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Four Surprise Pop-up Gigs Announced For Boro

Four more big surprises have been announced ahead of next Monday’s star-studded Africa Express gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall. (Monday 3 Sept). Over 80 musicians in a jaw-dropping line-up include Blur & Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Maximo Park, former Libertine Carl Barat, Jon McClure from Reverend & The Makers, storming Brighton hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks, East London rapper ....

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Sex Pistol To Headline Sunderland’s Split Festival

Johnny Rotten, the man who fronted seminal punk band, Sex Pistols, will headline this year’s Split Festival in Sunderland. The notorious Mr Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, will fly his band, Public Image Ltd, in from LA to close Split’s Saturday programme. PiL will be preceded by Pulled Apart by Horses, who stormed last weekend’s Leeds Festival. Split’s Barry Hyde ....

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Stage Manager Phil Gets Ready For Africa Express

The final preparations are now underway for next Monday’s star-studded Africa Express gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall – with stage manager Phil Saunders describing it as “the most incredible gig I’ve ever worked on.” A jaw-dropping line-up includes Blur & Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Maximo Park, former Libertine Carl Barat, Jon McClure from Reverend & The ....

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Maximo Park To Join Africa Express

Indie kingpins Maximo Park have today been confirmed to join a star-studded line-up including Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn and African legend Baaba Maal on board the Africa Express at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Monday 3 September. The familiar Maximo trademarks of hurtling tempos, tuneful angular guitars and Billingham-born frontman Paul Smith’s empathy-drenched lyrics about ....

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Matchbox Cabaret

  There is a superb line-up of Sunday special events coming up at the Waiting Room Restaurant, Eaglescliffe. And it all kicks off on a Monday, not Sunday with a special all dayer at the award winning eatery. Yes, the usually off-beat, occasionally on the button, The Matchbox Cabaret presents original, leftfield events at The Waiting Room on Sunday nights. BH Monday August ....

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Serious Folk Making It Happen

Durham folk-punk band DRIVEN SERIOUS have a jam-packed gig listing this summer but not just by waiting for promoters to book them… they are proactively turning their hands to organising their own events! Organised by lead singer Robert Jones, Driven Serious are playing a double headliner gig with THE VALIDATORS at The Cluny 2 in Newcastle on Friday 7 September, with support from local duo ....

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Star-studded Line-up Confirmed For Africa Express

A star-studded line-up has been confirmed to join Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn and African legend Baaba Maal on board the Africa Express at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Monday 3 September, and local community groups and organizations could be in with a chance of hosting a quickfire ‘pop-up’ gig of their own while the train is in town. Organisers are calling on people to get ....

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Martin Stephenson And Top Shows At Georgian

A rich tapestry of entertainment awaits you this month at the Georgian Theatre, Stockton, from sultry songstresses through stellar tribute acts to politically tinged theatre. Kicking off proceedings for September is Essex-based ‘torch-noir’ singer songwriter Gemma Ray. Critically lauded for her four albums and other releases and E.Ps, she may not be the best-known name in the ....

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We Are Scientists Interview

  New York based We Are Scientists play the Main Stage at Stockton Weekender tomorrow at 7.50 in the evening. Make sure you join the throng. Keith gave us these hilarious answers to some questions I emailed to him. Michael Sanderson provided the sensible questions. I threw the parmo one into the mix. Hopefully it gives you a flavour of what the trio are all about. 1. Are you looking ....

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There was a special atmosphere at Deershed festival. This North Yorkshire music weekend puts a big emphasis on being a family friendly event and succeeds hands down. Led by Villagers, School of Seven Bells and Los Campesinos! the music is stunning. The food is yummy and all in all it just feels right. Beth Jeans Houghton celebrated the number of toddlers perched on parents’ heads in her ....

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Stockton Weekender Is Here!

Teesside’s biggest outdoor festival, Stockton Weekender is finally here – and as it enters it’s sophomore year, is set for a record-breaking year. On Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August over 50 acts will perform across 4 stages and to a record breaking crowd, with 2012 ticket sales completely smash last years, as crowds flock to catch the likes of The Pogues and ....

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Live And Unsigned Champions Set For Stockton Weekender

The newly crowned champions of Live and Unsigned, Coco and the Butterfields, are set to perform at Stockton Weekender as part of their competition prize on Sunday 5 August. The Canterbury band took away £10,000 to develop their music and an incredible 18-date summer festival tour. They were crowned Live and Unsigned champion at Proud2 within The O2. The act first won the Indie & ....

