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  • 1. 12 13 ART&LIT ART&LIT HIGHLIGHTS SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST UNTIL SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER LEARN TO READ DIFFERENTLY Including work Information As Material have published alongside related artworks by Kenneth Goldsmith, Garry Neil Kennedy, Greville Worthington, personal correspondence by Carl Andre and Laurence Weiner and an online collaboration between Nick Thurston and Robert Fitterman. Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art, City Library & Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland www.circaprojects.org WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST CONSTRUCTING THE 20TH CENTURY: CELEBRITY CULTURE & GOTHIC HORROR Fortnightly lectures covering a wide variety of topics, from children and families through history, Gothic horror and vampires to tales of Newcastle locals and their influence across the globe throughout history. This event centres on celebrity culture and gothic horror, presented by Rowan Bowman and Helen Green. The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle www.northumbriasummerspeakerseries.wordpress.com FRIDAY 16TH UNTIL SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST TEA-TOTAL New creative collective Run Of The Mill present an exhibition of visual art. On Friday 16th join in with live music, chat with some of the region’s creative talent and get up to hi-jinks with Tea Owl. Enjoy the exhibition in the gallery and cinema space until the end of the month. Quilliam Brothers Tea House, Claremont Buildings, Newcastle www.quilliambrothers.com THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST BISCUIT FACTORY LATE Taking place on the last Thursday of every month, the Biscuit Factory Late events offer exclusive views of local artists’ work, workshops, a glass of fizz, snacks and all-round cultural goodness. There’s also a 10% discount on all shop items. The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle www.thebiscuitfactory.com FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST BEHIND THE SCENES COLLECTION STORE TOURS Held on the last Friday of every month, these tours offer a fascinating look at Middlesbrough’s collection of art and craft held in MIMA’s stores. Find out more about the works and artists that make up the collection. MIMA, Centre Square, Middlesbrough www.visitmima.com UNTIL SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER MINIMAL PRINTS Minimal Prints produce high quality poster art, with modern, subtle designs from your favourite films. This exhibition showcases a few of artists Hannah and Dave’s favourites, and best of all, they’re all on sale for a mere tenner each. The Cluny, Lime Street, Newcastle www.minimal-prints.com It’s unusual in the North East to see an event catering for fans of anime, manga, fandoms, Japanese fashion, sci-fi, cult TV and gaming all in one place, where likeminded people can meet and discuss their obsessions. However ONECon, held at Middlesbrough’s MTLC Conference & Training Centre on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August, is working to change all that by becoming a one stop shop for geeky goodness. This is not to say that ONECon is the only convention for fans of Japanese culture within the North East – although it is the only North East convention to be open to people aged 13+. SunnyCon, the Sunderland-based Japanese culture convention, has been running for the past three years and various smaller events such as the North East Manga and Anime Convention, have been held in venues across Newcastle and Gateshead. What ONECon aims to do is encompass all aspects of geek culture, rather than focus on one specific area, as chairman and creator of ONECon Dave Hodgson explains. “We wanted to try to do things differently and include more of the fandom aspect that is happening as well as the Japanese culture. “We found there were a lot of Doctor Who and Sherlock fans at conventions and we thought by giving them the space to do their own panels, we could foster some more interest as people wanted to get involved in those things as well as the anime and manga, associated with Japanese culture.” The convention is aimed at both long term members of the community as well as those who want to learn more about Japanese culture, gaming or fandoms (people obsessed with particular cult TV shows). “We have a variety of things going on so you might discover things that you weren’t aware of before.” In fact, across the weekend there is so much going on it’s hard to keep up. Star guests include world-renowned voice actor Greg Ayres, who has voiced the likes of BECK and Ouran High Host Club, specialist bioware and armour cosplayer Ruthy Websdale (for the uninitiated, a cosplayer is a person who dresses up as a fictional character), who will be holding an armour workshop. Plus fight Proof by Phillis Christopher, www.phyllischristopher.com THE INAUGURAL ALL-ENCOMPASSING ONECON VISITS MIDDLESBROUGH THIS MONTH, BRINGING DELIGHTS FOR FANS OF ANIME, MANGA AND FANDOMS OF ALL PERSUASIONS. RUTH EDMUNDSON GETS HER GEEK ON choreographer Chris Jones, who has over 20 years experience in TV and films and will be running a workshop on how to produce your own low budget YouTube film. For gamers there’ll be tournaments including Tekken Tag 2, Super Smash Brothers Brawl and (my favourite) Mario Cart, on consoles provided by GAME. Cosplayers can enjoy a skit and masquerade contest, while anime fans can watch screenings of Japanese films and popular anime series’ such as One Piece and Attack On Titan. Along with a selection of anime, manga, fashion and art stalls to browse and various fan panels to attend, there’s plenty to get involved with. As for the J-fashion fans an introduction to Lolita fashion will be held on the Saturday, complete with a free beginners info pack, with a more in-depth look on Sunday, plus a catwalk show. “We are very keen on making it feel it’s open to all but at the same time not excluding the girls who are experienced and don’t want to hear the same basic things again, so there are panels and talks about all levels of experience.” Said Kathryn Sanford, a ONECon volunteer. There will also be a Japanese maid café meets old English Tea Room with a focus on customer service and creating a relaxed atmosphere in which you can enjoy afternoon tea and some traditional Japanese food. So, even if you’re mildly interested or a total fanatic about fandoms, Lolita fashion or gaming ONECon will offer a great opportunity to meet people who have similar interests, and maybe even discover something new. ONECon will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August at Middlesbrough MTLC Conference & Training Centre. Weekend tickets cost £20. www.onecon.co.uk WE WANTED TO TRY TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND ENCOMPASS THE FANDOM ASPECT AS WELL AS JAPANESE CULTURE TO MAKE IT MORE INCLUSIVE TO A WIDER AUDIENCE ONECON
