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Laura’s Sympathy For The Middlesbrough Symphony

On Thursday 15th September the Middlesbrough Symphony will be premiered at Middlesbrough Town Hall. A marriage of football and classical music by its composer David Golighty it is the only symphony dedicated to a football club. I chatted with Middlesbrough Town Hall Development Manager Laura Hannaway about the evening and the many other star-studded evenings that are now a welcome occurrence at ....

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Martin Rossiter - Georgian

Martin Rossiter returns to the live arena as a solo artist with a handful of gigs in September, the first being at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton.   The former front man with indie pop sensation Gene has had a self-enforced absence from the music industry.  Now the singer/songwriter, based in Brighton, has an album’s worth of new songs ready to perform live before being putting ....

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Joe’s A Real Class Act

Joe McElderry brings new tour to Middlesbrough Town Hall   The North Easts favourite son Joe McElderry is back on the road with a 16 date UK tour, following his victorious appearance on Popstar to Operastar, and will be heading to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Friday 18 November.   Joe rose to fame when he won the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, mentored by Cherly Cole. A number ....

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The Brand New Heavies

The UK’s most successful soul jazz funk band The Brand New Heavies are heading out on the road to celebrate almost 20 years in the business and they’re bringing their exciting live show to Middlesbrough for the first time in over 10 years on Friday 7 October.   In a career spanning two decades the Heavies have sold millions of records and had hits all around the world with ....

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Willy Mason At The Georgian

The highly anticipated Willy Mason gig is upon The Georgian Theatre in Stockton this Saturday (27 Aug), with a sell out crowd on the cards for the U.S musician.   Mason is highly regarded as the most exciting singer-songwriter of his generation and has recently completed a string of sell out shows around the U.K. He shot on to the music scene at the tender age of 19 with top 30 single ....

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Ack! Ack! Ack! A Vinyl Solution

This weekend was a glorious one for Teesside music lovers as Middlesbrough got itself a vinyl solution with the opening of the Ack! Ack! Ack! record shop.   Situated on Linthorpe Road, directly across from Psyche, Ack! Ack! Ack! signals a revival in the fortunes of independent record shops that appeared until recently to be on a fast track to oblivion. People couldn’t download ....

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Teesside Gets Ready To Rock

The UK’s finest AC/DC Tribute heads to Middlesbrough Town Hall   The UK’s biggest and most explosive AC/DC tribute Live/Wire are steam rolling their way to Teesside for a gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday 27 August.   With the recent resurgence of popularity for 70s and 80s rock in the last few year’s, legendary bands such as AC/DC have come to be ....

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Cherry Bs Burlesque Is Back

The Georgian Theatre’s mouth wateringly good Cherry Bs Burlesque is back for a Summer bonanza on Saturday 20 August.Having become a staple in the Georgian calendar the Cherry Bs girls are back to turn the sunshine on in style with a pick ’n’ mix of cabaret performances from Vida Von Teesside, Meg la Mania, Dahlia Seymore and Fellatia Rocks. Not only providing candy for the eyes ....

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Ack! Ack! Ack!

  There will soon be a new record store in town. Mr Oli Heffernan formerly of ace band Idiot Savant, the instigator of a series of singles called Detective Instinct and so much more besides tells us why he has decided to really go for it opening a record shop in Middlesbrough. I decided to open a record shop because I basically got sick of there not being one in Boro anymore. If you want ....

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Maximo Park To The Max At Weekender

Maximo Park headlined Stockton Weekender on Saturday night in stunning fashion. A big crowd poured down to the Tees riverside site defying the battleship grey rain clouds overhead and were rewarded by a truly phenomenal live show from the north east rooted band.   Earlier in the day I had chatted with Maximo vocalist Paul Smith as we were getting drowned by the downpour outside the ....

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Kendal Calling Festival 2011 Celebrates A Sunny Success!

    Eight stages – 3 days and nights of fun in the fields in the beautiful Lake District The 6th Kendal Calling has gone out with a bang! The Lake District’s premier music festival has once again wowed a sold-out audience in its beautiful site with stunning art and a high-hitting music line-up. Blondie closed the main stage on Sunday with a scorching set, it was the ....

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When Kendal Came Calling

Kendal Calling 2011 was amazing.  It’s a mini Glastonbury for the North, but on a smaller, more manageable scale.  There is so much to see and do, and the atmosphere projected by staff, artists and festival-goers alike is a very warm and friendly one.  From the moment I arrived I felt welcome, and the free products from the sponsors were a bonus (Lucozade and Alpro Soya, but ....

