Category Archives: 2021

Next Show

The next (and final 2021) show features the return of Kirk Brandon’s Theatre of Hate.

Tickets here from SEE Tickets and also available from The Georgian Theatre, Sound It Out Records and Lucifers bar both in Stockton.

Stockton/Middlesbrough has become a second home for Kirk over the last 10 years having performed with Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny, solo akoustiK and with Dead Men Walking around 20 times.

He keeps coming back because people keep coming to see him play because they know what they are going to get. Never anything less than a full on show that doesn’t just rely on the golden oldies (they get played of course though!) but also new music that is as relevant and exciting as anything he has produced over the preceding 40+years.

There’s a multitude of bootlegs and semi official releases covering the band’s early days but in 2022 Cherry Red release an exhaustive 6 disc box set that covers just about everything ever released along side previously unheard material along with interviews with Kirk with Mojo’s Pat Gilbert along side sleeve notes. It will be available at shows or on line from Cherry Red here.

The old.

The new (ish)

The Meteors at The Georgian Theatre 30th September. Cancelled.

Unfortunately due to ongoing uncertainty around travel limitations and restrictions on access The Meteors have decided to postpone the upcoming UK tour. New dates will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date, anyone who requires a refund should contact their point of purchase.

Details of confirmation from Paul Fenech’s Facebook page below.

Filthy Tongues

I just want to thank everyone who made Saturday’s show featuring The Filthy Tongues (a) possible and (b) such a great night.

I really appreciate the hard work & support I receive from the staff The Georgian Theatre, Stockton both behind the scenes and at the shows. Thanks to Katie for making the sound great, everyone who bought a ticket (regardless of whether you actually made it to the show or not) especially those who travelled long distances to get here but mostly a massive Thank You to the band for agreeing to play in the first place and going out of their way to put on such a special show.

Without the bands, without venues who care there’s nothing left, we have to cherish and support them both.

There’s lots of great pics and videos knocking around from the show so hunt them down and ENJOY!

The Filthy Tongues – Sat August 14th

Our next event is special Unplugged show featuring Edinburgh’s The Filthy Tongues on Sat August 14th at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton.

Once upon a long time ago Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson & Derek Kelly were members of a band called Goodbye Mr Mackenzie.

The MacKenzies formed in the early to mid Eighties and as well as Metcalfe, Wilson & Kelly the band latterly featured Big John Duncan and Shirly Manson.

They released a classic debut album entitled Good Deeds & Dirty Rags, an equally classic single The Rattler and for a while looked being a band that made it “big” but record label issues meant that despite having a massive following at home they never really became popular outside the UK and eventually split up in the early Nineties.

Manson went onto join Garbage, Duncan became a guitar tech for Nirvana occasionally appearing on stage with them whilst Metcalfe, Kelly & Wilson formed Isa & The Filthy Tongues with Stacey Chavis on vocals.

The band were active through until around 2010 and releasing 2 albums and contributing a number of songs to the film New Town Killers directed by Skids frontman Richard Jobson.

After a hiatus The Filthy Tongues resurfaced in 2014 without Chavis and recorded a track entitled Lethe Walks which was released initally on You Tube before appearing on vinyl.

In 2016 the debut Filthy Tongues album Jacobs Ladder was released receiving rave reviews across the board with favourable comparisons to many contemporary artists including Nick Cave.

Metcalfe describes the album as “Pleasingly grotty and more than a bit gothic. All based around a dark neo-feudal Edinburgh” whilst Louder Than War magazine described it as “A vivid and visceral exploration of Edinburgh’s underbelly

2018 saw the follow up Back To Hell released following on the dark scenes and tales of Edinburgh it’s predecessor so firmly established. Again Louder Than War were lavishing with their praise “‘This is part of a planned trilogy and is a riveting, driving follow-up. If there’s a more exciting band currently playing north of the border, I’ve yet to hear them.”

Hopefully the 3rd album will see the light of day in 2021.

The past 18 months have been a living hell for many people especially those in the live music industry. Bands have seen their livliehoods being stripped away from them as they have been denied the opportunity playing & recording.

This special one off accoutic show was organised at one of those brief points in time when bands were allowed to come out to play, all be it socially distanced, seated and at reduced capacity but before it could happen the clampdown tightened again and it had to be rescheduled.

Hopefully now as restrictions are lifted and we can look towards getting back to some kind of “normal” this show will provide a bit of a boost to all involved.

Tickets are limited and only available online from this link.

Filthy Tongues – Ticketweb

Kirk Brandon – Georgian Theatre May 27 & 28th

First show(s) back after lock down feature the always excellent Kirk Brandon performing in his unique aKoustiK style at The Georgian Theatre.

The Friday show on May 28th has long been SOLD OUT but tickets are still available for the extra show on Thursday May 27th.

Tickets are only available from this link https://bit.ly/3dEbFBX

There are no supports for these shows but Kirk will be perfoming 2 sets each night.

The Lounge Society – October 3rd

Beyond excited to announce the announcement of The Lounge Society playing The Westgarh Social Club in Middlesbrough on Sunday 3rd October at 4pm.

This show is a co promotional show with legendary Teesside promoters The Kids Are Solid Gold.

While some bands make music that pats you on the back, The Lounge Society makes music that kicks you in the teeth – just like nature intended. Hailing from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, they are the next to emerge from the contagious ‘Calder Sound’, alongside Working Men’s Club, The Orielles and WH Lung. An unruly bunch of talented multi-instrumentalists (Interchanging roles between guitar and bass) The Lounge Society have pioneered a fresh approach to an eclectic range of influences spanning from The Fall and Talking Heads to The Velvet Underground and Fat White Family. Infectious bursts of sound, forged in the darkest underbelly of Post Punk, New Wave and Funk-Punk, sculpted with swirling guitars, heavy bass lines and spiky, angular, driving rhythms.This culminates  in a surging tide of noise that can only be described as Cold War Pop. Their debut single ‘Generation Game’ conbines all elements of their sound, and creates an intense, driving and explosive politically charged anthem. The track released on Dan Careys Speedy Wunderground immediately took flight, with the track becoming the fastest selling 7″ in the label’s history, and the second act to receive a repress of 500 copies, with the only other act to achieve such a feat being Black Midi. 

Tickets available here https://bit.ly/39vy4yr

Goodbye Mr MacKenzie – Rescheduled

Unfortunately due to the uncertainty around holding full sized shows in the summer the decision has been taken to reschedule the Goodbye Mr Mackenzie show at The Cluny in Newcastle to 12th February 2022.

All tickets remain valid for the new date and refunds can be obtained from the point of purchase if required.

Tickets for the show are still available from SEE Tickets etc and from the venue directly when open.