Boro’s Intro Main Stagers storm into charts
By Rob Ten
Monday 25 Apr 2011 17:52:00
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Chart-toppers!

 

Middlesbrough’s Intro Festival has bagged another fantastic scoop – after three of its Main Stage acts stormed right into the top of both the UK official top 40 singles and album charts this weekend. (Sun 24 April).

 

Wretch 32 and Example have slammed straight into number 2 as a brand new entry in this week’s singles chart, while chart-topping rapper Chipmunk has gone straight in at number 10 in the album charts.

 

Wretch 32 and Example’s new single Unorthodox features an irresistible sample of the iconic Stone Roses classic Fools Gold – and is Wretch 32’s second huge hit of 2011 after top 5 debut hit Traktor justified the hype surrounding his inclusion in the top ten of the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll.

 

Chipmunk’s new album Transition already boasts massive hit single Champion (ft Chris Brown), and follows his huge 2009 debut album I Am Chipmunk, which sparked 5 hit singles including blockbusting number one Oopsy Daisy.

 

Intro fans have also being seeing and hearing a lot of some of the newer emerging acts on the bill, with the Agitator storming last week’s Later with Jools Holland, Miles Kane and We are the Ocean playlisted on Radio 1, The Chapman Family and Alice Gold enjoying dedicated 15 minute profile slots on Channel 4, and Benjamin Francis Leftwich playing a 5 song live set on Zane Lowe’s influential Radio 1 show.

 

The news comes hot on the heels after a record number of Intro bands were also confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury – and comes with less than a week to go for music fans to snap up festival early-bird tickets for less than £10!

 

Delighted promoter Graham Ramsay of Ten Feet Tall said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see so many of our bands all over the radio and telly this year – I don’t think we’ve ever had so many acts starting to break in the run up to the festival. 

 

“The festival’s always had a strong emphasis of providing a platform for new bands, and all this activity just goes to show how hot some of these bands are right now.”

 

Judith Croft, Festival and Events Manager with Middlesbrough Council, said: “This is great news. It looks like the charts will have Intro stamped all over them in the run-up to the festival and right through the summer.

 

“There’s only a few days left for people to snap up the last early-bird festival tickets for less than £10! But even if people prefer to leave it a bit later, the full price tickets still work out at around 20p per band. And that is absolutely fantastic value for money!”

 

A tasty Intro line-up of around 80 acts across a dozen stages right in the heart of the Town Centre also sees indie legends Feeder, cool New Yorkers the Fun Lovin Criminals, former Specials frontman Neville Staple, and anthemic indie-fave Jon Fratelli all heading for Boro this summer.

 

A limited number of Intro early bird tickets at £9.50 (adults) and £13.50 (family ticket for one adult and up to two children aged 7-12) are available until this Saturday (30 April) at the latest.

 

After that, prices revert to £15.00 for adults, and £5.00 for accompanied under 13s. Accompanied under 7s go free (no ticket required).

 

·         Intro: Middlesbrough Town Centre, Sunday 5 June. For further information and updates, visit www.introfestival.co.uk

 

Tickets available from:

 

·         Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office: 01642 729729.

·         ARC, Stockton on 01642 525199, or online at www.arconline.co.uk

·         www.seetickets.com (tel: 0870 264 3333).

·         www.ticketweb.co.uk (tel: 08444 771 000).

·         HMV in Middlesbrough.



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