Stockton Calling is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019 and the multi-venue music festival has started the year strongly with announcements coming thick and fast. With massive artists already announced, the festival is looking to celebrate in style with its biggest lineup to date. Already announced for Stockton Calling 2019 are Sunderland’s The Futureheads who will headline Stockton Calling after a six year hiatus, indie legends Reverend & The Makers who are headlining KU with stages programmed by north-east promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold and Into Tomorrow already announced. To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve handpicked five artists from the first few announcements you have to catch this April!
The North Yorkshire Moors is a place in the country known for tranquillity, peace and quietness. It’s such a shame then that the Moors’ favourite export is a band on a mission to bring a new wave of garage-punk across the nation and make some real noise wherever they land. Described by NME as “One of the most exciting bands to emerge in recent years”, Avalanche Party are without doubt one of the best live acts on the scene right now. The North Yorkshire punk band have developed one hell of a reputation by tearing up venues and festivals up and down Britain in the last 24 months and they’re sure to bring a special set to Stockton Calling’s tenth birthday this April!
Red Rum Club
The standout band of 2019 so far, with the release of debut record Matador, is Red Rum Club. The sextet from Liverpool have set off in their careers, bringing a completely unique style of music to the mainstream being picked up by This Feeling, playing shows up and down the country. Combining the best of the wild-west, with the ultimate trumpet sections, and retaining excellent rock ‘n’ roll riffs – Red Rum Club are a band for the masses whilst sitting right in the centre of a niche music market. They’re anthemic yet subtle but the live Red Rum Club show is a much heavier affair than their studio tracks would suggest, so it’s well worth catching them before they’re playing O2 Academy’s and bigger in years to come.
If you like straight up, four chord, indie-rock music, then read on, because this next band I recommend seeing at Stockton Calling, is far, far from this style. The Bradford four-piece are a complex, natural band that pride their artistic music with beautiful lyrics which blend harmoniously both on track and on stage. Their sophomore EP, Wild and Flutter was released last year to incredible reviews. Opening track Gin Flows Through My Veins is nothing short of an epic; at 5:36mins the song continues to give, as does the band every time they take to a live stage. I love Glass Mountain and the band have a huge 2019 ahead of them, kicking off with this North-East festival in a couple of months time.
There won’t be many festival previews this summer that include two six piece artists but that’s why Stockton Calling is one of the most eclectic festivals on the circuit. The second of our sextets we highly recommend you catch is Leeds based Talkboy who are a band that combine their playful indie rock with captivating melodies and layers of vocal harmonies. The band quickly found themselves getting slots at some major regional festivals last year and have grown a loyal fanbase early in their careers. If you want a taste of what’s to come with Talkboy, The Revue hit the nail on the head by saying they’re ‘A combination of attitude heard from Alvvays married with the relaxing harmonies you’d hear from Fleet Foxes.’ An epic live act you CANNOT miss at Stockton Calling ’19.
What a year 2018 was for Liverpool artist Zuzu. I first caught Zuzu supporting Courteeners and she already looked right at home on the arena stages. I hadn’t seen so much confidence in a new artist for some time. Incredible lyricist, superb vocalist, she is the complete package. Zuzu channels everything it means to be a traditional Liverpool artist, with influences from The La’s and Echo and the Bunnymen very prevalent; she has a unique taste and twist though and is already making a real name for herself on the live stage. I am ridiculously excited about the future for Zuzu so the chance to see her in such an intimate setting is certainly not to be missed at this year’s Stockton Calling!
Tickets are available now for this year’s Stockton Calling at an absolute bargain price of £25 – you can grab them here http://arconline.co.uk/whats-on/music/stockton-calling-2019 and I’d recommend snapping them up soon because I predict this year will be a sell-out!