Music: FACT

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Band: FACT (Supporting ‘Your Demise’)

When: Wednesday 20 February – 6.30pm Doors

 Where: Newcastle O2 Academy (Directions)

Price: £11.25 ( Buy Tickets Here)


Other Support: ‘Heights’& ‘Counterparts’


The masked Japanese punk rock six piece return to the UK as part of their ’FACT World Tour 『burundanga』2012-2013′. Formed in 1999 FACT has gone on to great success in the Japanese punk scene and fresh on the heels of both gaining a new member (Adam on guitar, who is British) and releasing their 4th album the band are ready to hit the UK once again for the first time since 2010.


Opera: Madam Butterfly

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Event: Madam Butterfly Presented By The Grand Opera Of Belarus

When: Thursday the 14th of March 2013, 19:30pm

Where: Mill Volvo Tyne Theatres (Directions)


Price: £15-£35 (tickets click here)

Other Info: Performed in Italian with English Subtitles, performed with large live orchestra

Madame Butterfly

This Opera in 3 Acts follows the story of ‘Butterfly’ and her soon to be American husband, Pinkerton. The year is 1904, and U.S. Naval Officer Pinkerton is living in a rented house in Nagasaki, where he meets the young and beautiful Ciocio-san, ‘Butterfly’.

Pinkerton plans on marrying Butterfly, only to quickly divorce her once he meets an American woman. However, Butterfly is fully unaware of Pinkerton plans, and before the Wedding converts from her Japanese religion to Christianity. On their Wedding day, Butterfly’s uninvited Uncle, who has found out about Butterfly’s religious conversion, comes to the house and orders all to leave, whilst placing a curse on Butterfly.

This tragic love story is one of Operas favourites and is a must-see for Opera fans, old or new.

The Grand Opera of Belarus

The National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus opened its doors in 1933 and rapidly developed an outstanding reputation for quality and professionalism. The theatre repeatedly went on tour to the most prestigious stages in the former USSR including, the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. Successful tours in 1940 have brought the theatre an honorary title ‘Bolshoi’ (translated ‘Big’) and in 1964 the title of ‘Academic’.
For the last 15 years the theatre has visited more than 30 countries around the world; from Portugal and Spain to Japan and China. This year, the Grand Opera of Belarus will be bringing you two of Giacomo Puccini greatest works, Madama Butterfly and La Bohème.

Animated Music Video for “Un Bel Di, Vedremo” from Madame Butterfly




Band: FUSHITSUSHA(不失者), NHK’KOYXEN & PAIN JERK (ペイン・ジャーク) @ TUSK Festival

When: Whole Festival (5-7 October), PAIN JERK (Fri 6th Oct 8.40pm) FUSHITSUSHA (Sun 7th Oct 10:30pm)  NHK’KOYXEN (Sat 6th Oct 10:20pm)

Where: Star and Shadow Cinema (Directions)

Price: £35.00 (Whole Festival)  Buy Tickets Here – Limited day tickets available on the door



Visiting the UK as part of the TUSK festival at the Star and Shadown cinema are the Japanese bands FUSHITSUSHA, NHK’KOYXEN & PAIN JERK.
FUSHITSUSHA – “Keiji Haino turned 60 this year and is as enigmatic and devastating a performer as ever. Its hard to convey the range of Haino’s musical vision – as explosive during his hypnotising solo sets lasting hours where he interacts with a stage full of instruments as he is with his brand of scything blues, his flailing earthquake psychedelia, intricate gamelan performances, explorations with traditional Japanese instruments or volcanic feedback, its impossible to anticipate how a Keiji Haino live performance might unfold.” – TUSK

NHK’KOYXEN – “Kouhei Matsunaga’s genre-blindness is literally music to our ears. The prolific Japanese producer runs the machine-music gamut from crunched electronics to Henry Chopin-inspired compositions to the sounds he creates as NHK’Koyxeи and which the Pan label describes as “music for the dancefloor and/or altered state reflection”. But Matsunaga’s broad palette has crafted an admirably eclectic (and lengthy) discography, showing him equally at ease in collaborations with Conrad Schnitzler, Rudolf, Sean Booth (Autechre), Merzbow and Sensational (Jungle Brothers), who he’s both recorded and toured with of late.” — TUSK

PAIN JERK – “Tokyo’s Kohei Gomi began experimenting with home recording in the 1980s and got so lost in extreme sonics that his output inevitably spilled out into the wider world. By the mid-90s, Pain Jerk was one of the most prolific and influential noise units operating out of Japan, hurling maelstroms of chaotic chunder and deranged grime at anyone who could handle the extremes. Always brutally visceral in a live situation, experiencing Pain Jerk at close quarters through the TUSK Festival sound system is going to be a very demanding kind of pleasure.” — TUSK


Music: Crossfaith


Band: Crossfaith  (クロスフェイス) SUPPORTING Bring Me The Horizon

When: Tuesday the 30th April 2013 — 7:00pm

Where: Newcastle University Student Union (Directions)

Price: £16.87  Buy Tickets Here

Support: Crossfaith,


The Osaka based Metalcore band return to the UK shores to support ‘Bring Me The Horizon’. All the bands lyrics are in English and they have been picking up quite the following in recent years internationally due to their mix of metal and electronica.

