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Words: Adam Gallagher

My name is Adam Gallagher, I’ve been promoting live music in Teesside for five years under the banner of Famous Last Words and recently I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to book live music for Middlesbrough Empire. I’m beyond excited to start bringing some of my favourite acts to Middlesbrough, where they’ll play inside the Empire’s grand 100+ year old auditorium. Over the years, they’ve had the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Scissor Sisters, You Me At Six and The Pigeon Detectives on their stage and they’ve always championed grassroots music too with Young Rebel Set, Cattle & Cane and The Chapman Family all playing early career shows at the venue, which is something that I’m keen to continue with a new generation of acts from the North East. I want to make everyone feel welcome on Friday nights at the Empire as The Dead Rebel Club caters for live music lovers and night clubbers alike, with three rooms of DJs playing guitar anthems, rock and pop and creating the biggest aftershow party imaginable for some of the UK’s hottest new acts!

The following tracks are a selection from some of the artists we have booked for The Dead Rebel Club, which opens on Friday 23rd July.

Spinn – Billie

I’ve been a big fan of the Liverpool band since their album released in 2019 and I am loving their new single Billie. It is a feel-good song, something we need after the year we have had. SPINN play the Empire on Friday 30th July.

Komparrison – Dancing With Demons

The Teesside band were originally an acoustic duo and have developed over the lockdown era into a full band. Dancing With Demons was their first release as the new look Komparrison, it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Lucy Spraggan – Last Night (Beer Fear)

This song is relatable to literally everyone who has ever got too drunk in a nightclub and woke up questioning what they did. I like that about Lucy, her songs are very lyrically relatable. She plays the Empire on Friday 5th November.

Olivia Rodrigo – good 4 u

Now this is one of my favourite songs of the year, I remember hearing my girlfriend and her friends blasting it one night in my house and I can’t stop listening to it! Expect this to be playing on a Friday night in Empire.

Marketplace – CHARLIE

The Hartlepool band are going from strength to strength with their singles and I am loving CHARLIE, everything from the artwork to the production and the live performance of it – if you’ve never seen them before I recommend them. They support SPINN on Friday 30th July.

Collectors Club – First To Know

Collectors Club were the first ever band I saw at the Empire. It was incredible and even to this day I listen to First To Know and it brings back memories of why I wanted to become a music promoter.

Michael Gallagher – Time

Time is the best material from local musician Michael Gallagher to date in my opinion. I remember booking him for an acoustic set in a pub in Middlesbrough many moons ago – I was blown away then and to see him progress with a full band behind him is incredible.

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