Bands and musicians from Yorkshire and North East England

Bands and musicians from Yorkshire and North East England

The following is a list of towns and cities in Yorkshire and the North East of England, each with the bands and musicians to have charted in them included. Those to have a number one single are shown in bold.


*Kate Rusby


*Robert Palmer


*Tasmin Archer
*Kiki Dee
*Gareth Gates
*Smokie (earlier name 'Smokey')


*Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band (Attained #2 position in the charts, the highest ever for a brass band)


*Bob Hardy (Bassist from Franz Ferdinand)
* Bal Sagoth


*Tiny Dancers (from South Elmsall)


*Brian Johnson of AC/DC


*Paradise Lost


*Janick Gers (Guitarist from Iron Maiden)
*Jeremy Spencer (guitarist with Fleetwood Mac)


*One Night Only



Kingston upon Hull

*The Beautiful South
*Biscuit Boy (a.k.a. Crackerman) (Paul Heaton's Solo act)
*Everything But The Girl
*Fila Brazillia
*Roland Gift (from Fine Young Cannibals)
*Ronnie Hilton (Following his demobilisation in 1947, he took work as a fitter in Leeds)
*The Housemartins
*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 Cutler
*The Heights of Abraham
*The Paddingtons
*Lal Waterson


*Abrasive Wheels
*Age of Chance
*Corrine Bailey Rae
*Jason Rae (Aberdeen born but has lived in Leeds and recently died in Leeds' Hyde Park area).
*Black Wire
*Dead Disco
*The Expelled
*¡Forward, Russia!
*Gang of Four
*Girls at Our Best!
*Herman's Hermits
*Hobson's Choice
*Kaiser Chiefs
*The Lodger
*Mel B
*The Music
*The Pigeon Detectives
*Printed Circuit
*Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
*Lou Rhodes
*Vic Reeves (as in Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer- see Middlesbrough)
*Send More Paramedics
*The Sisters of Mercy
*Soft Cell
*The Sunshine Underground
*Utah Saints
*The Wedding Present
*Your Vegas


*Roy Chubby Brown (Comedian and one time vocalist, born Royston Vasey)
*Vin Garbutt
*Journey South
*Bob Mortimer (as in Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer- see Leeds)
*Chris Rea
*Paul Rodgers
*David Coverdale (from nearby Saltburn, lead singer with Whitesnake)


*The Animals
*Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud
*Dire Straits
*Drill (UK Band)
*Geordie (band)
*The Lighthouse Family
*Maximo Park
*Danny McCormack from 3 Colours Red
*Jimmy Nail
*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, she is based in Newcastle after attending university there).
*Zoviet France


*China Drum


*Nick Banks (from Sheffield band, Pulp)
*Jo Callis
*Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
*Muse (Although actually formed in Teignmouth, Devon, two of the three members are from Rotherham.


*Little Angels


*The Arctic Monkeys
*Bring Me The Horizon
*Bromheads Jacket
*Jarvis Cocker
*Joe Cocker
*Def Leppard
*Heaven 17
*The Human League
*Little Man Tate
*Monkey Swallows the Universe
*Reverend and the Makers
*The Heights of Abraham
*Thompson Twins


*Alex Kapranos (raised in Sunderland and South Shields)
*Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics)
*Mark Brydon (of Moloko)
*The Futureheads
*Kane Gang
*The Toy Dolls


*David Bowie (Although not from Tadcaster himself, his family originate from the North Yorkshire town)


*The Motorettes


*Be Bop Deluxe
*The Cribs
*The Research


*Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music

Witton Gilbert

*Prefab Sprout


*Shed Seven
*The Seahorses

Notable albums

"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 [ [ "Hope I don't have a heart attack".] "" (June 22, 2006). Retrieved on January 3, 2007.
* [ Live at Leeds: Who's best... ] "The Independent" (June 7, 2006). Retrieved on January 3, 2007.
* Hyden, Steven. [ THE WHO: Live at Leeds.] (January 29, 2003)
* [ The Who: Live at Leeds.] BBC - Leeds - Entertainment (August 18, 2006). Retrieved on January 3, 2007
* [ 170) Live at Leeds.] "Rolling Stone Magazine" (November 1, 2003). Retrieved on January 3, 2007 []
] and is included in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". [ [ Outline Page ] ] The Album made it to #3 in the UK charts and #4 in the US charts.

"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 #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. Despite being a folk album of somewhat limited interest the album made #1 in the UK album charts.



*Alnwick International Music Festival, Alnwick




*Infest, University of Bradford, (Electronic and dance festival)

Dalby, North Yorkshire (near Scarborough)

*Forest Tour

Kingston upon Hull

*Hull Jazz Festival
*Hull Sea Shanty Festival
*Hull Metalfest
*Winterlude Festival


*Leeds Festival, Bramham Park, Wetherby
*O2 Wireless Festival, Harewood House, Harewood, near Wetherby
*Party in the Park, Temple Newsham, Colton
*Damnation Festival (Metal music)
*V Festival, Temple Newsham, Leeds
*Ghostfest, The Cockpit, Leeds (hardcore metal)
*Leeds Mela

Marsden (Huddersfield)

*Marsden Jazz Festival


* [|Middlesbrough Music Live] , Middlesbrough


*Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
*Orange Evolution Festival, Various including the Quayside.
* [|Newcastle Mela] , Exhibition park, Newcastle
* [|Newcastle Community Green Festival] , the UK's largest free community festival, Leazes Park, Newcastle.
*Newcastle Early Music Festival, University of Newcastle, Folk and traditional.

Reeth (Swaledale, North Yorkshire)

*Swaledale Festival (choral, folk, brass music etc)

carborough, North Yorkshire

*Beached Festival


*Give It A Name


*Life Goes On


* [|Whitby Folk Week]


Within this area there are only two indoor arenas in Newcastle and Sheffield. One in Leeds has been debated for many years. The KC stadium in Hull is used as a concert venue having hosted REM and The Who in the past. Elland Road in Leeds is also used as one having hosted U2, Queen, The Happy Mondays and the Kaiser Chiefs.


*Batley Variety Club


*St George's Hall
*University of Bradford


*The Spa


*Darlington Arena


*The Sage


*Victoria Halls


*Harrogate International Centre


*The Studio


*Bates Mill Warehouse

Kingston Upon Hull

*The Adelphi
*Hull Arena
*Hull City Hall
*KC Stadium
*The Lamp
*University of Hull
*The Welly Club


*The Black Canvas
*Bramham Park (Hoasts Leeds Festival)
*Brudenell Social Club
*The Cockpit
*Elland Road
*The Faversham
*The Hi-Fi Club
*Josephs Well
*Leeds Metropolitan University
*Leeds Town Hall
*The Library
*The New Roscoe
*Roundhay Park (formerly held Party in the Park, also hosted Madonna and Robbie Williams)
*Temple Newsham (formerly hoasted Leeds Festival, has since hosted Party in the Park)
*University of Leeds (Venue where The Who's Live at Leeds was recorded)


*The Carling Academy
*Metro Radio Arena
*Northumbria University
*Tyne Theatre
*University of Newcastle


*Futurist Theatre


*The Boardwalk
*Crucible Theatre
*The Grapes
*Hallam FM Arena
*The Leadmill
*The Plug
*Carling Academy Sheffield [Roxy Disco]

tockton Upon Tees

*The Arc
*Georgian Theatre
*Ku Bar


*Sunderland Empire
*The White Room


*York Opera House

See also

*New Yorkshire


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