Newcastle is undoubtedly the cultural hub of the North East of England. Known for its industrial and shipbuilding heritage, people from across the North East look to Newcastle for its vibrant nightlife and impressive live music scene.
On any given weekend Newcastle’s venues are full of live musicians looking to entertain, be they up-and-coming acts or international heroes. The Metro Radio Arena hosts some of the biggest artists from across the world, while the O2 Academy hosts established acts and rising stars alike. Venues like the Cluny, Sage Gateshead and Think Tank also host tons of gigs where you just might find your new favourite band. If you’re more of a dancer, Digital attracts top DJs while Greys Club is just the place for a classic Newcastle night out.
Although Newcastle comes alive at night during the weekend, it isn’t short of family-friendly places to visit. The Grade I-listed Theatre Royal is one of the North East’s major regional theatres and regularly hosts touring productions, and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art regularly hosts exhibitions and events. Meanwhile there’s always room for a laugh at comedy clubs like The Stand Comedy Club and the Grinning Idiot Comedy Club.