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Coming hot on the heels of last week’s slew of band announcements, multi-venue music festival Stockton Calling have announced yet more superb acts to be gracing the Teesside town’s stages on Saturday 31st March.

Given that the local music scene is our raison d’être, the NARC. magazine line-up at The Green Room boasts some of the most exciting acts to grace our fair region, with plenty of opportunities to check out brand new talent alongside established bands. Enjoy colossal alt. rock courtesy of Sleeptape; the hypnotic sounds of genre-warping quartet Velvoir; fun, thrashy pop-punk courtesy of Bruto; Newcastle five-piece Nine Tons, the self-declared pioneers of ‘shautrock’; perfect indie rock from the hotly tipped Swine Tax; rocket-fuelled riffs from Fret!; and the awesome talent of alt. hip-hop superstar Dylan Cartlidge. Headline duties come from the previously announced lo-fi duo Mouses.

Other stages to have released more details about their line-ups include ARC, who bring indie foursome Oddity Road and singer-songwriter Hayley McKay to perform alongside Lightning Seeds, Twisted Wheel, Llovers and Mark Morriss.

Ku Bar welcome exciting indie rockers Only The Poets, We Tibetans and psych rockers Uncle Buzzard, who join We Are Scientists, Cape Cub and Fire the Unstoppable Force.

The Vault’s stage features headliners The Old Pink House and Echo Town plus Whitby garage rockers Ten Foot Tom & The Leprosy Crooks, The RPMs, local slacker popster James Leonard Hewitson, punk from Zeitgeist 77, Americana-influenced Teessider Charlie Thomas, hotly tipped folk artist Eve Conway, ‘Boro’s Pink Tide, and bluesy songwriter Heather Story.

Darlington’s awesome Tracks collective programme Whole Latte Love’s stage which features the previously announced Napoleon IIIrd and Leddie MC, plus alt. pop from Twist Helix, psych-punk from Primitive Painters, Darlo blues rockers Lhymes, Jennifer Walton and Komparison.

Musiclounge feature Serinette as their headliners, with sets also coming from Bradford wonk popsters Fling, post-punk band Dead Naked Hippies, North Yorkshire’s awesome alt. hip-hop group Ceiling Demons, alt. rockers Swears, Manuncian alt. rockers Animal Sons and disco rock mentalists Be Quiet Shout Loud, plus there’ll be hypnotic sounds from The Broken Broadcast, all programmed by Idle Promotions.

Finally, Room 21 completes its line-up with mod band The Wainstones, Sauce, Sunderland’s indie rockers Social Room, Britpop loving Vida, indie rockers The Voluntears, Hartlepudlian songwriter Michael Gallagher and garage rockers The Citadels, who all join headliners The Spitfires.

Believe it or not, there’s still more to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements!

Tickets cost £22 for the day, available from ARC’s Box Office on 01642 525199 or The Georgian Theatre Box Office on 01642 606525. Online at and

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