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 Reference 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.

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