Live music

Live music’s back

We’re proud to be able to say that live music is returning to the Schooner.

We’ve some limitations due to the current situation; gigs will be socially distanced, indoors and not exactly loud, but they’re back!

To get things moving, next week looks something like this:

Tuesday 8th – Dean and Paul’s really good music quiz, 7:30. Let us know if you’d like to book a table.

Wednesday 9th – the World famous Schooner quiz, 7:00. Hosted by Chris McGeary. We always try to keep a free table or two, but we’d advise booking one.

Thursday 10th – Buskers at the Schooner, 8:00. No need to book; just turn up if you’d like to play or listen to some good music. Hosted by the incredible Mr Tom Atkinson.

Friday 11th – Russ Tippins, 8:00. You’ll probably already know that Russ is a seriously talented guy. An intimate indoor gig with seating for around 50.

Saturday 12th – CMS Presents

Sunday 13th – Rhys Breen, 6:00; Wallsend’s finest. Expect the best covers and a great night. Oh, and some fantastic original material too. We were chuffed to have had him booked for December 2020, but the second national lockdown messed that up.

This week-ish

While we’ve still important rules to follow to keep everyone safe, some things are happening in the Schooner this week.

Wednesday 26th @7 – the world famous Schooner quiz. Hosted by the fabulous Chris McGeary, this quiz has a reputation for fun. Chris doesn’t use a book or web page to pull together his questions; he does his own research. His spare room wallpaper is well known after his online lockdown quiz; we’ve been trying to buy some.

To book a table for the quiz, either for a team or just yourself, call 01914777404, email, or contact us via social media.

Thursday 26th @8 – the return of the Schooner Buskers’ night. Now hosted by the exceptional Mr Tom Atkinson. Come along if you’d like to take part, or just want to listen to some talented people.

Sunday 30th @6 – DJ Dean Paul Walton. It really is possible to enjoy some great music while seated and socially distanced. And, if you know Dean, you’ll know how good an end to a Bank Holiday Sunday this will be.

Bank Holiday Monday @5 – A chilled acoustic set from Acoustic Outlaw Ian Cockburn. Expect a huge range of great covers – Ian plays pretty much every song you’ll know.


The famous Schooner buskers’ night will return this Thursday at eight, hosted by the incredible Tom Atkinson.

Naturally, we’ll be observing social distancing, so we can accommodate around 50 people in the bar, with some space in the conservatory if we’re busy. We’re also thinking about how we can get this onto our outdoor speakers too.

So, if you’re lucky enough to have some talent, or would just like to listen to some good, live music, just come along.

Sophie Davis

While we’ve reluctantly had to cancel all live music before the review of Covid-19 Tiers on 16th December, Sophie Davis would really like to play as planned on Sunday 6th.

She’ll now live stream a set on our Facebook page, so that gives us something to look forward too – and a hint of normality.

Lockdown II

The new, second, national lockdown from 4 November, means that we need to cancel live music after Tonight.

We want to go into lockdown in style, though, so we’ve brought forward a couple of planned gigs. Last night, we had the amazing Jonny Boyle.

And this evening, the incredible Tony Bengtsson will end six nights of live music with a great original, acoustic set.

Nutopians – Sunday 13th September

We’re releasing some additional tickets for Sunday’s Nutopians gig. These will have a limited view, since they’re for the conservatory, but it’s still a chance to catch a great live band.

Entry will be by ticket only. We observe social distancing, so anyone without a ticket would be most welcome to listen from our beer garden. We’re fitting external speakers to make sure you can hear everything.

This week in the Schooner

Well, we’ve a busy week ahead:

Monday 31st – the Beth Macari trio (ticketed)

Tuesday 1st – Own Your Stage (young performers’ showcase)

Wednesday 2nd – the World Famous Schooner Quiz

Friday 4th – the Beardy Busker

Saturday 5th – DJ Dean Paul Walton

Sunday 6th – Acoustic Weller (ticketed)

And, of course, we have a half price offer on food, Monday-Friday this week.

Sunday 23rd August

A change to our planned live music this Sunday.

We’ve an acoustic set from Acoustic Outlaw, Ian Cockburn.

A regular performer at the Schooner, Ian will play on the outdoor stage around 17:45.

Since this is an acoustic gig, it’s not ticketed.

DJs, XSLF, Beyond Madness

Tickets for our DJ event and the XSLF and Beyond Madness gigs will be released this Sunday at 9:00.

We don’t usually charge for tickets, but there’ll be a £5 ticket price for the XSLF gig.

Watch this space for news about tickets for The Loft Boys, Acoustic Weller and Nutopians