Stockton Calling returns– bigger and better than ever!
By Ciara Johnson
Monday 02 Apr 2012 11:11:00
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Five Stockton venues are readying themselves for a packed out day on Saturday 7 April as Stockton Calling returns for it’s third year – and it’s expected to be a sell out.

Headliners for this year are indie rock behemoths The Pigeon Detectives, exciting new talent King Charles, Bluetones front man Mark Morriss, Teesside troubadours Young Rebel Set and American multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson.

After a sell out success in 2011 ARC, The Georgian Theatre, KU Bar, The Sun Inn (programmed by The Kids are Solid Gold) and The Vault are expecting a crowd of over 1,000 to turn out for the all day music feast, that features over 40 acts.

Two of the festival organisers Chris Cobain (Tees Music Alliance) and James Beck (KU Bar) are incredibly pleased with the festival’s progress in 2012. Chris said “We couldn’t be happier with how 2012’s festival is shaping up; the line up has had incredibly positive feedback and we’re heading for a sell out.”

James added, “With major festivals being called off across the country it makes Stockton Calling’s consistent growth even more rewarding. Bring on 2013!”

Joining platinum selling anthem masters The Pigeon Detectives at ARC is Manchester 6-piece Folks, Arctic Monkeys choice support act Dead Sons, rising talents Randy and The Handstand Band, mind blowing-ly catchy The Smokin’ Barrels, post-punk trio Young Hegelians, Editors-esque The Castells and people’s choice The Panoramic.

The Georgian Theatre is mixing it up with an eclectic mix of acts to entertain the crowds including the unmissable prog/pop sounds of Weird Shapes, ‘The Must See Band of Summer 2012’ (BBC6 Music) Hey Sholay, dreamy surf-rockers Bird Island, brass-tinged electro instrumental group B>E>A>K, indie grunge act Temujin, Northumberland’s answer to Everything Everything Vinyl Jacket, Teesside’s answer to Fleet Foxes The Bluebuds and young blues trio Huntsville.

The Guardian described King Charles as “Gloriously psychedelic and exploding with vibrant sounds.” making him a perfect headline act for the diverse nature of The Georgian’s stage.

Playing alongside Young Rebel Set on KU’s stage will be the newly added Janice Graham Band, the Smiths-esque Collectors Club, the ear-splitting Wet Nuns, indie rockers The Purnells, Darlington blues band Goy Boy McIlroy, the mesmerising Eeves, old school indie maestros The Unsung Heroes and, opening the stage, young guns The Rise.

The Sun Inn stage, programmed by Middlesbrough promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold, welcomes the ”life-affirming” (Mojo) singer, and headliner, Laura Gibson from U.S.A alongside Red Light Company side project Anothers Blood, Scottish virtuosos The Imagineers, indie folk troupe Chasing Owls.

The acoustic solo acts are out in force on the stage with Sam Airey, Lake Poets, Joe Hammill and Rachel Sermanni all set to captivate the crowds. Teesside’s only representative on the stage is The Woven Project, whose experimental folk are a welcome addition to the line up.

The newly added acoustic stage at The Vault will see it’s first year packed to the brim with stripped-back sets, Bluetones legend Mark Morriss headlines the stage with what will be an unforgettable set.

Nine Black Alps singer Sam Forrest, lo-fi trio The Broken Broadcast, Birmingham’s The British IBM, folk rock luminary Phil Saunders, Noah & The Whale label mate Thomas J Speight, popsters Andy Jones & The Norton Rockets, solo acts David McCaffrey, Paul Williams, Phil Holliday and Sarah Proctor and dynamic duo The Club of Rome will all make appearances on the intimate stage.

Last tickets remain; it’s advised that those who haven’t got tickets yet contact venues for availability before setting out.

Tickets are priced £12 in advance and £15 on the day. Book online at

 or call 01642 525199 or buy them in person at ARC or Green Dragon Studios.

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