The Gathering storm
30 artists! 5 stages! 1 Day! Oh my! The Gathering Sounds festival that is coming to Teesside in November looks INCREDIBLE (yes, caps) with the kind of line-up that really screams: “Miss this and miss out!”.
Ku Promotions know more than a thing or two about bringing us only the good stuff and in the past have hit us up with the likes of Wolf Alice, Arctic Monkeys, Friendly Fires, The 1975, Blossoms, Rat Boy, and, well, you get the picture. And with their latest venture - The Gathering Sounds - they look set to continue that rich vein of tapping into only top talent.
The ARC stage, for instance, will be headlined by Little Comets (pictured). These Tynesiders have long been Crack faves and knock out social comment wrapped up in an utterly infectious angular-afro-indie sound. Also playing this stage are Zuzu, The Tea Street Band, Llovers, We Tibetans and Abel Raise The Cain.
Over at the Storytellers stage they have the brilliant Redfaces taking on the headlining duties. These up and comers from Sheffield look set to be the big new indie hope and write the kind of songs that have anthemic running right through them, with crunchy rockin’ riffs rubbing alongside buckets of melodic know-how. They’re supported by Fuzzy Sun, Echo Ladies, Swears,Towzer, and Lhymes.
The Music Lounge stage will see the mighty The Hummingbirds taking the headline slot. These scousers are steeped in the heritage of the best in guitar based indie-pop-rock, drawing on everyone from The Beatles to Jake Bugg, but they also add an Americana spin to their sound which gives them a truly unique feel. Also playing this stage are Liberty Ship, Deep Sleep, Plastic, Leopard Rays, and Comparison.
On The KU stage is a band we love so much that we’ve already had them on the cover: The Pale White. These Newcastle indie-rockers trade in melodies that are as big as Donald Trump’s hairspray bill, and turn live shows into real furnaces of excitement. Joining them will be Sport Team, Sophie and the Giants, The Dunts, Feva, and Sonder Minds.
And then at the Vault Hidden Bar stage we’re going to be wowed by the singular talents of Dylan Cartlidge. You need this Teessider in your life if you’re looking for hip-hop that has been stripped of pretension; he positively thrums with freshness. This fella = The Real Deal. Support here comes from Rosbourgh,The Hot Soles, No Fit State, Giraffes, and Oilbirds.
The whole event weighs in at the very pleasing ‘let’s grab some of this and party’ price of fifteen quid, so why don’t you grab some of this and party.The Gathering Sounds, Saturday 10 November, 5pm, £15. Tickets from https://www.seetickets.com/tour/the-gathering-sounds or ARC in Stockton. facebook.com/TheGatheringSounds