This month welcomes a brand new multi-venue festival to Darlington. Named ‘Last Train Home’, the festival takes place in a variety of venues situated around the town’s train station, with the goal to be finished in time for gig-goers to make the last train home.
Organised by Darlington music collective Tracks, and working alongside Hilarity Bites Comedy Club and NARC. magazine, the music and comedy festival already has a brilliant bunch of acts announced and will take place in a number of magnificent and somewhat under-appreciated set of venues.
Speaking to organiser Dave Saunders, he said: “There’s so much going on that it’s probably quicker if I list who we have: Music: PINS / The Lovely Eggs / Band Bang Romeo / Barry Hyde / The Van T’s / Vulgarians / Harri Endersby / RoninClan / Courtyards / Martha Hill / The Howl & The Hum / The Mysterines / Tom Joshua / Talk Like Tigers / Samantha Durnan / Hayley McKay / Jister / Duchess / Cam Cole / Endem & Leum / Ronald Raygun / The Salvadors / The Dead Seat / Eve Conway / Oilbirds / Sticky Pearls / Rex Regis / Sonder Minds / Duchess / James Gray Robson / Shakk / Dolphin Centre / Liam Hope / Peg Powler / Kv$hnoodle / Petals / Salsola. Comedy (curated by Hilarity Bites Comedy Club ): Doug Segal – Live / John Whale / Nicky Wilkinson / Eddy Brimson / Sully O’Sullivan / Cal Halbert / Ruth E. Cockburn / Stephanie Laing / Steve Shanyaski.”
David added: “We chose venues/spaces around the train station as a way to encourage people to get on the train and come down; it’s not too far to walk from town for Darlingtonians and it’s always good to try new places to put on shows. St John’s The Evangelist Church, Legacy Skate Store and The Hullabaloo will be really cool little spaces to perform in and it’s great to give businesses like The Greyhound, Hogans and Bank Top an opportunity to be involved in cultural activities in the town’s ‘Cultural Quarter’.
Speaking about public transport, David noted: “As a public transport user, it’s always annoying when you’re worrying about getting to and from a gig so we’ve made that the focus of our event.”
Last Train Home takes place at various venues in Darlington on Saturday 22nd September.
Tickets, priced at £16.75 (including booking fee), are available at skiddle.com.