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World Music Legend Bassekou Kouyate Comes To Arc

World Music legend Bassekou Kouyate comes to ARC with his band Ngoni Ba on Thursday 13th March. Even for a legend of World Music, it’s been an extraordinary couple of years for Bassekou Kouyate. He played to a rapturous reception at the 2013 Proms, whipping the Royal Albert Hall to a frenzy. ‘It was impossible not to feel the charge spread through the auditorium’, gasped The ....

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Superfood Confirmed For Stockton Calling

Confirmed for the full day music feast on Saturday April 19th is Birmingham indie pop act Superfood, who are set to play KU. The multi-venue, genre encompassing festival Stockton Calling is celebrating its fifth year with the announcement of a new stage on board the HM Bark Endeavour and that Teesside’s prodigal sons Young Rebel Set will headline the event’s biggest stage at ....

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Town Hall Marks 125 Years At The Heart Of Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough’s iconic Town Hall celebrates a major anniversary this week – and 2014 looks set to be a bumper year at the box office. The popular venue marked its 125th birthday on Thursday (January 23) and looks set to carry on drawing crowds for many decades to come. The stunning Grade II* Town Hall and Municipal Buildings were officially opened by the Prince and Princess of ....

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Stockton Calling Endeavour’s To Make Fifth Year The Best Yet

The multi-venue, genre encompassing festival Stockton Calling is celebrating its fifth year with the announcement of a new stage and that Teesside’s prodigal sons Young Rebel Set will headline the event’s biggest stage at ARC. After three consecutive sell outs, and an ever increasing venue count, the festival organisers are delighted to confirm that the H.M Bark Endeavour, located on ....

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Rob Fest

Music performers are coming together in Stockton this Saturday for a very special day long music festival. The event is a charity music festival at the Georgian Theatre and Green Room and the event name is Rob Fest. Rob Fest is an all day live concert, food and stalls event that a collective of friends are have organised in memory of their school and musician friend Robert Brown 27, who sadly ....

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February At The Georgian.

The Georgian Theatre in Stockton is preparing for another big year as it gets its 2014 events underway with an array of musical delights. Kicking things off is The Ska Beats and The Roundels on Friday 7th February. The bands bring their massive sounds and feel good hits to Stockton’s longest running venue for what has become an annual sell out show. The Roundels open the night with a set ....

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Womenfolk At Arc

Three of the biggest new stars in folk music join forces at ARC on Saturday 1st February for an incredible treble-bill. Saturday 1st February Womenfolk – Lucy Ward, Emily Portman and Emma Sweeney Beautiful, traditional folk from three of the UK’s newest stars. ‘Brit folk’s most vibrant and forthright new talent’ - Mojo  From £10 – 8pm – All ....

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Wishing You A Misty’s Big Adventure For Christmas

For the second year in a row I decided to head off to the Midlands to celebrate Christmas Eve in the company of one of my favourite bands Misty’s Big Adventure. Headlining the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath Birmingham the eight piece band mix indie, psychedelia, prog, jazz, lounge and all sorts into an incredibly infectious cocktail. They also perform their own mini set of Christmas songs ....

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Hook Line And Singer With Cerys

The other Thursday night Teesside braced itself for the biggest tidal surge in about 60 years.  It was a blustery day with patches of hail and snow across the area.  Public transport had been disrupted all day.  Towards tea time flooding was occurring around Middlesbrough College, Port Clarence, Portrack and Teesside Retail Park, it was taking people hours to get home from ....

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Coffee, Cake And A Concert

Music and coffee lovers alike are invited to come along to Middlesbrough Town Hall this Sunday (December 22) for a Christmassy Classical Café Concert. Conducted by John Forsyth MBE, North East Youth Chorale will perform Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’. Classical Café is an opportunity to enjoy classical music in an informal and relaxed setting, enjoying coffee and cake while you listen. Rebecca Topping, classical music coordinator for Middlesbrough ....

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A Not So Silent Christmas… At The Georgian

The Georgian Theatre in Stockton rounds off a year of 20th anniversary celebrations with two annual gatherings and one riotous reunion. Stockton’s longest running venue marks the end of 2013 with the return of Twisted Rock Club which was The Georgian Theatre’s staple weekly event for over 10 years, and served the youth of Teesside its dose of Rock, Metal, Punk and Hardcore. Twisted ....

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The Understated Genius Edwyn Collins

It will be a warm welcome that Edwyn Collins receives in Middlesbrough at the Westgarth Social Club tonight. That magical baritone has not been heard in the town since a 1984 performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall. An earlier show at the (in)famous Rockgarden was more memorable, Edwyn’s wife and manager, Grace Maxwell recalls. “I remember that. There were a lot of skinheads. Edwyn ....

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Black Delta Movement And Glass Moths Invade Mink Bar

  Amanda Gallagher paid her first visit to Mink and was very impressed with the venue and the two live acts The Black Delta Movement and The Glass Moths. Having not ventured to Mink in Middlesbrough before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, was it a bar, a coffee shop or a tattooist I wondered? Well…what I discovered was a pure gem of a music venue! With bare brick walls, ....

