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After a long three year wait, Teesside’s almighty answer to Perry Farrell’s Lollapalooza empire returns with a gloriously diverse line-up that offers a staggering who’s-who of local musical powerhouses, boasting 18 acts across two stages in Boro’s Play Brew Tap Room on Saturday 18th June.

Headlining proceedings is phenomenal rapper and musician Dylan Cartlidge, whose rapid ascent since the release of 2021’s Hope Above Adversity has been nothing short of extraordinary, including extensive features on Danger Mouse and Black Thoughts’ upcoming Cheat Codes LP. He’s joined by Darlo’s genre-hopping Luke Royalty; brat-pop siblings ZELA; soulful six-piece Moon Wax; almighty alt. quintet Pit Pony; indie pop savants Motel Carnation; groove popsters Club Paradise; psych pop octet Ronald Raygun; singular noise-makers Kkett; the vivid delights of quintet Marketplace; indie mainstays Deep.Sleep; the spectral funk pop of Picnic; rapping polymath Jack Fox; DIY duo Regal Cheer; post-punk quartet Marines; singer-songwriters Josh Newell Brown and Cosial, and rounded off with the crystalline pop quartet The Lulas. All this for a staggering £12.50, over a whole day, with no clashes guaranteed and a wealth of street food too.

All in all, it’s a staggering showcase of our brilliantly talented and diverse region, and it’s glorious to see a phenomenal local festival back at it again.

Heelapalooza takes place at Play Brew Co. Tap Room, Middlesbrough on Saturday 18th June.

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