Feature: Inspired by Stranger Things- 80s Acts coming to The North East


Stranger Things season 3 is here! Aside from the awe-inspiring visuals and horrifying monsters, the smash Netflix series always brings with it a soundtrack packed with some incredible 80’s bangers. The release has inspired us at GNE to seek out the best 80’s acts coming to the North East this year; because if we enjoy anything more than Millie Bobby Brown being chased by terrifying alien things, it’s live music…

Peter Hook & The Light – MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN HALL – 20/09/19


A founding member of both Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook and his killer bass playing has played a part in creating some of the most iconic and timeless tracks from the 80’s. “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, “Disorder”, “Blue Monday”, and “Age Of Consent” are just a few of Hook’s legendary repertoire that he’ll be belting out at Middlesbrough Town Hall.



A Flock Of Seagulls – Riverside, Newcastle – 18/07/19


Frontman Mike Score and his Flock Of Seagulls encapsulate all of the best things about the 80’s in a nutshell: great choruses, lots of synth, and questionable haircuts. Their smash-hit “I Ran” is without a doubt one of the most essential 80’s classics!



Tears For Fears – Durham Cricket Club – 27/07/19


The most ambitious of all the synth-pop groups that dominated the 80s, Tears For Fears have a back catalogue that is stacked full of groundbreaking hits. “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, “Shout” and the melancholic classic “Mad World” make Tears For Fears one of the decade’s most enduring bands. 



80s Invasion Tour – Utilita Arena – 07/11/19


This bumper 80’s live experience is bringing eight of the decade’s biggest acts to Newcastle for a night of glorious nostalgia. Sister Sledge, Jason Donovan, Martika, Five Star, The Fizz, Hue & Cry, and Living In A Box featuring Kenny Thomas will all be in attendance this November!



Nine Below Zero – Riverside, Newcastle – 09/11/19


The most underground band on this list, blues rockers Nine Below Zero built a cult following since their formation in 1977. The band has released a massive 22 albums and show no signs of slowing down as they continue to work on new music.



Berlin – Riverside, Newcastle – 26/11/19


TAKE MY BREATH AWAYYYY! Shooting to fame with their iconic Top Gun track, electro-pop innovators Berlin are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a UK tour featuring their original line up and brand new album. Expect classics and new bangers from the LA natives this November!




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