Middlesbrough Music Live
By Henry Carden
Tuesday 12 May 2009 13:26:00
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The 10th annual Middlesbrough Music Live takes place this year on Sunday 7 June. Organised by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with local promoters Ten Feet Tall, MML is now firmly established as one of the finest free festivals in the country with audiences regularly exceeding 45,000 people.


With three top-ten albums and a string of top 40 singles including You Will You Won’t, Valerie and Always Right Behind You, The Zutons were recently announced as headliners for this year’s event. The rest of the line up has now been announced with a host of hotly tipped up and coming bands joining forces with a plethora of established acts across ten stages throughout Middlesbrough town centre:


The Love Middlesbrough Main Stage

[Centre Square]


The Zutons

The Sunshine Underground

Master Shortie

Zion - Tribute to Bob Marley


Rosie & The Goldbug

Will & The People

General Fiasco



Sumo Rock Stage

[Town Hall Courtyard]


Frank Turner

The Ghost Of A Thousand

Future Of The Left

Dinosaur Pile Up

Twin Atlantic

Heavens Basement

Pulled Apart By Horses

Your Demise


Saving Aimee

Such Great Heights



Evening Gazette Sounds Stage

[Town Hall - Main Auditorium]


The Rumblestrips

Golden Silvers

Tommy Sparks

The Qemists

The Chapman Family

Detroit Social Club

The Black Box Revelation

Screaming Lights

Sound Of Guns

Official Secrets Act

Be Quiet Shout Loud



Ten Feet Tall Stage

[The Empire - Main Room] 


Noah and the Whale


Dan Black

The Panics


Skint & Demoralised

Wallis Bird

White Belt Yellow Tag

Das Wanderlust



Harry Houdini Stage

[The Empire - First Floor] 


The Black Box Revelation

Gold Teeth

The Brute Chorus

Me My Head

Billy The Kid (Solo Acoustic)

The Space Agency 




Cosmos Club

[Upstairs in The Central]


Bear Hands


Goldheart Assembly

Beth Jeans Houghton

Pete Greenwood

Georgia Seddon

Sal Paradise

Timothy James Oxnard

Acrobatic Society

The Woven Project


There’ll also be a couple of stages dedicated to local bands as well as various other stages showcasing a vast spread of music. As always, the event is 100% free and the majority of stages are open to people of all ages.


Graham Ramsay from Ten Feet Tall said “we’re really pleased with the line up we’ve put together. As always there’s a really good mix of well known bands and bands that people might not have heard of just yet, but will definitely have heard of this time next year!”


Judith Croft from Middlesbrough Council’s events team added: “What really sets Music Live apart is the fact that all the stages are only a few minutes walk from each other, and this creates an enormous buzz right across the site, with tens of thousands of music fans constantly on the move from one stage to the next, all on the look-out for their new favourite band. 


“The fact that the town centre can boast such a great range of different sites and venues really helps to set Middlesbrough Music Live apart from virtually every other music festival in the country.”


Since the first ever Middlesbrough Music Live back in 2000, the festival has established a reputation as one of the best places to see the finest up and coming acts, with bands such as The Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, Razorlight, Bloc Party and Editors all enjoying early afternoon slots before they reached superstardom!


Last year’s line up saw the likes of Ash, One Night Only, Ladyhawke, Sons and Daughters, Black Kids, Late Of The Pier, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, You Me At Six, Florence And The Machine, The King Blues, Slow Club, Rolo Tomassi, Natty, The Joy Formidable and many more playing as part of a line up that The Guardian described as “absurdly good” when proclaiming that “you’d have to be missing a brain to miss this one.” In addition to that, Huw Stephens also made the festival his gig of the week on BBC Radio 1 and the Telegraph described MML as “THE vibrant, youthful and hip free one-dayer.”


In addition to the main event on Sunday 7th June, there are also a number of official warm up events taking place on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June. For the latest information, visit http://www.middlesbroughmusiclive.co.uk




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