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Deer Shed 6 - Is Up In The Air

The North’s largest, independent family festival, Deer Shed, have announced their 2015 theme as Up In The Air. The event will take place on 24th-26th July, at Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire. After the complexity of handling the time/space continuum in last year’s Time Travel theme, organiser Oliver Jones is excited to explore the infinite possibilities of what we could ....


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Waiting On Folky Sundays

It was the start of a brand new era last Sunday, as BBC Tees Introducing presenter Bob Fischer hosted his very first gig night at the Waiting Room restaurant in Eaglescliffe. All the tables filled up early, in fact you might say that the new Matchbox Cabaret Sunday season kicked off with Bob\'s Full House. The evening clicked into gear with a really interesting partnership behind the mics, ....


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Idiot Savant’s Carol Service Like No Other…

With Christmas almost in sight it’s time for the annual Idiot Savant Christmas Pageant with The Idiot Savant Christmas Band at The Georgian Theatre on Friday 19th December. Considered as one of the essential events n the Teesside’s festive calendar, it’s certainly a carol service like no other when one of The Georgian Theatre’s old favourites Idiot Savant return with ....


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The Crookes Are Solid Gold

On a chilly Saturday night a crowd has made its way through the front doors and spilled into the downstairs room of the Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough. Upstairs there is a birthday party in full swing but here in front of the small corner bar three bands play original music and give everyone a warm glow. It must be that warm glow that almost causes the singer/bassist of The Crookes to over ....


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Hanging Around: A Night At Arc

  I guess the idea behind an arts centre is having everything like music, theatre etc under one roof and therefore being able to wander from one thing to another. The other Thursday I utilised the Arc facilities to the full to first enjoy some contemporary theatre before being entertained by one of the greats and taken back to my own live musical roots. Thirsty is a play about drinking, ....


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John Mccullagh  & The Escorts Support Cast

  Cast play Middlesbrough Town Hall this Wednesday. I am sure you know all about the reformed 90s Britpop legends but how about the support band? John McCullagh & The Escorts have been announced as the main support act on the forthcoming Cast tour this December. The teenage troubadour from Doncaster and his new entourage will be hitting the road to support the legendary 90s Britpop ....


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Cath And Phil Tyler Tonight At The Waiting Room

  There is a top gig this evening at the Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe, I hope you will join me there. I have long been hoping to see Cath and Phil Tyler live. Cath wowed audiences in the 1990s when US folk band Cordelia\'s Dad called in at Teesside on their European tour travels. Cath also met up with Phil Tyler, bassist, guitarist and singer in so many Teesside bands but always a must to ....


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Festive Entertainment At Middlesbrough Town Hall

There is a feast of festive entertainment for all the family this Christmas at Middlesbrough Town Hall. On Friday (December 5), celebrate Christmas and the Yule Season with Wassail – an evening of folk music and song, dance and spoken word featuring the talents of singers, actors and poets. Led by folk singer Richard Grainger, Wassail promises merriment, laughter and a warm glow for ....


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Carl Barat And Biscuit Badgers Birthday Bashes

There has been a spate of birthday gigs just lately, Hartlepool promoters Pindrop celebrated their 4th Birthday party at the Fisherman’s Arms complete with birthday cake and quirky and innovative Biscuit Head and the Biscuit Badgers headlining to a packed pub.  Then, almost a week later the Ku Bar pulled out a real scoop heralding an impressive eleven years of live music at Ku Bar ....


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Pete Bell Memorial Gig

  It was a huge honour to be asked to take to the stage and kick off a memorial gig to the great Pete Bell. It was a Friday night in the Lion Inn, up on Blakey Ridge. Although it had been lashing it down all afternoon and the building was shrouded in mist the place was absolutely heaving already at 7.40pm when Shrug sparked up the show. The ample car parks were full to overflowing right ....


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Britpop Legends Cast To Perform Town Hall Gig

  Britpop icons Cast will perform hits and new material when they appear at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Wednesday, December 10. The band will treat fans to favourites including Alright, Fine Time, Sandstorm and Walkaway. Cast were formed in 1992 by John Power (vocals, guitar) and Peter Wilkinson (backing vocals, bass) after Power left The La’s and Wilkinson’s former band Shack ....


