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Friday 24th March

DOSE / Figmennt / New Horror

SSD Concerts presents.. Dose!!

Newcastle shoegaze, post-noisers DOSE play their first major Headline Show at Riverside with support from the fantastic Figmennt & New Horror (plus one very special guest to be announced).

£4 Advanced Tickets here:


Dose’s sound is atmospheric yet melodic, with haunting vocals, dark synth swells and eerie intertwining guitars, but incorporate a strong, dynamic rhythm section to contrast the ambience. In the past Dose have supported the likes of Ulrika Spacek and Menace Beach, alongside international names such as Sunflower Bean and Stillwave.

Ticket: £4 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Sunday 26th March


Delighted to welcome back the Temples boys to Riverside Newcastle!

The last time they visited Riverside they managed to sell out the venue and preform a fantastic show to an eager crowd.

With the highly anticipated VOLCANO being released on the 3rd of March we simply cannot wait for this one!

Tickets on sale Friday the 13th of Jan at 10am!

Ticket: £12 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Friday 31st March

The Voluntears

Delighted to welcome The Voluntears to Riverside Newcastle for the release of their brand new single ‘Oh Hello’

There is some fantastic support too. FEVA One Man Revival & Adam Littlemore Music

Tickets on sale now!

Ticket: £8.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 16+

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Saturday 1st April

Louis Berry

On Saturday the 1st of April 2017 we are delighted to announce that the fantastic Louis Berry is heading to Riverside Newcastle.

If you have not heard it yet, click the picture above to listen to his fantastic single “Restless”

Tickets available now!

Ticket: £11 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Wednesday 5th April

New Model Army

On Wednesday the 5th of April 2017 New Model Army are heading to Riverside Newcastle to continue on with the tour of their amazing and powerful new album “Winter”.

Tickets available Thursday the 24th November!

Ticket: £20 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Sunday 9th April

Real Friends

Real Friends have rescheduled their tour and are now heading out in 2017, calling into to pay us a visit on the 9th April.

New special support guests to be announced.

Tickets now LIVE. All previously purchased tickets remain valid.

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

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Monday 17th April

Bury Tomorrow

Delighted to welcome Bury Tomorrow to Riverside Newcastle;

At a time when modern metal is so slavishly led by the following of whatever fashion carousel is popular this week, rare are the bands who find success on their own, gimmick-free terms. A decade into their career, Southampton/ Portsmouth quintet Bury Tomorrow are, by whatever yardstick you want to measure it, one such band.

With an ethos which has never wavered from a threefold focus on unswerving passion, unrelenting hard work and remorselessly driving, slash ’n’ burn riffola, Bury Tomorrow have hauled themselves into a position as one of the UK’s premiere purveyors of mosh by the sheer force of their own will. 2014’s ‘Runes’ saw a veritable dam-break for the band, a UK rock chart number one and top 40 success in the mainstream, it was a record that enabled them to take their devastating live show to festival main stages across Europe and the UK, before finally culminating in a headline tour which saw the band playing to 1400 braying fans at a sold out London KOKO.

Now though, with Earthbound, they have stepped things up yet another gear.

“To me, Earthbound feels like the distillation of everything we’ve ever wanted this band to be about,” says frontman Dani Winter-Bates. “Our first three records are kind of part of their own trilogy but this is Bury Tomorrow’s record, we all see this as our chance to show people what we are capable of.”

Certainly Earthbound finds BT on more concise form that ever before: ten tracks that get in, batter you across the face, and get out again with precious little time for respite or caught breath. Hardcore mentality for a metalcore generation.

“A big thing for us this time around was to get down to the real nitty gritty of what our fans wanted from us and how to give them without wasting a single second,” continues Dani. “To me, there are ten singles on this album, whereas before we’ve maybe ebbed and flowed over the course of a record, with Earthbound we wanted pace, we wanted heaviness, and for me, personally, I wanted to write a record which was the sonic embodiment of a circle pit. I think we’ve done that.”

Ticket: £16.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Saturday 22nd April

The Quireboys

The Quireboys Are Coming – Fully Plugged And Fully Loaded

Twisted Love Tour To Electrify Fans In 2017

Reborn rock and roll reprobates The Quireboys will be plugging in and partying hard after revealing plans to roll out the critically acclaimed Twisted Love tour beyond 2016.

To see The Quireboys new video / single, click here

A 10-date run of UK acoustic shows this December brings down the curtain on another landmark year for the supercharged six-piece.

But there’s no rest for the wicked where Spike and co. are concerned and the boys are back in town from March.

Lauded as their loudest and proudest album for 25 years, Twisted Love screams heartache, passion, tears and tension. And it’s time for the record’s most powerful themes to be unleashed.

“We made this record with a full-on rock and roll show in mind,” said guitarist Guy Griffin. “The songs are some of the strongest we’ve ever written and that comes across best when all six of us are on stage and the volume is turned up.”

Not since the band’s early 90s heyday have The Quireboys sounded so compelling and so relevant. The bittersweet title track, bullish Breaking Rocks and terrific Ghost Train reveal a band going back to the future and back to what they always did best.

