STOCKTON CALLING will once again take place throughout the Teesside town on Easter Saturday.
This weekend (26th March) will see Reverend and the Makers, Blossoms and Dutch Uncles headline the one-day event across several venues.
Listed below is the full line-up. I have highlighted some of the acts on each stage that you should not miss. At just £16.50 (£18 on the day), this is such a bargain for a town where big bands hardly ever play.
REVEREND AND THE MAKERS (ARC 9:15PM)
The Sheffield five-piece have released five studio albums over the past nine years. From the wonderful city of indie rock (Arctic Monkeys, Milburn etc.), Rev & the Makers have been an ‘underground’ band throughout their career, but recently got the recognition they deserved. Supporting The Libertines on their recent tour gave them a platform to share their catchy tracks with a wider audience.
Listen to: Heavyweight Champion of the World / Black Widow
VITAMIN (ARC 5:20PM)
Vitamin have played alongside some of the biggest names coming from the lips of music fans across the country. Recently playing with Clean Cut Kid at London’s 100 Club, they are a band that should not be missed at intimate venues. They also have an upcoming tour with Loose Cardigan Of Ideas favourites The Magic Gang.
Listen to: This Isn’t Love / Giving It Up
BLOSSOMS (KU 10:15PM)
Manchester band-of-the-moment headline KU Bar at this year’s festival. Having supported The Courteeners and selling out shows across the country including Manchester’s Albert Hall, Blossoms really are one of the biggest upcoming bands. There is no north east date on their upcoming tour so Stockton Calling is your only chance to see them around here at the minute.
Listen to: Charlemagne / Blown Rose
KEEP BREATHING (KU 5:30PM)
Keep Breathing are a local band (Newcastle) that will bring anthemic melodies, alt-rock and synths to the KU stage this year. The five-piece that use bass, guitars, keys and vocals have recently released single Call Of Youth – a similar style to The Mock Turtles and The Charlatans. A real treat and perfect for this stage.
Listen to: Call Of Youth / Weather Warning
DRESSED LIKE WOLVES (THE STORYTELLERS 2:15PM)
Since discovering Dressed Like Wolves a couple of months ago I have been gripped by the album ‘In The End We All Just Walk Off Into The Sea In The Eyes Of The Ones We Left Behind.’ Their storytelling ability is brilliantly beautiful and the north eastern charm mixed with chilled, swaying instrumentation will bring smiles and tears to The Storytellers.
Listen to: Sea Screams / Rapture
DANCING YEARS (THE STORYTELLERS 9:30PM)
A band that I have been waiting to see since 2014, Dancing Years are a chilled out, folky, indie, ballady band with tracks that are so catchy you will want to find out more instantly. Similar to Dressed Like Wolves, Dancing Years will bring storytelling to storytellers and carry their giddiness to the stage. Personally the act I am most looking forward to.
Listen to: Places We’ve Roamed / Here’s To My Old Friends
JOE RAMSEY (THE VAULT 3:45PM)
Joe Ramsey is a Middlesbrough singer-songwriter. Latest single Something was released last month and in April he is set to support Dan Owen at the Newcastle leg of Owen’s tour. BBC Tees’ Bob Fischer has played Ramsey’s music on the radio and having played all over Teesside, Ramsey has created quite a local fan base.
Listen to: Something / Time
THE HUMMINGBIRDS (THE VAULT 11PM)
A Liverpool five-piece that have a debut album coming out the day before their Stockton Calling appearance. They last played the north east when they treated Newcastle’s Cluny to a set. After Stockton Calling they return to Liverpool to play sold out album release shows – get down to the vault to see how special The Hummingbirds are.
Listen to: Out Of The Rain / Love Just Ain’t For Me
REST OF THE ACTS PLAYING AT…VAULT – CARL EATON, JAMES GRAY-ROBSON AND THE LOVELY BURN, JOE RAMSEY, NATALIE MCCOOL, SAMMY DURNAN, JACK WATTS, MORRISSEY & MARSHALL, CAPE CLUB, THE PURNELLS, THE HUMMINGBIRDS
DUTCH UNCLES (THE GEORGIAN THEATRE 9:50PM)
Stockton Calling headliners Dutch Uncles will play the last slot at The Georgian Theatre before a Marc Riley DJ set. Similar styles to indie-pop icons The Wombats and Phoenix, the promoters have done so well to scoop Dutch Uncles before they make it big.
