NOW PLAYING: DNCE – Cake By The Ocean

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If you’re looking for this year’s summer anthem, then look no further. Former Disney star and purity-ring-wearing Christian brother Joe Jonas’ new outfit DNCE are young, good-looking and have created a funky pop powerhouse in the form of Cake By The Ocean. And it’s not about food.

“Working on the record, these Swedish producers that we were working with kept confusing ‘sex on the beach’ with ‘cake by the ocean,'” Jonas told MTV. “Then, it became this kind of lyrically wacky song, and it kind of embodies the band.” Hmm.

The band, made up of Jonas, Jack Lawless, Cole Whittle and JinJoo Lee, released the song last year as part of the EP SWAAY, but it has recently started to gain momentum. It’s a punchy little number that reminds us of Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks and sounds like it would go perfectly with a bottle of sol and a game of volleyball, never mind a slice of black forest gateau. With an upcoming support slot on Selena Gomez’s tour, 2016 could be DNCE’s year.

Cake By The Ocean is available to download now

WATCH: Bridget Jones is back in new trailer

Everyone’s favourite bumbling journalist is back and it looks like her happy ending may not have turned out quite like we last thought.

Last seen in 2004’s Edge Of Reason, Bridge looked all set for married life with the man of her dreams Mark Darcy after he finally popped the question. But, fast forward 12 years and it’s all gone a bit tits up – she’s single again. Oh, and PREGNANT.

Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth are both back for the third film in the series, but Hugh Grant is out for this one (we won’t reveal any spoilers) but Grey’s Anatomy and Enchanted hottie Patrick Dempsey is very much in.

Watch the trailer for Bridget Jones’ Baby below:

 

 

Who’s on at Newcastle Pride 2016? – this year’s line-up is revealed

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Newcastle’s annual pride celebration is back this summer – and it’s looking set to be one of the best yet.

The weekend of festivities, which will take place July 15-17 on the Town Moor, is always one of the highlights of the North East calendar and proudly boasts the accolade of being the UK’s biggest free pride event. And the organisers have now announced just who will be entertaining us from the main stage.

Boyband 5ive and M People front woman Heather Small (above) top this year’s bill.

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The boyband (above), most famous for songs like Keep On Movin’ and Everybody Get Up will take to the stage on Saturday 15, whilst Small, the singer of hits such as Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven and, rather aptly, Proud, will take to the main stage on Sunday 17.

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Other acts on the bill include 80s pop sensation Sonia (above), former X Factor and I’m a Celebrity star Jake Quickenden (below), Brother Beyond singer Nathan Moore and dance diva Tina Cousins, who had big hits with Pray and Mysterious Times.

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Local acts Courtney Dixon, who won Ubeat TV’s Act of the Year award, girl group NE1 Girls and North East legend Lorraine Crosby will also be performing. Drag performers will also be well-represented with the Cabaret Tent, sponsored by Eazy Street. Last year, the event contributed £9.1 million to the Newcastle economy.

“The line-up this year is just stunning with something for everyone hitting the main stage on the Town Moor,” said Mark Nichols, the chairman of Newcastle Pride. “5ive will close the Main stage on Saturday 16th July and Heather Small will be so Proud closing the stage on Sunday 17th before we move to the Civic Centre for our Candlelit Vigil at 9pm. This is going to be one amazing weekend hosted by the LGBT community.

However, Mark says it is important to stress how much donations are vital to keeping the event going. “Although Pride is a free festival to come along to, it costs over £200,000 to stage each year. We are only able to deliver an amazing festival each year with the help of our all sponsors.

“Donations are very important for us to be able to deliver Pride each year, a donation in a bucket, buying a wristband or Lanyard with whistle or upgrading to Gold Circle or VIP all goes towards funding the event and ensuring it can remain free in the future.”

For further information and for full listings of the events, go to www.northern-pride.com.

The event is free to attend but Gold Circle and VIP tickets are available from £12 here 

Our top five picks of North East events in April

April’s a funny one, isn’t it? It’s not warm, it’s not cold and Easter is out of the way so there’s no chocolate or days off to look forward to (is it too early to start wishing away Spring?!) But, fear not because we’ve hand-picked five of the best events happening this month in the North East – they may not be chocolate-coated, but they are pretty damn good.

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, April 5 – April 16

Matthew Bourne’s dazzling production of Sleeping Beauty has won the hearts of thousands and smashed box office records across the UK and the USA since its premiere. Described by The Guradian as ‘EXHILARATING. Detailed and heartfelt’, it features gorgeous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and a thrilling story.

Tickets available here 

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The Vamps, April 6

They performed here last year to a frenzied crowd, so it’s no surprise The Vamps are back at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena with their Wake Up tour. Along with special guest Conor Maynard, the Can We Dance? singers have sold over 10 million singles since they debuted in 2014.

