Little Comets join Stockton Calling line up
By Ciara Johnson
Friday 21 Mar 2014 16:35:00
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The final stage for Stockton Calling has been revealed ahead of the events fifth instalment on Saturday 19th April.

North East indie sound architects Little Comets will line up alongside Teesside’s own Young Rebel Set on the events biggest stage at ARC.

Labeled as the “British Vampire Weekend” the North East four piece are known for their tricky percussion and afro-beat-tinged guitars balancing yelping vocals atop.

With clear inspirations from the likes of Paul Simon and Phoenix the band create beautifully bouncy indie pop tunes, such as ‘One Night in October’, ‘Joanna’ and ‘A Little Opus’.

The band have found support in Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens for their first two albums and are now back on the road with new E.P ‘The Gentlemen E.P’.

Elsewhere on ARC’s stage is explosive Blackpool trio Darlia. Although not even out of their teens, and only playing together for the last year, the band have been compared to Nirvana, played a Maida Vale Session for Radio 1 and performed sold out show across the UK.

Sunderland’s "Beautiful & quietly devastating" Lake Poets will be soothing the ears of festivalgoers with their delicate and soaring songs.

Teesside representation comes from headliners Young Rebel Set, theatrically flamboyant bluesy rockers The Purnells, Hartlepool artisans Palace and prog infused electro pop ravers Lost State of Dance.

These final acts complete a bill of seventy acts from around the UK that will engulf Stockton Town Centre and the eight stages the event now spans.

After three consecutive sell outs, Stockton Calling has expanded year on year since its 2010 conception; starting with ARC, KU and The Georgian Theatre, it has since gone on to draw in The Sun Inn, The Vault, The Storytellers, The Green Room and now the HM Bark Endeavour down on Stockton’s Riverside.

Young Rebel Set, Public Service Broadcasting, Space, Paul Thomas Saunders, Chris Helme, Collectors Club, We Are Knuckle Dragger and Baby Strange head the eight stages for what is the events biggest year so far.

Liverpool Britpop heroes Space, famous for hits including ‘Female of the Species’ and ‘Me and You Versus The World’, will headline the talent packed KU stage, with much lauded acts Superfood, Spring King, LSA and Sundara Karma highlighting the festivals ability to draw in buzz-worthy acts and line them up along talented Teesside acts like The Panoramic, The Glass Moths and Rambler.

The Georgian Theatre bill is to be topped by the visually and audibly captivating Public Service Broadcasting, who had a breakthrough year in 2013 with their debut album being voted in numerous ‘Best of 2013’ lists, most notably 6Music’s.

London psych blues 6-piece Lola Colt, epic indie Teessiders Abel Raise The Cain, alt-rock grunged up trio Bleech, freewheelin’ cosmic blues act The Dead Indians, rough and ready rock and rollers Davey Band Man, abrasive blues-rock outlet Gallery Circus and brand new Teesside band producing charmingly nostalgic 90s tunes Mouses complete the line up. 

Leeds based singer-songwriter Paul Thomas Saunders, who has been compared to Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Bon Iver, heads the Kids Are Solid Gold programmed stage at The Storytellers.

The stage will host an impressive range of talent throughout the day including "Perfect pop music" (Marc Riley, BBC 6Music) from Scottish troupe Randolph's Leap, indie powerpop act Fatherson, the exquisitely melodic Littlemores, charming indie outfit Grandfather Birds, Teesside lo-fi folksters The Broken Broadcast, the glockenspiel and ukulele wielding General Sherman and Middlesbrough shoe-gaze 4-piece Calico.

The Green Room and The H.M Bark Endeavour will feature a plethora of North East talent.

NARC. Magazine have curated The Green Room stage which features experimental heavy rockers We Are Knuckle Dragger (who replace the previously announced Rivals), brooding blues quartet Goy Boy McIlroy, multi-instrumental collaboration International Departures, punk rockers Bear Trade, bewitching female vocalist Zyna Hel, Newcastle trio Tessera Skies, one man band The Shooting Of… and rap-slash-acoustic two piece Zach & Georgie.

Middlesbrough promoter Pay For The Piano has taken the helm over at the Endeavour, the newest addition to the Stockton Calling family.

The full-size replica of the world-renowned Captain James Cook ship will host Teesside’s purveyors of indie-pop Collectors Club, recent 6Music Festival showstoppers Weird Shapes, psyched out blues duo The Approved, insightful rockers Algiers, acoustic-pop act Suntrapp, sugarcoated indie darlings John & The Ragmen, lo-fi three piece Dressed Like Wolves, and female acoustic pair Taylor Mayd.

Promoters Grass Route return to curate The Sun Inn stage after an incredible debut in 2013 which saw the venue operating a one in, one out system from the doors opening.

The raw energetic sounds of Baby Strange will cap off a day of exciting new talent at the venue, and will also feature Indie pop band The Lost Boys, Middlesbrough tunesmith Alistair Sheerin, the ‘must see new band’ of the moment IC1’s (Alan McGee of Creation Records), Britpop-esque foursome Reva, post-punk quintet Cellar Door, electro-indie floor fillers Be Quiet. Shout Loud!, exuberant rockers Violet Deep and 4Play Competition Winners Serinette.

Over at The Vault - where Stockton promoters Nouvelle Musique have selected the acts - Chris Helme, former front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses outfit The Seahorses, finishes off the festival.

Colourful, energetic & foot stomping act Coco and the Butterfields, rag-tag four piece The Alice Charmers, gravelly voiced Sam Fender, psych rockers Silver Trees, ‘Alternative Folk Electro Death Jazz’ band Dinnernanny, easy listening trio Little Mirrors, laid back acoustic The Big Heave, pop-fuelled tunesmith Andy Jones, and Foals-esque Tusk offer a diverse range of genres in the underground venue.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and are £15 in advance. The last three years have sold out so advanced booking is highly recommended.

Book online at www.stocktoncalling.co.uk, 01642 525199/01642 674115 or buy them in person at ARC or Green Dragon Studios. 

 

 



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