being Dave, who brings his much anticipated ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’ tour to Newcastle’s arena on 27 February. The hip-hop star released his second number one album in 2021 and is finally able to tour it in full at the start of this year.
Elsewhere in February, Echo and the Bunnymen bring their post punk and new wave sounds to Gateshead’s Sage in February 12 while the City Hall on Northumberland Road plays host to a number of top artists including post punk rockers Idles (February 2), 00s iconic project The Streets (February 3) and YouTuber-turned-rapper KSI (February 21).
The scene remains busy in March with Stormzy and Stereophonics headling the arena on March 15 and 24 respectively and Australian punks The Chats playing at South Street’s Boiler Shop, but the Arena’s biggest dates of early spring comes in April when Sam Fender returns to the venue’s stage for two sold out nights on April 5 and 6.
Another act playing two shows at the Arena is Little Mix and they bring their Confetti tour to the stage on April 15 and 16 before Dua Lipa’s much rescheduled Future Nostalgia tour finally hits the North East on April 23.
May sees Whitesnake and Foreigner play a joint set at the Utilita Arena in addition to The Script but the top picks for the month come from City Hall, where acts as diverse as Gary Newman, Michael Kiwanuka and Travis heading to the city’s third largest venue over the course of the month. The venue also kicks off June with Bloc Party returning to the North East to play their indie guitar classics on June 2.
June also sees the start of the festival season, and Noel Gallagher is set to return to the North East for the first time since his headline slot at 2019’s This Is Tomorrow Festival. The former Oasis guitarist and main songwriter is the first name to have been announced for the first ever Rock N’ Roll Circus at Newcastle’s Town Moor on June 9. This Is Tomorrow is also set to return on the weekend of June 3-5 with no acts yet announced.
Further tour dates for the second half of the year are set to be announced in the coming months.