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On Saturday 1st February, Independent Venue Week will be in its final days and we will have left the EU (erm… yay?!). Big Ben will have signalled our departure from our neighbours across The Channel and as the bells of isolationism resonate in our ears like tinnitus, The Georgian Theatre will mask its relentless presence by emitting a northern powerhouse of new sounds to celebrate its status as an independent venue.

Visions is a sporadic music event put on by the good people at Tees Music Alliance to showcase the best new sounds that Teesside has to offer. In this latest incarnation, they present to you four bands that by the end of the year will probably all be signed. 

Heading up the event is Hartlepool’s lo-fi indie/folk soundscape makers Mt. Misery whose music whose wistful melodies and sepia-tinted charm have seen them receive national radio play from BBC 6 Music and share a stage with the likes of Johnny Marr, Paul Smith and Bill Ryder Jones.

Joining them is WERMS a brand new bass-fuelled, garage-rock duo featuring Peachy (The Oxfam Glamour Models) and Danielle (GGAlan Partridge). Expect ten songs, no fuss and loads of fun.

Teesside music legend, Kingsley Chapman (The Chapman Family, Kingsley Chapman and The Murder) returns to The Georgian Theatre stage, to perform his third gig with new band, Benefits. Since bursting onto the scene in September with their debut single, Taking Us Back, and their first live outing at Twisterella, Teesside’s post-punk anarchists have been making a lot of noise (actual and hype) on the music scene and have had their fair share of national radio play as a result.

Opening the night are masked music makers, Wax Heart Sodality. Claiming to be part of some kind of secret society, the goth/garage/art-rock four-piece, from God only knows where, make sounds that have been compared to The Sisters Of Mercy, Danzig, Bauhaus and Early Adam Ant.

So get out of the house, head to one of the few remaining temples of grassroots culture and raise a glass to the dark void where the future used to be and, who knows, you might be able to fake a smile that convinces those who know you best that everything is going to be OK. 

Tickets are £5 ADV and available here.

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