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It’s Just Not Cricket

The doors open midday for a musical festival and family fun day at Marton Cricket club this Saturday (18th June) Bring a deck chair, bring a picnic (NO GLASS or ALCOHOL though), although there will be a hog roast, burgers and plenty of food and refreshments on site. Catch your breath and take a break from the Euros.  There are loads of inflatables and family fun for the children with a Giant Free Fall Slide, Giant Pirate Assault Course, Bouncy Castle, Laser Quest and Soft Play. In ....

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Global Glamour Brings Silver Lining To 25th Mela

  Musical talent from around the world is set to converge on Middlesbrough this weekend when the town holds its landmark 25th Mela. A record-breaking audience of 50,000 is forecast to take advantage of the good weather and free entry to visit the two-day multicultural celebration – the North-East’s largest and most long-established. Held every year since 1990, the Middlesbrough College-sponsored Mela sees the town celebrate its culture and diversity through a wide range ....

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Sweet Baboo, Lilliput, Weird Shapes, Elisa and the Bear, Cattle and Cane etc etc etc. I am licking my lips at the quality in depth of a line up loving selected by Henry “Pay For The Piano” Carden and The Kids Are Solid Gold. But then again it should come as no surprise that two promoters that care would pick music with their hearts as well as their minds and come up with a day that will excite, engage and educate. I bet you come away with a new potential favourite band by the ....

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Middlesbrough Live - Tomorrow

Excitement is building among local music-lovers with the countdown under way to tomorrow’s Middlesbrough Live festival when Middlesbrough Town Hall, mima and the Central Library join town centre cafes and pubs to rock the day and night away. Several of the UK’s fastest-rising music acts will join more than 100 North East music acts when Middlesbrough Live returns to a host of venues tomorrow. Taking place on tomorrow the all-day fiesta of music is expected to attract ....

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Johnny Marr To Headline Deershed

Deer Shed Festival, the independent festival run by a family for families, are very proud to announce their music headliners and first acts for 2014. Over 3 days on 90 acres of beautiful North Yorkshire countryside we will be playing host to some musical legends, some of the best new bands and a host of other brilliant artists. This year’s bill features the world’s greatest guitarist, a Welsh Music Prize winner, Mercury prize nominees and even a couple of renowned journalists turned ....

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Middlesbrough Live Academy Will Open With A Ball

Brand new venue The Middlesbrough Live Academy will open it's doors this October 31st for a Halloween Ball hosting a range of acts including Little Mix, Amelia Lily, Cover Drive and Loveable Rogues as well as many up and coming local acts.  The venue will open its doors at 12pm and run into the night showing off a wide range of talent including local dance groups and gymnasts. Both of the main headlining acts Little Mix and Amelia Lily are from the local north east area and it’s ....

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Brass: Durham International Festival Returns

  Brass: Durham International Festival was launched in bright sunshine today to colour the streets of County Durham with incredible sights, sounds and experiences. Organised by Durham County Council, this annual festival will run for two weeks until Sunday July 21st. Showcasing a diverse array of internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles with numerous free and ticketed events, this dynamic feast of sound will provide something for every taste and every family ....

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Cattle And Cane's Night At The Museum

Thornaby’s own Cattle and Cane cross the Tees to launch their new single at Preston Park Museum this weekend. The evening gig with Fake Major sold out in less than 24 hours encouraging promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold to put on a matinee performance. There are still a handful of tickets remaining for that teatime all ages show but be quick about it. Looking ahead to the single launch Tracy Hyman and myself chatted with Cattle and Cane’s Joe, ....

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Half Man Half Biscuit At Stockton Arc

Half Man Half Biscuit play Stockton Arc on Saturday June 8th. Cannot wait.  It’s almost possible to sum up everything that’s great about Half Man Half Biscuit just by listing a few song titles. Joy Division Oven Gloves. Bad Losers On Yahoo Chess. Twenty Four Hour Garage People. All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit. For over 25 years now, Nigel Blackwell’s indomitable four-piece have been the most incisive, acerbic and downright hilarious chroniclers of ....

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Boro Backing James Arthur – Bongo To X Factor Glory

  James Arthur, from King of the Bongo to X Factor Final in eight months. With the backing of the Boro squad and Boro manager he now faces his X factor final frontier and who knows where that path to glory might take him. At the start of the year he was bidding to win a battle of the bands and quite literally singing for his supper, this weekend the whole of Teesside is backing him. A win for Boro at Peterborough and James on the X Factor would make for an incredible double. In a week ....

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Africa Express Storms Boro

Sizzling four-hour show thrills packed Town Hall crowd - Groundbreaking music collective Africa Express have described their sizzling four hour show in front of a packed crowd at Middlesbrough Town Hall last night as “the perfect way to kick off their tour.” A train packed with more than 80 musicians thundered into Middlesbrough yesterday with a jaw-dropping line-up including Blur & Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Maximo Park, former Libertine Carl Barat, Jon McClure from ....

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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 names including Dizzee Rascal, James, Maximo Park, and many more.   FESTIVAL DATES: FRIDAY ....

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Stockton Calling Returns– Bigger And Better Than Ever!

