Bands and musicians from Yorkshire and North East England
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The following is a list of bands and musicians from Yorkshire and the north east of England, sorted by town or city. Those to have a number one single are shown in bold.
Bands and musicians
- Danse Society
- Exit Calm
- Party Day
- Kate Rusby
- The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican
Bolton upon Dearne
- Anti System
- Tasmin Archer
- The Cult
- Kiki Dee
- Susan Fassbender
- Natalia Keery-Fisher
- Gareth Gates
- Zayn Malik
- Chantel McGregor
- Melissa Steel
- My Dying Bride
- New Model Army
- Southern Death Cult
- Kimberley Walsh (from Girls Aloud)
- Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band (attained No. 2 position in the charts, the highest ever for a brass band)
- Tony Christie
- Groop Dogdrill
- Tiny Dancers (from South Elmsall)
- Louis Tomlinson
- The Wallbirds
- Gem Archer (guitarist with Oasis)
- Martha (from Pity Me)
- Prefab Sprout (from Witton Gilbert)
- Acid Reign
- Blood Youth
- Stuart Colman
- The Harrogate Band
- Garry Jennings
- Little Angels
- Utah Saints
- Mark Wharton
Kingston upon Hull
- The Beautiful South
- Biscuit Boy (a.k.a. Crackerman) (Paul Heaton's solo act)
- The Cutler
- Everything but the Girl
- Fila Brazillia
- Fonda 500
- Roland Gift (from Fine Young Cannibals)
- The Heights of Abraham
- Hey, Rube!
- Ronnie Hilton (following his demobilisation in 1947, he took work as a fitter in Leeds)
- Homespun (band formed by Dave Rotheray, formerly of The Beautiful South)
- The Housemartins
- Nyam Nyam
- The Paddingtons
- The Rats
- Red Guitars
- Mick Ronson (best known for work with David Bowie – see Tadcaster)
- Sade (formed in London but three of the five members were Hull natives)
- The Talks
- Throbbing Gristle
- Trevor Bolder (David Bowie's Spiders From Mars with Mick Ronson, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash)
- Lal Waterson
- Norma Waterson
- The Watersons
- Abrasive Wheels
- Age of Chance
- Big Cheese
- Black Wire
- Michael Chapman
- The Chevin
- Classically Handsome Brutes
- Sean Conlon (member of Five)
- Cryptic Shift
- Dead Disco
- Eureka Machines
- The Expelled
- The Flex
- ¡Forward, Russia!
- Gang of Four
- Gentleman's Dub Club
- Girls at Our Best!
- Higher Power
- I Like Trains
- Kaiser Chiefs
- The Lodger
- The March Violets
- The Mekons
- Mel B (solo and also of the Spice Girls)
- The Mission
- The Music
- The Pigeon Detectives
- Pulled Apart by Horses
- Corrine Bailey Rae
- Jason Rae (born in Aberdeen; lived in Leeds)
- Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
- Lou Rhodes
- Roller Trio
- Paul Ryan
- Send More Paramedics
- The Sisters of Mercy
- Soft Cell
- The Sunshine Underground
- Utah Saints
- The Wedding Present
- Your Vegas
- James Arthur
- Black Wire
- Roy Chubby Brown
- Cattle and Cane
- The Chapman Family
- Collectors Club
- Chris Corner (also frontman of Hartlepool-based band Sneaker Pimps)
- David Coverdale (from nearby Saltburn, lead singer with Whitesnake)
- Vin Garbutt
- The Hangmen
- Journey South
- Maxïmo Park
- Misery Addict
- Bob Mortimer (as in Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer- see Darlington)
- Chris Rea
- Paul Rodgers
- Space Raiders
- Jamie Tinkler (Eurovision, Pop Idol and X Factor contestant; member of boy/girl band POP!; two top twenty singles)
- The Animals
- Cheryl Cole (of Girls Aloud)
- Dire Straits
- Jack the Lad
- Jade Thirlwall born at nearby South Shields
- Lee Jackson (of The Nice, Jackson Heights, and Refugee)
- Brian Johnson (of AC/DC and Geordie)
- Lighthouse Family
- Maxïmo Park
- Danny McCormack (from 3 Colours Red)
- Peace Burial at Sea
- Perrie Edwards born at nearby South Shields
- Andy Taylor (of Duran Duran; from nearby Cullercoats)
- Neil Tennant (of the Pet Shop Boys; born at nearby North Shields, schooled in Newcastle)
- Bruce Welch and Hank Marvin (of The Shadows)
- The Wildhearts
- Kathryn Williams (originally from Liverpool; based in Newcastle after attending university there)
- Zoviet France
- Nick Banks (from Sheffield band Pulp)
- Bring Me The Horizon (Drummer Matthew Nichols is from Rotherham.)
