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Stockton Calling is firmly established as one of the best showcases for musical talent going, with the finest of fresh emerging local acts sharing stages with some fantastic established names. As the festival edges ever closer, the organisers have joined forces with Stockton Borough Council for something very unique, to get audiences even more excited for the main event on Saturday 26th March. The plinth in Stockton High Street will play host to some very rare and special shows, as it hosts free performances from some wonderful acts.

Running on each of the three Saturdays leading up to the festival, playing atop the plinth are some of the favourite selected bands from previous Stockton Callings. Saturday 5th March has Dodgy taking us back to the Britpop era with their catchy power pop, and on Saturday 12th March former member of The Specials Neville Staple shows he still has a gift for sensational ska music. Newcastle based indie quartet Lisbon showcase some gorgeous melodies and captivating songwriting; while Mark Morriss of The Bluetones fame brings clever poppy indie songs; both on Saturday 19th March. With more bands announced over the next few weeks, this is something very exciting for the area.

Each session takes place at 2pm, so it’s a chance to catch some fantastic live music for free and get your appetite for the festival well and truly whetted.

The gigs on top of the plinth on Stockton High Street with Dodgy playing on Saturday 5th March, Neville Staple on Saturday 12th March, and Lisbon and Mark Morriss both play on Saturday 19th March.

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