I have promoted over a 100 shows now. Most on Teesside and the majority at The Georgian Theatre. It’s fair to say I couldn’t have achieved what I have without the help and support of the venue and it’s staff.
Now in these difficult times the venue could do with some help and support itself. Like so many others the venue is closed and has no revenue coming in.
To help the venue to carry on promoting live music, helping independent promoters to put on shows, supporting local acts and carrying out many other activities in the local community the Tees Music Alliance has began a Crowdfunder campaign to help it get through to the other side .
Following the latest advice from the Government on the Coronavirus situation, Tees Music Alliance and the Georgian Theatre have advised that all shows will go ahead as planned unless the Artists themselves request to cancel or reschedule.
The seminal Scouse maverick who, along with Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope, pioneered the Eighties art-indie scene. His debut gig was at the legendary Eric’s in Liverpool – the night it was raided and closed for ever.
From Wah! Heat through a seemingly endless of variations on the name Pete Wylie has consistently produced classic songs that put to shame a lot of the modern day dross produced by manufactured pop star wannabees with no talent to call their own.
If there was justice in this world Pete Wylie would be a massive star. A man who has written an endless list of classic songs over the years. A man of honour and commitment who has always stood up for and championed the working man.
Those songs! Better Scream, & Minutes…, Remember, The Story Of The Blues, Hope, Come Back, Sinful, the list is endless.
I’d longed to be able to bring Pete Wylie to the North East for a show. I’ve seen many versions of Wah! related bands over the years and was delighted when he agreed to play a solo show in late 2014 and even more so when he played as Pete Wylie & The Mighty Wah! a couple of years later. Hearing all those great songs live again almost brought a tear to the eye.
But it’s not all about the past. In 2017 “Pete Sounds”, a self financed album was unleashed on the world. An instant classic. The opening track “make Your Mind Up” is as good as anything he’s ever done in my opinion.
The Pete Wylie show comes to The Georgian Theatre in Stockton on Friday March 27th. Expect the all the hits and more as well all the usual Wylie stories, banter and ad libs all surrounded by the Disgraceland Wasteland.
Most of all expect GREAT SONGS by a true artist. It’s a shame there’s not more like him in his day and age.
This show is a co promotion with Tees Music Alliance.
Been mega busy here the last few weeks so here’s a recap of what’s happened and what’s coming up over the next few months.
First two shows of the year have taken place starting with a sold out Kirk Brandon aKoustiK show in the Green Room followed by an incredibly popular show featuring a relatively unknown band (although not for long now) called Working Men’s Club.
Pics by Steve White
I think having promoted well over a 100 shows now the Working Men’s Club is one of the shows which has given me most satisfaction to promote. A young band, on the way up and full of attitude giving a great performance to a great crowd. I had wondered if it was a mistake putting them on in such a large venue as The Georgian but those fears were well and truly unfounded.
Next up is one of the most entertaining and energetic live bands around. A band who I have somehow Kept missing over the years so it seemed the only way to actually see them was to put them on myself.
Dreadzone are an incredibly popular live act and that has been reflected in ticket sales with less than 30 tickets remaining for the show at the time of writing.
What else is coming up?
Well after Dreadzone the return of the part time rock star, full time legend Pete Wylie who brings his “Show” to the Georgian Theatre on March 27th. Having seen the show in Hebden Bridge late last year I can confirm what a great night this will be. Typical Wylie, stories, songs, pathos, humour but most importantly those songs. The man is indeed a legend and it’s always great to see him live.
Lots to look forward to over the rest of Spring/Summer with shows from The Meteors, Ruts DC (Acoustic), Theatre Of Hate, The Pack and the return of the ever popular Space Agency in September. Also just waiting for final confirmation of what will be a very special show in July, hopefully able to announce that one soon.
Well, Saturday was fun but we move on now and next gig is at The Georgian Theatre on Friday Feb 14th. It’s a show that I’m really excited about.
