‘Best Ever’ Homegrown line-ups announced
By Rob Ten
Thursday 30 Apr 2009 12:32:00
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200 local bands apply for Middlesbrough Music Live


Local legends Pellethead and The Hitchers head the line-ups announced today for Middlesbrough Music Live’s dedicated ‘Homegrown’ stages.


Festival organisers say this year will see the best local band line-up since MML began, after an astonishing 200 local bands applied for the 18 places that were up for grabs this year.


And this year sees a welcome 10th anniversary return for Pellethead, who have great memories of playing the first MML a decade ago.


Alan Morrison, guitar/vocalist with Pellethead said: "We had a gig to remember when we played the first Middlesbrough Music Live all those years ago. Since then, we've played all around the world - the USA, Czech Republic and tons of other places - but we still love Boro the best. We're really proud to play Middlesbrough Music Live again this year and hopefully it'll be just as storming as it was back in 2000!"

Announcing the local band line-ups, Henry Carden from Ten Feet Tall said: "We had almost 200 bands submit myspace links and demo CDs, so with less than 20 slots available, it was very difficult to curate the line up.


“We spent literally days listening to every single band who got in touch and we're over the moon with how the line up has come together. It’s the best and most eclectic local band line-up we’ve ever had.


“We've got rap, we've got indie, we've got metal, we've got punk, we've got bands in their 40s and we've got bands who've not yet done their GCSEs!


“I know we say this every year, but we could have done with an extra hundred slots available to us because the quality of the new bands who got in touch totally blew us away!"


Cllr David Budd, Executive Member for Regeneration & Economic Development, said: "It never surprises us just how many great bands we have on our own doorsteps. Local bands play a big part in MML, and it's great that so many will be playing again this year."


Organised by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with local promoters Ten Feet Tall, MML attracted over 47,000 people last year and is now firmly established as one of the freshest and best-respected free festivals in the country.


Top indie favourites The Zutons have already been confirmed as headliners for this year’s 10th anniversary event on Sunday June 7, which will see over 100 bands play at ten stages in the Town Centre.


And it’s not just the bands chosen to play who’ll benefit from this year’s MML. A dedicated local band website is set to be launched before the festival, with details and info on all the local bands who applied to play this year.


·         Preparations for this year’s MML on Sunday June 7 are now in full swing, and more line-up announcements will be made throughout the coming weeks. For further information and updates, visit www.middlesbroughmusiclive.co.uk


9:30pm: The Hitchers
Infectious 1950's style rock 'n' roll as seen on the Vans Warped Tour in the USA!
8:30pm: Our Secret Sins
BBC 6 Music favourites creating an anthemic sound alá Arcade Fire meets Beta Band.
7:30pm: Lifeless
An explosive thrash attack sitting somewhere between Slayer and The Beastie Boys!

6:30pm: This City Romance
Top notch indie tunes from Middlesbrough's answer to The Arctic Monkeys! Believe.
5:30pm: Jezzle
Introducing our new favourite rapper! For fans of Lethal Bizzle and Dizzee Rascal.
4:30pm: The Reverse
Indie-pop gems in the vein of The Cribs and Pigeon Detectives, but from Hartlepool.
3:30pm: 3 Foot Ninja
North Yorkshire indie-rockers fresh from gigs with The Subways and Pete & The Pirates.

2:30pm: Idiot Savant
Huw Stephens (Radio 1) favourite history-rockers! Think Nick Cave meets The Fall.
It's always nice to keep some things secret...
12:30pm: Said The Gramophone
Ridiculously promising young band influenced by Joy Divison and Jesus & The Mary Chain.

9pm: Pellethead
Local legends as seen at the first ever Music Live! Think Devo meets Captain Beefheart.
8pm: The Scarlet Desire
A mega hybrid of post-hardcore and pop-punk for fans of You Me At Six and Enter Shikari.
There's nothing we like more than a lovely surprise...

6pm: Four Mile Drive
Female-fronted punks (insert lazy Distillers comparison here!) as seen with Anti-Flag.
5pm: Slip
Self-proclaimed "sleaze from the Tees"; awesome classic rock inspired metal riffage.
4pm: Russell and The Wolves
"Brilliant shockabilly blues" says the Gazette, 80s Matchbox fighting The Cramps says us!
3pm: Electric Nightmares
Ludicrously talented young rockers coming across like a harder edged Elliott Minor.

2pm: Jimmy Bullet & The Baby Shakers
Good old meat and potatoes music! Raw, loud and no frills - think The Stooges meets MC5.

1pm: Anchor Fast Anchor
An unstoppable cacophony of chaos influenced by Dinosaur Jnr and My Bloody Valentine.








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