Live music may not be what some people associate with December, but there is plenty to watch and listen to across the city as the year draws to an end.
Those trying to get into the Christmas spirit are in luck over the coming weeks, with plenty of iconic artists bringing their Christmas tracks to the North East.
Both Darkness and Slade are making Tyneside appearances at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on 10 December and 23 December respectively as they tour the UK giving fans old and new a live outing of their festive songs.
Darkness’ Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) was released in 2003 and reached number two in the UK singles chart while Slade’s iconic Merry Xmas EVerybody has reached the top spot across 1973-74 and has returned to the top 40 for each of the last five years.
Tickets for both gigs are still available on the Academy’s website.
Another artist who made their opening appearance to the world over Christmas is Leona Lewis, and she is heading to the Utilita Arena to support Gary Barlow on his UK tour.
The former X Factor winner picked up a Christmas number one with her cover of A Moment Like This in 2006.
Barlow is ending his All The Hits Live tour on Tyneside on 18 December with tickets still available.
For those who want to avoid a festive evening of live music, iconic Ska band Madness are bringing their chaotic live show to the Arena on 16 December while Micheal Ball and Alfie Bowe also take the stage at Newcastle’s biggest music venue on 15 December.
There is also plenty to see away from the bigger stages, and up and coming musicians are also coming to the North East this month with hopes of wowing crowds. Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Zuzu is heading to Ouseburn’s Cluny on 6 December on the tour of her debut album, while, for fans of more local acts, locals Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are bringing their raucous live show to the Cluny on 19 December and, just up the road, Little Buildings are putting on a plethora of top class local talent across the month including Dead Wet Things.