Five Stockton venues are readying themselves for a packed out day on Saturday 7 April as Stockton Calling returns for it’s third year – and it’s expected to be a sell out. Headliners for this year are indie rock behemoths The Pigeon Detectives, exciting new talent King Charles, Bluetones front man Mark Morriss, Teesside troubadours Young Rebel Set and American multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson. After a sell out success in 2011 ARC, The Georgian Theatre, KU Bar, The Sun Inn ....

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Kendal Calling 2011 Wins ‘best Small Festival’

The Lake District based festival Kendal Calling took home the Live UK music industry award for Best Small Festival - under 15,000. The award is a true accolade as the event was nominated to win by music industry experts. LIVE UK, who host the awards, are the only magazine dedicated to the UK’s contemporary live music industry; providing news, features and information to 2,500 key professionals. Kendal Calling were cherry picked, and the team are delighted to receive this valuable and ....

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Deer Shed Festival Tickets On Sale Monday

Tickets for Deer Shed Festival 2012 go on sale Monday 10th October 2011   DEER SHED FESTIVAL  JULY 20th – 22nd 2012 BALDERSBY PARK, TOPCLIFFE, NORTH YORKSHIRE   The delights of the Deer Shed Festival will return for a third outing in 2012. Tickets for the music and arts festival that goes that extra (North Yorkshire) country mile in laying on the best facilities, line-up and atmosphere for festival-loving families go on sale this Monday with the first 150 adult ....

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Billy Bragg Will Be Solid Gold At The Uni

  Big news as Billy Bragg will be playing at Teesside University in November in a massive scoop for The Kids Are Solid Gold and Cosmos and for his many fans on Teesside. Can’t wait.   TKASG & Cosmos in association with CODA proudly present LEFT FIELD IN MOTION tour with BILLY BRAGG, THE KING BLUES and SOUND OF RUM Wednesday 16 November 2011, 7.30pm Tickets £13 Adv / £15 Door (on sale at 9.00am Tuesday 13th Sept 2011) Ages 18+ The Hub Teesside ....

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Kendal Was 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 there are many other energy drinks and milk based products to choose from).   The variety of ....

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When Kendal Came Calling

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 perfect ending to a weekend bathed in brilliant sunshine with heaps of highlights.   Winner of Best Small ....

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Saint Saviour Of Stockton Weekender

Stockton Weekender is almost upon us. A long weekend of top music and comedy. The deadline for the discounted advanced tickets is 9pm this evening so act fast and save yourself a few quid. 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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Weekender Advance Tickets - Snap Them Up

As Stockton's biggest music and comedy festival Stockton Weekender gets closer, it’s organisers Tees Music Alliance (TMA) are urging anyone wanting to attend the festival to get an advance ticket whilst they can.   Advance tickets are currently available from Green Dragon Studios, ARC and Stockton TIC, until Thursday 4 Aug at 9pm. Tickets on the day will be more expensive and queues are expected.   Another way to beat the queues is to head over to Green Dragon Studios on ....

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The Chapin Sisters Are Waiting For You

All the way from LA. The pristine harmonies and haunting melodies from THE CHAPIN SISTERS arrive to entertain you at the Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe, this evening.    Abigail and Lily Chapin have gained comparisons to sister acts of old and Appalachian family groups, yet their songs and arrangements have a very contemporary aspect, with elements of pop, blues and psychedelic rock.   “There’s a sinsister tenderness to this L.A. duo’s sad, soft, gorgeous ....

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Thousands Enjoy Intro Festival

Thousands of music fans turned out to enjoy Middlesbrough’s first ever Intro Festival yesterday (Sunday 5 June).   This year’s Intro line-up of almost 100 acts across a dozen stages right in the heart of the town centre included big-hitters Example, Feeder, Chipmunk, Wretch 32, huge indie faves Jon Fratelli, Darwin Deez and Miles Kane, plus more local bands than ever before.   This year saw an entry fee charged for the first time for the former Music Live, with ....

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Pellethead And Shrug Big Fmttm Finale

Pellethead and Shrug will close the fmttm stage this evening at Square One, next to the Thistle Hotel.   Two of the stalwarts of the local band scene for two decades and counting. Pellethead had the honour of headlining the local, Homegrown stages a couple of years back and are just back from touring in Czech Republic. Pellhead play at 6.40pm and Shrug at 7.50pm.   Shrug made a rare outing at the Georgian Theatre last week and singer Rob Shrug has jus been invited to perform on ....

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Intro Tickets On Sale On The Day

HMV shop in The Mall (Cleveland Centre) is selling a limited number of tickets for Intro (formerly Middlesbrough Music Live) on Sunday from 10.30am. Get yourself down there in the morning, sales will continue whilst stocks last until the shop closes at 4.30pm.   Some other Intro news – gates open 11.30am! If you have bought a ticket online then you will be collecting on the gate. Keep left as you come down Albert Rd. We've got a lane for you, remember bring your ....

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Intro Stage Is Set For Sunday!

Boro gets ready for Intro   Music fans are gearing up for Middlesbrough’s first ever Intro Festival this Sunday (5 June) – with the Main Stage already beginning to dominate the Boro skyline opposite mima in Centre Square.   This year’s Intro line-up of almost 100 acts across a dozen stages right in the heart of the town centre includes big-hitters Example, Feeder, Chipmunk, Wretch 32, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, former Specials frontman Neville Staple, and huge ....

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