By Robert Nichols
Friday 06 Sep 2019 12:09:00
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Here is a list of gigs - some really briliiant names and events over this first full weekend in September. Several festivals and an exclusive one off gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall too. I am going to Mi Mye on Sunday, Last Train Home and probably going to see Punilux 40th anniversary show but Paul Smith and Friends at Middlesbrough Town Hall looks extra special too.

FRI 6th September

Casual Threats, Ghost Signals, Head of Light Entertainment, DRIPP and Uncle Dudeman

Georgian Theatre



Steve McCormick & Andy Brewster

Twisted Lip


We've got a treat in the form of a Teesside troubadour double bill. Steve McCormick, a successful artist in his own right, has been gigging and touring since forever, armed with his own powerful and energetic pop songs. No solo acoustic act has the energy levels that McCormick brings to a his live shows. Andy Brewster on the other hand, is as laid back as they come and we're pretty sure that he can play absolutely anything and everything from Van Morrison, to Creedence Clearwater Revival through to modern contemporary acts

Sat 7th September

The Last Train Home

7 stages Over 50 artists - Darlington - HQ at Hullabaloo Theatre, next to Hippodrome.

12 noon to 12 midnight

£16.75 advance

A Festival, A Parade, The Cornshed Sisters, YOWL, Polo - music, Ponyland, Dead Naked Hippies, Roxanne de Bastion, VENUS, PEAKES, False Advertising, Ceiling Demons, George Boomsma, RoninClan, Be Quiet. Shout Loud!, The Noise and the Naive, Eve Conway, Shakk, Nel Unlit, Finn Forster, Eyeconic, Rhyme Molesters, Cortney Dixon, James Leonard Hewitson, Charlotte Grayson, Motel Carnation, Rumaz, Jodie Nicholson Music, Mt. Misery, GGAllan Partridge, HOLY Braille, John Stainthorp & The Laughing Hearts, Legitimate Anarchy Records, Petals., METHODICAL BEAST, Floral Detectives + More TBC!

We're proud to reveal another First Class collection of artists will be pulling into the platform on Sept 7th.

We've donned our conductor's caps once again to present 7 beautiful and bizarre stages in and around Darlington Banktop station, featuring performances from over 50 artists.

Just like seeing the train you've been waiting for finally emerge in the distance, we present a selection of artists as a taste of what it’ll be like aboard the Last Train Home.

Sat 7th September

Punishment of Luxury/Blue Orchids 40th Anniv of Laughing Academy

Bones Park Rider, Thee Windom Earles, The Noise & The Naive and Pellethead

Westgarth Social Club


£15 advance

Punishment of Luxury return to Middlesbrough to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their debut album 'Laughing Academy' released on the 7th September, 1979. This will be the fourth time we have hosted them:


Taking their name from an 1891 painting by Giovanni Segantini displayed in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Punishment of Luxury are an unorthodox art-punk band who have been favourably compared to XTC, Roxy Music and Killing Joke and known for quirky live shows. They formed in December 1976 in Newcastle, releasing their debut single, "Puppet Life" on the Small Wonder label in July 1978. In 1979 they signed to United Artists and released the singles "Engine Of Excess" and "Secrets", and the album 'Laughing Academy' . They were one of the highlights of 1979's Reading Festival, playing after The Cure and before The Tourists and Motorhead. The band also recorded 2 John Peel sessions and played Middlesbrough Rock Garden on at least four occasions.

The original line-up split in 1980 and the remaining members Neville Luxury, Brian Bond, and Jimi Giro recruited new members and changed the band name to Punilux. They released a further album on the Red Rhino label, 7 in 1983, before a final split.

In 2007 they reunited and played a few songs for the bassist Jimi Giro's 50th birthday party. They have played occasional shows since then, originally coming back to Teesside in Dec 2010 and 2013. More recently they played a great show with The Cravats in Middlesbrough in July 2016 as part of a Small Wonder Records evening and they also released a new album '5'.

The Blue Orchids were formed in Manchester in 1979 around Martin Bramah (vocals and guitar) and Una Baines (keyboards), both founder members of The Fall. Rough Trade, snapped up the Orchids in the summer of 1980 and released their first double a-sided single in October. The Flood b/w Disney Boys was co-produced by Mayo Thompson of Pere Ubu fame.

The next Blue Orchids single is widely regarded as their best, coupling strident song Work with a more haunting flipside, The House That Faded Out. Work is best described as cracked soul music also boosted by a support slot on the first national tour by Echo and the Bunnymen in April.

An album now beckoned in the spring of 1981, and in just two weeks completed The Greatest Hit. Self-produced, and with no previous singles included, the album was released by Rough Trade in May. Mat Smith of NME praised "one of the best albums we're likely to hear all year." The Greatest Hit topped the independent charts and went on to sell around 10,000 copies.

