30 Artists, 5 Stages, 1 epic celebration of grassroots musical talent! Gathering Sounds, an extraordinary day festival aimed at supporting up-and-coming artists, is poised and ready to take hostage of five of Stockton-on-Tees’ most revered venues early this month.
Brought to you by Ku Promotions, the team who brought such acclaimed acts as Wolf Alice, Arctic Monkeys, Friendly Fires and Blossoms to the region, Gathering Sounds is an essential festival for any true fan of local live music from the Teesside area and beyond.
According to event organisers, coordinators: “have handpicked the best touring and regional acts coming through right now and put them on Teesside’s newest multi-stage event for breaking artists.”
Headlining the ARC Stage is local indie heroes Little Comets who hail from the streets of Jarrow and Washington respectively. Nearly a decade on from signing to Columbia Records and releasing acclaimed singles ‘One Night in October’, ‘Adultery’ and ‘Friday Don’t Need It’, the Geordie trio are back on the road and will be stopping off in Stockton for a highly-anticipated set at Stockton’s premier modern arts centre. Playing alongside Little Comets on the ARC Stage is Zuzu, The Tea Street Band, Llovers, We Tibetans and Abel Raise The Cain.
The Ku Stage headliners are no strangers to those in the known when it comes to North East music. The Pale White are an incredibly exciting young Newcastle-based outfit ascending the UK alternative and indie scene at an alarming rate. Currently touring the country extensively, their headline slot at Gathering Sounds will mark one of their final concerts of 2018. Their latest single ‘Wisdom Tooth’ is out now so be sure to check it out. Completing the Ku Stage line up is Sports Team, Sophie and the Giants, The Dunts, FEVA and Sonder Minds.
The Storytellers Stage welcomes Fuzzy Sun, Echo Ladies, Swears, Towzer and Lhymes in addition to headliners, RedFaces. Born out of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, the indie-pop outfit were named as one of the most exciting new bands to come out of the UK in 2018 by MTV Rocks and have received critical praise including a spot for their 2017 single ‘Take It Or Leave It’ as BBC Introducing Track Of The Week.
22-year-old multi-talented singer, rapper and instrumentalist Dylan Cartlidge is set to headline The Vault Hidden Bar Stage. His independently-written tracks have been said to sound like they were created on the Eastside of Atlanta, opposed to a small town just outside of Middlesbrough. After seeking solace in creating music, Dylan earned airtime on national radio station Radio 1 and has since been described by NME as: “like Miguel meets the Black Keys.” Rosbourgh, The Hot Soles, No Fit State, Giraffes and Oilbirds are all too set to feature.
Headlining The Musiclounge Stage is Liverpudlian five-piece collective, The Hummingbirds. Supporting such artists as Cast, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Hudson Taylor, The View and Pete Doherty, the quintet have had quite the start in the industry. From sell-out tours, taking in sold-out shows at Liverpool 02 Academy, the Arts Club and London’s Bush Hall, to festival appearances that include Kendal Calling, Stockton Calling, Wychwood Festival and Sound City, The Hummingbird’s headline slot promises to be a must see! Playing alongside The Hummingbirds on The Music Lounge Stage are Liberty Ship, Deep.Sleep, Plastic, Leopard Rays and Komparrison.
The Gathering Sounds takes place on Saturday 10th November and is held in five venues across Stockton-on-Tees including Ku Bar, ARC, The Musiclounge, The Storytellers and The Vault.
For more information and to keep up-to-date with Gathering Sounds, please visit the event’s official event page on Facebook. This event is for those aged 14+ only.