INDIE band Everything Everything are set to return to the North-East to launch a new programme aimed at developing new musical talent.

Two members of the band are from the district - lead vocalist Jonathan Higgs is from Gilsland, while drummer Mike Spearman is from Newbrough.

Entitled 'In Conversation with Everything Everything' the event, which is being billed as a UK first, will see band discuss their four albums, as well as the secrets behind their on-going success and even their creative processes.

Jonathan says he's looking forward to returning to the area.

He said: "Coming from the North-East, I've always had a strong connection to Newcastle and Northumberland.

"It will be my pleasure to be back and get involved in the conversation again, and I'm looking forward to being in one of my favourite cities!"

The launch, which will take place the Boiler House at Newcastle University on February 7 from 7pm, has been organised by talent development agency Tipping Point.

The agency, which has links to creative agency Generator, offers a range of free support services for musicians and creative people who want to develop their potential and explore careers in the music industry.

Tipping Point's talent development manager Charlie Dancer, who is from Wylam, added: "Welcoming Jon and Jeremy to the North East to talk about their creative development as a band is a big win for us and the region.

"They have a globally recognised ability to write great songs and have never taken part in this kind of conversation about their work before – this is a UK first!

"Everything Everything are one of the UK's most relevant bands of the last decade and this event represents what 2019 is all about for Tipping Point; quality over quantity and making sure in every area we operate this year we smash it out the park. This is just the beginning for us.

"The event is for songwriters of any age with a level of interest in challenging their creative styles and self-development."