Tickets from £9.50 are available here, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office.

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Patricia Routledge in Conversation with Edward Seckerson, April 9

Best known for legendary TV characters Hyacinth Bucket and Hetty Wainthropp, Patricia Routledge is also a Tony and Olivier award-winning musical theatre actress. In a fascinating encounter with the writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson, Patricia discusses her life treading the boards. The evening also features rare recordings.

Tickets available from £10 here

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WWE Live WrestleMania Revenge, April 20

World Wrestling Entertainment stars such as The Undertaker, Big Show and Chris Jericho will be going toe-to-toe in what promises to be an incredible night of action. Thrilling, exciting and full of adrenaline, this is entertainment for all the family.

Tickets costing from £25.00 are available here, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Limited to 6 per household.

Music Fest TCT, April 22

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Following last year’s successful event, Music Fest TCT is back, all in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. North East talent performing at the Customs House in South Shields includes The Waiters (above), NE Girls and The X Factor’s Abi Garrido and Kerianne Covell. Hosted by BBC Newcastle’s Sue Sweeney.

Tickets are available from £10 here

NOW PLAYING: All Saints – One Woman Man

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Following up comeback single One Strike, which heralded a slicker, more mature sound from them, the latest offering from All Saints is here.

One Woman Man is a punchy track with a saintly choir backing up lead vocals from Mel Blatt. Their younger contemporaries Little Mix would kill for a tune like this – it manages to retain their laid-back 90s vibe whilst being effortlessly cool and modern. Fresh off announcing a new tour, this only leaves us wanting more from them – which is fine because new album Red Flag is out on April 8.

With lyrics by Shaznay Lewis that more than touch on Nicole Appleton’s recent divorce (she split from husband of 14 years Liam Gallagher in 2014 after he cheated and fathered a child with his assistant) the ladies ask questions like, ‘tell me are you ever gonna be a one woman man?’ and ‘sometimes is it better to let go?’

We’ve got everything crossed that they don’t pull an MKS and dive bomb after a much-hyped comeback. But this is near-perfect pop music and really could be the Saints’ second coming.

Listen to the track below:

WATCH: Ant and Dec face off in a Mamma Mia/Motown West End spectacular

Ant & DecÕs Saturday Night Takeaway is an ITV Studios production for ITV ANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY on Saturday 22 February 2014 Picture shows: Ant & Dec Award winning hosts Ant & Dec are back with their hugely popular entertainment series Ant & DecÕs Saturday Night Takeaway. The only series on TV that says ÔDonÕt just watch the ads Ð win them!Õ returns to the our screens with a host of brand new stunts, surprises and shocks for the studio audience and viewers at home. ÔAÕ list superstars will also be joining the fun live in the studio, but not even the biggest stars are safe as the Geordie duo lead some of their most ambitious celebrity set-ups. This series sees Ant & Dec attempt their most difficult Undercover to date, tricking close friend and fellow TV host Holly Willoughby. Whilst This MorningÕs Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford take Ant & DecÕs lead in a brand new IÕm A Celebrity Get OutÉof Me Ear! Ashley Roberts will be back to challenge the pair to the ultimate duel in Ant V Dec, and whilst Little Ant and Dec may have already rubbed shoulders with Gerard Butler, Mila Kunis and Bruce Forsyth, this series will see them spring more cheeky questions on their new celebrity chums. One lucky member of the studio audience will also be given the chance to play for the contents of a commercial break in Win the Ads, with spectacular prizes including cars and holidays on offer. Each show will end in spectacular style as some of the world's biggest and best performers grace the Takeaway stage for a one-off performance that will come with its own unique surprise - you won't want to miss them! Last series saw Ant & Dec scale a 50ft tower, trick the worldÕs biggest boyband One Direction with their Undercover guises, join Spelbound for a special one off performance and top the UK charts with ÔLets Get Ready To RumbleÕ. Press contact: Sarah Banbury on 0207 157 3018 sarah.banbury@itv.com Picture contact: Shane Chapman on 020 7157 3043

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You can’t help but love Ant and Dec.

The Geordie boys entertain viewers week in, week out with their Saturday Night Takeaway (unless like us, you’re normally out on the tiles and it’s more of a Sunday afternoon SOS) Anyways, that’s besides the point. They’re great. And this week was no exception.

In their End of the Show-Show segment, the lads took us to the West End of London by pretending to have each booked separate acts to play us out. Ant had called on the cast of Mamma Mia, whereas Dec had booked in Motown: The Musical. Cue a 70s, Swedish pop-goes- Greek island/60s Detroit soul extravaganza. Watch below as everyone’s favourite TV twosome (sorry Chuckle brothers) go all theatre, dahling…

Secrets out! – Adele to headline Glastonbury

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Adele has announced she will headline Glastonbury this year.

