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With this year’s instalment of Mish Mash Festival, local music collective Tracks Darlington are on a mission to turn Darlington’s Market Square into the ‘Darlo Dancefloor of Dreams’, packing a broad who’s-who of local talent into a mere bank holiday weekend.

Saturday 27th August is headlined by the Leeds-based Shades Collective, who offer a full live-band orchestral twist on some house, garage, jungle and D&B anthems. Preceding the collective is local hip-hop from Shakk, the acoustic R&B of Mathias Skye, local legend and fast-rising neo-soul artist Frankie Jobling, and the indie-indebted synth pop connoisseurs Club Paradise.

Sunday 28th’s line-up is more indebted to the festival’s origins as a celebration of world music, with a headlining set from the unforgettably named Baghdaddies, who will arrive in Darlo armed with an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska, Latin grooves and sizzling brass. They’re joined by local favourites Blind Panic Ceilidh Band, Geordie folksters The Belta Rievers, summer trad jazz from Sunnyside Jazz and bluegrass brilliance from The Often Herd. There will also be creative workshops, musical themed crafts from BIGLittleGigs, food and drinks galore and best of all – it’s all free!

Mish Mash Festival takes place in Darlington’s Market Square on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August.

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