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Damon Albarn Brings Africa Express To Middlesbrough Town Hall

Africa Express, the groundbreaking collective of African and Western musicians co-founded by Damon Albarn, is making tracks for Teesside. And the Blur and Gorillaz frontman himself will be joined by African superstar Baaba Maal and dozens of guest artists for what promises to be an unforgettable night at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Monday 3 September. Damon & Co will arrive at Middlesbrough ....

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Book In Advance For Big Weekender

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 ....

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Take Five At Arc This August

  Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Charlotte Church, Vintage Trouble, Dodgy, Hue & Cry It’s high fives all round at ARC in August as Ten Feet Tall in association with ARC present five musical big hitters. Playing the Stockton venue are Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas; one of the UK’s biggest stars Charlotte Church; LA based garage soul sensation Vintage ....

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Dan Le Sac Interviewed

dan le sac is appearing at Kendal Calling festival in just over a week’s time. Sadly the Cumbrian fesrival is so popular it has sold out well in advance just like last year. Friday 27th – Sunday 29th July. Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are a hip-hop duo, they combine electronic beats with sung, spoken, and rapped lyrics. Anyway here is an interview to give you a taster…           •        ....

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Vintage Trouble For Arc

The incredible Vintage Trouble will bring their soul and rockin music to Stockton's Arc on Wed 1 August. Don't miss it. They are one of THE great live bands of the moment. Their performance at the recent Willowman Festival was Hot Hot HOT!! Vintage Trouble play Stockton's Arc on Wed 1 Aug 8pm *Today's price F: £13 Vintage Trouble's performance on Jools Holland was one of the most ....

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Local Talent On Show At Stockton Weekender

Teesside’s colossal music talent will be on display in full force at Stockton Weekender with an impressive 25 local acts on the bill for this year’s festival, running Fri 3 – Sun 5 August.  The festival is a coveted platform for local acts to get their music out to thousands of eager listeners, as well as playing alongside some of the music industries biggest names.  ....

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Glaswegian Guitarist Set For The Green Room

Critically acclaimed Glaswegian guitarist RM Hubbert is performing an intimate set at The Green Room, located with in the Green Dragon Studios, Stockton on Saturday 21 July. Hubbert is one of Glasgow’s more prolific artists and has released music under a variety of guises since 1993. It was his work on El Hombre Trajeado’s trio of albums that really put him on the musical map. The ....

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Moses 10th Anniversary Homecoming Gig

Independent music promoters Bonus Grooves Ents and rockpig. are delighted to present a very special homecoming headline gig for Moses to mark the 10th anniversary of their debut album 'The Swimming Zoo'. The band will headline this month’s PinDrop event in the new bespoke venue of Flix Movie Cafe on Church Square, Hartlepool on Saturday 14 July. Moses were (and occasionally are) a cult Alt ....

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Lifetime Skiver - Binoculars

“Make a Choice” for Lifetime Skiver – these guys know how to work a groovy tune and spin intelligent, articulate lyrics around it as you are twisting round the floor. This debut album from Darlington band Lifetime Skiver hits all the spots from the first up-beat of the drum. And it is bursting at the seems with self-help messages and advice if you wish to delve beneath the ....

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The Kids Are All Right At Stockton Weekender…

  Children and parents alike are in for a real treat at this summer’s Stockton Weekender on Fri 3 – Sun 5 Aug, as organisers Tees Music Alliance (TMA) announce a whole host of children’s activities. With a music line up featuring James, The Pogues, Willy Mason, We Are Scientists, The Go! Team, Simon & Oscar (Ocean Colour Scene Acoustic), Jake Bugg and comedy from Alun ....

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Andy Jones Launches Rainbow

Local heroes Andy Jones & The Norton Rockets are celebrating the launch of their latest album, Rainbow, at The Green Room as part of a very special Good Music Club on Saturday 14 July. The Good Music Club (GMC) makes its Green Room, located with in the Green Dragon Studios, debut with a stellar line up of local talent. Growing out of Loosely Acoustic, GMC has continued it’s tradition ....

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The Lake Poets Going From Strength To Strength

Arguably the north east's hottest act The Lake Poets are having an absolute ball at the moment. The band formed around trainee teacher Martin Longstaffe were signed just last week by revered booking agency 13 Artists and are now sharing the agency’s roster with household names such as Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Damien Rice, Maximo Park & Michael Kiwanuka. It is the reward for ....

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Deer Shed Festival 3 Coming Soon

  Just 2 weeks to go before Deer Shed festival near Thirsk. Headlined by Saint Etienne, Villagers and Cherry Ghost. Put on by a family for the family with old-fashioned hospitality at its heart. Weekend tickets just £69. July 20th – 22nd 2012. There are loads of reasons why you should get along to Deer Shed. Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire ....

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