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Wednesday 28th February

Stone Broken

Stone Broken are back in the Toon on February 28th to play Riverside. The four-piece rock band from Walsall released their debut album, ‘All In Time’, last year, and are expected to release their sophomore album next year.

Founded in 2013, Stone Broken had to wait till 2016 for their break out year. As well as releasing their long-awaited debut they received the runners-up award for Best New Band at the Planet Rock Awards. This kickstarted what is expected to be a successful career for Stone Broken, and opened up opportunities this year such as touring with some of their musical heroes, including Living Colour.

Stone Broken turned a lot of heads with their first LP and created a loyal fanbase who are chomping at the bit for the 2nd edition. They have developed the belief and confidence any young band needs and perform with a subtle swagger. They are not getting ahead of themselves but they recognise the talent and potential they possess.

Bringing us back to the 2000s, some have compared the quartet to Nickelback, however, they definitely pack more of a punch and possess more edge than the Canadians, and there are no plans for Stone Broken to fade away anytime soon. Their huge sound is destined for arenas and one day their time will come. For now, howev, r they’ll have to settle for more intimate settings such as Riverside, Newcastle. See it for yourself on February 28th, 2018.

Ticket: £13.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Saturday 3rd March

Paul Draper

Former Mansun Official frontman Paul Draper brings his solo outing to Riverside. Off the back of his debit album “Spooky Action”, expect modern twists on britpop meets indie-rock throughout his headline set.

Ticket: £17.50 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Monday 5th March

Dance Gavin Dance & Veil of Maya

Dance Gavin Dance is a six-member post-hardcore/experimental band from Sacramento, California. They were formed out of the dissolution of several other bands including Farewell Unknown, Ghost Runner on Third and Atherton. Jonny Craig and Sean O’Sullivan joined in 2005 and early 2006 to complete the line-up.They self-released their first EP, “Whatever I Say Is Royal Ocean,” during the summer of 2006. Shortly afterwards, they were approached and then signed by Rise Records and the EP was re-released with the Rise and Victory labels on November 14th, 2006. Their full length CD, titled “Downtown Battle Mountain,” came out on May 15th.

The Chicago based VEIL OF MAYA have definitely taken the hard road to success grinding it out on the road through countless tours over the years, but now that backbreaking schedule is paying off tenfold. This quartet are one of the few very bands that can authentically mix elements of progressive metal, melodic death metal, thrash and hardcore brutality together effectively, all while keeping the listener constantly interested with baited breath wondering just what is coming next. This is exactly why they will have a career for years to come.

With their third full-length album, Eclipse, they continued to blend Meshuggah-esque riffs, shreddy solos and haunting melodies into a compelling package that garnered high acclaim from fans and media alike. With his overflowing riff bank in hand, the group have continued to churn out new material that has ultimately resulted in the new tracks that will be featured on a much anticipated new full length album (release TBA 2014) . The results are even more jagged and heterogenous with dizzying guitar savagery, jazz chords and fragmented leads congealing in a swarm of blast beats.
VEIL OF MAYA are firing on all cylinders and remain one of the top artists within the genre never adhering to any preconceived ideals further pushing the envelope with each new track they create.

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Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Friday 9th March

Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. After signing with Jack White’s Third Man Records to release his fifth full-length album (Pokey LaFarge) in 2013, he performed as a musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show on Ireland’s RTÉ One network. Pokey’s rendition of “Lovesick Blues” with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, featured on an episode of Boardwalk Empire, was selected for inclusion on the series’ official soundtrack (Vol. 2). Additionally, Pokey appeared in Disney’s The Lone Ranger (both on screen and on the original score), was featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s World Cafe, and recorded a song for ATO Records’ Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War, produced by Randall Poster.

2014 has been Pokey’s most momentous year yet; by spring, he had brought his music to five continents, with international tours in India, Australia and New Zealand. In the past year, Pokey’s tour trail (consisting of over 250 shows) included appearances at clubs and festivals across the USA and Canada as well as two extensive tours in Europe. Pokey has played with the likes of Jack White, The Raconteurs, Wanda Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and most recently, Carolina Chocolate Drops. As an opening act on Jack White’s Blunderbuss tour, he delighted sold out crowds at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Radio City Music Hall, among other notable venues in North America. Pokey is currently touring with a five-piece backing band, including his original bandmates (Ryan Koenig on harmonica, washboard and snare, Adam Hoskins on guitar and Joey Glynn on upright bass), in addition to Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet and TJ Muller on cornet.

