Music Live makes National News Again
By Rob Ten
Tuesday 19 May 2009 15:17:00
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music liveThe ‘Warm Up’ takes shape as Boro festival makes Sunday Times ‘top 100’


Middlesbrough Music Live is making national news again after being chosen as one of The Sunday Times ‘top 100 music festivals’ of the summer.


The news comes hot on the heels of a similar recommendation in The Daily Telegraph’s ‘top 100 festival guide’ last month – and landed just as MML is preparing to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary this year with The Warm Up, its very first Festival Fringe.


The Sunday Times, like The Telegraph, picked out MML as one of this year’s highlights alongside legendary events including Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight, T in the Park, Womad, and Reading/Leeds Festivals – some of which have weekend tickets costing up to £180!


Now, brand new for 2009, The Warm Up features three action-packed days of music, comedy, street gigs and more, as MML spills out into venues and outdoor sites across the town on Thurs 4, Fri 5 and Sat 6 June – all before the Big Day itself on Sunday 7 June.


Describing The Warm Up, Graham Ramsay of Ten Feet Tall, said: “We literally ran out of space and time on the day itself to fit everything in, so we threw open an invitation to venues across the town to host some top-notch warm-up gigs running up to the Big Day.


“And we’ve been delighted with the response. We’ve got an international choir at mima; Live at the Apollo comedian Russell Kane at the Town Hall Crypt; some cracking local band showcases at the Princess Alice, Uncle Alberts and the Warehouse; the launch of a super-cool club night for under-18’s at The Empire; acoustic magic at the magnificent central Reference Library, and bags more.


“We’ve also got bands and street performers popping up all over, so keep your eyes and ears peeled if you’re out and about in Middlesbrough on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You never know what surprises might be in store. We can’t wait.”


Cllr David Budd, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration & Economic Development, said: “Once again, great news for Middlesbrough. To be highlighted by two major national newspapers like this shows that MML has built a great reputation over the years as one of the best festivals around, and The Warm Up in the days leading up to the main event on June 7 will add even more to the festival atmosphere."


Organised by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with local promoters Ten Feet Tall, MML is now firmly established as one of the freshest and best-respected free festivals in the country, with audience figures regularly reaching over 45,000 people.


Big crowds are expected again for this year’s 10th anniversary event on Sunday June 7, with acts including The Zutons, Frank Turner, Noah And The Whale and the Rumble Strips amongst those set to appear.


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