Gigs Week Starting 22nd Nov 2019
By Robert Nichols
Friday 22 Nov 2019 16:31:00
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Here is a list of gigs for the following week - and even though we are well into November the mix of big names - Adam Ant, China Crisis and up and coming, BC Camplight etc just keep on coming our way.

FRIDAY 22nd November




Today’s Price

£23 + £0.10 booking fee


China Crisis were never your run-of-the-mill 80s pop band. Formed in Liverpool by singer Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon, they distilled their love of David Bowie and Steely Dan into an exquisitely melancholy post-punk sound that saw them win their just chart rewards. Has there ever been a more wistful Top 10 hit than the charming Wishful Thinking?

Their hero Walter Becker – of Steely Dan fame – was so impressed he even became a band member back in 1985, producing and playing on Top 10 album Flaunt the Imperfection, and returning for 1989’s hugely acclaimed Diary of a Hollow Horse. And, all the while, the hits kept rolling in… Christian, Black Man Ray and King in a Catholic Style all made their way into the UK Top 20.

With Gary and Eddie still present and correct – and joined by Jack Hymers keyboard and
Eric Animan sax - The RETROspective tour will see the band performing these classics alongside songs from all of their seven studio albums.



Werbeniuk plus friends

Also performing on the night will be Darren Reay, Ant Smith Poet, The Jimmy Howes Players, and more!

8:24 PM – 11:24 PM

Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton

£1 on the door or £4 which includes a copy of the new Werbeniuk 7" single "It Came From The Sea b/w Americanish"!

Werbeniuk plus guests and friends!
Werbeniuk will be joined by old (and we mean old!) band members, friends and relatives to play songs to promote their new 7" single "It Came From The Sea b/w Americanish!”



BC Camplight


Georgian Theatre



BC Camplight is the moniker of maverick songsmith Brian Christinzio. The Philadelphian turned Mancunian is considered one of indie music’s most forward-thinking artists with a discography which acts as a soundtrack to a life rife with bad fortune, mental illness, running afoul of the law, and ultimately absolute redemption.

Deportation Blues album – recorded after deportation from UK and then finally allowed to return.



HARK! An evening of music inspired by tales from times past

The Shining Levels, Storm Chorus, Nel Unlit.

Darlington Library

7 PM – 11 PM


The sound of stories calls us...

As the days darken and winter draws near, may we present an evening of music inspired by tales from times past.

Fill your ears and your souls with songs of stagmen, golden apples, coiners, diamond rings and murder for love.
History is darker than you think.

The Shining Levels
Presenting music inspired by the award winning novel The Gallows Pole by Ben Myers.
Haunting harmonies and beautiful folk fusion interspersed with readings from the book.

Storm Chorus
All killer. Grave filler.
Beguiling ballads about murder, enduring love and unbearable heartbreak vibrate and pulse with visceral humanity and truth.

Nel Unlit
Creating music that is a celebration of storytelling, their concept album ‘Wake for the Dreaming’ is based on the graphic novel ‘World’s End’ by Neil Gaiman.
Ethereal, delightfully off-kilter, and mesmerising.


Each set will be preceded by extracts which relate to the music you're about to hear, read by:

Bob Fischer​
Author of "Wiffle Lever To Full!" & More
Musician, playwright & BBC Tees Presenter

Tracey Iceton
Author of The Celtic Colours Trilogy
Multi-award-winning short story writer

Compered (& co-curated) by Francoise Harvey



While Under, Melanie S Jane, Nimbus UK, Marines Band

Music Lounge

7.30pm until 1am

£4 Entry

Great lineup head down for a good night !

Nimbus UK original rock

While Under - Rock Band

Melanie S Jane - Singer

Marines Band – original



BType, Detweiler, Mr Trunchbulls, Critical Strike

Goose Records

Sound Surgery Dr Browns


7:27 PM – 11:13 PM

BType - Chiptune Rap/Rock from Sunderland. 8bit Beats, Nerdy Raps, #yourbestfriendsintheworld, will freestyle about what you have in your pockets.

Detweiler - Introspective power-pop to warm your winter hearts

Mr Trunchbulls - This is Steve from BType writing this, and I cant find anything about these online, but every act ive ever seen that is named for Roald Dahl's "Matilda" has been great, so there you go.

x Critical Strike x - Feel-good gameboy-powered joy compressed into sound. You wanna hear an 8bit Slayer cover AND ALSO an 8bit Duck Tales cover? Ask nicely and you might.




Middlesbrough Town Hall


£14.00 +booking fee

Strictly 18+ only
Presented by Trojan Records
Co-Promotion with Jumpin Hot Club

7.30pm – 8.55pm – Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records
8.55pm – 10.30pm – DJ’s – Ska’d for Life
10.30pm – 12am – Don Letts

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium.

He came to notoriety in the 70’s as the DJ that single-handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae.

Letts presented ‘Culture Clash Radio’ on BBC 6 Music and still D.J’s nationally and internationally. He is also a Grammy award winner for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.

He has worked with music legends such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Gil Scot-Heron and The Jam.

To start off the evening Middlesbrough Town Hall we will play host to the premiere of the newly released and eagerly anticipated film for reggae, ska and soul fans alike, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records.

Combining archive footage, interviews and drama, Rudeboy is a film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture, told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.
DJ’s – Ska’d for Life will appetise the crowd before Don Letts takes to the decks at 10.30pm.



