Our Friends in the North

Links to our friends and associates, organisations we support and just websites we like.


Music, Film & Arts Venues


NEWCASTLE CITY HALL
"Prides itself on showcasing the finest acts from around the world, be it Rock, Pop, Comedy or Musicals, the biggest names in the business play the City Hall!"
newcastlecityhall.org

TYNESIDE CINEMA
"A registered educational charity and company limited by guarantee. The Trustees are unpaid and give of their time freely, bringing to bear significant skills to support the staff."
tynesidecinema.co.uk

TYNE THEATRE & OPERA HOUSE
"Opened in 1867, our Grade I listed building has key elements including lavish auditorium and wooden stage machinery. Hosting variety, comedy, ballet, musicals and live concerts."
tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk 

LIVE THEATRE
"Live Theatre is recognised as one of the great new writing theatres on the international stage. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne we are deeply rooted in our community and produce work as varied and diverse as the audiences with which we engage."
live.org.uk 

SAGE GATESHEAD
"An international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England."
sagegateshead.com


Friends & Associates
 

RAY JACKSON ART
Erstwhile singer/musician with the mighty Lindisfarne, Ray now specialises in capturing the liveries of buses from a bygone age in various media. Knows his RAL colours too.
rayjacksonart.co.uk

CHRIS CROSS
Our award-winning magical friend comes highly recommended by his grandmother, it says here.
chris-cross.co.uk

STEVE DRAYTON
Steve Drayton is a producer at BBC Radio Newcastle and parades his alter ego, Mr Drayton, as a comedy variety act.
mrdraytonshumanjukebox.com

SID SMITH
A freelance writer, writing sleevenotes for many record labels (there are prog fans out there who buy CD reissues just for these), and contributions to national press and TV, Sid was also co-author of the book Northstars (2005).
Find Sid on Facebook or read his Blog


FANSITES
 

OFFICIAL AWP FANSITE
"Back in 1983 when Auf Wiedersehen, Pet first aired, most of the leading cast were almost unknowns, but that was to change overnight when, on 11 November, If I Were A Carpenter aired on ITV."
auf-pet.com

GET CARTER
Brilliantly designed and informative Get Carter resource.
getcarter.xyz 

Charity Organisations
 

SUNDAY FOR SAMMY
One of the most eagerly anticipated events in the Geordie calendar, a glittering line-up of some of the North East's most famous faces, giving their all to raise money for young performers.
sundayforsammy.org

TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
"Young people have a much better chance of survival if treated by teenage cancer experts, in an environment tailored to their needs. We're working every day to make that happen."
teenagecancertrust.org


Hotels & Function Venues
 

PREMIER INN Whitley Bay
Part of the rejuvenation of Whitley Bay’s lovely sandy seafront, with breathtaking views of the coast.
premierinn.com  

THE WALLAW Blyth
Part of the Wetherspoons chain of pubs.
jdwetherspoon.com

HILTON NewcastleGateshead
"With striking views of the River Tyne and its landmark bridges, the Hilton NewcastleGateshead Hotel boasts an excellent location on the Gateshead Quays."
hilton.com

THE VERMONT HOTEL
"An independently owned Manhattan style 1930s tower with traditional and contemporary plush interiors." Conde Nast Traveller
vermont-hotel.com


Bands & Artists


LINDISFARNE
The Official website for the legendary, globe-straddling Geordie folk-rock band and its former members.
lindisfarne.co.uk

THE LINDISFARNE STORY
From 50 years of friendship and music, the tale of a bunch of Geordie lads with a dream. Lots of laughs, a few tears and a load of fantastic songs.
lindisfarnestory.co.uk

BILLY MITCHELL
Billy's own website covering solo shenanigans as well as his many collaborations throughout the aeons.
billymitchell.co.uk


MISCELLANEOUS
 

VINTAGE TEA PARTY
China and bunting hire—it's our Julie's day job!
vintageteaparty.org.uk 

GUEST WINES
"Our aim is to offer our customers down to earth, non-stuffy, refreshing and original wine tasting events—something different that you won’t forget."
guestwines.com 


BUSES
 

NORTH EAST BUS PRESERVATION TRUST
The NEBPT is a group of over 110 bus and coach enthusiasts dedicated to preserving their vehicles and heritage.
nebpt.co.uk