  • 2. 40 41 FEATUREFEATURE The North East has one of the busiest rockabilly scenes in the country, thanks to a high concentration of well regarded bands. And, whether it’s the vintage fashionistas or the devoted music fans, it seems there’s something for everyone. Rockabilly is one the earliest styles of rock ‘n’ roll music, dating back to the early 1950’s in the US, and comprised of a mix of rhythm and blues and country and western. It’s important to note that rockabilly is just one of many genres within the rockin’ scene, as it is better known as, which encompasses rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and psych rock sounds. Miss Mary And The Mr Rights are a local act well known within the R&B scene. Lead singer L’il Miss Mary, a classically trained singer, found herself a part of the community after joining a rock ‘n’ roll cabaret show. “It’s a very small community, everyone knows each other, and we all put a lot of effort into keeping the scene alive. It’s not uncommon for there to be a choice of ten or twelve events to choose from all on one night. The local musicians and DJs are some of the most talented in the country so my advice to anyone who’s interested is to get out there and explore everything the North East rockin’ scene has to offer.” NORTH EAST ROCKABILLY Good places to start musically are with hard hitting rhythm and blues band The Revolutionaires; rockabilly trio The Skip Rats; and rock ‘n’ rollers The Troubleshooters. A great resource for those interested in finding out more about the scene is Sugardoll’s Diner, a rockabilly group on Facebook run by Emma Lowes, otherwise known as Sugar Doll herself. A DJ and radio host (alongside Mary Ann on the Girls Gone Rockin’ radio show on Radio Teesdale) she runs clothing and make-up stall Rockabilly Rosie, Little Red Wagon vintage events and the Sugar Bowl club night in Durham. As a pivotal member of the community she knows the ins and outs of the North East rockin’ scene. “It’s not about looking like Elvis. You have people who love it all – the cars, music and fashion – as well as others who just love particular elements, but it’s not about middle aged men at all! There’s a massive range of people, from 10 year-old kids to guys who were there the first time around in the 50s.” Fashion is a key part of the rockabilly lifestyle, as Julie Pickard, who runs Hepkat Kitten Vintage Hairstyling, explains. “I really get a buzz out of wearing the clothes, the music and the whole lifestyle.” She says. Julie lives and breathes 40s and 50s fashion, and she now helps others to achieve the same look. “I’ve loved American clothes since I was 14. I have always thought the American girls had better style.” The perfect opportunity to experience the rockabilly lifestyle is at the first ever weekend event in the region, the Rock Ridge Rumble, taking place from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th August at East Broomshiels Farm in Durham. “It’s a great opportunity for people to see some of the top bands in the country,” Kevin Greener, organiser of the event, explains. “It’s everything – the music, the fashion, the dancing – a big group of people with the same hobby generates an atmosphere within itself.” Performers include the striking Carmen Ghia & The Hot Rods and authentic 50’s band Gene Gambler & The Shufflers plus many more. The three day event also boasts a range of DJs and vintage clothing and accessories stalls. The all-encompassing nature of a weekend event like Rock Ridge Rumble is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rockabilly world. “The atmosphere is like nothing else,” says Emma Lowes. “If you are digging the local gigs get yourself along to a weekender as you will get the full impact, it just draws you in, it’s addictive.” www.facebook.com/lilmissmary www.thesugarbowluk.blogspot.co.uk www.facebook.com/hepkatkittenvintage www.facebook.com/rockridgerumble RUTH EDMUNDSON DISCOVERS THE REGION’S VIBRANT ROCKABILLY SCENE WE ALL PUT A LOT OF EFFORT INTO KEEPING THE SCENE ALIVE. IT’S NOT UNCOMMON FOR THERE TO BE A CHOICE OF 10 OR 12 EVENTS TO CHOOSE FROM ALL ON ONE NIGHT UPCOMING EVENTS FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST THE SUGAR BOWL All the way from LA, The Rhythm Shakers play an exclusive Northern gig. Trimdon Grange Club, Durham www.thesugarbowluk.blogspot.co.uk SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST THE INFERNOS The Infernos will have you dancing with their mix of rockabilly, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Chester-le-Street Catholic Club, Chester-le-Street www.facebook.com/groups/ sugardollsdiner SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST NORTH EAST ROCKABILLY ALLDAYER A packed event full of live music in aid of Macmillan Cancer charity. The Flat Tops, Boldon SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST MAD JACK & THE HATTERS An electric hillbilly blues band known for whipping up a hurricane of rock ‘n’ roll. Hallgarth Social Club, Winlaton www.madjacknthehatters.com SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST LITTLE RED WAGON VINTAGE EVENT A full day of live music, vintage clothing and accessory stalls, a car show and an autojumble. The Little Red Wagon Market, Easington www.facebook.com/ littleredwagonvintageevents Sugar Doll by Eyes of Jobe Hepkat Kitten Vintage Hairstyling by Sugar D Photpgraphy

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