Stockton Calling returns with The View
By Alice Bowerman
Tuesday 29 Mar 2011 10:58:00
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Wristbands and eager eardrums at the ready, Stockton Calling is back for round two!

After Stockton Calling’s storming debut in 2010, ARC, Ku Bar and The Georgian Theatre are pulling out all the stops, announcing the first headline act buoyant Dundee rockers The View for the hit festival’s second stint on Saturday 23 April.

Donning their three year and four-day old jeans, they’ll be hitting Stockton from ARC’s stage as part of their Spring Tour promoting their latest album Bread and Circuses; bringing with them the same high-energy sound and stage presence that shot their 2007 debut album Hats off to the Buskers to number one on the album chart and lined them up for a Mercury nomination in the same year. Due for release on 14 March, Bread and Circues follows their critically-acclaimed sophomore album Which Bitch? in 2009. Ku Bar manager Jimmy Beck and Georgian Theatre promoter and booking agent Chris Cobain, who have been working alongside ARC on the festival are relieved that the efforts put into the second festival have paid off,

'We been putting the line up together since the summer and we’re delighted to have such a high quality band like The View headlining, they are the type of band who will be picking and choosing what summer festivals they want to play so I'm glad we managed to bag them.’

The good news gets better, as Stockton Calling takes over more of the town with a brand new stage at The Sun Inn, which has been put together by Middlesbrough based promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold and will be headlined by Washington Irving. The organizers explained why it was important to showcase a broad range of acts on the day,

“It’s not all about the headline's we still want to give the local acts a big stage to play on and something to add to their CV. The addition of the 4th stage is going to be interesting and it should bring a good mix of music to the day.”

Heading up the KU Bar stage will be the indie rock foursome described as the “cheekier, chirpier, British Vampire Weekend”, Little Comets. Newcastle’s buzz band of the moment Let's Buy Happiness will be playing The Georgian Theatre, epic live band Sound of Guns are gracing ARC’s stage as The View’s support, along with a whole list of other acts across the four stages including Chased by Wolves, O’Messy Life, The Winterhill Transmission, Polarsets, Withered Hand and not forgetting a whole host of the best local artists including Cattle & Cane, Rikki and the Porters, Jimmy & the Sounds, Soviet Disco, Sister Rose, Young Hegelians, The Port Authority, Be Quiet! Shout Loud! and welcoming back one of Teesside’s finest exports, post punks The Chapman Family. The Georgian Theatre have confirmed they will be welcoming Sunderland boys Frankie and The Heartstrings as their headline act. ARC’s Chief Executive, Annabel Turpin explained that the caliber of the line-up is very encouraging,

“Last year was a great opportunity to see some real home-grown talent alongside some more established bands. In securing The View as this year’s headline act we’re confident the event is going to flourish.”

With more bands to be confirmed for the day’s festivities and top headline act The View already in the bag, organizers at ARC, Ku Bar and The Georgian Theatre are just getting warmed up as they set their sights on creating The Camden Crawl of the North.

·       Stockton Calling will take place on Saturday 23 April with bands starting at 2pm and venues opening at 1pm. Tickets are £12 in advance and £14 on the day, and can be purchased online at and from ARC Box Office on 01642 525199; Green Dragon Studios on 01642 606525 or in person from Ku.


10.30pm: Frankie & The Heartstrings


9.30pm: Be Quiet. Shout Loud.

8.30pm: Lets Buy Happiness

7.30pm: Sister Rose

6.30pm: Giant Steps


5.30pm: The Gares

4.30pm: The Kallinger Brothers

3.30pm: Young Hegelians

2.30pm: The Watchers



10pm: The View

8.45pm: Sound of Guns


7.45pm: Jimmy & The Sounds

6.45pm: Soviet Disco

5.45pm: Our Secret Sins

4.45pm: TBC


3.45pm: The Purnells

2.45pm: BBC Introducing Presents – Antlez






10pm: Washington Irving

9pm: Cattle & Cane

8pm: Mitchell Museum

7pm: Chased by Wolves

6pm: Withered Hand (full band)

5pm: O'Messy Life

4pm: The Winterhill Transmission

3pm: Rikki and the Porters

2pm: BBC Introducing presents: The Daydream Club





9.45pm: Little Comets


8.15pm: The Chapman Family

7.15pm: Polarsets

6.15pm: The Violet May

5.15pm: The
Port Authority

4.15pm: The Green

3.15pm: BBC Introducing Presents: Randy and the Handstand Band

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