Essential Live Music Venues in Newcastle

Apr 5, 2018

Newcastle is famed for its nightlife, and live music plays an important part in any good night on the ‘Toon’. From guitar-groups to DJs, Newcastle’s music scene is alive, well, and one of the finest in the country, let alone the North East.

Head to these cracking live music venues in Newcastle for some of the best tunes around:

The Cluny

The Cluny is the place to catch up-and-coming bands before they hit the big time. This intimate venue is a well-trodden path for the music of tomorrow.

With a capacity of just over 300, this little gig spot is the sort of place you can get up close and personal in.

36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ (thecluny)

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Newcastle City Hall

One of the largest and most established venues in the city, Newcastle City Hall’s wide range of artists and acts make it one of the most eclectic theatres in the North East.

From Shakespeare to standup comedy, ballet to bands, there is always something on at City Hall.

The 2000+ seater hall was once amongst the stand-out rock venues on the circuit, attracting the likes of Motorhead, Slade and The Animals. Though those mighty days are in the past, City Hall still attracts the latest and greatest names on tour.

Northumberland Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8SF (theatreroyal)

The Globe

The Globe is the Geordie home of jazz, blues, and everything in between. Part music venue, part creative space, not only can you catch the latest bands here, you can have a pop at doing it yourself.

Regular jam sessions and the ability to hire out practice space sees local musicians from all backgrounds get together in the name of the music at The Globe.

11 Railway St, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7AD (theglobenewcastle)


Amongst the city’s most iconic venues, the mighty Riverside club on Quayside attracts some of the biggest names in the business, as well as supporting local and national talent.

Though the original Riverside closed in 1999, this new iteration is creating a name for itself in the UK music scene with one of Newcastle’s best weekend club nights.

Neptune House, 1 The Close, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3RQ (riversidenewcastle)

Hoochie Coochie

Another stellar jazz, soul, and funk venue. Hoochie Coochie is tucked away on Pilgrim Street and is an intimate a locale as they come.

First opened in 2011, Hoochie Coochie’s calendar is packed with a blend of next-big-things and sellout names.

54 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SF (hoochiecoochie)

Jumpin’ Jacks

Upstairs from the famous Dog and Parrot on the corner of Clayton Street. Jacks’ is the place to go for local live bands and unheard of national gems.

There’s a rooftop terrace too for those summer months and a solid selection of craft beers and local brews to sample.

52 Clayton Street West, Newcastle, NE1 4EX (jumpinjacks)

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