At only 31 years old, Pokey’s career has not slowed in momentum since it began with his first release Marmalade (2007). Shortly followed by Beat, Move and Shake (2008) and Riverboat Soul (2010), Pokey quickly graduated from breakthrough artist to leading musical figure, receiving two consecutive Independent Music Awards for Best Americana Album (Riverboat Soul and Middle of Everywhere).

Pokey’s music transcends the confines of genre, continually challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Rather than merely conjuring up half-forgotten imagery of days past, Pokey is a lyrical storyteller, the plot delivered smoothly through his dynamic vocals. Both on stage and off, his effortless wit never fails to charm audiences, giving way to a live music experience that manages to be grandiose and unassuming all at once. Born in the heartland of America and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Pokey’s Midwestern charisma welcomes his audiences with open arms.

Pokey LaFarge is on a mission, encouraging fans worldwide to think differently about what it means to celebrate musical traditions. Simply put, Pokey explains, “It’s not retro music. It’s American music that never died.”

Ticket: £19.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Friday 23rd March

Back in the Day – 5ive & 911

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, Alstar Music are proud to present


911 – Lee, Jimmy & Spike and 5ive – Scott, Ritchie & Sean are heading to Glasgow & hitting Riverside Newcastle stage to give you all a night of 90s boyband nostalgia!!

There will be LIMITED 911 ONLY meet & greet tickets available. 5ive will NOT be attending the meet & greet session.

Tickets go on sale FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER at 7pm via Alstar Music –

☆☆☆ SHOW TIMES: ☆☆☆

911 M&G will take place at 5pm
Doors for the show open at 7pm
Show curfew 10pm

Ticket: £30.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 18+

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Saturday 7th April

Urban Voodoo Machine

The Urban Voodoo Machine is a collective of shadowy, London based, ne’er do wells, led by Norwegian born songwriter/frontman Paul-Ronney Angel. Featuring up to twelve musicians at any given time, The ‘Machine mash-up guitars, twin drumers, fiddle, trumpet, tuba, banjo, washboard, upright bass, gong, mandolin, accordion, harmonicas, saxophone, sousaphone and even empty bottles and tie racks to create their unique brand of Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll.

Ticket: £14.50 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Saturday 3rd November

Gimp Fist

We can’t wait for Gimp Fist to hit Riverside Newcastle for round two on Saturday the 3rd of November!

For most of us there are old English bands that took place in our personal history of Punk, Oi! or whatever! Some of us have seen those bands in the past and some of us listen to their music on CD or see their shows now (often not the better ones).

However with this band you have the old power and authenticity in the present. Good music, great songs and lyrics – this is Gimp Fist now. Also on their gigs they transfer those feelings and the power to the crowd. Visit their Myspace-Site or their shows and buy their albums – you will not regret it.

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Saturday 10th November

Exploited + GBH

The Exploited are a Scottish punk rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland, formed in 1979, in Edinburgh by Stevie Ross and Terry Buchan and later by ex-soldier Wattie Buchan (Terry’s brother). They signed to Secret Records in March 1981, and that year released their debut EP Army Life.

The album Punks Not Dead followed that year. The band maintained a large cult following in the 1980s among a hardcore working class punk and skinhead audience. Their songs have been covered by Slayer and Ice-T, and despite many lineup changes, Wattie has remained as the Exploited’s singer and leader.

Charged GBH, commonly known as GBH, are an English street punk band which was formed in 1978 by vocalist Colin Abrahall, guitarist Colin “Jock” Blyth, bassist Sean McCarthy (replaced by Ross Lomas by the time they had signed to Clay records) and Drummer Andy “Wilf” Williams. GBH were early pioneers of English street punk, often nicknamed “UK82″, along with Discharge, Broken Bones, The Exploited and The Varukers. GBH have gone on to influence several punk rock musicians.

The name GBH was inspired by then-bassist Sean McCarthy’s trial for grievous bodily harm. Though the core line up of Colin, Ross and Jock has stayed the same throughout their history the drum stool has been occupied by a number of incumbents following Wilf’s departure after the Midnight Madness and Beyond album and Oh No It’s GBH again 12” ep. 1986 saw the arrival of German drummer Kai Reder who played on three albums and an EP (No Need To Panic, A Fridge Too Far and From Here To Reality, as well as the “Wot A Bargain” 12″), Kai was then replaced by American, Joe “Fish” Montanero for one album (Church of The Truly Warped), this was the band’s last release for the Rough Justice label. The drum stool was then occupied from around 1994 by former Bomb Disneyland/Bomb Everything drummer Scott Preece, who has remained to this day and played on all releases since.

Ticket: £18.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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