“Crossfaith was formed in November of 2006 and the current lineup is Vocal/ Koie, Gt/ Kazuki, Ba/ Hiroki, Dr/Tatsu, Program, Vision/ Teru. Crossfaith is a band that evolutes Metalcore/Hardcore based aggressive songs with introducing strings and electronica sound effects to add catchy melody and unique structures of the songs.

As they are getting bigger and bigger in Japan, the band’s high potential crosses the seas. “The Dream, The Space” was released in the USA on 13th of September from Tragic Hero and getting postive reactions from kids in the USA. The band currently has experienced t tour outside Japan with Parkway Drive in China and in South East Asia with Alesana.

Crossfaith is the rare and genuine Japanese rock band that can be rated high internatinally and their quest of artistic imagination goes on and on.” —

Music: Shonen Knife



Band: Shonen Knife  (少年ナイフ)

When: 4th October 2012 — 8:00pm

Where: The Cluny (Directions)

Price: £12.00 (£13.20 with booking) Buy Tickets Here

Support: None

Restrictions: None


Shonen Knife, which literally translates to ‘boy knife’, are a all female punk-pop group hailing from Osaka, Japan. The band have developed a cult following in the West, in large part due to their championing by the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.

The band have been working tirelessly since 1981, when their founder first heard The Ramones and decided to form a band herself. 31 years and 19 albums later Shonen Knife are still going strong embarking on a worldwide tour to support their latest release ‘Pop Tune’. This is a great chance to see a legendary Japanese band live in Newcastle, so don’t miss this opportunity!

If you like the Ramones, this should be right up your street.


Music Event: Ikue Mori & Maja S.K.Ratkje


Band: Ikue Mori & Maja S.K.Ratkje

When: Wednesday 28th March 2012 — 8:00pm

Where: The Cluny (Directions)

Price: £10.00 Buy Tickets Here

Support: ‘John Wiese’ & ‘Trancers II’

Restrictions: None

As a late addition to Newcastle’s AV festival Japan’s Ikue Mori (もりいくえ) teams up with Norway’s Maja S.K. Ratkie to become an avant-garde super team. The pair have only teamed briefly before and this is their very first tour together, this is a must for fans of experimental and noise music.

Ikue Mori was Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1953 but moved to New York City in 1977 after hearing the beginnings of punk rock music. Mori joined the band DNA as their drummer, the band focused on playing their instruments in a non-traditional manner and creating unique sounds into sparse and noisy music. After DNA’s break up Mori struck out as a solo artist playing drum machines designed to sound broken and became massively influencial in the New York experimental scene. Beyond her solo work she has collaborated with such artists as John Zorn, Zeena Parkins and Mike Patton.

Official Site

Music Event: Guitar Wolf


Band: Guitar Wolf  (ギターウルフ)

When: Tuesday 5th June 2012 — 8:00pm

Where: The Cluny (Directions)

Price: £12.00 (£13.20 with booking) Buy Tickets Here

Support: ‘Fathoms’

Restrictions: Over 18’s only

Officially Guitar Wolf’s music is listed as “jet rock ‘n’ roll”  and it’s a pretty apt description. Blending Ramones style punk with rockabilly, noise and garage rock n’ roll Guitar Wolf have their own unique style and they are bringing it to Newcastle in June 2012.

Formed in Harajuku in 1987 Guitar Wolf have gone on to release nine studio albums as well as several EPs and a live album. The band each adopted the surname Wolf to reflect the Ramones influence on the band, and their instrument as their first names. The band consist of Guitar Wolf (Seiji), Bass Wolf (U.G) and Drum Wolf (Toru), U.G is the most recent member of the band joining in 2005 after the previous Bass Wolf (Billy) sadly passed away.

Guitar Wolf are known not only for their music but their style, decked out in leather from head to toe, rockabilly styled haircuts and always rocking the shades. Their live shows ooze as much cool as their appearance does, ignoring the frantic pace that they play at reportedly the live shows in the past have seen props such as giant over sized amps, huge light displays and microphones that spew fire. How much of that will be in the Cluny is debatable, but what’s not is that Guitar Wolf will be delivering a frantic live show with an unmatched energy that will assault your eardrums.

Visit the official site here