Book in Advance for Big Weekender
By Ciara Johnson
Monday 23 Jul 2012 12:38:00
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With just under two weeks to go until Teesside's mighty music festival Stockton Weekender get's under way (Fri 3 - Sun 5 Aug), festival organisers Tees Music Alliance (TMA) are recommending any potential festival goers to book an advance ticket whilst they can.

This years ticket sales have already smashed those of last years, and with prices set to increase significantly on the gate, TMA is urging anyone planning on leaving it to the last minute to purchase a ticket at the cheaper rate and to risk missing out.

Advance tickets are currently available online at, Green Dragon Studios, ARC and Stockton TIC. Tickets on the day will be more expensive and queues are expected.

TMA Director Paul Burns said "We're doing everything we can in advance to make sure crowds can get straight in and start enjoying the entertainment on offer. We are encouraging people to get an advance ticket for three reasons; firstly it's cheaper, secondly it'll be faster on the day getting on site and last of all we plan to offer any advance buyers an early bird price for next year, as we did this year."

To help combat queues TMA will run a Wristband Exchange on Thursday 2 (9am - 9pm) and Friday 3 August (9am - 4pm), at Green Dragon Studios, meaning that on the day those who already have their wristband attached can enter straight in to the site, without delays.

There will also be the opportunity for wristband exchange at the festival Box Office at the site entrance on Friday 3 August; entry for the entertainment on Friday is free to all.

This will also be the last chance to get hold of a cheap advance ticket before prices rise from £20 day to £30 and £30 weekend to £50.

Major acts The Pogues, James, We Are Scientists, Willy Mason, The Go! Team, Simon & Oscar of Ocean Colour Scene, Jake Bugg and top local acts such as Young Rebel Set, Cattle & Cane, The Chapman Family and Collectors Club have spurred music lovers from across Teesside, and the UK, to book up early for the event.

The introduction of a second stage, The Vela Stage, which will play host to up and coming acts including The Crookes, Toy, The Lake Poets and Weird Shapes has added to this years offer meaning over 50 acts will entertain crowds across four stages.

The Tees Active Cabaret Tent will feature comedy from top comedian Alun Cochrane, UK festival stalwarts The New Rope String Band and local comedy improv troupe Hoist The Rag, as well as a performance from Middlesbrough novelist Richard Milward and music from Dan Donnelly, The Bluebuds, The Roundels and more.

The Kaleidoscope Tent, which is full of activity for children featuring music workshops and face painting, also returns.

The Georgian Theatre will host a local film screening on the Friday, a day of alternative music on Saturday and it's legendary Jazz day on Sunday. Entry during the day is free to all.

The venue will also host the festival's Official After Show parties, which will be free to festival attenders.

Tickets are currently priced at £20 for day entry and £30 for the weekend, as last year each adult ticket entitles the holder to 2 free Under 14s tickets.

Tickets are available online from or call  01642 606612 .




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