The newly revamped Middlesbrough Town Hall is the perfect blend of historic and modern, keeping the charm of its gothic exterior and ornate glass ceiling, whilst adding modern features to give it a whole new lease of life – all in all, it’s a fantastic venue for Middlesbrough and a venue that perfectly suited Cattle & Cane’s generally acoustic, laid-back style.
Opening tonight’s proceedings in the seated venue is ex-Fame Academy star, Alistair Griffin. Now, I can’t say I’m a big fan of TV talent shows, but Alistair is a clearly gifted musician that is passionate about his music. Although he included a cover of The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ to keep the audience happy (I don’t believe in using covers – if your original music is good enough, sing it), it was his original tracks such as the heartfelt ‘I’ve Lived’ about his nana and granddad from Grangetown that really moved me and perfectly set the stage for headliners, and Teesside favourites, Cattle & Cane.
From playing to around 10 people at a small bar in Middlesbrough some eight years ago to filling the Middlesbrough Town Hall tonight, Cattle & Cane has been on some journey and they should be immensely proud of themselves.
Accompanied tonight by the talented Northern Orchestra, conducted by Michael Lamb, this was Cattle & Cane in their element – and it was something rather special.
The contrast of Cattle & Cane’s soft, subtle tones to the crescendo of the Northern Orchestra’s epic sound was simply awe-inspiring – and it worked together harmoniously throughout. Add in a stunning and dramatic lighting show that created what looked like a lightning storm, plus not one but two confetti cannons and this was the perfect way to celebrate just how far Cattle & Cane has come in under 10 years.
The North East music scene is dead some say – well, think again.