5 venues to see amazing live music in Newcastle

There are so many cool places you can rock out to live music in Newcastle.

The buzzing city life teamed with a variety of places to watch gigs makes Newcastle a great city for students.

You can’t fail to leave without seeing the concert of a lifetime! Air guitars at the ready.

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1. The Cluny

Based in the cool Ouseburn Valley area, The Cluny is an intimate live music venue, pub and café.

It is well known for its great location and alternative music scene.

Featuring artists – Blackalicious, Field Music, The Smiths Indeed.

Live music in Newcastle

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2. Newcastle City Hall

A large concert hall that opened in 1927, City Hall hosts comedy as well as pop music and classic artists; so there’s something for everyone.

Featuring artists – The Bootleg Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, UB40, The Human League, Billy Ocean and Lindisfarne.

Newcastle City Hall

(Photo credit: Bill Collison)

3. O2 Academy

This venue supports very current bands that you’ll hear on BBC Radio One, as well as some bands from the 1990s making a comeback.

The O2 is also host to great club nights at the weekend (currently student night Dirty Pop).

Featuring artists – The 1975, Jack Garratt, The Stranglers, Patent Pending.

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4. Newcastle University Student Union

The University’s own club, with special nights for the students and small gigs from the latest musicians on the radio. A great place to dance the night away with university friends.

Featuring bands – Lethal Bizzle, Jack Garratt.

Newcastle University Student Union

5. Utilita Arena

For big shows and global artists, the Utilita Arena is only a short walk from the Newcastle Central Train Station.

Featuring artists – One Direction, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and 5SOS.

Live Music in Newcastle

Sneaky 6. The Sage

Located on the Gateshead side of the Quayside, this isn’t technically in Newcastle but it is a fantastic venue which has some great bands and artists, fantastic acoustic sets, as well as music classes for all ages.

Sage is also host to the Summer Tyne Americana Festival, a free outdoor weekend show featuring visiting rockers from the States.

Featuring artists – Kacey Musgraves, Michael Kamen, Ludovici Einaudi, Joanna Newsom, Bonobo, Father John Misty, Adam Ant.


What are your best tips to see live music in Newcastle? 

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1 Response

  1. Allan says:

    The Little Buildings is always a good night out, bands on Friday and Saturdays, 50 capacity to listen to indie and rock.

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