Hartlepool’s Boxing Day Big One returns to The Studio for their annual post-Christmas knees up to keep spirits high. In recent years, nationwide success stories such as Plaza (Reading and Leeds Festival) and Future Horizons (Arc Tangent Festival) have entertained the masses, so it is a perfect end of the year gig to prepare yourself for 2018.
Once again having four main acts, but adding a DJ set from Newcastle’s Ink and Dub, adds further depth to what has become an annual pilgrimage for North East music fanatics.
James Leonard Hewitson, Michael Gallagher, Lost State of Dance and Gufra pad out the line-up and each offer something in the same ballpark, but at the same time progressively different to their predecessor.
Hewitson’s first band, Arcs and Trauma, played Reading and Leeds Festival in 2010 and since then he has been a constant presence in the North East music scene. With catchy tracks and entertaining on-stage antics, he is a character full of good vibes.
Gallagher released his debut EP, ‘House Music’, earlier this year and has since supported everyone and anyone across the region including Kele from Bloc Party.
Lost State Of Dance’s blend of synth-pop is certain to do nothing but infect you and keep the upbeat, festive atmosphere going ahead of Ink and Dub.
Gufra’s comeback this year was eye-raising after time away from writing and releasing music under that name. With a fanbase stretching all corners of the country, what they lack in age and general experience they make up for with lo-fi DIY vibes that have all the hallmarks of slacker rock.
Tickets for this one are priced at £5.00 on the door.