The singer announced the news on stage at the London O2 Arena, where she is in the middle of a six-night residency as part of her world tour. She will headline the Saturday night of the festival.

“Who’s going to Glastonbury this year?” she asked. “See you there. I’ll be there. I’ll be headlining on the Saturday night this year.”

“I’ve had to keep that secret for years!” the star added.

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said it was a “great honour” to have Adele as part of the line up. She joins Coldplay and Muse on the bill. Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Jess Glynne and PJ Harvey have also been announced to perform at this year’s festival, which takes place June 22-26.

Her latest album 25 was was the biggest-selling album of last year and cemented Adele’s status as, basically, queen of everything.

For more news and information about Glastonbury, click here

Fun, fresh and fierce – Little Mix give it the big ‘un for a hometown crowd

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“Are you ready to Get Weird?”, the screen onstage asks a frenzied Newcastle audience, made up mostly of young fans who seem to have died and gone to pop music heaven. Little Mix? Weird? Maybe not. Fresh, fun, fierce and a fistful of other superlatives – absolutely.

In the same week that All Saints announced their first tour in over a decade and more Spice Girls reunion rumours began to swirl, Little Mix brought their own very modern brand of girl power to the Metro Radio Arena. It was a raucous homecoming for Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards, who hail from South Shields. The pair, along with Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Ann Pinnock, clearly revelled in being back in the North East, taking any opportunity to interact with fans.

In a set list that includes songs both old and new, as well as some unexpected covers from Beyonce, Justin Bieber and the Spiced ones themselves, the audience are reminded of how many hits the band have had in the short five years since their X Factor win. DNA finds the girls in an enchanted forest, whereas their biggest song Black Magic is, in my opinion, one of the best pop tracks of the last decade and it’s even better live. Other highlights include rabbit-headed dancers sashaying across the stage and a drag queen taxiing the girls from the forest to ‘Club Weird’ where they unleash hits like Salute and Get Weird, head-to-toe in sequins. Missy Elliot appears in video form for How Ya Doin? and a Drake mashup keeps things flowing nicely.

Far from being just another manufactured girl band, these four have talent in abundance. Their vocal gymnastics are impressive and their harmonies are in sync throughout, standing out especially in penultimate number, acapella track The End.

Perrie recently defended their sexed-up tour outfits (“Some of us are 24. We aren’t going to be able to wear stuff like this for the rest of our life”) and it is clear the ladies are unapologetic about growing up. At times it does feel a bit too mature for their target audience but, thus is the nature of the music industry beast – you can’t keep ’em young and innocent forever. Their young fans didn’t seem to mind at all – a young lad in front of me sang and danced his way through the gig, all touchingly encouraged by his dad, who was all too happy to encourage his son. Our editor’s tweet about the pair garnered (and is continuing to get) quite a bit of attention!

“Don’t you know that I’m grown now,” the lyrics to one of their Get Weird album tracks go. Idolised by their fans, Little Mix may be grown, but they’re still a perfectly-formed pop phenomenan, here for the duration.

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The Get Weird tour is next in until August 27. For tickets, click here.

Listen to Little Mix’s On The Road playlist on Spotify before their Newcastle gig

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Ever wondered what the biggest girl band in the country listen to to psych them up before a show? Well wonder no more. Little Mix have compiled a Spotify playlist of the songs they listen to pre-show and some of them may surprise you. Jade, Perrie, Jesy and Leigh-Ann are coming to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Thursday and to get you in the mood, give their On The Road mix a a whirl. It features everything from Robyn to Eagle-Eye Cherry and Fleetwood Mac. Eclectic.

Listen here:

All Saints to go back on the road to Newcastle after 15 years

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Dig out your tank tops and cargo pants, because one of the most popular, and stylish, girl groups of the 90s have announced their first tour in 15 years – and it’s coming to the Toon.

All Saints, who had huge hits with Never Ever and Pure Shores, will play Newcastle’s O2 Academy on October 6 as part of their Red Flag tour. The band, comprising of members Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and Appleton sisters Nicole and Natalie, recently released single One Strike, with album Red Flag to follow on April 8. Recently reunited after a mini reunion in 2006, they are surely hoping their new material will match the mammoth success of their former material. With five number one singles, 12 million record sales and two Brit awards, they certainly have their work cut out for them.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be heading out on the road to perform across the UK this October,” the girls said.

“Playing live is our favourite thing to do as a band and we can’t wait to perform all our hits plus some new tracks from Red Flag. It’s incredible to think our last proper tour was over 15 years ago.

“So we’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time. From the feedback we’ve read online it seems like a lot of our fans have been anxiously waiting too. We can’t wait to get out there and see everyone.”

WE CAN’T WAIT!

Tickets will go on sale Friday March 18 at 9am and will be available from Gigs and Tours here and Ticketweb here