Gigs, Gigs, Gigs
By Rob Nichols
Friday 06 Mar 2020 09:24:00
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Some massive gigs coming up. First of all celebrations of International Women's Day show the depth of talent from female voices around our region. Then festival favourite Frank Turner hits the Empire. Middlesbrough Town Hall opens its courtroom doors to a slice of Americana from US of A on Thursday.



The Balcony

The Lulas

Joe Garratt




The best bands in the world have both an intrinsic bond that binds them together, and a natural flair that instantly wins over hearts and minds. That’s exactly what you have in RATS – an unlikely supergroup with each of the band members hailing from successful bands across the North. A blast of direct and anthemic indie that’s as infectious as it is heartfelt, the sound of RATS has already seen them burst out of their native hometown Liverpool, with their sizeable ambition lining up the rest of the world in their sights. The full breadth and power of RATS becomes even more evident when on stage, where they’ve been hailed by fans and critics alike for sounding record-perfect in the live arena, but with a spine-tingling and raw delivery.


Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser:

Ocean Floor, Giraffes, Lilly Road, Fori Tega & Marines.

A special fundraising event for Teenager Cancer Trust featuring Ocean Floor, Giraffes, Lilly Road, Fori Tega & Marines.

Georgian Theatre


£4 adv



Bare Roots

Finn Forster

Westgarth Social Club


7pm -10pm

An alt rock four piece band from Newcastle upon Tyne.

Crafting their own unique brand of colossal, euphoric Alternative Rock, Newcastle-based four-piece SLEEPTAPE are one of the most exciting new exports emerging from the city's thriving music scene. The band display their expansive & intense wall of sound in full definition, pulling no punches. Their tracks soar on swirling reverb laden guitars and driving, fist pumping drum hooks, continuously blooming.

FOR FANS OF: Foals, Biffy Clyro, Sam Fender


14+ Age Restriction


The Shan

Sorry Escalator


Jonathan Wells Lee

Music Lounge



Scottish punk/garage band, The Shan make their first trip to Stockton accompanied by Sorry Escalator and Werms with Jonathan Wells Lee kicking things off from 8pm


The Big GRL Social

Girl From Winter Jargon


Doors at 7:30pm – 11pm

FREE but Tickets available in advance

The Big GRL Social is a networking & social event with a focus on providing a platform to open dialogue on inclusivity, equality & diversity, music & art and anything you feel like.

Featuring a performance from the wonderful Girl From Winter Jargon and an exhibition curated by Teesside treasures Pineapple Black.

Artists include a special collaboration from Rachel Deakin & Sacha Rowe, Daisy Collingridge, Jade Shoots People & Lucia Baranova.

This event is an opportunity for like-minded people to meet and socialise before GRL 2020 on 7th March.


Noisy Daughters In Store at HMV Darlington

Eve Conway
Girl From Winter Jargon

11 AM – 1:30 PM


On 7th March we'll be setting up in HMV in the Cornmill Centre to bring you acoustic performances from some of the amazing female artists featured on Butterfly Effect's Noisy Daughters vinyl record, all to celebrate International Women's Day 2020.

11:00 - Zarahruth
12:00 - Eve Conway
13:00 - Girl From Winter Jargon

Pop down for some free live music, and have a browse while you're there! Copies of the Noisy Daughters LP will be available too if you'd like to support all involved (or even get them signed by the artists)


Plumhall + Pete Davies

Middllesbrough Little Theatre – Toft House

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

£8 (adv)/£10 (door)

Absolutely by popular demand and just in time for the release of their new album, “The Ghost Of Noise”. Plumhall created a real buzz last time they appeared at Toft House and they deserve their place in this season of “by unpopular demand” 2020 gigs. And this is a “double-header” with the ever popular Toft House stalwart, Pete Davies, sharing the spotlight for the evening. Pete will also be back with Nick Hall later in the year (see 21 November).



Georgian Theatre

£18 adv


One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Still going strong after 25 years in the game they have also long been and still are, one of the best live bands around. 

In 2019, Dreadzone moved forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show - a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album ‘Dread Times’ which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic. Their last album Dread Times was the band’s 8th studio album and the 3rd release on their own Dubwiser label. The album stormed into the Top 40 UK Official Album Charts on release in 2017 – the first time the band have charted in over 20 years. The album also made the Top 10 in the Indie and Dance Charts.

In August 2019, the band’s own label Dubwiser records released ‘Dreadzone presents: Dubwiser Volume One’, on which The Dread collective bring their own individual talents and skills to the label, with a record that steps back to explore Dreadzone’s very own DNA while stepping forward to expand the label. The Dreadzone family tree has grown new branches, with artists bearing new fruit that demand further exploration. Dreadzone Presents Dubwiser Volume One featuring Dreadzone, Submantra, Louchie Lou & Michie One, Earl 16, Bazil & Professor Skank is out now on CD, Double Black Vinyl, Coloured Vinyl and Digital.


