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The Night Palma Violets Rocked The Westgarth

  A couple of weeks ago local promoters extraordinaire, The Kids Are Solid Gold, announced a mystery gig on facebook. The event would take place in just two days but just who was Olav Malpiets? Apparently son of a Russian acrobat and a French showgirl, although I had my doubts about this biog. Olav was playing a free gig on Sunday, in the downstairs room of the Westgarth Social Club, ....


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Nick Harper And Washington Irving - Two Top Shows

This is the story of two gigs in two towns over two nights where the headliners gave absolutely everything and the audiences were completely bowled over. Nick Harper and Washington Irving were the performers and the venues either side of the river. Nick Harper was making his first appearance in the intimate Green Room, Stockton. In many ways he was playing against all the odds, family matters ....


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Stockton Calling Marks Fifth Year With Public Service Announcement

The visually and audibly captivating Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) has been confirmed as the first headline act for the fifth multi-venue extravaganza Stockton Calling, taking place Saturday 19 April 2014. The “Genuinely original, innovating and amazing” (ArtRocker) duo will headline The Georgian Theatre stage at the Easter Saturday event, which is heading in to its fifth year ....


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Christmas With The Kids And Sarah Blasko

  Sarah Blasko headlines The Kids are Solid Gold end of season bash with a host of the brightest emerging talent around and a stellar international headliner is this Saturday. You can pay on the door for this one and it's arguably the best line up on Teesside this year. Please do not miss it! SARAH BLASKO  EMBERS + FATHERSON + SIOBHAN WILSON + LILLIPUT + LITTLEMORES + ....


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Hook, Line And Carol Singing With Cerys Matthews

It’s jingle all the way at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton as the festive season gets under way with a visit from 6Music presenter and Catatonia front woman Cerys Matthews,on Thursday 5 December. The Welsh singer, famed for her Christmas duet Baby, It’s Cold Outside with Tom Jones, is hitting the road with her Hook, Line and Carol Singing show to the venue that comprises stories, chat ....


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Save Eston Hills With The Approved

Eston Hills are alive with the sound of music. On Saturday a special fund raiser event in Billingham is helping raise awareness and funds for this great cause - Save Eston Hills features a great cast led by The Approved and Broken Broadcast. Pig Pen presents The Approved, The Broken Broadcast, Cellar Door and Tinny Bennett giving their all at The Swan, Billingham this Saturday from 8pm. ....


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Share The Wealth’s Mink Take Over Gig

Tonight Middlesbrough- Manchester record label - Share The Wealth Records plan a takeover night at Mink Tattoo Coffee Bar (+18's only after 9pm), Free entry! 1am close. There will be Five Fantastic Fun Friendly Artists and a Pop Punk Anthem blow out till the wee early hours  Free Entry 1am close Share The Wealth records are an Independent label based between Manchester and ....


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Cattle And Cane's Herculean Show

Some events are eagerly anticipated, some deliver and hit the heights; Cattle and Cane at the Georgian Theatre, Stockton will be talked about for many, many moons. The “Pull Down the Moon,” Cattle and Cane single launch at the Georgian Theatre was the hottest ticket in town, in fact it had sold out weeks ago. Just back off a UK tour, playing before their own home crowd and about to ....


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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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