By Rob Nichols
Friday 31 May 2019 09:54:00
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Some live music for you this weekend - Take That is sold out as for the second weekend in a row there is a large music event on the Tees. We will look elsewhere to see what is happening and where. As presented for Bob Fischer - Thursday evenings on BBC Tees.


Nice Guy, Michael Poole and TBC @ Sound Surgery

Goosed Records

7.45pm – Midnight


This week we have Nice Guy (indie rock) headlining Sound Surgery with support from Michael Poole. One more act TBC shortly.


Sonic Sisters Club #3

Marine / Charlotte Grayson / Salsola

The Studio, Hartlepool



For our 3rd instalment of Sonic Sisters Club we invite the ace Marine all the way from that there London, although singer Cara is no stranger to the wild badlands of the northeast coast having performed for PinDrop in the past... but coming back with her ace band supports to be confirmed.


Marine grew between the gaps in the concrete of the city, with four very different stories. Intuitive beats that make you want to move, bass hypnosis that playfully counters melody, with a deep love of contrast - two vocals which braid together over hooky guitar lines into a complex plait of old and new, understated and operatic, light and dark. The songs of Marine crystallised from mythology and fables, mingling with personal words and emotions to form tales of the ordinary and not ordinary. Their songs have referenced the underworld, Seal demons, mighty Kraken, werewolves, witches and gods.... even questioning the very nature of storytelling itself.

Marine have been running their own show in their own way, touring Europe and the UK quickly building a cult following in Berlin and London, flogging countless handmade CDs and artwork. Following dynamite shows at Secret Garden Party, Shambala and more, singles spun on BBC6, and highlighted in Major and Independent magazines along the way, momentum is building. They swim deeper into their concept and are proud to present their Debut album which was recorded at Grand Chapel Studios with a producer they greatly admire; Rob Ellis (Anna Calvi, PJ Harvey, Cold Specks). It is due for release in February 2018 through The Vinyl Factory.

What is so striking is how each girl's unique character brings surprising twists and turns into the music. The conviction of the sound they make live is both wild and elegant - four musicians who play straight to your gut from the heart.


Charlotte is an 18 Year Old Singer-Songwriter from the North East of England. Since her first steps into performing live music for renowned PinDrop promoters in Hartlepool in late winter 2015, Charlotte then just 14 and playing unfamiliar covers, gaining confidence by playing local venues, as a year passed, she started writing her own songs, maturing into a fine sing-songwriter at the age of just 15, she has now played over 200 gigs supporting great pears i.e. Nick Harper, Elaine Plamer, having played small venues, big venues, festival stages from Northumberland to the South West, gaining a great reputation with her self penned songs about love, loss, teenage angst and social commentary.

Charlotte was recently signed released her first single in August 2017 'Maybe' as a digital release on London based Shy Bairn Records and is due to release new single 'Something to Miss' / 'Mesmerised' in mid-October, with a full Album due for early 2019.
Charlotte being recently championed by Bob Fischer - BBC Tees, having recorded her first BBC Introducing session in August, and with plenty of rotation of her first 4 released tracks, she is certainly making a name for herself in East Durham and Teesside, and recently spreading her sonic wings and performing in renowned venues in Tyneside, with plans to release her debut Album in 2019, and to perform further afield and to play some full band gigs before the year ends, the future is certainly looking good for Charlotte.

'Funny, strange, perfect songs about millennial teenage life... and she sings like a Hartlepool nightingale'.
Bob Fischer - BBC Music Introducing on BBC Tees


"The lead singer’s impressive vocals complimented the bluesy riffs with thick bass lines in equal measure. Salsola are everything you want to see from an upcoming band, complete with strong melodies and guitar riffs which left the crowd in a brief daze." (Spotlight, November 2018).

Salsola are a punky, catchy, indie pop band hailing from the northeast of England.

