Teesside-based promoter, Stephen Harland, began hosting gigs back in 2010 when he was asked to put on the Middlesbrough Rock Garden Reunion, and since then has organised nearly a hundred shows.
Driven by the desire to see his favourite bands, it seemed that no-one in the area was creating the kind of live music events that Stephen was hankering for, so he went ahead and did it himself – brilliant!
In the past 8 years, Stephen has brought The Savages, The BellRays, Gallon Drunk, WTFUKUSHIMA, The Nightingales and a whole host of other bands to various venues in Teesside – and is quite rightly proud of his achievements.
Coming up on Saturday 20th October, Peel Regenerated 5 will take place at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough and is the fifth such event created by Stephen.
Celebrating the legendary broadcaster John Peel – whose radio shows of the 70s, 80s and 90s championed new music and launched the careers of many, many artists, including The Undertones and The Fall, to name but a few – the event marks 14 years since John Peel’s death and demonstrates the legacy of music that the DJ left behind.
Stephen spoke about why he continues to run the Peel Regenerated evenings: “It’s about celebrating the underground and diverse music that many of us grew up listening to on John Peel’s show. The original idea came from some friends of ours who promoted a similar show in the Preston/Manchester area and we decided to do our own tribute the following year – and we have continued doing it ever since.”
Bands from across the UK will descend on Middlesbrough for Peel Regenerated 5.
The headline act are Scottish vintage garage rockers, The Primevals, led by founding members Michael Rooney and Tom Rafferty, and citing influences from The MC5, The Stooges, Captain Beefheart, The Gun Club and The Cramps.
The band originally formed in 1983 and after releasing their first single ‘Where Are You?’, they recorded a session for John Peel’s Radio One show, bringing their 60’s garage-rock-influenced tunes to a wider audience.
Some of our older readers may remember The Primevals supporting Dr Feelgood at Coatham Bowl in Redcar in 1990, and after a seven-year hiatus in the 90s, the band are back on the road and back in the studio, most recently releasing a limited edition 7” EP that very quickly sold out.
Turning Black Like Lizards from the Midlands join the line-up. Some of the members of this band previously made up the act Head of David, and guitarist J had the honour of taking part in a session with John Peel. The band are heavily influenced by The Stooges, Sonic Youth and Joy Division and describe their sound as “hypnotically abstract garage/post-punk.”
Also appearing are London-based noise rockers, The Infinite Three. Formed in 2009, founding members Daniel Knowler and Robert Allen enjoyed some success with their previous project Leisur::Hive. Taking cues from noise-rock, dub effects, drone and metal, The Infinite Three’s songs are “warped constructions grounded in heavy repetition and clattering dissonance”. Robert Allen’s role ended in 2012 when he was replaced by former GOD drummer, Paul Middleton.
Also on the bill, and from the steel city of Sheffield, The Hot Soles are a two-piece act playing aggressive soul, whose live performances have been described as a “rip-roaring, raucous, soul vibe”. Since forming in 2010, this band has shared stages with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend & Sleaford Mods.
Now that’s quite a line-up and it doesn’t end there!
Joining the out-of-town bands are some real local gems too including Pellethead from Teesside, Newcastle rockers Nine Tons, DRIPP and Fret!
Advance tickets can be bought direct from the venue on 01642 242164, online at wegottickets.com, or by contacting Stephen on 07769258035.
It’s £12.00 OTD otherwise and the event commences at 15:00 and runs through to 23:30.