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After a two-year hiatus, this month finally sees the return of Stockton International Riverside Festival – a long-awaited 35th edition promising four fabulous days of street theatre, music, dance and outdoor arts. Along with opening its doors for the full weekend, venue and community hub The Georgian Theatre is set to supplement the action with its own SIRF Fringe event – a live music all-dayer on Saturday 6th August, presenting 10 terrific local acts over a pair of stages, plus a Sunday social the following day complete with pizza, drinks, board games, crafts and a maker’s market.

On the Saturday, the venue’s main stage looks especially stacked. Here, punters can sample the theatrical delights of reformed blues rockers The Purnells; funky psych pop groovemeisters Ronald Raygun; plus Rudi Betamax’s ‘glam-stomp’ rock ‘n’ roll thrust. They’re preceded by intense industrial electro duo Analogue Blood; retro indie revivalists SHORE; fuzzy, spaced-out rock from Mr, Bigfoot and the frank, angsty vignettes of singer-songwriter Charlotte Grayson.

The more informal bar stage, meanwhile, offers gems of its own in the form of bedroom DIY artist and multi-instrumentalist Tobias And The Lion; emerging acoustic songwriter Lucy Pottinger and Broken Broadcast frontman J.P. Riggall’s solo ‘anxiety blues;’ with Sound It Out Records’ DJ Tom Butchart ensuring the music doesn’t cease during the intervals.

And best of all? As with SIRF itself, this excellent day’s entertainment won’t set you back a penny.

SIRF Fringe takes place at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August.

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