Twisterella Festival

Andy from The Kids Are Solid Gold & I are organising a brand new multi-venue metropolitan music festival in the heart of Middlesbrough this October. Twisterella Festival is centred around the Linthorpe Road & Southfield Road area of town and will be showcasing over 40 of the finest emerging national and international bands. Tickets are on-sale now priced at £15 and the line-up, well, I might be biased, but I reckon it’s ace. Be ahead of the curve and discover your new favourite band:

Twisterella Festival

Middlesbrough Live

Middlesbrough Live is a day of comedy, music and live performance in Middlesbrough town centre, co-ordinated and funded by Middlesbrough Council on Saturday 27th September. I’m pleased to be “curating” (for want of a less pretentious term!) a stage in Middlesbrough Reference Library – which is an amazing building. I’m absolutely buzzing with the acts I’ve secured for it, so I hope to see a few of you fine folks there…

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Line Up Announcement

Originally posted on www.twisterella.co.uk:

We’ve been working really hard behind the scenes at Twisterella Towers and it brings us great pleasure to announce the first wave of acts. Head over to the Line Up page and check out the brilliant performers we’re bringing to Middlesbrough. Twisterella is about the brightest emerging talent and we’re confident your new favourite band will be playing at the festival.

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First Details Revealed

Originally posted on www.twisterella.co.uk:

We’re very happy to be able to announce some more details of the first ever Twisterella Festival. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that all the logistics are in place, so now we can get moving on the fun stuff!

Twisterella will take place on Saturday 11th October 2014 and will be centred around the Southfield Road/Linthorpe Road area of Middlesbrough. The 1000 capacity festival will utilise well established music venues such as Teesside University Students’ Union, The Keys, Westgarth Social Club and Liberty’s, with an acoustic stage planned for TSOne.

The event is designed to showcase the brightest emerging national and international music talent and will also give a platform to a select number of local and regional acts who are ready to make the step up to the big stage.

In addition to the live acts, Twisterella will feature an Unconference with the focus…

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Stockton Calling

I’m very pleased to be “curating” one of the stages at this year’s Stockton Calling Festival! Head over to www.stocktoncalling.co.uk for all the info and tickets, but read on to see my line up:

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Rivals & Algiers

Just confirmed my first DIY punk rock gig of 2014. It’s gonna be a goodun! Here’s the deal:

PayForThePiano.co.uk presents:
Rivals + Algiers + Sons Of The City + Red Wolves
The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough
Friday 7th February 2014 – 8pm – £5 on the door

RIVALS

Rivals

Rivals

A gloriously heavy, life-affirming three-piece from the North-East of England. Featuring members of The Futureheads and The Mercury League, the band formed out of a shared love of 80s hardcore. New single “I’m Not An Animal” out now on Tiny Lights Recordings.

Listen: http://tinylights.bandcamp.com/album/im-not-an-animal
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19MlTdUw_cQ
Read: http://www.fredperrysubculture.com/music-news/9023/rivals-new-band-from-ross-millard-of-the-futureheads

ALGIERS

Algiers

Algiers

Sheffield duo John W Goodwin (The Maple State) and William K J Anderson (DARTZ!) play truly brilliant songs influenced by Death Cab for Cutie, American Football, The Weakerthans and The Walkmen. Debut album “You’re The Captain” released by Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Against Me, Future Of The Left) this February.

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/wearealgiers
Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F4eLIibVJ4
Read: http://punktastic.com/news/algiers-sign-to-xtra-mile-recordings-and-post-new-music-video-online/

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14 Music Tips For 2014

Henry Carden:

Some tips for 2014 – including some familiar faces from local gigs this year.

Originally posted on henrycarden.co.uk:

The mainstream music media’s obsession with “the next big thing” can at times be quite infuriating, frivolous and short sighted. As soon as a band is no longer perceived to be new and hot, they can be cast to one side in favour of the latest new band. Who then get cast to one side in favour of the latest new band. Who then get cast to one side in favour of the latest new band and so it continues, like some kind of mysterious music industry Russian Doll.

As December approaches, tastemakers across the globe will be assembling their hot tips for next 12 months. The BBC’s “Sound Of” is probably the most high profile prediction platform and always seem to be a pretty good gauge, but given that it provides so much exposure to the featured acts, it’s arguably become a self fulfilling prophecy.

That said, there’s some…

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The Best Albums of 2013

Originally posted on henrycarden.co.uk:

When I say best, it goes without saying that I mean my favourite and also at this specific moment in time. If I did this tomorrow, there’d probably be a few differences! But as a the mighty Mowbray said: it is what it is.

Click HERE to listen to a Spotify playlist that I’ve made to accompany this post and then carry on reading and see what you think! Any glaring omissions? Be sure to let me know.

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Temples

Apologies for the lack of updates recently – I’ve been on too many holidays. I’m back in the real world now though, so keep checkin’ back!

After their unreal sell out gig at The Westgarth back in April, I’m absolutely buzzing to be bringing Temples back to Teesside! They’re headlining The Georgian Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees on Monday 19th August with support from the cream of the local crop Goy Boy McIlroy and Alistair Sheerin. Tickets are £8 in advance and are already selling well – early purchase strongly advised:

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Good gigs.

I’ve got some great gigs booked in over the next few weeks… even if I do say so myself! Get some tickets bought and come and have a nice time:

To Kill A King + Fran Muriel
The Olde Young Tea House in Middlesbrough
Sunday 14th April – 3pm – All Ages – £5 adv
Tickets available from the tea house only.

Acoustic matinee gig from the wonderful To Kill A King:

More info: www.fb.com/events/412985832120317/

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Wolf Alice

Pleased to be announcing another great little gig for the Westgarth… here’s some blurb:

Wolf Alice + Dressed Like Wolves + Dead New Blood
The Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough
Wednesday 22nd May – 8pm – 14+ – £5 adv
www.seetickets.com/go/wolfaliceboro

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