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Musical Happiness In Hartlepool And Stockton

Last weekend Tracy and I went our separate ways to cover gigs in Stockton and Hartlepool. I was watching live music promoter Pindrop’s third birthday party in surely the most atmospheric venue in the region, the Fisherman’s Arms on the Headland, Hartlepool. A free gig, they pass a hat round that is soon overflowing. Jamie Beau followed his own songs with a rousing cover of Tainted ....


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Hyde In The Pantry

Never one to rest on his laurels, Futureheads’ front man, Barry Hyde, is training to become a top chef! Hyde has put his guitar to one side while his band takes a sabbatical and under the stewardship of David Gill, from Junipers Pantry, in Sunderland, is getting into his chef’s whites and sharpening his knives for the hard graft ahead. Barry explained: “Being in a band can ....


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The Woodwards At Mink

  This Thursday (21 Nov) at Mink in Middlesbrough it is urban/folk/country noir with The Woodwards.Peter Schuyff and his band The Woodwards are a 4 piece Urban, Folk/Country Noir act based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Preston, England.Formed in 2009, The Woodwards have toured the UK 3 times before and this time they are touring to promote their new album 'The Woodwards II' which ....


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Washington Irving - Tonight

The boys from north of the border are back in town again tonight - the wonderful Washington Irving playing the Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough. TKASG and Teesside faves make a glorious return with a headline show as part of the UK tour. Can we call this a 'homecoming' show? Yeah! Washington Irving have described Teesside as their second home, such is the reception this band from north of ....


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Nick Harper At The Green Room Tonight

  Brilliant acoustic guitarist/songwriter Nick Harper brings his live show to Stockton’s The Green Room on Friday 15th November for an intimate show. Nick has forged his own way in the music industry to become recognised as one of Britain’s finest acoustic singer/guitarists. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 (he is completely self-taught) and surrounded by the ....


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Stockton Is A Music Cakewalk For Tankus The Henge

A besuited figure leaps from the smoking deck of an upright piano onto the dancefloor below. That was not quite the finale of a stupendous night of live music in Stockton. Tankus the Henge topped that feat later on as singer Jaz set light to his hat. There were gigs on board the Endeavour and in the intimate Green Room as well as Tankus headlining in the Georgian Theatre last Friday. It was like ....


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Glenn Tilbrook At Arc

  Former Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook is appearing at ARC on Tue 10 Dec – think of all those solid gold pop nuggets Take Me I’m Yours, Up the Junction, Labelled With Love, Another Nail in My Heart, Goodbye Girl, Cool for Cats, Black Coffee in Bed, Tempted and the magnificent Pulling Mussels (From the Shell).Tuesday 10th DecemberGlenn TilbrookPerfectly-formed pop gems from the ....


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Tankus The Henge Stars Out Of The Shadows

Amanda Gallagher presenter of 'Born North' on 102.4 Radio Hartlepool has written this review of an outstanding show in Newcastle’s Star and Shadow Cinema. It involves our friends from the south, Tankus the Henge, the men in top hats, Driven Serious and Newcastle’s own Pikey Beatz. It has got to be a winner. Kicking the night off, Newcastle’s own Pikey Beatz performed a ....


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Teesside Music Heroes Continue The Celebrations At Mimalive #4

Following the fantastic Teesside Festival music event in October, mimaLIVE #4 continues to showcase the exceptional range of talent in the North East music scene. mimaLIVE #4 will see 14 incredible artists playing across four indoor stages at mima, in a fast-paced musical extravaganza. Inspired by the local links in mima’s current exhibitions including Middlesbrough-born artist William ....


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Wilko Johnson's Koko Finale

  This is a special On the Beat awayday report from down in London where I was a witness to the final gig of a musical legend, Wilko Johnson. Terminally ill with cancer the former Dr Feelgood performance and r’n’b guitar great put on a final swansong performance, it was emotional and it was something unforgettable to all present. Wilko was diagnosed with inoperable ....


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The Primevals Hit Stockton

Glasgow garage eternals The Primevals will shake your soul this Friday at The Sun Inn. They toured Europe with The Cramps, became John Peel show and Radio One session regulars, and celebrated a staggering 30 year lifespan in 2012 with the release of a snarling, roaring, rioting, rootsy album “Heavy War.” This is a band that always mean business do not dare miss them on Friday in the ....


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Halloween A Scream At The Georgian Theatre

Halloween is set to be a real scream at The Georgian Theatre this year as the oldest venue in Stockton stages two very special events on Thursday 31 October and Saturday 2 November. Pull up your stockings, stick on your highest heels and get ready for a night of unadulterated pleasure... The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sing-A-Long (15) is back on 31st October! Starring Tim Curry as ‘sweet ....


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A Celebration Of The Teesside Music Scene At Mimalive#3

mimaLIVE #3 takes place on Saturday, October 26 and brings to you Teesside Festival – a celebration of the Teesside music scene. Inspired by the local links in mima’s current exhibitions including Middlesbrough-born artist William Tillyer and Middlesbrough’s iconic Bottle of Notes, a diverse host of music artists will perform a series of extra special, completely one-off ....


