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Despite recent circumstances, Darlington’s Tracks music collective have kept true to their ethos of giving musicians in Teesside a helping hand, from organising livestreams during lockdown to serenading shoppers with busking sessions from some of the region’s finest musicians.

One of Tracks’ key successes is in making music accessible to all, and they’ll continue in this vein with Mini Mish Mash, a virtual family-friendly festival which will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube on August Bank Holiday Sunday.

Mish Mash was an initiative launched last year which saw music and entertainment take over Darlington’s Market Square. While the location may be different, the festival still puts musicians at its heart, with local artists paid to either perform exclusive shows or deliver workshops. The event opens with a singing workshop from Claire Willmer, followed by a family-friendly hip-hop workshop with rising local rap star Kay Greyson, who will also perform some of her music. Further performances will come from Darlington’s foot stomping gospel blues band The Deadseat; gypsy jazz group Andy Lawrenson Trio and headliners Los Capitanes, whose high energy Spanish-influenced sounds will delight music lovers of all stripes.

Mini Mish Mash is broadcast via the Tracks Facebook and YouTube pages from 3.30pm on Sunday 30th August

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