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Live From Times Square

In just over a weeks time this years Live From Times Square gets underway with another stellar line up of incredible acts gracing the Newcastle City Centre stage!

Following on from last year’s stellar run of shows in the city centre of Newcastle, which saw the likes of Maximo Park, Primal Scream and Ocean Colour Scene all playing to huge crowds. Live From Times Square is set to return in just over a weeks time with another incredible run of shows, only this year they’re even bigger and more exciting.

Live From Times Square kicks off next Thursday with the brilliant Jake Bugg who will be supported by Sundara Karma and Cabbage. The perfect way to kick off this insane run of shows, as all three acts are set to blow Times Square away. However, following on from that Friday will see electronic music royalty Leftfield performing Leftism in its entirety supported by the incredible Tiga as well as local DJ duo People Get Real. The perfect recipe for any Friday night out in Newcastle we really cannot think of a better way to spend the evening.

As we head into the first weekend at Live From Times Square Britpop legends James are set to have Times Square dancing long into Saturday night with the plethora of hits. Couple that with appearances from the ever brilliant Peter Hook & The Light and comeback kings Milburn.

The opening weekend of this years Live From Times Square is certainly not one to be missed, and will undoubtedly be the highlight of the summer. However, another highlight of the summer will follow the weekend after, where Live From Times Square runs from Thursday through to Sunday. Once again this will be accompanied by absolutely incredible line ups.

Thursday will see The Libertines joined by the North East’s favourite sons Maximo Park as well as Blackwaters and The Pale White who are currently forging themselves quite the reputation across the country. So with two home town shows and one of the biggest bands around Thursday is set to kick the second weekend off with a bang.

Friday on the other hand sees something completely different take over Times Square with Graeme Park and Mike Pickering’s Hacienda Classical gracing the Times Square stage. This is certainly an event not to be missed as they take so many classic tracks and apply this unique spin to them, you’ve heard all the rumours about how great this is so there is no excuse to experience this live.

The second Saturday sees arguably the best line up of them all headlined by the almighty Manic Street Preachers and supported by an exceptional bunch of bands we really cannot recommend it enough. The Manics alone are a big draw but then add into that The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting and Dream Wife, you really cannot ask for anymore.

This years event will brought to a very special close on Sunday the 6th of August with the incredible Brian Wilson, a true living legend an incredible musical hero of so many but again supported by an incredible cast of local and international acts. Namely Seasick Steve, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Lanterns On The Lake, The Lake Poets and Cattle & Cane. It is the perfect way to end such an incredible run of shows.

What the North East lacks in a major festival it really makes up for in incredibly special events, Live From Times Square provides these exceptional line ups in the comfort of the city centre. No mud, misery or camping and you can often return to your own bed, what they also provide is no nonsense line ups, as these are all bands on top of their game. You aren’t waiting around hours to see a decent band instead it’s all served up right from the off, so if you’re anywhere near Newcastle we urge you to get down and savour these events as they’re sure to be some of the best that the North East will see all year.

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Live From Times Square can be found online here livefromtimessquare.co.uk. They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @LiveFromTimesSq.

All words by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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