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Maximo Paul Smith Sounds It Out

Maximo Park played a recent in store event at Stockton's Sound It Out Records. Afterwards I grabbed singer Paul Smith for the briefest of chats. The band played a short set featuring four numbers off the excellent new album, The National Health. For the record, Hips and Lips, The National Health, The Undercurrents and Reluctant Love. Although not necessarily in that order. There was also time ....


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Darlo Debut For Liverpool Legend Ian Mcnabb

Legendary Liverpool singer-songwriter Ian McNabb will perform work from his new album, ‘Little Episodes’, at his first live show in Darlington on Thursday 5 July in the town’s newest venue The Hub, in association with independent music promoters Bonus Grooves Ents and rockpig.. Ian first rose to prominence with his band 'The Icicle Works' who scored two major hit singles and ....


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Willowman Festival

I enjoyed an outstanding weekend at Willowman Festival. You can read all about it in today’s Evening Gazette (not available online). A festival that included the delights of the Utah Saints, Neville Staple, Hugh Cornwell, Vintage Trouble, The Rhythmites, John Otway, 3 Foot Ninja, Hyde and Beast, The Lake Poets, The White Negroes and so many more. In the heart of North Yorkshire and what a ....


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Stockton Weekender Smashes 2011 Sales

Teesside’s mighty music festival Stockton Weekender is set to be one of the year's highlights for thousands as organisers, Tees Music Alliance (TMA), have announced ticket sales for this year have already surpassed last year's total. 2011 saw over 7,000 people enjoy the musical stylings of Seasick Steve, Maximo Park, Newton Faulkner and Cast, amongst others, on the Friday and Saturday and ....


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Rock’s Original Hell Raiser Ginger Baker At Arc

Talk about a supergroup.... How about this for a coup for Stockton? Legendary jazz rock drummer Ginger Baker, renowned for his work with Cream and Blind Faith, is returning to the UK for a handful of dates around the Glasgow Jazz festival, and he calls into ARC, Stockton on Monday 2 July. His band features an all-star line up including James Brown’s right hand man saxophonist Pee Wee ....


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The Rollin’ Clones

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones and Middlesbrough Town Hall is celebrating in style with a live show from the UK’s ultimate tribute to Jagger and co, The Rollin’ Clones. The band celebrate their own 15 year anniversary this year and are marking the occasion with their 'Meals on Wheels Tour', which will stop off at the Town Hall on Saturday 29 June. This ....


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Cats With Lasers – Lasers For Eyes

A marvellous new single from one of the most exciting, innovative and endearing songwriters around today. The sci-fi guy. Blue-John Benjamin is a new age English eccentric and one of the most imaginatively creative singer songwriters around at the moment. He boldly goes where other singer-songwriters fear to tread. Cats with Lasers is part sci-fi, modern fairy tale and yet also a wicked satire of ....


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Line Up For Free Day At Stockton Weekender Revealed…

Stockton Weekender organisers, Tees Music Alliance (TMA), have revealed the acts set to entertain crowds on the Friday 3 August, which will be free entry for the music loving masses. Teesside’s biggest outdoor festival, Stockton Weekender, returns for its sophomore year on Friday 3 August and runs until Sunday 5.  Friday’s entertainment will be free of charge and will provide ....


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Kendal Calling Sells Out For 7th Year Running!

With 7 weeks to go until the irrepressible Kendal Calling festival lands at Lowther Deer Park, organisers are delighted to announce that tickets are now sold out, breaking last year’s record for the fastest sell out to date! Tickets were snapped up for this year’s show quicker than ever before, with lucky ticket holders set to enjoy headline performances from some of the UK's biggest ....


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Hartlepool Hits The Big One This Summer

Local music event organisers and promoters Bonus Grooves Ents and rockpig. are back doing their thing again with the Summer Big One!, a one-day festival in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice on Saturday 21st July. The Summer Big One! will take place over three venues in the Church Square area of Hartlepool, which is fast becoming known locally as the town’s ‘music ....


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Above The Parapet Un-convention

Robb Johnson, The Wilsons, Joe Solo, The Young Hegelians, Grace Petrie, Bob Beagrie and collaborations with The Black Light Engine Room and AJ Garrett & Co are among the confirmed highlights at Teesside’s new political song and spoken word festival featuring a blistering blend of political / topical songwriters, musicians, poets and writers, talks on politics and music alongside art and ....


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By Toutatis - Dead Men's Cues

A wonderful video captures the old Knights Club, Southfield Road just before it closed its doors for the last time. That most contemporary and utterly Middlesbrough-steeped indie folk band By Toutatis have captured the end of an era with an atmospheric song and video. Not to be missed. There is a gathering in the old bar room. Not far away stands a snooker table, where Dead Men’s ....