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Saint Saviour Of Stockton

Stockton Weekender is almost upon us. A long weekend of top music and comedy starts today. What makes this event unique for me is the way local talent gets to rub shoulders and share the same stage as top national touring outfits. This year we have a couple of acts that tick both boxes. Saint Saviour was brought up in our neck of the woods and then went on to hit the heights vocalising for Groove ....

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T In The Park 2011 Review

This was my first trip up north to Scotland’s biggest festival and with a strong line up and reputation did it live up to expectations? After several years attending the Leeds festival, the appeal of something different and a strong lineup featuring Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Beyoncé made T in the Park the ideal alternative. Friday The festival weekend kicked off ....

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Shrug At The Westgarth

Shrug play this evening at Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough tonight (downstairs) supporting two great bands, CLECKHUDDERSFAX and SPIN SPIN THE DOGS. Saltburn's Run of the Mills Records are the promoters and I asked Sophie the boss to tell us something about the bands and the label. Hopefully you know all about Shrug, Teesside perennials now in our 26th campaign and still writing new stuff, a ....

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Parklife: Arc In The Park 2011

Set in the stunning grounds of Preston Park, the colourful circus tent will once again be elegantly poised, ready to host a weekend of sizzling music and comedy. ARC will be packing its picnic basket and drinks and hot-footing it across to the stately grounds with fine entertainment in tow as ARC in the Park returns once again to regale audiences al-fresco style. Headlining this year’s ....

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Stockton Weekender - Full Festival Experience

Anyone searching for the complete festival package this summer, at an affordable price, need look no further as Stockton Weekender, taking place Fri 5 to Sun 7 Aug, will include camping.   With the UK playing host to the worlds most famous festivals such as Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds, it was just a matter of time before Teesside introduced it’s own camping ....

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Stockton Weekender - A Family Affair

Children and parents alike are in for a real treat at this summer’s biggest event, Stockton Weekender on Fri 5 – Sun 7 Aug, as organisers Tees Music Alliance (TMA) announce a whole host of children’s activities.   With a music line up featuring Seasick Steve, Maximo Park, Newton Faulkner and Cast, plus comedy from the countries finest such as Justin Moorhouse, Eddie ....

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Cattle And Cane Ep Launch

The Kids Are Solid Gold are delighted to announce that CATTLE & CANE will be launching their as yet untitled second EP with an end of tour homecoming show at the Westgarth SC on Fri 14 Oct. Tickets priced at £8 will be onsale from Ticketweb and Seetickets from 9am on Friday.  In other news, in their own words, TKASG are extremely pleased that hotly-tipped emerging Brighton ....

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Kendal Calling

It might be sold out but I still thought we should take a look at what is on store for all those making the short trip across to the Lakes for Kendal Calling.   Less than 2 weeks away til Kendal Calling festival   Kendal Calling festival: Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2011 Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe, The Lake District KENDAL CALLING 2011 IS NOW SOLD OUT! ....

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Deer Shed Festival

  The Deer Shed Festival, a music and arts festival for all the family, returns to its beautiful North Yorkshire parkland location for the second year running next weekend - JULY 22 – 24 2011 Gates will open on the Friday for an evening of cabaret including circus and comedy performances in the Big Top. Taking place on the first weekend of the school summer holidays, families can ....

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Teesside Prepares To Be ‘uked’

  Middlesbrough Town Hall is preparing to be ‘uked’ as the UK’s freshest and funkiest act, The Ukulele Project, is heading to the venue on Wednesday 27 July.   The trio stop off at the Town Hall as part of their first UK tour and will be setting the stage alight (in a small but marvellous way) as they play everyone’s favourite songs – uke style. ....

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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The North

Yesterday was a real first for me I watched an orchestra on tour and what a great experience it was.   I have a friend called Tracy Hyman, she takes (excellent) photographs and I write jobbing reviews. We often team up at gigs and send our joint records of shows off to magazines or I publish them myself. Anyway, at times she is in a rush to make the starting time because she has ....

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Willy Mason Leads Big Names To Georgian

There’s set to be an onslaught of musical talent taking over the UK’s oldest running theatre this summer. The Georgian Theatre in Stockton is set to welcome three of the most talked about musicians currently touring, starting with U.S chanteuse Willy Mason; one of the most exciting singer-songwriters of his generation, on Saturday 27 August.   Mason shot on to the music scene ....

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Don’t Miss - Sea Of Beas

  There is a great show coming up tomorrow (this Wednesday) a Westgarth debut show for the critically acclaimed Sacramento songwriter, Julie Ann Baenziger, otherwise known as SEA OF BEES on Wed 6 July. This is an excellent show jointly promoted by TKASG and their great friends at Cosmos. You can check her out here: and here: ....

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