The Late Shows
Various venues across Newcastle and Gateshead
Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20
Times vary between venues
Tyneside is famous for a few things. Like stottie cake, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and that bloke from The Police. But none of those are quite as much fun as The Late Shows, the annual after-hours culture crawl taking place at venues all over Newcastle and Gateshead. Museums, breweries, galleries, cathedrals, theatres and even a farm will be opening their doors late into the night, hosting one-off events, and most importantly, handing out glow sticks. There’s a lot going on, so here’s my picks for some of the best things to see and do this year:
Labyrinth Unit 13, Foundry Lane, NE6 1LH
Friday 19 May only, performances every hour
The mad performers at Labyrinth are responsible for the best time I’ve ever had at a Late Shows event. Climbing on to a skip at 10pm to get a better view of some fire-breathing clowns and juggling acrobats, with a beer in hand and a big group of mates sums up why The Late Shows are so much fun. Labyrinth are not to be missed.
Hatton Pavillion, Baltic Square, South Shore Road, NE8 3BA
Saturday 20 May only, 6-11pm
The Hatton Gallery at Newcastle University is due to reopen in the Autumn after a £3.8m redevelopment project, so while the gallery is closed, they’re taking the show on the road. The Hatton Pavilion is a major outdoor installation by artist Toby Paterson inspired by the history of the Hatton Gallery. Also on offer is the chance to have a go at building your own architectural structure.
Vinyl Gallery, Pop-up at Toffee Factory, Lower Steenbergs Yard, NE1 2DF
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May, 7-11pm
Music merchants Vinyl Guru are popping up at the Toffee Factory to show a fantastic collection of album artwork, featuring everyone from The Beatles to Bowie. A night of dancing, drinking and DJs is promised, and with the stunning views of the Quayside thrown in, what’s not to love?
Globe Gallery, 47 Pilgrim Street, NE1 6QE
Saturday 20 May only, 7-11pm
Newcastle is famous (or perhaps infamous) for its nightlife, a nocturnal city with everything from fine restaurants to trebles bars. For this year’s Late Shows, Globe Gallery are creating an immersive, experiential environment evoking the atmosphere of a night on the toon. The show looks at how the night time economy has evolved, transforming the city and its inhabitants.
Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, NE1 7PQ
Saturday 20 May only, 7-11pm
Fancy making some art of your own? Gallagher & Turner are hosting a drop-in life drawing class with top artists and tutor Dale Atkinson. Everything you need will be provided, along with a glass of wine to help unleash your inner artist. Call in for some top tips and draw the night away.
Ouseburn Farm, Ouseburn Road, NE1 2PA
Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May, open until 10pm
Walking from venue to venue is tiring, so what better place to stop for a home grown lamb burger, bacon sandwich or a sausage roll? The farm shop will be open too, so you can restock your own fridge at home. If that’s all a bit too refined for you, there’ll be foraging tours in the surrounding woods running every 20 minutes, with herbal tea tasting and crafts using wild plants.
There’s so much going on, it’s impossible to write about everything. Make sure you check out the full listings here.