Since Salsola formed in late 2017 they have gigged in venues around the north the most notable playing the Georgian Theatre for BBC Music and BBC Tees Introducing which was broadcast live on BBC Tees in May 2018. A recent review described Salsola's performance as, "Catchy pop songs with a punky edge, jangly guitars and a palpable energy, Salsola really blew the roof off the place." (Spotlight, October 2018)

The band shared a stage with The Van Ts and PINS during the first Last Train Home Festival in Darlington and are set to play the next instalment of The Songs From Northern Britain in Stockton in November.

Their Debut EP 'An Ordinary Thrill' was released on 2nd June 2018, with the first track 'Give Me Love' given multiple plays on BBC Tees introducing. The EP has a host of positive reviews from local music journalists.

"The emerging band have a knack for guitar driven pop; tender and with a nice tinge of retro indie rock, the EP draws on the best of the music they play live. The five tracks the EP offers up all bring something different to the table, so snap up your chance to hear them live and see for yourself what Salsola are all about." (NARC magazine, May 2018)

"‘An Ordinary Thrill’ takes us across a range of, relationship-based, questions and pop textures. Upbeat with ‘Give Me Love’ and ‘Sleepwalkers’, whilst more gentle in other places (standout track ‘Midnight’ and ‘Dreamers’) this is an interesting EP showcasing well combined musicology with searching vocals and interesting narratives." (Spotlight, May 2018)



The Firrenes plus Sara Dennis - Stockton on Tees

The Green Room, Stockton


8:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Sara Dennis (singer/songwriter)

9:15 PM - 10:30 PM

The Firrenes


The Firrenes (it rhymes with "beans") are a melodic, song-based rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland, performing original material. This concert will feature songs from the band's debut album 'Door Too Wide', with one or two numbers from the classic British and American songbook thrown in for good measure. The Firrenes - band are delighted to announce that Sara Dennis (Singer/Songwriter) will be joining us as our support act for this concert date.
A fun-packed evening, not to be missed. The Firrenes' Influences include: David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Amy Winehouse, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and many more. The band's website can be found at - or just search 'The Firrenes' on all online channels. In case they are of interest, here are some links to recent music videos of ours:

The whole album can be previewed on YouTube here:

Sara Dennis - Musician & songwriter from Teesside. Ukulele & singing teacher. Singer, songwriter, ukulele & harmonium in Peg Powler. 


Velvela, Abstract Rapture, G F Bruce Band, Joe Ramsey

Music Lounge


£3 Entry

A great night of Rock music with some fantastic bands get this show you will enjoy!.

Velvela - Rock

Abstract Rapture - Heavy Rock

G F Bruce Band - Original

Joe Ramsey – Acoustic

Friday 31st MAY

Rebecca Downes

Georgian Theatre


£12 ADV

Birmingham-based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance.  With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original rock/blues tracks from the EP Real Life, the highly-acclaimed debut album Back To The Start and the superb second album Believe, punctuated by one or two classic covers.  Rebecca was voted Female Vocalist and Emerging Artist of the Year at the British Blues Awards 2016 and Female Blues Vocalist of the Year in the FORM UK Blues Awards 2018.

Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June 2019

Saltburn Festival of Seaside Stories and Song is a new music and literary festival for Saltburn, and a collaboration between Book Corner and Saltburn Folk Club.


8pm – 11pm:Opening Concert with music from Kevin Hall and Dave Brunskill, poetry from Helen Anderson, and a special performances of ‘Civil Insolencies’ by Bob Beagrie and musicians. The Marine Hotel (Upstairs), £5

Saturday 1st June

Writing Workshops (must be booked in advance)

11am – 1pm: Em Lynas: How to Write for Children. Bath Street Centre, Bath Street. £10

2pm – 4pm: Fin Folk: Writing about the myths and legends of the deep with Carmen Marcus. Bath Street Centre, Bath Street. £15

