On Saturday 11th November, a brand new music festival is coming to Stockton – and it’s one that’ll be showcasing prodigious acts reigning from both Scotland and Teesside.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Northern Britain music scene is growing and developing into a thing of pure beauty – and it’s exciting to have an event to actually celebrate the success of the North of the country. Festival, ‘Songs from Northern Britain’, will take place at Stockton’s Georgian Theatre and Green Room and will boast local favourites Avalanche Party as headliners.
Tees Music Alliance and The Kids Are Solid Gold have teamed up to put on an eclectic selection of acts, with those from the Teesside region including the prosperous Hartlepool band Plaza, as well as Luuna, Plastic, Head of Light Entertainment, Michael Gallagher, Ridley Wolf, James Riggall, Tom Joshua and many more. Announced Scottish acts (at time of writing) include Glasgow’s very own Declan Welsh & the Decadent West, Mt. Doubt, Foreignfox, Vistas and more.
Paul Burns from Tees Music Alliance said: “This month’s event will be the first of what will be a twice-yearly showcase with another one scheduled for next spring. For the inaugural showcase, we have a great line-up in place. And with more acts still to announce, it promises to be a brilliant day for the discerning music fan”.
Headliners, Avalanche Party, are currently kicking up quite a fuss in the music scene with their powerful music and loveable nature helping them create a loyal fan-base from up and down the country. Recently releasing their latest single, ‘I’m So Wet’, Avalanche Party are truly in fine form – and it’s easy to feel their passion for music through their unique and heavy sound.
The band headlined Middlesbrough’s Twisterella Festival on Saturday 7th October and it’s safe to say that their performance was nothing but incredible. With the venue busting with people desperate to get in to see the band, seeing Avalanche Party truly was one of my favourite musical experiences due to their raw passion-infused performance that is nothing but the usual for the band.
Similarly, Scottish quartet The Van T’s is a band that definitely can’t be missed. The Van T’s have performed multiple times in the North of England, including playing the Meet The North Festival in Newcastle back in May. Releasing their latest single, ‘Bittersweet’, on Friday 6th October, the Van T’s’ heavy yet beautiful sound is unmistakably brilliant. Perfect harmonies add to their overall-delightfulness, as well as their charming personalities that definitely stand The Van T’s aside from many other bands.
Andy Carr from The Kids Are Solid Gold said: “We already have exceptionally strong ties with the Scottish music scene and this event will undoubtedly help to strengthen them even further.
“In recent times acts such as Fatherson, White, and Washington Irving have made a significant impact here on Teesside and we are now looking to develop networking opportunities for the next generation of exciting Teesside and Scottish acts”.
With doors opening for the festival at 12:30pm, it’s set to be a day full of musical splendour and one that definitely shouldn’t be missed by anyone that has even an ounce of love for music in their heart.
Tickets, priced at £10.00 in advance, are on sale now at teesmusicalliance.org.uk. Tickets on the door, if there are any left, will be priced at £11.00.
To keep up-to-date with Teesside-based promoters, The Kids are Solid Gold’s upcoming gigs head to thekidsaresolidgold.co.uk.