- Jo Callis
- Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
- Muse (Although actually formed in Teignmouth, Devon, bassist Chris Wolstenholme is from Rotherham.)
- Arctic Monkeys
- Derek Bailey
- Dave Berry
- Black Spiders
- Bring Me The Horizon
- Bromheads Jacket
- Cabaret Voltaire
- Paul Carrack
- Clock DVA
- Jarvis Cocker
- Joe Cocker
- Comsat Angels
- Dead Sons
- Def Leppard
- The Dylans
- Richard Hawley
- Heaven 17
- The Heights of Abraham
- Hey, Rube!
- The Human League
- Little Glitches
- Little Man Tate
- The Long Blondes
- Paul Shaft
- Lucy Spraggan
- Monkey Swallows the Universe
- Reverend and the Makers
- Rolo Tomassi
- Thompson Twins
- While She Sleeps
- Darren Allison (drummer/producer with The Divine Comedy; also worked with My Bloody Valentine, Belle and Sebastian, and Spiritualized)
- Mark Brydon (of Moloko)
- Field Music
- The Futureheads
- The J.T.A
- Kane Gang
- Alex Kapranos (raised in Sunderland and South Shields)
- Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics)
- The Toy Dolls
- Frankie & the Heartstrings
- Don Airey ( Key boards for various, presently Deep Purple )
- Emile Sande
- Asking Alexandria
- John Barry
- The Batfish Boys
- Glamour of the Kill
- Chris Helme
- Elliot Minor
- The Redskins
- The Seahorses
- Shed Seven
- The Smoke
- Van Der Neer
Live at Leeds
Released in 1970, Live at Leeds is the most famous live album performed by The Who. The album was recorded from a concert held at the University of Leeds as part of a two leg gig. The preferred recording was from the second night at Hull, however the bass line failed to record so the Leeds recording was used instead. It is thought by many to be the best live rock album of all time and is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album made it to No. 3 in the UK charts and No. 4 in the US charts.
Live at Leeds
Live at Leeds is a John Martyn album. He independently released this album himself in an initial run of 10,000. Recorded 13 February 1975 (the sleeve incorrectly states October), at Leeds University, this is an essential snapshot of Martyn at what is possibly his peak.
London 0, Hull 4
The Housemartins' debut album, London 0 Hull 4, released in 1986, refers to the band's home town in the form of a sports result. The title may have been a jibe at London centrism, and Whitehall itself; given that the band were known Marxists, this wouldn't have been out of context. The album made it to No. 3 in the UK charts.
Fog on the Tyne
Lindisfarne's 1971 album Fog on the Tyne was named after Newcastle's river, the Tyne and the morning fog cover which it is widely associated. The highly acclaimed album made No. 1 in the UK album charts.
The Nice's 1970 album Five Bridges was named for the classical-jazz-rock piece "The Five Bridges Suite" which occupied the first side of the LP. It was written about the UK city of Newcastle and its then five bridges on the River Tyne.
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is the debut studio album by Arctic Monkeys, released on 23 January 2006 by Domino. The album surpassed Elastica's self-titled album to become the fastest selling debut album in British music history, shifting over 360,000 copies in its first week, and remains the fastest selling debut album by a band. It has since gone quintuple platinum in the UK.