GRL 2020

Bugeye (9.50pm), Bad Bug (8.25pm), Head of Light Entertainment (6.50pm), Eve Conway (5.15pm), Jodie Nicholson (4.05pm)

Dead Naked Hippies (9pm) GGAllan Partridge (7.25pm), The Lulas (5.50pm), Me Lost Me (4.40pm) (Stage 2)


3 PM – 1 AM


A celebration of International Women's Day bringing together some of the UK's best female/female-identifying performers & artists.

Two Stages

Expect live art, live music, street food, a feminist market + more.

Brought to you by AMPT & Base Camp

Please Note: This event is family-friendly but parental guidance is advised due to the explicit nature of some of the acts and performers.


(Hartlepool)Town Hall Live - International Womxn's Day

Town Hall Live - Girls Who Rock

Straight Girl

Charlotte Grayson

Madeleine Smyth

Common Cliches

Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre


Under 16s accompanied by an adult.


Come and join us at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre in celebration of International Womxn's Day, with some of the best female and non-binary artists from the town!


Straight Girl

STRAIGHT GIRL is the moniker of queer artist Holly Readman, previously known as NALA. With support from BBC Introducing, they have cut their teeth opening for Kero Kero Benito, Peaness, KRRUM, and several others, whilst also delivering raucous sets at the likes of Live At Leeds, Sound City and Hartlepool Live. Also just confirmed for ArcTangent this summer!

Charlotte Grayson

Charlotte Grayson plays upbeat, sweet, catchy indie songs and has had tracks such as 'Drunk Girls' featured as BBC Tees Introducing Track of The Week from Rianne Thompson. She has also supported Ian Prowse (Amsterdam/Pele) and appeared at local tastemaker festivals such as Last Train Home in Darlington and Wintertide Festival in Hartlepool.

Madeleine Smyth

Madeleine Smyth makes dark, intriguing electronica; utlilising her production skills and classical viola skills all in one. She released her EP 'Covert' at the end of last year and has performed at Hartlepool Live.

Common Cliches

Common Cliches is a new indie band featuring Hartlepool artist Janine Dobbin, currently studying at BIMM Manchester.




Sam Shields

7.30pm until 1am

£4 Entry

Cracking night of music – head down for great night!

Sonic Void - Piano Rock

The Exxtras - Original

Sam Shields - Singer songwriter




The Empire

14+ Gig. Doors 7.00pm

£31.25/£27.50 – Standing Only

For three long and often lonely years of life on the road, plying a brand of honest and passionate folk/punk, Frank Turner continued to rise to prominence with an ever increasing following. But it was in the sweaty climes of the Lock Up Stage at Reading and Leeds 2008 that his solo career really started to take off. Inside the packed out tents, heaving with adoring fans and intrigued passers-by, Frank led the congregation in a mass sing-a-long; a stirring set that not only sparked the interest of the British mainstream but resonated unassumingly across the pond as a wealth of American punk bands watched approvingly from the sidelines.

No stranger to the festival, Frank had not only played the Lock Up Tent with former hardcore band Million Dead back in 2005 but also as a tentative solo artist in 2007 when debut album ‘Sleep Is For The Week’ was just an underground success. Within the following year, Frank’s popularity grew with yet more touring and the release of second album 'Love Ire & Song' in March 08. He started to play larger headline shows and develop the live band that he was looking for.

GUISE - Guise is the folk-pop project fronted by Jessica Guise, who happens to be married to Frank too.. She’s just releasing her first new music in 5 years, the 'The Fun Part’ EP - out this week + a the very touching new single ‘Brother in Arms’ - EP Produced by Frank Turner.



Middlesbrough Town Hall


£12.50 + booking fee

Joint Promotion with Jumping Hot Club

Following her hugely successful return to these shores in 2017, Mississippi Delta songbird, Bronwynne Brent is back to perform material from past releases as well as a brand new album.

Hugely popular in the UK, Bronwynne has twice carried off the Best Female Performer title in the annual Reader’s Poll at AmericanaUK.

Various presenters continue to champion her on BBC where the singer, who has been compared to Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Amy Winehouse, has recorded two studio sessions.

Once again on tour in trio forat, she will be accompanied by guitar and bass.

“Absolutely gorgeous – really special!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Mush - Americana group from Newcastle.


Sound Surgery:

Phantom Radio/Charlie Thomas

Sticky Fingers

7:50 PM – 10:50 PM


Following our move to Sticky Fingers, we have moved our weekly nights to Thursdays

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