Free pop-up events at Book Corner, 24 Milton Street

10am: ‘The Dragon Diamond’ – Children’s story time and craft activity with James Nicholson

11am: Saltburn Writers’ Group Poetry Performance

1pm: Katy Welford - ‘The Outlaw’s Lover’ - Book Signing

2pm: Jennie Finch – Short story reading: ‘The Golem of Seagale’

3.30pm:  Flinty Maguire – ‘The Lighthouse Code’ - Book Signing

Afternoon Events in The Marine Hotel (Upstairs)

12pm:  Meet the Author - Bob Fischer: ‘Wiffle Lever to Full!’ – Free

2pm – 5pm: Afternoon Concert with music from Beth Burrows and Stormcrow, poetry and songs from Fran & Col Edwards, and poetry from Diane Taylor. £5

Saturday Evening Events

5pm – 7pm:Tea time concert with music from Ian Tyzack and John Dunleavy, and poetry from Harry Gallagher.  Saltburn House, Marine Parade. £5

7pm – 9pm: Stories, Songs and Food at Real Meals Deli. Enjoy special sea-themed food while you listen to poetry from Marilyn Longstaff and Felicity Manning, and music from Martin Stephenson. £13.50 (Must be booked in advance)

8pm – 11pm: Saturday Evening Concert with music from Guy Cuthbert and Tony Morris, and poetry from Natalie Scott and Julie Hogg.  The Marine Hotel (Upstairs), £5

Sunday 2nd June

Events in Saltburn Community Hall (Saltburn Arts). All events are free.

11am: Simon Coates – How to Self-Publish a Book

12pm: Meet the Author – Read Regional author Jude Brown introduces her debut novel, ‘His Dark Sun’.

2pm-5pmCelebration Concert with music from Steve Dagleish and 'Sea Words', a poetry performance from Janet and Phil Philo.  Also featuring an open mic so festival workshop participants can share their work.

 Tickets available from Eventbrite:

Tickets can also be purchased in person at Book Corner. Please call 01287 348010 for more information. 


No Thrills, Never Say Die, The Relitics

Music Lounge

7.30pm until 1am

£3 Entry

Killer night in store, get to this its going to be a blast !!!

No Thrills - Punk Rock

Never Say Die - Original

The Relitics - Punk Melodic Punk

Saturday June 1st

Shangri-La Saturdays at The Empire (+ live bands)



11 PM – 3:30 AM

Doors 11pm / Entry £5 before 11.30pm / Totally 18+ / Dress for the Dancefloor

Empire Sized Headliners with indie and boutique rock-n-roll beats & wild performers.

The Lounge: Private Booths and Proper Cocktails

Let's make it Pop!
Empire Sized Feel Good Dancefloor Fillers.

The Chapel hosts bands for a night of live music, capers & carry-on :
Fuzzy-alt-doom pop from a band making waves around the North East. They recently tore the roof off at Stockton Calling and they’ve got an abundance of festival shows lined up. Loud and lively, SWEARS are one of the most exciting live acts to come out of the area in recent years.

Pure killer rock n roll and according to their Facebook - the only band nominated for the best chest in the west. Killers riffs and tons of fun, like Velvet Revolver on holiday in the Boro.

Riff heavy alt-indie trio Whale Hill are one of the hardest working bands in Teesside, constantly gigging and getting better every time. They’re big supporters of the local music scene and have recently started putting their own gigs on too!

+++ loads of added extras - live performers, artists, music & much much more



Stockton Folk Club

The George and Dragon, Norton (back room)


£7 (£5 members)

back in 2000 - 2001 Florence Malavialle came from Nimes to teach French at Grangefield School in Stockton. Already a singer, she discovered the local folk scene at Darlington, picked up a "quaint" Tees Valley accent and settled here. Flossie is a highly accomplished performer with a stunning voice and a great interaction with her audience. Everything from contempory folk to jazz standards, from blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics....

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