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The Futureheads Of Darlington

Our Evening Gazette review this week was Futureheads at Darlo's Hub and Collectors Club, Cattle and Cane and Phil Saunders at the Green Room, Stockton. You will have to buy ther paper to see it as it is not available online. Great to get an invite to cover the first night of The Empire’s new Darlington Hub. Becky Stefani invited us across and the place was absolutely buzzing. Ever the ....


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Folk Legend Dick Gaughan At Arc

When Dick Gaughan received his Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2's annual Folk Awards ceremony in 2010, he was handed the award by Neil Finn of Crowded House who had flown all the way from New Zealand at his own expense to be able to do so! Little surprise though that this Scottish singer songwriter is so revered. A troubadour with attitude, he gives voice to – in his words - ....


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Deer Shed 3

Put on by a family for the family with old-fashioned hospitality at its heart Headlined by Saint Etienne, Villagers and Cherry Ghost Weekend tickets just £69 July 20th – 22nd 2012 Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire www.deershedfestival.com / www.facebook.com/DeerShed / @DeerShed The Deer Shed Festival family know it can be the small things that make or break a ....


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Halle To Hall!

Top orchestra makes welcome return to Middlesbrough - Classical music fans can look forward to another unforgettable night, when the Halle play at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Wednesday 13 June. The eagerly anticipated show rounds off what has been an exciting 2011/12 Classical Season at the Town Hall, thanks to funding from Arts Council England. Top European orchestras the Moscow Philharmonic, ....


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Born North This Sunday

Calling all local music fans and indeed all local musicians a brand new weekly radio show will be launching this Sunday on Radio Hartlepool, 102.4FM. So get yourselves tuning in.   Amanda Gallagher, is the presenter. Passionate about her local live music scene Amanda is trying to make a real difference as Rock Pig promoting artists and gigs. And now she is turning her hand at playing new ....


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Adam Donen And Elaine Palmer In Pindrop Hartlepool

Hartlepool is in for a rare treat when songwriter, poet, playwright and occasional actor Adam Donen comes to town. Backed up by the magical Elaine Palmer this Saturday will be a night to remember at The Moorings Eaterie. Hailed as “a musical poet” by London TimeOut talented musician Adam Donen is featured in this month’s PinDrop event at The Moorings Eaterie, Hartlepool Marina ....


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Lake Poets And James Grant For Stockton

Stockton’s Cultural Quarter is set tro be a wash with musical treats this weekend as The Georgian Theatre and The Green Room host two incredibly intimate gigs. Scottish singer-songwriter James Grant returns to The Georgian Theatre on Friday 8 June for his only performance in the North East on his current tour, accompanied by harmonica hero Fraser Spiers (Paolo Nutini band. Grant first ....


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Love And Money And Wonder Stuff On Tees

Stockton’s The Georgian Theatre is set to host two incredibly intimate gigs from Love and Money front man James Grant and The Wonderstuff’s Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls. Scottish singer-songwriter James Grant returns to The Georgian Theatre on Friday 8 June for his only performance in the North East on his current tour, accompanied by harmonica hero Fraser Spiers (Paolo Nutini ....


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Rural Rap Superstar Countryboy At Arc

Taking his flavor from the fields to the streets, Maxwell Golden stars in a one-man rap-off, CountryBoy’s Struggle at ARC this May.   Michael is a rap star. Or at least he is when he dreams, but growing up in rural Cornwall he has never had a chance to find his community. One day, after being kicked out of home after a fight with his father, he sets off to London to become an MC.A ....


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Stanley At The Waiting Room I Presume

  This week's On the Beat column is reviewing a brilliant little gig at the Waiting Room with Stanley Brinks and The Flying Kaniks, featuring Freschard. Quite a mouthful and just like the food at the Eaglescliffe restaurant it was a mouthful to savour. As always Tracy has a few extra photos to view on her site www.tracyhymanphotography.co.uk  – they will appear on Friday so keep ....


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The Futureheads At The Hub

Sunderland heroes The Futureheads have been announced as the first live act to play in new Darlington venue The Hub.   THE FUTUREHEADS FRIDAY 8TH JUNE 67, Gladstone Street, Darlington, DL3 6JU   The band who have scored 3 top 20 albums and are due to support the legendary Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Sunderland’s Stadium Of Light in June, will play a rare club night show ....


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Toots And The Empire

Ska and reggae legends Toots and the Maytals, play at Middlesbrough Empire at the start of August. An exciting summer signing for The Boro.   Toots and the Maytals The Middlesbrough Empire Thursday 2nd August     Originally called simply The Maytals, Toots and the Maytalsare considered legends of ska and reggae music. Their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ....


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The Nightingales Will Rock The Arc

John Peel faves and art-rock pioneers The Nightingales play ARC, Stockton on Thursday 7 June. The mesmerizing Robert Lloyd and his spiky cohorts deliver a krautrock/post-punk/rockabilly/avant garde attack that leaves most NME Band-of-the-Week types wondering where on earth they went wrong. The Nightingales will be ably supported by the godfather of alternative comedy. The genius that inspired ....


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