Franz Ferdinand were Glasgow based for a long time, I never realised the South Shields connection. I actually shared a billing or two with Alex Kapranos' old band The Amphetamenies back in the 1990s in King Tuts Glasgow.I tried to only list musicians from Newcastle itself. I was going to include the Angelic Upstarts, the Wildhearts, Franz Ferdinand (South Shields), Futureheads, Leatherface, Kenickie, Toy Dolls (Sunderland) Penetration etc. I used to live in the same street as Venom's drummer. They used to practise in his upstairs flat!!! Bryan Ferry & Martin Stephenson are from Washington where I now live. Martin's parents live just round the corner from me. There's even some of Girls Aloud & Little Mix from around here!
I still go to Martin Stephenson gigs when I get the chance he lives in the Ullapool area North-West Highland region now and does a lot of pub gigs for 30 or 40 people around Scotland. If anything he's got even better over the years. I'm still aspiring to be able to pick like him.
I was a big fan of Kitchenware Records' bands back in my student days, I still rate MacAloon as an amazing songwriter.
I think there's more similarities than differences between the Geordies and Glaswegians, and both have a history of very vibrant music scenes.
I've always enjoyed gigging in Newcastle albeit only a few restaurant/private party gigs in the last decade (I've some good mates in Wylam and Gosforth).
Do you need a passport if you're in Washington? You're in Mackam country!