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Music Editorial

lulasstockton.jpg (Coronavirus Update) How does 80 bands grab you?

(UPDATE: They are currently reviewing plans for Stockton Calling this year, in light of the COVID-19 situation, and will be making further announcements soon) 

80 bands, 9 stages, 1 day. It can only mean one thing: Stockton Calling is back and ready to hit you up with one of the best days out of the year.

I love Stockton Calling more than I love having my feet tickled and, let me tell you, I really love having my feet tickled. I haven’t got a huge amount of space to tell you about all the bands playing so I’ve picked out a few of my own personal faves such as The Seamonsters. They’re heading up the Music Lounge stage and will be regaling us with their leopard-skin-infused indie-pop, which is built from Pulp-like melodies and cheap sunglasses. Also playing Music Lounge is The Lulas (pictured) who bash out funk-dunked pop which really gets a groove on. Headlining at ARC is the godlike Peter Hook who will be there with his band The Light, while Sophie and the Giants bring their leftfield pop to ARC 2. The Georgian plays host to the brilliant Boy Azooga. They make the kind of exuberant indie-racket that’ll leave you breathless. Ku has Red Rum Club and Ku2 Trampolene, while you’ll find Noisy on The Storytellers stage. Elsewhere check out Twisted Wheel (Vault) and Tom Joshua (Green Room - see page 34 for more on him). What else? Ceitidh Mac, Llovers, Nel Unlit and Bigfatbig all jump out at me. Find your faves from the website, below.

Stockton Calling, Saturday 11 April, 2pm, £28. stocktoncalling.co.uk