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Not all bands have the will or tenacity to book their own shows, so let’s take a moment to appreciate Mouses, who take the practice a step further in curating their own mini-festival. Returning to Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on Saturday 11th August, the second edition of Mousetival sees Teesside’s finest DIY punks head an expanded all-day line-up showcasing the best that our regional scene has to offer, together with kindred spirits hand-picked from further afield.

Heading the latter category are Cowtown, a cornerstone of Leeds’ thriving DIY hub with well over a decade of frantic post-punk excellence to their name. They’re joined by the quirky pop-punk of fellow Yorkshire folk Milk Crimes and a strong showing from the Midlands in the shape of Derby’s groovy garage rockers Pet Crow and Coventry’s febrile feminist pop favourites Nim Chimpsky.

The local offerings are no less enticing. Teessiders Dressed Like Wolves bring their beguiling blend of emotional fragility and Weezer-esque power pop; Ghost Guilt act as torchbearers for Durham’s prosperous lo-fi community; while Newcastle is represented by the fiery, increasingly ambitious indie of Swine Tax, Slurs’ delicious fuzz-laden nuggets and irrepressible, breakneck bursts courtesy of The Noise & The Naïve.

Need any further incentive? The whole thing will set you back just £8 on the door or £6 if you’re organised enough to buy in advance! It’s a no-brainer, frankly.


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