NEXT month a music festival, The Gathering Sounds, showcasing emerging talented artists will return to Stockton-on-Tees.

The Gathering Sounds festival was launched in 2018 by KU Promotions, one of the team behind the town’s successful Stockton day-long Calling festival.

The aim of the all-day festival is to showcase emerging musical talent across several stages, after the main festival season has ended.

The Gathering Sounds festival boasts a mixture of acts the industry has already snapped up for tours and festivals the following year as well as supporting the best grass roots acts at the very start of their musical journey.

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Being centred around award winning venues such as ARC, KU and The Georgian Theatre, as well as popular intimate spots like The Green Room and Storytellers, has already cemented the festival as a mainstay in the town’s music calendar, while broader support from many of Stockton’s other independent businesses has helped establish the event as a champion of diversity and inclusivity.

In addition, some of the country’s best-known promoters are invited to curate stages, to introduce them to the Teesside music scene and bring something different to its Stockton venues.

The last event in 2019 played host to Lady Bird, Talk Show, Georgie, Pozi, The C33s, Martha Gunn, The Illicits, Luna the Professor, Social Contract, Motel Carnation, Be Quiet. Shout Loud! and Avalanche Party while the inaugural festival in 2018 boasted Sports Team, Zuzu, Red Faces, Little Comets and local hero Dylan Cartlidge amongst its line-up.

The festival will take place on September 25 this year and sees the event expand in size and planning with This Feeling and Hull’s Under The Influence on board as guest promoters.

Bands already announced include Red Rum Club, The Mysterines, Sophie and the Giants, Du Blonde, Andrew Cushin, Weird Milk, The Clause and more.

The promoters behind the festival have also previously brought acts such as Wolf Alice, Friendly Fires, Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The 1975, and Reverend and the Makers to the region before some went on to much bigger things.

Tickets cost £19 and doors open at 1pm.

Order tickets here: https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-gathering-sounds-2021/ku/1842751

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