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Indie Kingpins Courteeners Coming To Boro!!

Middlesbrough’s historic Empire nightclub has pulled off another massive coup – with indie kingpins the Courteeners today confirmed for a hotly-anticipated gig on Thursday 5 December. Tickets for the show go onsale at 9am this Wednesday morning (Weds 23 October), after the Glastonbury favourites handpicked The Empire as the only North East gig of just nine dates on their forthcoming ....


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240-mile Round-trip For “local” Gig

Popular Manchester-based band, Monkeys In Love, will make a 240-mile round trip on 19th October to join local bands Werbeniuk and Dinnernanny for a gig at The Sun Inn in Stockton, as part of a 'gig swap' project. This is the return leg of the swap, with Werbeniuk having made the trip over the Pennines last month to perform at The Black Lion in Salford. The swap came about through the Facebook ....


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Charity Music Event In Memory Of Local Man, Tony Alcock

  On Friday the 18th October, The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees will play host to a tribute event for a dedicated music fan who sadly passed away earlier this year. Tony Alcock, described by those who knew him as ‘an amazing human being’ sadly died returning from the Green Man music festival on the 19th August – aged 58 years. His death came as a great shock to family and friends alike – not least among those involved in the local music scene, of which ....


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Snowapple And Louis Barabbas At The Waiting Room

  There is a real treat for all music loving foodies tonight when Holland's Snowapple fill the newly tarted-up Waiting Room back room with their unique folk-pop and operatic high notes. Snowapple are a real buzz-band in Holland at the moment with frequent plays on Radio One and as must have performers at the aftershows of Amsterdam's biggest gigs (Jack Johnson and John Meyer this month). ....


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Myplace Musical Monday

  Discover Middlesbrough launches on Monday with an evening at a musical, historical and youthful Myplace. It is totally free for anyone to drop down. Lewi Collins, Lost in the Crowd, Andy Haughton and Josh Owen Campbell will all be performing live. An evening featuring emerging local musical talent, guided tours and a preview of Middlesbrough on Film will open the the annual festival ....


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Manchester Duo Brown Brogues Live At The Green Room

  Manchester based Brown Brogues, an internationally touring garage-punk duo, will be live in Stockton’s The Green Room on Friday 11 October, performing tracks from their new critically acclaimed album. Comprising Mark Vernon playing fuzzed out guitar and singing through a home made mic made from a telephone and drummer Ben Marther, who uses only half a drum kit. After a few ....


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Don't Miss Catfish And The Bottlemen - Tonight

  Don't miss a gig being described as one of the outstanding gigs of the year, Catfish and the Bottlemen at the Westgarth Social Club tonight. This is not just hype by me, I caught up with Andy Carr of promoter, The Kids Are Solid Gold and he was bursting at the seams with enthusiasm for this gig. In fact he puts tonight “on a par with The Vaccines and Palma Violets shows.” ....


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Fatboy Slim At The Empire

Middlesbrough’s historic Empire nightclub has pulled off a massive coup – with superstar DJ Norman Cook today confirmed for a hotly-anticipated gig on Thursday 12 December. Tickets for the show go onsale at 9am this Friday morning (4 October), after the legendary DJ handpicked The Empire as one of only eight dates on his forthcoming tour. Cook first shot to fame as bass player with ....


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Catfish & The Bottlemen Play Middlesbrough

The Kids Are Solid Gold rate this as being one of the stand out gigs of the year, as hotly tipped four piece rock band Catfish And The Bottlemen play at the Westgarth Social Club next Tuesday 8th October. TKASG promoter Andy Carr told me that he reckons this gig will be “on a par with The Vaccines and Palma Violets shows.” They were Westgarth nights that rank as real events in ....


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Chart Stars And Local Acts Set For Middlesbrough Live

Chart stars will join forces with more than 100 talented North East acts for Middlesbrough Live this Saturday in a day-long celebration of music, comedy and performance. Soulful singer and songwriter Charlie Brown, who had a top 10 hit this year with ‘On My Way’, will join former X-Factor talents Misha B and MK1 at an evening concert at Middlesbrough Live. Dozens of Teesside music ....


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Celtic Prog Rock Band Iona Head To Darlo For Homecoming

  Promoters Joint Effort Productions are part of organising what is set to be a special musical experience in Darlington on Saturday 5th October. Internationally renowned touring and recording artists IONA will be playing the area for the first time at the Kings Centre, Darlington, a special occasion for their guitarist and keyboard player, Dave Bainbridge who was born and grew up in Darlington. Formed in 1989, IONA take their name from the small island off the west coast of ....


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Chilean Psychedelia Heads To Stockton

  The Indian summer is set to continue on Teesside as the heady sun drenched tunes of Chile’s The Holydrug Couple make their way to The Green Room, Stockton. On Wednesday 2 October The Holydrug Couple, the latest psychedelic export from Santiago, Chile, head to the 60 capacity venue hot on the heels from performing at the Liverpool Psyche Fest. In 2011 they released their debut ....


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