Another Happy Bride

Another Happy Bride….


If you are thinking of hiring a Need Music Ltd DJ or musician than take a look at this. We provided this bride with a mobile disco and live guitar duo, which made their wedding reception unforgettable.

Hi Bruce,

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to the guitarists and the DJ who were at our wedding on 31st August 2015.
They were all great, particularly the DJ who joined in and was part of the guests by the end of the night.
They all made the whole night time reception run seamlessly and a lot of fun.
Thanks again,
The Haste’s.”

If you’d like to book a DJ or musician to make your wedding truly unique, call 07808660433 or email

The Duke Spirit…

The Duke Spirit

DUKE MUSIC SMALLWe are delighted to be bringing our Acoustic Thursday live music sessions to Newcastle City Centre this autumn.

From Thursday 24 September you can join us at The Duke Of Wellington in the High Bridge Quarter of the city for a night of great entertainment.

This event will showcase 4 acts each week, and is intended to help expose the talents of local musicians, giving them a platform to perform their music and build a fanbase.

The Duke Of Wellington is under new management, so pop in next time you’re near Grey Street – they have loads of great drinks offers on, and a really friendly atmosphere.

The Duke Of Wellington
18 High Bridge

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Featured Artist #006 – Nearly Dennis

Name: Nearly Dennis

Location: Head Of Steam, Tynemouth

1. FDennis Carpetsirst of all— where does the name derive from?

My dad wanted to call me Dennis but me’ Mam was having none of it.

2. How long have you been playing?

I started at 12, playing at school gigs. At 16, I organised fundraisers. Also, I started working for a burlesque company, playing for the dancers.

3. What would you say were your main influences for your style?

I was raised on Slade, Mott the Hoople, Bad Company and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Stereophonics. The Blues stuff comes from a combination of things. My dad’s mate who lived in Chicago had an influence. Also, my guitar teacher played a bit of the style and I was raised on like 70s Rock, I got into it by finding older stuff on YouTube and trying to change well-known songs into a more bluesy style, like my set finisher “Living On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

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Barca Art Bar – Tynemouth

TFolk Small V2We are delighted to be working with Barca Art Bar on Tynemouth Front Street. It’s long been a favourite coastal stop off point for us, and now we will be providing some entertainment.

On Thursday 24 September join us for a night of great original folk music, with the brilliant acoustic trio Twisted Folk.

It’s great to be delivering live music to Tynemouth, a hub of creative & talented people – see you there.

Featured Artist #005 – Salida

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1.How did the band come together?

Davy (singer) started jamming with his Uncle, Tom (guitarist) in about 2010. Tom’s son and Davy’s cousin, Matthew, has been a percussionist and drummer for many years and joined in to add another level to the sound and things snowballed. Miguel (cajón) had played with Matthew and Tom in a samba band previously and also joined in a few years ago.

2.How long have you all been playing together?

Salida has been together since about 2010, developing the sound over the years from a vocal/guitar duo and adding extra dimensions through the addition percussion.

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Free Photo Shoot

We’re teaming up with Eleanor Weitzer Photography  to offer musicians the chance to get a free photo shoot.

As a new musician you may not realise the importance of having a great press shot – a photo of yourself that can be used on posters and social media to show everyone what you look like.

On Tuesday 2 June 2015, we present the first opportunity for solo musicians to get a free photo shoot. You get to keep the results to use in your promotions, giving you that professional edge over everyone else.

The shoot will take place at Mr Lynch in Jesmond on Tuesday 2 June between 7-9pm. All you have to do is contact Need Music via our contact page. Don’t miss this great opportunity! #NeedMusic

Need Music Ltd Are Recruiting

Recruit V1Need Music Ltd are recruiting! As our business continues to expand, we are now ready to take on a new employee.

If you have a musical background and want to work in the industry, please read the job description below and send your CV to, along with a 2 paragraph explanation of why you would be great for the role. Closing deadline is Friday 22/05/2015. Good luck.

Job Description
Role: Event Coordinator
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne/ North Tyneside
Hours: Adhoc
Rate: Negotiable

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Featured Artist #004 – Kirsty Forster Duo

kirsty forster duo• Names:

Kirsty Forster and Richard Naisbett

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• How long have you both been playing together?

4 years

• What was it that drew each of you to music originally?

Kirsty: I had always loved to sing, but when I took music at GCSE, my love for it grew from there! I finally decided I wanted a career in music at college, when I was introduced to how amazing it can be.

Richard: I heard John Miles ‘Music’ and Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’. I also had a natural ability for piano. Continue reading

Gig For Victory #003 – Setlist Choice

The next instalment of our ‘Gig For Victory’ blog series aimed at helping new musicians improve their gigging experience is focused on ‘song choices’.

Picking a goosetlistd set list for your gig is vital to successfully gaining new fans.

As always, this advice is based upon coordinating over 1.000 gigs in the North East of England, but may not apply to everyone. We’re also focussing mainly on cover songs too, so if you only do originals then please leave a comment below and we’ll steer you in the right direction.

The best piece of advice for a new musician is to look at  he age range of your audience. Playing the latest George Ezra hit will go down a storm  in the student union bar, but less so in a Northumbrian village pub. Also, playing your favourite band’s songs is all well and good, but if the band is for example, The Cooper Temple Clause then the likelihood is no one is going to know what you’re playing! The key thing to take from this is, playing songs people know is going to win the audience over and make your gig a great experience. Engaging the audience will make a great atmosphere, and hopefully lead to more gig bookings. Also remember that if you are looking to get  paid gigs, the promoter or venue will generally only book musicians who play crowd pleasers, so be prepared to sell out if you aim to make a living from live performance! Take a look at the illustration for some of the most popular songs played by paid musicians. Notice you probably know all of them, and so will the audience in any bar. Continue reading

Featured Artist #003 – Afnan Prince

• Name: Afnan Prince afnan promo

• Age: 26

• Location: Mr Lynch Jesmond

• How long have you been performing? I’ve been performing since I was 16

• Who have been your musical influences? Jeff Buckley, Matt Corby, Bright Eyes— specifically. But I’ve also had quite an operatic, musical theatre background, which has broadened what I listen to. Also, of course, a bit of hip-hop never hurt anyone!

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