Live music

The Sound Divide, Blakk Sabbath, Rhys Breen

This week in the Schooner:

Wednesday – the world famous Schooner quiz. We’ve been full to capacity the past couple of weeks, so we’d advise booking a table fast!

Thursday – Schooner buskers hosted by the amazing Mr Tom Atkinson. We’ve an added competition too – come along to play and have a chance to win £500. And a gig at the Schooner. See our Facebook page for more details. Or just come along to enjoy good music.

Friday – The Sound Divide, a fantastic band with material from the Foo Fighters, Del Amitri, Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, AC/DC and much more. This is something you won’t want to miss.

Saturday – Blakk Sabbath, easily the best Sabbath tribute band in the Northeast. An astounding band.

Sunday – We end the week with an acoustic set from Rhys Breen. This guy’s pretty damn good.

Big Red and the Grinners

We’ve missed outdoor live musical the Schooner this year. We’re in the process of clearing the land next to the pub, with the aim of creating a new outdoor stage area.

We’re very conscious that we’ve had noise issues in the past, so we’re working with Gateshead Council to come up with an outdoor music solution that works for everyone.

We’d hoped for a test gig on Thursday 7th October. But, sadly, things are taking longer than we’d like.

So, our planned outdoor test gig, Big Red and the Grinners, will now be indoors. To keep things sensible, we’re limiting numbers too, so this is a ticketed gig. Tickets at just £5 are available from the pub or here.

We’ll post updates on social media, but we do expect tickets for this gig to sell-out quickly.

Ibiza Fest – Sunday 29 August

We’ve something new to the Schooner this Bank Holiday weekend; Ibiza Fest – Ibiza House Progressive Trance Classics. From 1:30. The pub might be busy, but you don’t need to book.

This does mean that Sunday’s food menu will be for takeaway only. We’ll be back with dine-in Sunday dinner next week though.

The Great British Beer Festival …

… at your local. We’ll have beer and pies. And live music.

In collaboration with Northern Alchemy’s THE LAB, we’re holding a beer, pie and music festival, starting Friday 30th July. Between the two bars, we’ll have 10 cask ales and hand crafted pies from Pitman’s, voted the UK’s number 1. We’ll also have a selection of vegan pies from Magpye.

Live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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.