One of THE best days out of the year for live music lovers…? You’re darn tooting’!
Since the final chords were blasted out at last year’s party, I’ve been counting the days until the next Stockton Calling. And they’ve got another superb line-up this year which showcases the best in emerging new acts – both local and from further afield – along with some established favourites. The headliners this year include some of my favourite including The Orielles. Indie-poppers of rare quality they lather up a real sense of occasion when playing live and it’s great to see them back in the region. Also back are The Futureheads! Oh my! These Sunderland lads are one of the greatest bands to come out of the region this century and when they recently reformed by life got better by about 25%. Another live favourite arrives in the shape of British Sea Power, the ever inventive indie-rockers who really know how to amp up those flag-waving anthems. I first saw Reverend and the Makers supporting Oasis – they more than held their own – and they’re sure to be going big when they front up the Ku stage. Local garage/rock heroes Avalanche Party (“The most exciting rock & roll band in the UK right now – BBC Radio 1) headline at Room 21, while the Isle of Wight’s Plastic Mermaids will be showcasing songs from their much-anticipated ‘Suddenly Everyone Explodes’ album. Teesside’s Be Quiet, Shout Loud make up the list of headliners and they’ll be getting their uproarious indie-disco-grooves on. Other venues taking part include the likes of The Georgian Theatre, ARC and The Green Room and you can find the full line-up from the website, below.Stockton Calling, Saturday 20 April, 2pm-12am, £25 (£30 on the day). stocktoncalling.co.uk