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Classical Cafe! Middlesbrough Town Hall

Lazy Sunday afternoon for classical fans at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Classical music fans can look forward to an enjoyably lazy Sunday afternoon this weekend, with a Classical Cafe at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt on Sunday 16 November. Relaxed and informal, the Café in the Crypt will see classical fans enjoy an afternoon with Charlotte Heslop and Sarah Ryan. A mezzo-soprano from ....


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The River Keeper Opera Coming To Town Hall

A new opera comes to Middlesbrough Town Hall next month as part of a unique double bill from Bridie Jackson and Nell Leyshon. The River Keeper by Bridie Jackson and Nell Leyshon is the first of three 30-minute operas in the Streetwise Opera Little Opera’s 2014-15 season. The inspiring and uplifting piece will be staged on Tuesday, December 16, following a first half performance by ....


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Peel Regenerated

Last weekend there was a commemoration of the life of someone that had and still has a profound influence stretching far beyond music. It is a decade now since the passing of John Peel and by now it is sadly obvious that nobody is ever going to fully fill the void left by the veteran Radio One presenter. John Peel was an old school hands on DJ but he made it personal. His tastes were ....


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Rising Classical Star Set To Give Free Masterclass At Middlesbrough Town Hall

Talented Teesside piano students have a golden opportunity to pick up tips and inspiration from one of classical music’s rising stars at Middlesbrough Town Hall next week. (Tuesday 4 November). BBC rising star and Classic FM favourite Emmanuel Vass is playing an intimate piano recital at the Town Hall, but is also looking forward to providing a FREE pre-concert masterclass for local ....


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Oxjam Takeover

Oxjam Teesside Takeover is coming to KU Bar in Stockton-on-Tees tomorrow!! To support the good cause of Oxjam we have brought in some of the best musicians from the North East to join us in the celebrations. ** THE BROKEN BROADCAST ** Selling out venues across the North East at their single/album launch nights, The Broken Broadcast have captured a dedicated fan base with their hypnotic blend of ....


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Lazy Sunday Afternoons For Classical Fans At Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough Town Hall’s Classical Music season got off to a flying start with a rousing concert by the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra earlier this month. And now two young talented Ingleby Barwick brothers are set to take centre stage at the first of the Town Hall’s Classical Café series this Sunday afternoon. (19 October). James and Jeremy Chen are already making ....


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Kathryn Tickell And The Side At Arc

Folk legend Kathryn Tickell brings her new band The Side to ARC on Tuesday 4th November. The world’s finest player of the Northumbrian pipes and genuine folk royalty! Join Kathryn and her new band The Side for evocative airs and toe-tapping reels. Kathryn Tickell and The Side Tuesday 4th November From £16.50 – 8pm – All Ages ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton, TS18 1LL ....


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Twisterella Saturday

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 ....


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Deer Shed Festival 6 Tickets Go On Sale

As memories of Johnny Marr’s incredible performance on the main stage during Yorkshire’s hottest weekend of the summer begin to fade, the intrepid Deer Shed Festival organisers are cutting the ribbon on next year’s Deer Shed Festival 6 and opening the doors for business and announce The Wedding Present as the first sign up in next year\'s line up. FRIDAY 24th - SUNDAY 26th ....


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Music From A Cupboard – Helping Young People Play

An innovative Teesside music project is helping to bring unwanted and broken instruments back into use. Inclusion initiative musinc is on the look-out for organisations that have music equipment they don’t know how to use or that have bits missing or broken. Musicians Michael Baines and Michael Sreenan have joined the musinc team and will be visiting youth centres and other youth projects ....


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Kobadelta At The Alice

It has been far too long since I feasted on a Grass Routes evening. The other Friday there was a real treat in store at the Grass Routes Route 69 gig at Middlesbrough’s Princess Alice. My mate Louise knows her music and when she recommended the headline act Kobadelta it was time to sit up and listen. It was a great tip because they went down an absolute storm. What an awesome band and there ....


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The Russians Are Coming!

Classical music fans are in for a real treat, when Middlesbrough Town Hall welcomes the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra on Monday 6 October. It’s the first of a keenly anticipated brand new season of great orchestras heading our way, thanks to funding from Arts Council England. The orchestra was formed in 1957 and is still regarded as one of Russia’s finest, both at home and ....


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Middlesbrough Live - Saturday!

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 ....


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Countdown Under Way To Middlesbrough Live

Excirement is building among local music-lovers with the countdown under way to Middlesbrough Live when 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 at the weekend. Taking place on Saturday, ....


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