NATIONAL Treasures Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers have announced a huge nationwide tour for 2019 taking in over 36 dates between February and April, including dates at York Barbican, Newcastle City Hall and Sunderland Empire. With their irresistible enthusiasm, An Evening With The Hairy Bikers will be an epic night of cooking and conversation. Big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food, Si and Dave have been cooking together for more than twenty years. They have created haute cuisine dishes with Michelin-starred chefs and travelled the world in the pursuit of great food. They've also explored the length and breadth of the British Isles to discover brand new recipes and create their own fresh takes on cooking classics. The stars of several hit television shows, they are the UK's most popular cookery duo with series including The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure, The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook; Best of British, The Hairy Bikers’ Mississippi Adventure, Everyday Gourmets, The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain and two major prime time series of Mum's Know Best for BBC2 all drawing millions of audiences. The Hairy Bikers have also written over twenty books to date, including the bestselling The Hairy Bikers’ Perfect Pies, 12 Days of Christmas, Big Book of Baking, The Hairy Bikers' Great Curries and four phenomenally successful diet books, The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight, The Hairy Dieters: Eat for Life, Good Eating and Make it Easy published earlier this year. Other recent publications include Chicken & Egg and Mediterranean Adventure accompanying their BBC2 TV series, with their new book The Hairy Bikers’ British Classics to be released on 1 November. No strangers to the live arena, The Hairy Bikers performed their sell-out Big Night Out show in theatres across the UK in 2010 and completed another ambitious nationwide theatre tour in April 2013.

n The Hairy Bikers, York, Barbican, Sunday, February 24, Newcastle, City Hall, Sunday, March 31 and Sunderland Empire, Thursday, April 4. Go to or for tickets.

Joe Longthorne...

FAMED for an endless repertoire of the voices of the world’s top singers – Shirley Bassey is moved to say “Joe can do me better than I can do myself” – Joe Longthorne MBE is coming to town.

A special greatest hits performance is promised as the star of TV and stage celebrates his 50th anniversary in the music business. Joe’s commanding voice has seen a succession of gold and platinum albums that have sold in the region of 10 million records.

Show promoter David Halford of Artistes International Management promises a rollercoaster ride of songs and impressions as Joe performs with his own talented live band.

“From Tom Jones to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr,” Joe’s impressions are flawless,” says David.

Support is from George King, a regular face on TV during the Eighties appearing on hit shows The Comedians, Live at Her Majesty's and New Faces.

Joe’s own incredible career in showbiz began with appearances on TV’s Junior Showtime. His big break came in 1981 when he was a finalist on London Weekend Television's iconic Search for a Star.

This led to appearances at the London Palladium with Bob Hope and The Talk of the Town. A short time later, Joe received the Variety Club of Britain award as Most Promising Artiste of the Year. Television specials in the UK and USA followed.

“Million-selling albums,” says David, “sell-out concerts around the world – including the Royal Albert Hall – make Joe’s the hottest ticket in town.

“Book now to be sure not to miss a fantastic night of song, chat and laughter.”

n Joe Longthorne The 50th Anniversary Tour, Forum Theatre, Billingham. Tuesday, October 30. 7.30pm. Tickets at 01642 552663 or