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Durham Lumiere Highlight Of 2011

Quite simply one of the most spectacular and enlightening festivals I witnessed in 2011 or any year for that matter was the festival of light, Lumiere in Durham City. The ancient city truly came alive with thousands upon thousands of tourists stepping out into the light. It was totally breath taking and left a lasting after image on the brain as well as the retina. Durham will never seem quite ....


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Mistys Big Adventure - Most Uplifting Gig Of Year

  This was truly the most uplifting gig of the year for me. And you know what? I haven’t stopped playing the new album or talking about Misty’s Big Adventure ever since.   Mistys Big Adventure – Waiting Room Restaurant Eaglescliffe - Sunday 27th November   I had a feeling it would be a good night because for me their brand new album The Family Amusement ....


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Attila The Stockbroker Rocks Leafy Linthorpe

He came, he slammed the poetry, he played a few songs and then he had a drink. Attila the Stockbroker hit leafy Linthorpe on Saturday night like a whirlwind and delivered an epic evening at the Little Theatre club and promised it could be the start of something big at the renovated Toft House clubhouse. Attila the Stockbroker was amongst friends at a packed out gig on Saturday evening in ....


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Curtis Eller's Night In The Sun

Curtis Eller brought his American Circus out to Stockton for a memorable night in the Sun. No trapeze or high wire but a song about Elephants all the same as the high kicking, high stepping, Movember for life, US banjo-master knocked them for six in the back room of the Sun Inn, Stockton. This was the penlutimate TKASG Teesside show of the year. What a year they have given us and this was the ....


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Teesside Symphony Orchestra's Birthday Treat

A big audience was royally entertained last night as the Teesside Symphony Orchestra celebrated a 50th birthday landmark in style. Teesside University threw open its doors for a big Saturday night celebration for the local orchestra and its supporters. A hugely enjoyable night it was too. The programme focussed on English composers, including two composers that were actually in attendance. One ....


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Wonderful Woomble And Ku With Delight For The Pigeon Detectives

  The Pigeon Detectives rocked the Ku Bar while Roddy Woomble wooed the Georgian crowd the other side of Stockton High Street in a memorable night by the Tees.   Photographer Tracy and myself conducted our own Stockton Calling tribute night the other Friday as we raced back and forth across Stockton High Street between two contrasting but brilliant gigs. The contemporary folk of ....


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Stockton Weekender Revisited

It was a month ago now and I have finally dried out but that downpour on Saturday afternoon could in no way dampen down the fact that for me Stockton Weekender was a screaming success. Yes despite moving from a free to paid event and all the weather this great British “summer” could throw at it I really thought the weekend of music gave off all the right notes. And for me there were a ....


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Folk In The Garden

A special evening of absorbing and rousing folkie music and tales from the Bottle Bank Band in the beautiful grounds of Crook Hall but a stone’s throw away from the historic Durham city centre. Talk about atmospheric, this night just about had it all, something for all the senses including the best hot chocolate this side of Bourneville.   Alas and alack, I couldn’t get in to ....


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Ukelele Projecting

In the world of iphone apps and all sorts of technology that I cannot even begin to spell let along comprehend it is fantastic to see an old favourite coming back on top. The ukulele is not so much having a revival as enjoying a real heyday. Thanks to the incredible Ukelele Project the humble uke is bang on top. Three 18 year olds, Oli Peacock, Marcus Rice, and Pete Wright delighted a packed ....


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Intro To Weekender

With Stockton Weekender round the corner I thought I would publish this comparison of two of the other big music festival events this summer, Tyneside’s Evolution and Middlesbrough Intro. I wrote this article straight after Intro but it failed to make the Cut for NARC magazine so here it is now acting as a taster for Stockton Weekender. The accompanying photos are by Tracy ....


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The Impossibly Big Sketch Show

  Get along to ARC tonight to see one of the funniest shows you will witness all year long. The IMPOSSIBLY BIG Sketch Show is in the middle of a three night run that will have you laughing yourself silly. That is a promise.   The amazing thing about this performance is that it has been written, performed and produced by a group of people that were largely complete novices to the ....


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Subways Go Overground In Darlo

The Subways came to Darlo town for the very first time, playing a gig to preview their forthcoming third album. They left with a promise of a speedy return after being knocked out by a quite phenomenal reception at a rocking Inside Out. The Subways/Young Aviators Inside Out Darlington Tues June 7th - photos Tracy Hyman. (An old gig I know - but this review was originally penned for NARC ....


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Jodrell Bank Transmission Festival

I have just witnessed a truly astonishing site. Flaming Lips full on, full colour, sensory overload of the senses adjacent to an OTT partner in crime, the biggest screen you have ever seen in your life, Jodrell Bank main radio telescope dish. Two days on I can’t quite grasp the enormity of the whole thing. This just has to go down as the best Saturday night party ever.   My mate ....


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The Subways Rock Inside Out

There was a superb atmosphere last night to welcome The Subways to their first ever Darlo show. Inside Out was absolutely rocking, fans with arms aloft, feet shuffling furiously as the band pumped out their high octane brand of feel good alt rock.Support band three-piece Young Aviators stormed the barricades after mischievously slagging off Darlo between songs. It caused a reaction and after a ....


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Grand Archives - Solid Golden

They came, they sang, they conquered, Grand Archives left a rich legacy behind at the Westgarth with those solid gold harmonies and sooth-savouring melodies. It was another of those nights that you just knew would become legendary even before first support, Woven Project took to the stage. You see the promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold had been chasing Grand Archives for a couple of years before ....


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Idiot Savant Bow Out In Style

  They made us think; they tuned us in and had us scrabbling through our school history books. One of the best bands anywhere from the past decade has called it a day. You’ll still be able to see Idiot Savant one last time on the Stockton Riverside Festival stage but this was their final proper gig and they made sure they bowed out in real style at Uncle Alberts on Saturday night. Oh ....


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Middlesbrough Music Live 2010

  Look it rained but who cares. To be honest many of the highlights were to be grabbed indoors and in any case no one was going to allow a bit of water to dampen their fun. Despite all that the weather could throw at us, Middlesbrough Music Live was another triumph once again. 60 000 people can attest to that.   Ask 60 of those 60 000 people for their list of highlights and you will ....


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Diy Is Back In Town

Fanzines are where it’s at. Twenty years plus since the start of Fly Me To The Moon and the local DIY fanzine scene is back in community business and thriving.   A couple of weeks ago a new publication was launched called Estelle, marrying the drawing and storytelling skills of A J Garrett and Alyson Agar into a splendid old school cut’n’paste fanzine. Local bands were ....


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