Gloo / Bull / Swine Tax at Base Camp, Middlesbrough

Base Camp

7.30PM – 10:30 PM

Adv Tickets £7

This pop-laced punk fun loving three-piece are a product of their fading pleasure harbour and seaside resort hometown, Littlehampton. A rhapsody to lives gone stale, their music is the perfect soundtrack to those in need of a little 21st century escapism.One of the headline (and stand out) acts from the first ever / sold out Heelapalooza - Their music, vivacity and spirited live shows speak for themselves.

British American Brit-Pop from York, giving a fuck about not giving a fuck.... There isn't many words that could be used to describe Bull, but 'catchy melody's and enigmatic performances' are about as close as it gets."the perfect meeting point of early-1990’s American slacker rock and classic British song-writing" - Louder Than War Magazine

Swine Tax
Combining visceral rock with angular post-punk, Swine Tax have established themslves as a distinctive and formidable band across their diverse catalog of single releases.... Like a Geordie Pavement The Rock Band.





Georgian Theatre


£15 ADV

under 16's accompanied by an adult

The Quireboys are certainly enjoying a revival – selling out venues around the world – with 2018 also taking in The Monsters of Rock Cruise, HRH AOR VI, Sweden Rock and Stonedeaf festivals. 2019 will see a brand new studio album – their 12th – as part of a pledge campaign… so be a part of the never ending Quireboys party – as there’s no sign of Spike, Guy, Keith and Paul slowing down any time soon!







Music Lounge

7 PM – 11:30 PM

£4 in

HUNTER-GATHERER hit up Musiclounge Stockton with support from FREEK and Kitchy Retro - Americana Duo

Support your scene.

Full-fat alt-rock from Pickering, North Yorkshire. A three-piece band who blends the frequencies of 1990s Seattle rock with the energy and intensity of modern acts such as Kendrick Lamar.

Two piece Rock, hailing from the depths of Yorkshire.
A punchy live show which is set to leave your ears ringing and your jaw on the floor.

Kitchy Retro - Americana Duo
Using the inspirational sounds of New York & New Orleans speakeasys to deliver a Fun & Entertaining show often referred to as a modern day Johnny & June.

Moodbay - Electronic Duo
MOODBAY are producer-songwriter Alfie Cattell and vocalist-songwriter Anna Stephens. They are based outside of Darlington, in the North East of England. Their unusual shade of electropop incorporates a range of genres from R&B to Classical - the duo describe their sound as ‘moodpop’.





4 PM – 11 PM

A night of live music from some of the best local bands, as part of the Wintertide festival.

Bands playing are:

The White Negroes
Leopard Rays
Michael Gallagher
Lost State Of Dan
The Mighty
Hector Gannet
Faceless People



Sorry, Muck Spreader, Dressed Like Wolves

Westgarth Social Club

4 PM – 7:30 PM


Sorry announce Middlesbrough headline show.
This is a Sunday Social show with 4pm doors / Ages 14+

Centred around Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, two 22-year-old childhood best friends, Sorry were signed by Domino after developing a reputation as the most thrilling new band on London’s underground circuit. Sorry’s lineup is completed by Lincoln Barrett on drums and bassist Campbell Baum alongside a new addition in Marco Pini on synths.

Having spent the past couple of years releasing a string of singles and a pair of video mixtapes that won the band praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader, Vice, Dazed and more, the band are preparing to announce their biggest project to date with new music right around the corner.




Plus Support

Middlesbrough Town Hall


£35.00 - £38.50 +booking fee

Pop icon, Adam Ant performs his landmark, solo album ‘Friend or Foe’ for the first time, LIVE, in it’s entirety across the UK.

From his early punk days in London to his explosion on the world stage that would lead to him becoming an icon, Adam Ant’s musical career spans the course of 9 albums and 22 chart-topping singles worldwide.

Following a world tour to sold-out venues throughout the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Adam Ant will play his landmark ‘Friend or Foe’ album in its entirety as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites.




Whirling Dervish

Sticky Fingers








£27.50 +booking fee

Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current frontman for rock supergroup Black Country Communion, is pleased to announce that he will be performing Deep Purple ONLY material on his hotly anticipated nationwide UK tour in November 2019.

Expect a dynamic, turn-back-the-clock, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple – one of music history’s most seminal and influential groups.

Deep Purple took a quantum leap when the then 20-year-old Glenn Hughes was seconded from British funk-rock outfit Trapeze in mid-1973. As bassist and co-vocalist (with David Coverdale), he helped steer the legendary rock group in the progressive direction of Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band, while touring the world for three years.

Glenn Hughes performs classic Deep Purple Live is the first time Glenn has performed a show solely of Deep Purple material since his last show with the band at the Liverpool Empire in early 1976. Not one to wallow in nostalgia – hence his extensive and varied career post-Purple – Glenn feels the time is right to acknowledge and pay homage to his past, his musical legacy, and, most importantly, to one of rock and roll’s most acclaimed, influential and successful bands.







Today’s Price

£22.50 + £0.10 booking fee

Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album 'Onka's Big Moka', sold over one million copies and remained in the Top 5 of the UK album chart for over six months earning them four brit award nominations.

In 2000 the single 'Dancing in the Moonlight' became a global hit spending over a year in European Airplay Charts transforming Toploader into a household name. In 2013 the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weekends and topped the 10,000,000 hits mark on YouTube, an incredible thirteen years after it was released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.

With a reputation as a genuine crowed-pleasing live band Toploader have backed the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park, and Chris Evans's CarFest.

2019 is the 20th anniversary of the bands debut album. To celebrate the landmark birthday Toploader are due to release a brand-new EP 'Be Right Here' later this year and will be showcasing new material at upcoming shows along with the hits from 'Onka's Big Moka'.

With support from The Balcony. 



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