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Attila The Stockbroker In Middlesbrough This Evening

Attila The Stockbroker performs tonight at the Little Theatre Club, Linthorpe. I interviews Attila before the gig to find out a little bit more about the man with the incredible name and reputation. ATTILA THESTOCKBROKER Friday 13 December @ 7.30pm The Studio, Middlesbrough Little Theatre Club Tickets £7 from the club bar (tel 01642 828715 evenings) or reply to this mail-out Q: I ....

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Fatboy Slim Visits Myplace To Support Youth Volunteers

Top DJ Fatboy Slim is playing a couple of very special dates in Middlesbrough this week. On Thursday (December 12) the DJ – real name Norman Cook - will be setting the town alight with a performance at the town’s Empire nightclub. On Friday, he will appear at Middlesbrough’s state of the art myplace youth centre to launch opportunities for overseas volunteering placements for ....

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Season Finale Set To Go Off With A Bang Mimalive #5

A spectacular razzle dazzle variety show will close the triumphant 2013 season of mimaLIVE on Saturday, December 14. This end of season party will go out with a bang, featuring fantastic bands, specially curated cinema, performance art and outrageous set design, celebrating all the fantastic music mimaLIVE has hosted to date. Frankie & The Heartstrings who have supported Florence and the ....

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The Night Palma Violets Rocked The Westgarth

  A couple of weeks ago local promoters extraordinaire, The Kids Are Solid Gold, announced a mystery gig on facebook. The event would take place in just two days but just who was Olav Malpiets? Apparently son of a Russian acrobat and a French showgirl, although I had my doubts about this biog. Olav was playing a free gig on Sunday, in the downstairs room of the Westgarth Social Club, ....

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Nick Harper And Washington Irving - Two Top Shows

This is the story of two gigs in two towns over two nights where the headliners gave absolutely everything and the audiences were completely bowled over. Nick Harper and Washington Irving were the performers and the venues either side of the river. Nick Harper was making his first appearance in the intimate Green Room, Stockton. In many ways he was playing against all the odds, family matters ....

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Stockton Calling Marks Fifth Year With Public Service Announcement

The visually and audibly captivating Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) has been confirmed as the first headline act for the fifth multi-venue extravaganza Stockton Calling, taking place Saturday 19 April 2014. The “Genuinely original, innovating and amazing” (ArtRocker) duo will headline The Georgian Theatre stage at the Easter Saturday event, which is heading in to its fifth year ....

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Christmas With The Kids And Sarah Blasko

  Sarah Blasko headlines The Kids are Solid Gold end of season bash with a host of the brightest emerging talent around and a stellar international headliner is this Saturday. You can pay on the door for this one and it's arguably the best line up on Teesside this year. Please do not miss it! SARAH BLASKO  EMBERS + FATHERSON + SIOBHAN WILSON + LILLIPUT + LITTLEMORES + ....

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Hook, Line And Carol Singing With Cerys Matthews

It’s jingle all the way at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton as the festive season gets under way with a visit from 6Music presenter and Catatonia front woman Cerys Matthews,on Thursday 5 December. The Welsh singer, famed for her Christmas duet Baby, It’s Cold Outside with Tom Jones, is hitting the road with her Hook, Line and Carol Singing show to the venue that comprises stories, chat ....

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Save Eston Hills With The Approved

Eston Hills are alive with the sound of music. On Saturday a special fund raiser event in Billingham is helping raise awareness and funds for this great cause - Save Eston Hills features a great cast led by The Approved and Broken Broadcast. Pig Pen presents The Approved, The Broken Broadcast, Cellar Door and Tinny Bennett giving their all at The Swan, Billingham this Saturday from 8pm. ....

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Share The Wealth’s Mink Take Over Gig

Tonight Middlesbrough- Manchester record label - Share The Wealth Records plan a takeover night at Mink Tattoo Coffee Bar (+18's only after 9pm), Free entry! 1am close. There will be Five Fantastic Fun Friendly Artists and a Pop Punk Anthem blow out till the wee early hours  Free Entry 1am close Share The Wealth records are an Independent label based between Manchester and ....

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Cattle And Cane's Herculean Show

Some events are eagerly anticipated, some deliver and hit the heights; Cattle and Cane at the Georgian Theatre, Stockton will be talked about for many, many moons. The “Pull Down the Moon,” Cattle and Cane single launch at the Georgian Theatre was the hottest ticket in town, in fact it had sold out weeks ago. Just back off a UK tour, playing before their own home crowd and about to ....

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Musical Happiness In Hartlepool And Stockton

Last weekend Tracy and I went our separate ways to cover gigs in Stockton and Hartlepool. I was watching live music promoter Pindrop’s third birthday party in surely the most atmospheric venue in the region, the Fisherman’s Arms on the Headland, Hartlepool. A free gig, they pass a hat round that is soon overflowing. Jamie Beau followed his own songs with a rousing cover of Tainted ....

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