Cattle and Cane at Twisterella
By One Giant Leap
Wednesday 16 Jul 2014 14:51:00
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Cattle and Cane have been announced as one of the headline acts in this October's cutting edge, multi venue festival in Middlesbrough, Twisterella.

Having sold out venues such as ARC, The Georgian Theatre and Preston Park Museum over the past couple of years, Cattle & Cane are no strangers to Teesside’s gig going public. Consisting of siblings Joe, Helen, Fran and Vin Hammill, with family friend Tom Chapman on percussion, Thornaby’s Cattle & Cane recently supported Canadian band Half Moon Run on their UK tour and were selected to play at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park by a panel of judges that included Jamie Cullum, Steve Lamacq, Jo Whiley, and Bob Harris.

A live session on BBC Radio 2 for Dermot O’Leary followed and one of the tracks from that session has since been released on Dermot’s Saturday Sessions compilation, alongside such luminaries as Keane, The Stereophonics and The XX. Their incredible new track ‘Infant Hercules’ has fast become a Teesside anthem and their appearance at Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough on Saturday 11th October 2014 will be their last local show before the release of their highly anticipated debut album in early 2015.

Other acts also revealed in the latest wave of announcements include BBC 6 Music’s favourite Welsh singer-songwriter Sweet Baboo, Leeds based indie-folk five-piece Dancing Years, critically acclaimed cult post-rockers Brontide, Spanish math-rock trio Iepi and supremely talented Newcastle based singer Sam Fender.

Additionally, new music champion Bob Fischer from BBC Tees has chosen Avalanche Party, Be Quiet Shout Loud, Head Of Light Entertainment and The Purnells for the all important opening slots at the festival. They’ll be sharing stages with hotly tipped stars in waiting such as Eliza and the Bear, Jake Isaac and Laurel, along with some of the brightest emerging national and international talent including Happyness, Bad Breeding, Law, Lovepark, The Hosts, The Tapestry, Night Flowers, Woodenbox and Stanley Odd to name but a few.

Twisterella Festival is the creation of Middlesbrough’s most dynamic and forward thinking independent music promoters, The Kids Are Solid Gold and Pay for the Piano. The 1000 capacity festival will utilise well-established music venues such as Teesside University Students’ Union, The Keys, Westgarth Social Club, TSOne and Liberty’s.

Festival co-director Andy Carr said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have confirmed Cattle & Cane for Twisterella. They’re a special, special band and a brilliant example of the unbelievable talent we have here on Teesside. Their last few shows for us have been absolutely exceptional, with countless goosebump moments!”

Bob Fischer from BBC Tees, who has selected a local band to open each stage, said, “I was delighted to be let loose on the Twisterella line up, and proud to pick what I think are a great selection of local bands. I’ve gone for a heady mix of power, quirkiness, musicianship, outspokenness and silly hair, and I’ll let the bands figure out for themselves which is which! ”

Tickets for Twisterella are on sale now and are available online from:,,, and locally from The Olde Young Teahouse and The Westgarth Social Club. £15. Age 18+.




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