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Middlesbrough’s newest multi-venue festival, organised by Sad For Life Records, will showcase the best in independent, DIY, local and nationally emerging bands on Sunday 23rd June. Taking place across stages at Hey Base Camp, Spensley’s Emporium & ATIK, Hit The Bar and Pineapple Black (with each stage sponsored by a local business including Middlesbrough Council’s flagship arts program Creative Factory, who have helped fund the festival and sponsor the Pineapple Black stage) Heelapalooza aims to bring live music to an often overlooked part of town.

Joint organiser Aaron Lythe told me about the event. “We thought a festival would be the best way to blatantly showcase the emerging artists we support [as a label] and we wanted to do something completely different with the venues.”

Look out for headliners, Brighton indie punks Gender Roles, Sick Joy’s poppy grunge and Radio 1 faves Gloo plus notable local acts including Swears, Mt. Misery, Be Quiet. Shout Loud!, Dark Passenger and Sad For Life’s own Heel Turn. Elsewhere, Ten Eighty Trees will be flexing their garage rock muscles, while hotly tipped Newcastle favourites Laurens Court and Faithful Johannes’ unique barely rap (amongst others) should make the inaugural Heelapalooza also one of the most eclectic metropolitan festivals out there this year.

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