During this period the band was introduced to Nico, the legendary Velvet Underground and Warhol superstar who was by then living in the Whalley Range district of Manchester and struggling with a hard drug habit. For much of 1981 the Blue Orchids became both her backing band and support act on a succession of UK dates, as well as a Dutch tour in the spring of 1982.

Numerous line-up changes followed. The present line-up have played twice before for us in Stockton headlining a John Peel Festival and supporting The Nightingales in Middlesbrough at a sold out show at the Westgarth.


Rock Against Racism

Twister, Dark Passenger, Phil Muriel, Thought Trumpet - with special guest DJ 'Diz'...

The Georgian Theatre

7:30 £7 ADV

We live in strange times and several local music activists have expressed a wish to show solidarity for the many diverse communities that make up the 21st century UK.  With the blessing of original founder member, Roger Huddle, we’re uniting under the classic Rock Against Racism banner to present an evening of music from local musicians with a passion for the cause.

Presented in association with The Battle of Stockton Campaign – a local history group commemorating events taking place in Stockton during the turbulent times of 1933.

Sat 7th September

Head of Light Entertainment (Old Well Inn)

Giraffes (Old Well Inn)

Herbal Remedy (Old Well Inn)

Barney Jam Festival

Barnard Castle

11:30 AM – 11:30 PM


A day of free live music across 7 venues to celebrate the towns music scene and to fundraise for Cancer Research UK. Saturday 7th September 2019


Redcar LIVE Final Event

DR and the Medics

Thee Strawberry Mynde (4pm)

Jack Dobson 5pm

The Lulas (Primrose Bell Mkt – 12noon)


2pm -10.30pm

East Queen Street, Redcar

The grand finale of Redcar LIVE... a day celebrating live local talent, local bands, top tributes and international artists.

A FREE outdoor event with 8 hours of live entertainment hosted by Zetland FM featuring chart toppers Dr & the Medics.
Redcar will also be hosting the Primrose Bell and High Street markets plus various live bands and performers at local venues.

This is a FREE event so come along and experience what Redcar has to offer.

Saturday 7th September

Joe Frater "New York" EP Release show with Nicholas Chapman and Kimberley Heron.

Music Lounge
Doors open at 7:00pm – 12 midnight
Entrance £4



Middlesbrough Town Hall


£19 + Booking fee

Bringing together some of the leading lights of the north east music scene, this special one-off concert will celebrate the art of the duet, ranging from folk song to blockbuster pop hits.

Centred around Teesside’s own Paul Smith (of Maxïmo Park), who has curated this event, guest singers will bring their own distinct musical personalities to famous duets and the occasional cult curio.

Backed up by fellow Mercury Prize nominees, Field Music, this promises to be an eclectic, celebratory event, featuring acclaimed artists Rachel Unthank, Kathryn Williams and Mara Carlyle.


Battle of Stockton 86th Anniversary Commemoration

After the speeches there will be an afternoon of live music in The Georgian Theatre featuring Joe Solo, Andy Johnson and more!


MI MYE + support from Jodie Nicholson

Westgarth Social Club Attic - Spooker



mi mye is the project of Jamie Lockhart from the north coast of Scotland, who is supported by musician friends from Wakefield and Leeds.

Lyricist and fiddle player Jamie learnt to play in the Highlands, and often leans on his roots of folk music and story telling to produce beautiful songs of empathy and hope.

The other band members each bring their own influences and musicianship to create intricate songs - at times life-affirming, at times downright heartbreaking - which envelop Jamie's lyrics.

Mi Mye have been compared to Sparklehorse, the National and Will Oldham.

"Mi Mye offer subtly contemplative, emotive music that grows in stature with each listen” - Drowned In Sound

Jodie Nicholson We're chuffed to bits to be able to add the beautiful Jodie Nicholson Music to the bill for this show. Jodie is a fantastically talented musician from Hurworth, on the outskirts of Darlington.


Barrie and Ingrid Temple

Stockton Folkclub

George and Dragon back room

£9 on a guest night (£7 members)

from 7.45pm

Next Monday our guests at Stockton Folk Club are Barrie and Ingrid Temple. Some people were so keen to see them that they turned up a week early!

For those not in the know, Barrie and Ingrid are great harmony singers with Barrie adding occasional guitar and concertina. They do traditional songs with a Tyneside flavour, but also a lot of Barrie's own excellent songs. These are very much in traditional style and a number of them have been taken up by other folk performers. We expect this to be a popular night, so turning up early is not necessarily a bad thing. There’s a copy of our poster below.


Pete Davis

Curry and music!

Chernobyl Children's Lifeline
Jolsha, Stokesley Road,Marton


A traditional Indian/Bangladeshi five course meal and music from me, all in aid of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline for only £15.00 per person. Thursday 12th September at 7pm. A bargain - come and support us at Jolsha, Stokesley Road,Marton, 01642 311999.

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