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The ARC 2 stage of Stockton Calling has just been announced, and the multi-venue festival celebrating its tenth anniversary has pulled out all the stops for the new 250 capacity stage for this year’s event to run alongside ARC’s main stage.

Headlining the stage are The Orielles, who draw on a range of influences including fro-pop, disco-funk, baggy dance music, and indie pop. The band are seen as a huge up-and-coming talent, and shows Stockton Calling seeks to put on a really eclectic bill.

Also on the bill for the ARC 2 stage are hotly-tipped rock n’ rollers Lucia, there’s energetic indie from Retro Video Club, indie punk sounds from itoldyouiwouldeatyou, rockers We Tibetans, indie popsters Heart Balloon On The Roof, alternative rockers Motherland and gorgeous, epic soundscapes from Abel Raise The Cain.

With bands already announced across other stages including The Futureheads who are headlining while also making a long-awaited return to live performance, and indie icons Reverend & The Makers who are headlining KU with stages.

With up-and-comers on The Kids are Solid Gold’s stage at The Storytellers, which includes headliners Plastic Mermaids. The Storytellers stage also features Scottish rockers Dancing on Tables, alt-soul from VC Pines, hotly tipped grunge rock from CRYSTAL, exciting Bradford four-piece Glass Mountain, playful indie rock from Talkboy, and the return of Tyneside’s glorious The Winter Hill Transmission.

Into Tomorrow’s stage at Room21 has a blend of loud garage rock, and more soulful, mod vibes too, with local heroes Avalanche Party headlining. Also playing are loud rockers Naked Six, London’s mod sensation Emily Capell, two-piece noiseniks Snakerattlers, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show favourites Weekend Sun, acoustic singer-songwriter Megan Dotchin, and punk ‘n’ rollers The Shakin’ Nightmares.

The April festival is shaping up rather nicely, and gives us something to look forward to as a spotlight is a shone on some might fine artists.

Stockton Calling takes place at various venues around Stockton on Saturday 20th April.

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