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Middlesbrough Mela Returns This Weekend

    Middlesbrough\'s Mela is back with a bang this weekend in Albert Park with a thrilling mix of traditional Asian artists, dance acts, family fun and a brand new alternative stage! The 2019 Mela weekend kicks off on Saturday with an epic opening parade featuring a diverse mix of music, dance, colourful costumes and circus performers to life size puppets and jammin\' beats. The Main Stage has an incredible weekend line-up with acts such as Leddie MC, Komparrison and Navin ....


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Gigs For Friday 2nd August 2019

  Tees-wide gig guide as compiled for Bob Fischer show on BBC Tees on Thursday evening 1st August – you can listen again online and hear some of the music but here are the listings as compiled for this weekend\'s live and original musical offerings. They include two festivals. One festival site having to have been largely rebuilt after the River Swale surged through Swaledale and through the festival site in Richmond. Well done to the organisers for getting everything rebuilt in ....


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Deer Shed Sold Out!

  Deer Shed Festival has sold out its ticket allocation of just over 10,000 paying attendees for 2019. Hotels and B&Bs in the area are at capacity as Topcliffe, a sleepy North Yorkshire Village just outside of Thirsk, prepares to host the tenth anniversary edition of one of the UK’s biggest and best family friendly festival. Deer Shed had sold one third of those tickets after three days of them being on sale, and 50% of tickets had gone by the end of November 2018, ....


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Gigs For Friday 18th July

  Gig list originally prepared for Bob Fischer\'s Thursday night show on BBC Tees - which was played through in the first hour of the 7-10pm show accompanied by splashes of music from some of the acts. FRIDAY 19 JULY James Leonard Hewitson Pellethead Meltwater Georgian Theatre 8pm-11pm £6 adv James Leonard Hewitson is a composer, singer-songwriter from Hartlepool, England.  James took up the trumpet aged 10, and subsequently graduated in Music aged 23. ....


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Elaine Palmer At Velveteen Rabbit

  It sold out ages ago, of course it did. Local lass made extremely good, Elaine Palmer playing on a Saturday night. This is an evening of contemporary country, folk and North Yorkshire style Americana. It is songwriting that springs from family values as much as from the family valleys and hills of the moors. Born of Elaine\'s former watermill home and the fields she and her sisters would ....


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Gigs For The Weekend Ahead

  A list of gigs for the next few days originally prepared for Bob Fischer BBC Tees programme, Thursday 27th June and still available with music from many of the performers on Listen Again. FRIDAY 28th JUNE Head Of Light Entertainment, Thieves Of Liberty, Laura Kelbrick, Jodie Nicholson @ Doc Browns 7-11.55pm FREE Goosed Records presents a celebration of women in Music to mark the opening of our studio. FRIDAY 28th JUNE VINYL Edge bar in ....


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Tom Kitching Rip

I just heard the news of the sad death of a really top guy, big Boro fan and massive music promoter right across our region, Tom Kitching.Tom was a real music enthusiast and his roots in putting on shows went back to the Rockgarden days in Middlesbrough. I don\'t know of anyone that has devoted so many years of their life to promoting live music. Once he put on an artist he would remain loyal putting them on again and again. People I recall him championing around here included  John Otway, ....


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Gig Guide This Weekend

  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. FRIDAY 31st MAY Nice Guy, Michael Poole and TBC @ Sound Surgery Dr BROWNSGoosed Records 7.45pm – Midnight FREE This week we have Nice Guy (indie rock) headlining Sound Surgery with support from ....


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Big Weekend Travel Reminders Sounded

  Music fans heading for the Radio 1 Big Weekend are being urged to finalise their travel plans. The event - one of the biggest ever to come to Middlesbrough - will feature a number of road closures and diversions in place from May 24 to 26, so prior planning is essential. There will be no dropping off zones or event parking available near the Stewart Park site, so those living within walking distance are advised to save money and make their way on foot. For those arriving ....


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Gigs Guide For 10th May

  Here is a list of gigs this week I compiled for Bob Fischer BBC Tees show on Thursday 9th May. If you listen again tohis show you can alsohear some of the music.   FRI 10th May Fret!, Ihrsan, Ballpeen Musiclounge 7.30pm until 1am £3 Entry A cracking night of surf garage, rock pop indie punk, great music this will be a cracker.Fret - Howling surf garage hardcore https://www.facebook.com/fretband/ Ihrsan - Pop, Rock, Indie ....


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Wilko And Glenn Tilbrook In Yarm

  Not one but two national treasures will be gracing the stage at Yarm’s Princess Alexandra Auditorium next month when Wilko Johnson is joined by former Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook on Thursday 11th April. Following Wilko\'s cancer recovery, the original Dr Feelgood guitarist is back at the top of his game with a rousing return to the live arena, a Number 1 album with Roger ....


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Waiting For My Serious Mann

A beautiful evening of country, folk, roots, two wonderful performers, a velvety voice and a tasty slice of Yorkshirecana, that was the menu in the Waiting Room restaurant last Sunday. Serious Sam Barrett and Jay Moussa-Mann How we lapped it up. Photos by Tracy Hyman Serious Sam Barrett picked up his trusty 12 string and banjo to promote his brilliant new long player Where The White Roses Grow. ....


