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When the previous owners of Middlesbrough venue Doctor Browns banned female-fronted bands back in 2017 declaring “women can’t sing rock”, there was an understandable furore. Thankfully the venue’s recently been taken over by new management and they’re keen to set Doctor Browns back on track as one of the region’s favourites. Part of their plan has been to invite ‘Boro-based Goosed Records to set up shop, housing their studio and kitting out the upstairs bar as a welcoming space for musicians.

Goosed Records’ Patrick Oliver explains: “As a label we are very keen to emphasise inclusivity and equality. We want to shout it loud that Doctor Browns is under new people in [owner] Bernie and Goosed Records, and that anyone and everyone should have the opportunity in music; we want to promote this message and celebrate it.” Their plans include live music on Thursdays with open sessions for artists to perform, and regular Friday night gig nights making it a hub for a diverse range of original music for the local community. The official launch will take place on Friday 28th June, with Teesside pop oddballs Head of Light Entertainment leading the charge, plus sets from Laura Kelbrick – who Goosed Records will be recording with at the venue – the gritty, soulful sound of Isobel Beatty and Sunderland rockers Thieves of Liberty.

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