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Everyone knows that the weekend actually starts on a Thursday night, so there’s no excuse not to take advantage of Middlesbrough’s beloved Whirling Dervish at TSOne, a night dedicated to local sounds, complete with wallet-friendly bar prices and an unrivalled atmosphere.

Local indie promoters Idle Promotions kick this month off with a pretty impressive line-up on Thursday 7th March, featuring a couple of fresh-faced bands that have gained plaudits from far and wide. Heading the charge are Billingham’s Eddie & The Valkyries; on their recently released single Irish Blood, the band take the formula of a heartfelt story written about the singer’s Grandpa, pepper it with local reference points, a deceptively simple acoustic folk melody laced with attitude, and add endearing vocals to create a sound that straddles the folk/punk line with pleasing style. Apparently, the rest of their canon features songs about the holy trinity of Strongbow, Catholics and cheeseboards, so they get a thumbs up from us.

Hartlepool’s Mt. Misery is the new moniker for Andrew Smith’s former solo project, now fleshed out with a full band and creating an impressive lush indie folk sound; recent single Lonely Pines shines with delicate percussive touches and is layered with warm guitar flourishes and a lovely winsome vocal which makes it instantly appealing. BBC Tees and 6Music think so too, and Mt. Misery are gaining quite a name for themselves already.

Did I mention it’s free entry? What more could you possibly want for a Thursday night?


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