And if The Quireboys have proved themselves masters of an intimate and intriguing unplugged experience, then rocking out remains their traditional calling card.

“We played a handful of fully plugged shows in the UK earlier this year and the response to the new songs was tremendous,” added Griffin. “Those gigs gave us the confidence to dig deep into Twisted Love on the next tour and we can’t wait.”

Twisted Love is The Quireboys’ 10th studio album and the sound of a band enjoying a creative rebirth and a rich vein of songwriting form. More than 30 years after bursting onto the UK’s rock and roll scene their incendiary live shows continue to set the standard for the next generation of homegrown heroes.

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Monday 1st May

J Hus

Delighted to be welcoming J Hus to Riverside Newcastle!

Nominated for Best Newcomer at The MOBO Awards in 2015, and included on the long-list for the 2016 BBC Sound Poll, Hus is back and ready to make his mark. His ‘The 15th Day’ mixtape, which dropped back in 2015 alongside smash single ‘Lean & Bop’, highlights his ebullient bled of Dancehall, Afrobeat, Grime and R&B, winning acclaim from The Guardian, Fader, Noisey, Complex and i-D, and clocking over a million plays in its first month. Securing a deal with Black Butter, known as the incubator of talent of everyone from Rudimental to Jess Glynne and MNEK, Hus ended 2015 featuring on Tinie Tempah’s Junk Food mixtape. He graced Katy B’s album last year as well as making a guest appearance on the BrOTHERHOOD movie soundtrack. To kick things off in 2017, Jus has featured on Dave’s single ‘Samantha’ on ‘High Roller’ the lead single from Nines’ debut album and on Stormsy’s recent debut album Gang Signs & Prayer on the track ‘Bad Boys’ alongside Ghetts.

Tickets on sale from Thursday the 9th of March at 9am

Ticket: £15 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Tuesday 2nd May

The Skints

It’s with great pleasure we announce that a band described as “The Torchbearers of British Reggae” The Skints land at Riverside Newcastle on their “Nice Time’ Spring Tour!!

Tickets available now!

Ticket: £16 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Friday 5th May

Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band

HMW Presents Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band

Delighted to say that Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band will be playing a Hapless Museum Worker charity gig in aid of The Percy Hedley Foundation.

The event will take place on Friday 5th May 2017 at the Riverside on Newcastle’s Quayside. Doors at 19:30.

Tickets will be £15 plus booking fee via


Nominated ‘Best Original Track’ with ‘Fragile Water’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015

Since her debut solo album, Sweet Visitor, arrived in late 2014, Nancy Kerr has emerged as one of the foremost composers of modern folk and social commentary songs in the British Isles.

A writer of rare style Kerr’s music has drawn comparisons to William Blake in her reawakening of a radical folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives and has inspired some to call her “Folk’s Poet Laureate”

Finding herself increasingly fascinated by the role of the environment as a character in music, literature, art and film, the compositions that make up her second release, Instar, explore the themes of human/ecological interaction that lie just beneath the surface of so many traditional folk songs.

The lore and language of nature provide a repertoire of raw, universal images with which to address subjects such as gender identity and sexuality, struggles for human rights, love and consent, colonialism and the effects of austerity on our culture and ourselves.

Nancy Kerr’s Second Instar is just that. The second incarnation of the ever-evolving Instar album. A live performance that draws mainly from that album but also features songs from Sweet Visitor, the show promises to challenge and inspire, confront and sympathise. At times jovial and boisterous and at times a dulcet call to arms.

With her Sweet Visitor Band now an established unit, Nancy is joined on stage by bandmates:

Rowan Rheingans: Fiddle, Banjo & Voice.
Tim Yates: Double Bass, Melodeon & Voice.
Greg Russell: Guitars & Voice.
Tom Wright: Drums, Guitars & Voice.

“Stunning – Five Stars”. R2

“A songwriter steeped in the tradition, but casting it anew.” Songlines

“Quite breathtakingly beautiful.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2.

Ticket: £15 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Monday 8th May

While She Sleeps

NEW SHOW // While She Sleeps are heading to Riverside Newcastle on May 8th 2017 to celebrate the release of their amazing new album “You Are We”!

If you have not heard it yet have you been living in a cave?! This is going to be a massive gig don’t wait around for your tickets!

Tickets available Friday the 25th November!

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:00
Age: 14+

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Wednesday 10th May


Delighted to be welcoming Gnarwolves to Riverside Newcastle

Gnarwolves are a British melodic hardcore band, formed in 2011 and based in Brighton, England. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Thom Weeks, bass guitarist and backing vocalist Charlie Piper, and drummer Max Weeks.

With the release of their new album “Outsiders” on the 5th of May and selling out Think Tank? the last time they played Newcastle we cannot wait for them to take to stage!

Ticket: £10 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Monday 22nd May

Monster Magnet

NEW SHOW // We have the hard hitting Monster Magnet heading to Riverside Newcastle in whats guaranteed to be a stormer!