- Alnwick International Music Festival, Alnwick
- Bingley Music Live Festival
- Bradford Mela
- Infest, University of Bradford (electronic and dance festival)
Dalby, North Yorkshire (near Scarborough)
Kingston upon Hull
- Hull Freedom Festival
- Hull Jazz Festival
- Hull Metalfest
- Hull Sea Shanty Festival
- Humber Street Sesh
- Winterlude Festival
- Damnation Festival (metal music)
- Ghostfest (hardcore metal – The Cockpit, near Leeds railway station)
- Leeds Festival (1999–present, Bramham Park, Wetherby)
- Leeds Mela
- O2 Wireless Festival (2006 and 2007 – Harewood House, Harewood, near Wetherby)
- Party in the Park (Temple Newsam, Colton)
- Slam Dunk Festival (2006 – Millennium Square, 2007–present – Leeds University Union)
- V Festival (Temple Newsam, Colton)
- Marsden Jazz Festival
- Middlesbrough Music Live, Middlesbrough
- Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
- Newcastle Community Green Festival, the UK's largest free community festival, Leazes Park, Newcastle
- Newcastle Early Music Festival, University of Newcastle, folk and traditional
- Newcastle Mela, Exhibition Park, Newcastle
- Orange Evolution Festival, various including the Quayside
Reeth (Swaledale, North Yorkshire)
- Swaledale Festival (choral, folk, brass music, etc.)
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
- Stockton Riverside Fringe Festival, Stockton-on-Tees
- Split Festival
- Deer Shed Festival
- Clarence Park Festival 1991 - Present day
- Long Division Festival
- Life Goes On
- Musicport Festival
- Whitby Folk Week
- Whitby Goth Weekend
Since the completion of the Leeds Arena (capacity 13,500) in May 2013 there are now three large, purpose-built arenas in the region, the other two being Newcastle (11,000) and Sheffield (13,500). The KC Stadium in Hull is used as a concert venue having hosted REM and The Who. Elland Road in Leeds is also used as one having hosted U2, Queen, Happy Mondays and the Kaiser Chiefs.
- Batley Frontier
- Batley Variety Club
- Billingham Forum, owned by Jordan Parkin
- Darlington Arena
- The Forum
- Victoria Hall
- The Studio
- Bates Mill Warehouse
- The Parish
Kingston upon Hull
- The Adelphi
- Craven Park
- Hull Arena
- Hull City Hall
- Hull Venue
- KCOM Stadium
- The Lamp
- The Polar Bear
- University of Hull
- The Welly Club
- The Black Canvas
- Bramham Park (hosts Leeds Festival)
- Brudenell Social Club
- The Cockpit
- Elland Road (Leeds United football ground in Beeston)
- The Faversham (Hyde Park)
- F Club
- Harewood House (formerly hosted O2 Wireless Festival, also hosted a few concerts)
- The Hi-Fi Club
- Josephs Well
- The Key Club
- Leeds Arena (First Direct Arena for sponsorship purposes)
- Leeds Beckett University (Leeds city centre campus)
- Leeds Beckett University (Becket Park campus)
- Leeds Town Hall
- Le Phonographique
- The Library (Hyde Park)
- The New Roscoe (Sheepscar)
- O2 Academy Leeds (opened as the Carling Academy, formerly Leeds Academy)
- Roundhay Park (formerly held Party in the Park, also hosted Madonna and Robbie Williams)
- Temple Newsham (formerly hosted Leeds Festival and V Festival, has since hosted Party in the Park)
- University of Leeds (venue where The Who's Live at Leeds was recorded)
- The Wardrobe
- The Irish Centre
- Middlesbrough Town Hall
- Westgarth Social Club
- The Cluny
- The Cluny 2
- The Head of Steam
- Northumbria University
- The o2 Academy
- The Riverside
- Tyne Theatre
- University of Newcastle
- Utilita Arena
- The Riverside Live Music Venue
- Crucible Theatre
- The Grapes
- The Leadmill
- The Lyceum
- O2 Academy Sheffield (Roxy Disco)
- The Plug
- The Sheffield Arena
- Sheffield City Hall
- Unity Hall (closed)
- Warehouse 23 (formerly Black Flag)
- The Snooty Fox (closed)
- The Apollo Festival
- The Barbican
- The Basement
- The Duchess
- The Fulford Arms
- The Spread Eagle
- Yorfest 'The Yorkshire Festival'
- York Opera House
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