Listen to: Drips / Babymaking
INHEAVEN (THE GEORGIAN THEATRE 5:30PM)
After recently playing shows with The Magic Gang and being bigged up by Eoin Loveless, Inheaven will grace The Georgian Theatre to a set. It is the perfect venue for them and I expect that it will be packed out. They will also be supporting Sundara Karma on their upcoming tour so this is an excellent opportunity to get to know them and impress fellow gig-goers with your knowledge of a support band.
Listen to: Baby’s Alright / Regeneration
MING CITY ROCKERS (THE SUN INN 9:45PM)
I was first introduced to Ming City Rockers when they supported Palma Violets at The Georgian Theatre in 2014. They then played Middlesbrough’s Doc Browns several weeks later and everyone there seemed to enjoy them. Dressed in skinny jeans, blazers, ties and wild hair – Ming City Rockers are one of the most exciting bands at Stockton Calling and I am so glad they are back in the north east.
Listen to: I Wanna Get Out Of Here But I Can’t Take You Anywhere / Twist It
X RAY CAT TRIO (THE SUN INN 7:45PM)
The Leeds surf rockabilly trio play catchy tracks that sound familiar even though you do not know the band. Having played in Belgium and Austria recently, coming back to an intimate Stockton-on-Tees will give X Ray Cat Trio a great opportunity to connect with the crowd that will gather to see such passion and energy up close.
Listen to: Whatcha Gonna Do / Wolfcop
COQUIN MIGALE (THE GREEN ROOM 6PM)
Another Newcastle band that will feature at Stockton Calling. Coquin Migale supported Peace at their Cluny gig last year and since then have released Feel EP and joined the Fierce Panda family.They have “2x singles & an LP coming right up.”
Listen to: Gold / Grindie
ANTLEZ (THE GREEN ROOM 3PM)
Mathy, alt-rock vibes from the Hartlepool five-piece will blow The Green Room away. Antlez’ “versatility is quite extraordinary and it’s impressive to see a band who can add extra elements from other genres to their music, yet still make an album worth listening to.” (NE Volume)
Listen to: Best Be Home / Leviathan
PLAZA (MUSICLOUNGE 5PM)
Plaza are an alt-rock four piece from Hartlepool that have recently completed a tour with Trash. One of the hottest properties in the north east scene, the band use slick riffs and mathy drums to create toe-tappingly catchy tracks. They have played a packed out KU Bar recently with The Bulletproof Bomb and Middlesbrough’s Mixtape event with NGOD – bigger things will come soon for the band – catch them now.
Listen to: Fickle / Totem
POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS (MUSICLOUNGE 9PM)
I was first introduced to Post War Glamour Girls when they played the Thursday night at Leeds Festival in 2014. Since then I have watched their journey and always slipped them into playlists and recommendation lists. Described as one of Leeds best kept secrets, it is no secret that this band will blow you away at 2016’s Stockton Calling.
Listen to: Southpaw Stance / Cannonball Villages
THE JAR FAMILY (ROOM 21 9:30PM)
Hartlepool favourites and playing at Flying Vinyl’s festival in London, The Jar Family will bring folk, indie, acoustic vibes to Room 21 at this year’s Stockton Calling. Expect a packed out venue with fans singing their hearts out and giddily dancing to upbeat tales. They are always playing around the north east so this is a great opportunity to a) see them again b) discover them before booking to see them again.
Listen to: In For A Penny / Poolie Strut
CLAY (ROOM 21 7:30PM)
Clay are a Leeds four piece that will be heading out on tour with indie favourites High Tyde post-Stockton Calling. Atmospheric, feel-good, ghostly tracks that have the ability to burst into life will glide around Room 21 as the day turns to night. They play Think Tank? (Newcastle) in April.
Listen to: Sun Dance / Cream
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM – http://www.stocktoncalling.co.uk/Tickets