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As we reported last month, all-day festival Last Train Home will be returning to venues in Darlington on Saturday 7th September, bringing a waggon-load of regional and national talent to the town.

The festival celebrates the town’s rich railway heritage and is run by Darlington music collective Tracks, with seven ‘beautiful and bizarre’ stages hosting over 50 live music and comedy performances.

The next wave of live performers to have been announced include emotive songwriter The Lake Poets, psych pop Liverpudlians She Drew The Gun, charming songwriter Roxanne de Bastion, North Yorkshire’s favourite alt. hip-hop band Ceiling Demons, revered Peckham rockers YOWL, slacker popster James Leonard Hewitson, radical radgies GGAllan Partridge, pop punk duo Noise & The Naïve, Hartlepool’s indie pop band Mt. Misery, cinematic alt. indie band Methodical Beast, rap trio Ronin Clan and hip-hop groups Rhyme Molesters and RuMaz, plus sets from John Stainthorp & The Laughing Hearts, George Boomsma, Jodie Nicholson, Petals, The Floral Detectives and Cortney Dixon, who will join the likes of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Cornshed Sisters, A Festival. A Parade, VENUS, Ponyland, Eve Conway and many more.

The Hilarity Bites comedy stage will also welcome performances from Sam Avery and Tom Toal among others.

Co-organiser Sarah Wilson is justifiably proud of the line-up. “Being able to bring headliners such as Liverpool’s psych-pop band She Drew The Gun, Newcastle’s heavy rockers Pigsx7 and the stunningly beautiful The Lake Poets to Darlington is so exciting. Our choice of headliners reflects the diversity of the festival and indeed the wide variety of venues we use. The Lake Poets will headline our stage at St Johns Church complete with four-piece band, and seeing them perform in such a setting will be something really special. Pigsx7 will headline The Forum’s stage and She Drew The Gun will close the Noisy Daughters stage at The Hullabaloo theatre.”

While for Rob Irish, the combination of unusual venues and superb performances is what sets the festival apart. “We’re in love with the idea of creating an environment in which people can see really high quality artists, in intimate and perhaps unexpected places. Last year we had BANG BANG ROMEO perform in a small working man’s church to a modest audience, and not only was it an incredible experience to be a part of, but the band are now touring with P!nk, and playing major stages around the world to tens of thousands of people, so for those festival goers here in little ol’ Darlington, it’s a pretty cool ‘we were there’ moment, and something we want to recreate year on year.”

Tickets are a mere £15 in advance, don’t miss it!

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