Working Men’s Club are a fantastic young band really starting to make a name for themselves and with good reason. It’s not going to be a full, never expected it to be, but with a couple of weeks to go sales have exceeded expectations.
Bands like this don’t come along very often, short and to the point, attitude to dance to. Don’t expect a long drawn out set, you get what you’re given, you’ll enjoy it and leave with a smile on your face.
Well, they are in my opinion! And I’m not alone. A band on the up, making a name for themselves, a band not to be missed if you want to see them up close. They won’t be playing venues this size for much longer.
“The most exciting new band out there at the moment” – BBC 1/BBC 6 DJ Huw Stephens.
I have to admit I’m long in the tooth and can be quite cynical about music I’m not familiar with these days but I was totally blown away when I saw the band playing in Newcastle towards the end of 2019. I left the venue with a spring in my step and my musical senses re-invigorated. And my ears ringing 🙂
Named with a nod to the famous Trades Club in Hebden Bridge. Singer and guitarist, Syd Sargeant explains “We grew up in northern towns trying to get in to pubs and in social clubs because that’s all we had. The name is an ode to that,”
Coming from the musical hot bed of Calderwood the band are now signed to the legendary Heavenly record label as are near neighbours The Orielles , there’s definitely something in the water in West Yorkshire.
Having played gigs with The Wedding Present and many others they have also just supported The Fat White Family on their recent sell out tour gaining many new fans along the way.
Working Men’s Club released 2 singles in 2019, the debut “Bad Blood”, a great big slab of post-punk for the 21st Century with an disco beat thrown in for good measure. Whilst follow up “Teeth” has a darker more electronic feel to it. Says singer Sid “We just want to confuse the fuck out of people, in a good way,” Amen to that!
Live the drums and hi-hat hit you first, before being joined by a bassline Peter Hook would be proud of. Then in comes the guitar that scratches against your psyche before Sydaddresses you with his forthright vocals. The guitar moves on, whirling your ear waves around whilst delivering subtle but powerful harmonies.
Independent Venues Week is an annual 7 day event championing local venues and the people who own, run and work in them bringing live music into towns around the country and often giving bands their first taste of playing live.
These venues, all local businesses, are the backbone of the live music scene and Independent Venue Week recognises all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.
I’m very pleased to have been asked to get involved in arranging an official show at one of the venues recognised by the scheme as a venue that celebrates live music and goes out if its way to assist local independent promoters bring a wide variety of new and established artists to the area.
On Saturday 1st February a man who needs no real introduction to the Teesside gig going public makes a return visit to The Georgian Theatre Stockton for a show in the venues Green Room.
The Pack/Theatre of Hate/Spear of Destiny main man Kirk Brandon brings his aKoustiK show to the venue and is joined once again by the extraordinarily skilled Sam Sansbury on Cello. Kirk will be playing songs from the complete back catalogue.
Capacity is limited in The Green Room and tickets are selling fast so don’t hang around. Tickets can be bought on line via the Georgian web site here or via SEE Tickets here or in person at Sound It Out Records in Stockton.
2 more new shows for 2020 to run along side the previously announced Working Men’s Club, Dreadzone & Pete Wylie shows.
Adopted Teessider Kirk Brandon returns on February 1st for an aKoustiK show in The Green Room of The Georgian Theatre. The show will once again feature Sam Sansbury accompanying Kirk with his outstanding Cello playing.
This show is undertaken as part of Independent Venue Week. Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. All who work at and are involved in promoting live music at the Georgian Theatre and The Green Room venue are honoured to be part of the process.
In April we welcome one of the most iconic bands of the last 40 years. A band who not only define a genre they created it. On April 9th The Meteors appear at The Georgian Theatre for a night of pyschobilly madness & mayhem.
Tickets available on line from The Georgian Theatre and from SEE Tickets here . Also in person at Sound It Out Records in Stockton.