Monster Magnet is an American stoner rock band. Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf, John McBain and Tim Cronin.

Tickets Available Monday the 13th at 10am

Ticket: £20 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Saturday 27th May

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Delighted to be welcoming the fantastic The Pains of Being Pure at Heart to Riverside Newcastle

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were formed in 2007 and are an indie pop band from New York City. The main member is Kip Berman who is the vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter, however live is joined by players Christoph Hochheim (guitar), Jen Goma (keyboards, vocals), Jacob Sloan (bass) and Anton Hochheim (drums). With their large array of music, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are joining us at Newcastle’s very own Riverside as part of their UK tour.

Tickets Available Now!

Ticket: £16.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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Sunday 4th June

Minus The Bear

Delighted to be welcoming Minus The Bear to Riverside Newcastle

Minus the Bear is the American indie rock band with five studio albums and four EP’s released. Formed in 2001, the band has created a unique sound with electronics, guitars and interesting and sophisticated time signatures. The band is joining us in June to play songs such as ‘Invisible’, ‘ Pachuca Sunrise’ and ‘Last Kiss’, with their track ‘Invisible’ having over 236,026 plays on spotify.

Tickets on sale now

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

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Saturday 8th July


On Sat the 8th of July, Oxjam makes its very first Riverside visit, and we have a very special show for you! 7 Bands and a very special DJ performance. Entry fee for the evening will be just £5, and as ever all music made will go straight to Oxfam!

The line-up consists of the following incredible bands!

Ten Foot Tom and the Leprosy Crooks
Mosaic Sun
Nobodys Heroes
Beyond Blonde
The Voluntears

And we will be rounding off the night with a DJ set from CJ and Disco!

So come down to a great music venue, for a great night of live music whilst raising money for a great cause!

Ticket: £5.00 Buy Now
Doors: 17:00

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Tuesday 3rd October

Tom Grennan

Delighted to be welcoming Tom Grennan to Riverside Newcastle!

There are two major things that – in some strange, unlikely way – paved Tom Grennan’s way into music: The Kooks’ 2006 single ‘Seaside’, and an incident that left him hospitalised for several days.

Born and raised in Bedford, the 21-year- old’s childhood was a fairly typical one. He played football, went to school, got a moped at 16 and “was cruising with that for a bit.” Aside from an MP3 player his mate’s brother loaded up with grime, music was never a big part of his life growing up. Until, that is, he had a little too much to drink at a party, and demanded that everyone listen to him performing ‘Seaside’ a cappella. “I was just going around like, ‘Oi, listen to me…’ just being an annoying guy,” he says now – but his performance, bolstered though it may have been by a generous dose of Dutch-courage, was clearly impressive. His friends, unaware before that night that he could even hold a tune, roped him into joining their A Level band, where he discovered an untapped knack for performance.

Without that, he says, there’s no way he would have ended up performing. But it was something altogether more traumatic that prompted Grennan to turn to songwriting.

At the age of 18, a group of strangers attacked him on the street. He’s inclined to play the incident off casually – “just wrong place wrong time I think” – but it left its mark, and not just from the metal plates and screws he’ll have in his jaw for the rest of his life. “When that happened,” he recalls, “I was in a mad dark place. It hurt me mentally. I had this build-up of emotions.” So he started writing about it. Influenced by the likes of Ray Charles, Kendrick Lamar and Amy Winehouse, he poured his trauma, his pent-up pain and frustration, into songs, “and then I just found I could escape from it. I just loved doing it, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Now, anytime I feel anything, I write about it.”

The first thing he wrote was Old Songs, which has a cheeky, Jamie T-esque charm to its syncopated storytelling. But it was Something In The Water, the title track from his debut EP, that really showcased Grennan’s gritty, soulful vocals. After a scat-like, staccato verse, it gradually builds up to something rapturous: “I can see the light now, as I’m stepping out the door / Well there’s something in the water, calling my name.” The song, he says, “was like coming out of the dark. I felt sorry for myself for a minute, but I’ve got to just pick myself up.”

With Something In The Water’s success, the ball was well and truly rolling. Next came a Chase & Status collaboration, All Goes Wrong, which might never have seen the light of day were it not for Grennan’s sheer force of will. After a fruitful writing session, the electronic duo were unsure whether or not to release the resulting song.

Grennan, with the unabashed self-belief only a 21-year- old could have, told them, “Boys, this is a banger.” He was right, and a spot on the BBC’s Sound of 2017 songlist shortly followed. Now, there’s no stopping him.

“You only live life once, so you got to make every bit of it count,” he says with an infectious enthusiasm. “I want to put a stamp on my life, and I want to put a stamp on the world. I don't want to be here to be forgotten. [My music is] fiery, it’s real life and it’s passionate. There’s no bullshit.” The name of his forthcoming EP, Release The Brakes, could hardly be more apt. “I’m full throttle now. My foot is on the accelerator and I’m not braking. I ain’t stopping. Simple.

Ticket: £9.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30
Age: 14+

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