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Deer Shed Announces More Bands

  Deer Shed has revealed its second wave of bands for the festival’s tenth anniversary edition. Melbourne-based Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever will headline the Main Stage on Saturday night, with the 35 eclectic additions also including Steve Mason, Palace, Lucy Rose, Flyte, The Slow Readers Club, Insecure Men and many more. Deer Shed festival will take place between ....


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The Futureheads Headliners For Stockton Calling 2019

Stockton Calling is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019 and the North-East’s longest running multi-venue music festival has started the year strongly with announcements coming thick and fast. The festival’s organisers are excited to announce that Sunderland legends The Futureheads will headline the ARC 1 Stage on Saturday 20th April 2019. Returning with a brand-new album after a six-year hiatus, The Futureheads are one of the best loved bands in the north-east - if not ....


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Town Hall Tea Dances Return Strictly In A Good Cause

  He was one of history’s great explorers – but could Captain Cook navigate a dance floor? Find out for yourself when the man himself trips the light fantastic with the return of an old favourite. The newly refurbished Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall will host a fund-raising Strictly Tea Dance in aid of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust on Saturday, January 12. ....


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Songs From Northern Britain 3

  Many years ago I released a flexi disc with my band Shrug and an Edinburgh act, Archbishop Kebab. At that time, the late 1980s to early 90s, acts such as Dog Faced Hermans, The Pralines and the Stretchheads would often drive south of the border to play Middlesbrough and Tees, acts such as Spit the Pips would drive in the opposite direction. That was so last century as things moved to a ....


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Withered Hand And Yama Warashi At Waiting Room

Scottish Gospel Folkster Withered Hand takes to The Waiting Room stage this Sunday to bring about some glorious tranquillity in the midst of the jingle jangle silly season. “The UK’s best lyricist” – King Creosote, in The Independent “Killer melodies … wobbly folk grooves … tunes full of warm, woozy sing-song charm” – ‘Artist to ....


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Deer Shed 10 Names First Two Headliners

  Deer Shed Festival has revealed its tenth anniversary edition will feature a return for Anna Calvi as Friday night headliner, Ezra Furman as Sunday night headliner and a host of other artists, including Akala, Sunflower Bean and Gruff Rhys. Sunday at Deer Shed has always been a little different to what you might expect at other festivals. The Sunday headliner went on at around 5pm, ....


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Cattle And Cane Orchestral Magic

  Cattle & Cane share brand new live video from their mesmerising show at Middlesbrough Town Hall with the Northern Orchestra. Led by siblings Helen and Joe Hammill, folk-pop band Cattle & Cane embarked on their biggest ever headline show when they collaborated with the Northern Orchestra for a special one-off performance at the newly renovated Middlesbrough Town Hall on June ....


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Gigs For The Weekend

  This weekend\'s gigs, as featured on Bob Fischer\'s BBC Tees show on Thursday night. Featuring two festivals and a host of great acts - something for everyone right across Teesside. FRIDAY November 16th Sonic Sisters Club #1 Venus, Charlotte Grayson, Loz Campbell and GGAllan Partridge. The Studio, Hartlepool 7.30pm-11.55pm Tickets are £5adv £8otd available from seetickets The Studio presents the first SONIC SISTERS CLUB .... an eclectic aural celebration of ....


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Gathering Sounds

Stockton has never had it so good. Gathering Sounds is another fabulous festival this Saturday (10th November) bringing some of the best emerging talent from right across the north east to audiences in 5 venues in the town. All for only £15 in advance. People are really trying hard for the good people of Stockton and Teesside. Some great names, from Little Comets headlining ARC to The ....


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Island Complex

  Today is Sarah Hayton\'s birthday, a fitting day then to publish a review she recently penned of Island Complex LP by Shrug 2018, Our Mam Records. Shrug released their second long player earlier this year, after an-almost 30 year gap after their debut LP. Septober, Octember, Nowonder, on Our Mams/meantime in 1989. Most probably waiting for a vinyl revival. Island Complex is the latest ....


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All That Jazz

  Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender brought jazz back to the big stage in Middlesbrough on a scale not seen since the Newport Jazz Festival at Ayresome Park some 40 years ago. With acts such as Mingus Big Band, Chris Barber, and rising stars Dinosaur, Hailey Tuck and the rocking Beats and Pieces Big Band this weekend had all bases covered. Something for everyone that can be filed under a small ....


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Twist Helix Lp Launch Triumph

  They came down the A19 from the Tyne and conquered Stockton-on-Tees; Twist Helix album launch was a triumph. In the intimate setting of the Green Room, the electro alt-pop three piece plugged in, played and quite simply blew everyone away. It is an electro pop that draws its roots from back in the 1980s but the dynamism and forward thinking message pins Twist Helix firmly and ....


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From The Big Apple To The Boro For Jools Holland

Jools Holland sets his sights on a return show to Middlesbrough Town Hall next year. From New York to Middlesbrough, the national treasure and former Squeeze legend will make a welcome return to the Town Hall on Saturday, May 18 with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. After a short stint at the legendary Blue Note Café in New York, and a forthcoming short and intimate European club ....


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