Tees Tunes LIve Gig Guide This Weekend
By Robert Nichols
Friday 06 Apr 2018 16:24:00
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A week after the superb 70 band 9 venue Stockton Calling and there is no let-up in the local live music scene in fact it is a quite brilliant weekend to be out and about in and around Teesside. I hope this brief toe in the water guide, gives you a flavour of some of the options. Options even in the same venue on the same night. The guide was originally produced pulled together for Bob Fischer's BBC Tees Thursday afternoon show. By the way for listeners that may have missed the end my sweets of choice were Throat and Chest. We needed the medicinal approach with coughing Fischer and spluttering Gary Philipson in the area.


John Otway

Old Muggins

Georgian Theatre


£10 adv

Rock veteran John Otway dubbed himself “rock’n’roll’s greatest failure” after many unsuccessful attempts to produce a second hit single to follow his 1977 classic (Cor Baby, That’s) Really Free with Wild Willy Barrett.

However, a mere quarter century later, he was back on Top of  The Pops with the wonderful disco pastiche, ‘Bunsen Burner’ and back in the charts as a birthday present from his adoring and patient fans.

And, more recently, his “Beware Of The Flowers Cause I’m Sure They’re Going To Get You Yeah” voted the seventh greatest lyric of all time in a BBC poll.

2016 saw a remarkably successful Kickstarter appeal which raised over £40,000 for  John Otway and the Big Band to record their first new album in many years on the island of Monserrat


Darlington Film Club & Noisy Daughters presents Play Your Gender

The Forum, Darlington

Heather Story

Girl From Winter Jargon

Doors 7.30pm. Tickets are £4.00 in advance and are available from The Forum Music Centre. To book call 01325 363135.

exclusive North-East Screening of the Stephanie Clattenburg’s award-winning documentary-film, ‘Play Your Gender‘.

Juno Award-winning musician Kinnie Starr is on a quest to find out why only 5% of music producers are women, even though many of the most bankable pop stars are female. What does it take for a woman to make it in music?

Live performances from

Heather Story’s singer songwriter style is joined by the looping layers and quirky sounds of Girl From Winter Jargon



Flies on you

Year of Birds

Lost On Me

Cherry & Peesh



£10 adv £12 door

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On the original moodboard: Gang of Four, Wire, Grinderman, Dr Feelgood, Sonics, the Fall, Art Brut, MC5, you get the picture...
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Bruce and Hamer have previous as awkward troublemakers in the anarcho-pop-cabaret troupe Chumbawamba whilst Griffin was a former enfant terrible in the London louts, Regular Fries.

Leeds-based Flies on You will be returning for the third time having previously supported the Newtown Neurotics and The Membranes at the Westgarth.

Locally based Year of Birds are Fallesque tunes meets primetime US Hardcore

whilst Newcastle duo Lost On Me bring to mind the immediate post punk era a la Chameleons Finally we have Cherry & Peesh (The Logoz), a duo from Harlow/Ashington who have some interesting tales to share with you.



She Drew The Gun


Westgarth Social Club



Over 14s

"Manchester most exciting new band" Cabbage back in the North,performing at Middlesbrough's Westgarth Social Club! Support comes from She Drew The Gun and Mold.


The Young'uns - The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff



Today's Price:
£18 + £0.10
booking fee per ticket

Last Few Tickets

Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young’uns present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation.

From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards, to the banks of the Thames. From Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the early 20th century. Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious, poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting. With their trademark harmony and humour the Teesside trio present an urgent suite of songs interwoven with Johnny’s own voice and rare images to tell an amazing story.


Music On The Moor - Richard Grainger

7:30 PM - 10 PM


This is a Festival On The Moor fundraising concert series . The festival is committed to promoting The Folk arts in music, song spoken word and all local traditions in the North York Moors area. 
The organisation also works on Heritage projects throughout our region. 
The first FOM event was in 2000 and since then we have held an annual festival. This year's event is again at Botton Village near Danby between May 25-28 www.festivalonthemoor.co.uk


Sad For Life Records // Launch Night



Heel Turn

Sticky Fingers



We are publicly launching Sad For Life Records on April 7th at Sticky Fingers Cafe/Bar, with live music from some of our favourite sad boys, and an abundance of Merch.

We are bringing Figmennt out from their cold, dusty lair to play their first gig since October 2017. Dragging Creature out of the Toon and finishing the night with the boys who bring the noise Heel Turn.

10:30 ✝✝ Heel Turn ✝✝
Loud noise connoisseurs. Post Grunge with hardcore sensibilities
9:45 ✝✝ Creature ✝✝
Noise makers from Newcastle. Alternative Rock for the mind, body and soul.
9:00 ✝✝ Figmennt ✝✝
Local fuzzy dream pop 4-piece. Shoegaze for days

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