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…

Middlesbrough Library


Middlesbrough Live – Middlesbrough Reference Library
Curated by PayForThePiano.co.uk:
Saturday 27th September 2014
Matinee – 12noon until 5pm
All Ages – Free Entry


With Maida Vale sessions for Huw Stephens and Radio 1, interviews with Steve Lamacq for Radio 2 and airplay from Lauren Laverne on 6 Music already under his belt – not to mention his debut national television appearance on Channel 4 and triumphant appearances at festivals such as Latitude, SWN and Live at Leeds – it’s no wonder that Sam Airey has been gaining an ever-increasing amount of plaudits and garnering comparisons to artists such as Bon Iver, Nick Drake, Bright Eyes and Leonard Cohen.


Charlie Cunningham has been the focus of much attention over recent months, with name-checks on BBC Radio 1 as both a Bloggers Choice for 2014 and Zane Lowe’s Next Hype. His rhythmic and percussive style was honed during two years studying guitar in Seville, the birthplace of Flamenco, and it is this time that has afforded him a remarkable understanding of his playing. If the handful of tracks that have appeared online so far are anything to go by, his debut Middlesbrough appearance is going to be one to remember.


Acclaimed Midlands based, but Teesside raised, acoustic duo The Daydream Club have been performing together since February 2010 having met whilst studying at Paul McCartney’s prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Recent single On The Move (Part II) hinted at the developing musical direction for the duo, with a fuller, more expansive sound, recalling the atmospherics of The XX and Cocteau Twins and The Daydream Club’s own trademark boy/girl harmonies.


Pip Mountjoy is a 20 year old, up & coming singer songwriter from North Yorkshire, with a tone, style and look that rivals Laura Marling. Championed by BBC Introducing, she has toured the UK extensively, playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Cambridge Folk and supporting the likes of John Smith, Slow Club and Tom Williams & the Boat along the way. Leaving audiences “simultaneously entertained, depressed, amused, bemused and delighted”, Pip Mountjoy most definitely sits in the “one to watch” category.


Wonderful young Teesside based singer/songwriter, as seen supporting the likes of Cattle and Cane, James Bay and We Were Ever Green. Check out her videos for the 480 Sessions on Youtube and you’ll see why Heather is earning a reputation as one of the North East’s most exciting new talents.


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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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




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




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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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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